My odyssey into the world of ADHD began in 1996. Over this short period of time, a surge of research in neuroscience, behavioral interventions, and alternative treatments offer a lifetime of data for the average citizen to sift through. My role is to facilitate change utilizing evidence-informed methods to co-create strategies transforming challenge into opportunity.
My mission is to help people navigate through this new economic reality. To take this time and make it count in meaningful ways. Whether it be your time to go back to school and complete a degree, launch a business (or, keep your business afloat), or begin a journey of career change.
Drawing on combined experiences across private and public sectors has led me to design this programme (CC), free to eligible Manitobans struggling to navigate barriers that are often part of the human package, especially for persons with disabilities.
I remain curious and dedicated to build bridges of understanding and awareness in our communities to advance positive outcomes for those living with ADHD, and specific LDs.
My learning is endless and enjoyable thanks to the fascinating people I get to work with daily. serving thousands of individuals developing their self awareness, self-management, executive functions and employability skills – a continuum of support at pivotal stages – emerging adults, post-secondary students, career professionals in transition.
Education & Background
Qualified Facilitator of EQi 2.0-EQi360 Leadership, Multi-Health Systems Inc.
Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence Training Company
Strong Interest Inventory Certification, Psychometrics Canada
Associate Coach Certification, ADD Coach Academy. Albany, New York
Registered Permanent Professional Teacher
Continuing Adult Education Certificate, University of Manitoba
Conflict Mediation Certification
Workplace Essential Skills Test Administrator Certification
Restoring Wholeness: Connection Between Neuroscience & Trauma Treatment
Accessibility Plan Training, Government of Manitoba
Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Power of Mindfulness: Inside and Outside the Therapy Hour
Attachment Treatment: Theory and Techniques
Emotion-Focused Therapy: Working with Emotion in Anxiety, Depression and Addictions
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training
Professional Grant Writing Certificate
Management Development Program
Accommodation Law Conference, Centre for Labour-Management Development 2019-20
World Congress on ADHD from Child to Adult Disorder. Lisbon, Portugal 2019. Vancouver, BC 2017
Return to Work: Mood Matters, Rehabilitation Return to Work Partnership 2019
ADDA National Conference on Adult ADHD
Bachelor of Education, After Degree – Senior Years, University of Winnipeg
Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simmons College
Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction, University of Winnipeg
International Coach Federation
ADHD Coaches Organization
ADD Coach Academy
ADDA Professional Membership
Institute of Coaching, IOC McLean Hospital Harvard Medical School affiliate
Multi-Health Systems Inc.
Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
The World Federation of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Manitoba Association of Career Development
Michelle has been instrumental in motivating my son, keeping him on track, and teaching him valuable work and life skills required to secure meaningful employment. Working with Michelle has truly helped my son to believe in himself. Now, he has secured a really good job with an eye on the future.
I have come to appreciate the mind-brain-body connection and learning. I am now able to recognize the thought and behavior patterns that were holding me back from learning new things. I now approach new challenges with more confidence and persistence than ever before. My reading, writing and comfort level with technology has greatly improved.
When I began meeting with Michelle, I was very skeptical; I believed I was above needing help and that if I wanted to be more successful, I should just work harder. A year has passed since then and I am more productive than I could have ever imagined. Michelle didn’t just give me a list of things that I should change, she got to know me and worked with me to help find strategies that were tailored to my strengths and weaknesses. This kind of highly personalized process was exactly what I needed. I strongly recommend seeing Michelle.
I have learned many new techniques for directing my attention on how to work with prioritizing multiple projects and staff that work well for me. I am no longer in a state of emotional overwhelm. The result in working with Michelle is building confidence and learning to live again … using my ADHD traits as an asset rather than a crutch.
You’ll have to experience this for yourself. All I can say is that this program is gold, do it and don’t be guarded. You get what you put into it. Good luck and enjoy it.
I no longer experience hesitation, in the past I would hesitate about everything, I felt like I could never get anywhere or get anything done that would move me ahead in my business and my life. Michelle inspired me to take on the work to shift my beliefs and behaviors. As a result of this work, I have increased self awareness and tools to make good choices and to move forward I am enjoying running my business and creating a stable future for my family.