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Meet Sharon!

posted by KWCS Staff

Sharon has been at KW Counselling Services for four years and is inspired by the agency’s motto that change is always possible when relationships are enhanced. Sharon believes that small changes in what we do can transform our lives.

 

Sharon wears several different hats at KW Counselling Services including: CQI Manager, Accreditation Coordinator, JHSC chair, Parenting Program Coordinator, and Chief Privacy Officer (interim).  She is also on the Agency’s Wellness Committee.

Of her work as Parenting Program Coordinator, Sharon says, “Having people share their parenting struggles with me, and being able to connect them with a parenting course that can help them is deeply satisfying. I love getting feedback on our parenting programs and hearing how they have changed the way people will parent.  Just think of the generational impact of that!”

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and later, experiencing post-partum depression, contributed to Sharon’s interest in learning about self-care and developing her own wellness practice. Although she is the busy solo mother of a teenager, works full time, and actively volunteers in the community, Sharon knows the vital importance of carving out time for self-care. Sharon loves the opportunity to speak with people about gratitude, and as part of KW Counselling Services’ public education program, Sharon recently had the opportunity to speak about the barriers to self-care and what we can do to overcome them.  

“I love seeing change! I have been particularly impacted by seeing some young teens come to their first counselling appointment with slumped shoulders and shame, and several appointments later seeing them standing taller, with more confidence and hope in their demeanour.”

Sharon is a life long learner and holds a degree from Queen’s University in English and History, a Regulatory Law Administration post-diploma from Seneca College and has taken Human Resource management courses from Conestoga College. She is currently enrolled in a Program evaluation course at Wilfrid Laurier University. Sharon has worked in large industry leading companies such as Manulife and BMO Nesbitt Burns as well as International Teams Canada, and non-profits including Big Sisters.