First generation Canadian, I was born in Toronto, Ontario to a wonderful family that had strong bonds and healthy values. From my younger years, I learned to think of the welfare of others from the example of my parents. I enjoy people and take great delight in making new friends. I want my life to make a positive difference.
I graduated with Honours in 1984 with a Bachelor's of Social Work at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada, where I also earned Certificates in Public Administration and Psychology of Human Relations. After getting married in 1985, I put all my energies into strengthening my marriage and raising my family. Within sixteen years, I had ten children. I felt challenged on many fronts. My family has never been perfect and never will be. I desire to be a more loving person each day. Like everyone, I constantly struggle to rise to the occasion. My central goal is to nurture a strong marriage and family. My education provided me with a base, but I really needed to develop specific skills to achieve this goal. While my children were young, I sought out amazing moms to mentor me and read extensively. I tapped into great resources.
To further my professional development on the homefront, my husband and I took a 10 week intensive course offered by Family Life, Development & Culture in Toronto (1987) that covered topics such as Children's Character Education, Development of Emotions and Affections, Sex Education for Children and Building Family Relationships. Soon after we took the University of Navarre course taught by Prof. David Isaacs on Adolescence and Marriage Relationships (Montreal, Quebec, 1988) and Educating Younger Children: 6-13 year olds (Washington, DC, 1989). We also appreciated the many seminars on Education of Boys, Parental Leadership, Educating for Virtue and Qualities of Successful Parents given by James Stenson in Toronto. These activities had a profound impact on my view of raising a family. With three small children at home, I made time to complete a two year correspondence program in 1991 offered by the Institute for Family Sciences at the University of Navarre. I then moderated sessions for Family Enrichment in Toronto before moving to Kingston, Ontario for the birth of our fourth child. My husband and I attended the 2nd on Family and Education in Toronto and were invigorated to get involved in our community. Since 1993 I have been an active member of Neeje Association for Women and Family, a non-profit charity whose aim is to strengthen families and build society. For years, I have led mothers' groups, girls' clubs, couples' groups, family camps and family catechism programs.
I speak regularly on my favorite topics: marriage, motherhood and parenting and have been greatly enriched by so many across the country. In 2003, someone attending my Mom You're Incredible talk in Ottawa asked, "How do you do it? You should write a book!" My reply, "As if I have time!" However, with the help of my husband and sister, 10kids.com was born in 2004 to share "my secrets" with other moms. Initially I just posted my family photo. Thereafter, three times a year or so I try to post something meaningful to women. Now the website has grown immensely to address many needs of single and married women, as well as moms. My son even boasts that his university buddies regularly visit the recipe section. And from time to time, there is even something for the men.
Time is opening its door to me now as my children leave the nest. I accept speaking invitations more frequently across the country. What a joy to affirm people, make them laugh and help them see the heroic beauty of their daily lives. Since 2011, I have also been speaking to young ladies at university residences in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston on the topic of Dating. Some of these talks have been posted in the Audio section of this website. To add a bit more spice to my life, I have stepped back into my shoes as a moderator for Family Enrichment courses for couples as of 2012. I find it exciting to help couples embrace the call to greatness within their lives. My hope for the future is to finally write a book. In the meantime, I hope 10kids.com offers you some helpful advice. May you be inspired to live your life with conviction, joy and much happiness. I wish you every success!
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