An early belief that we are all one in this wondrous world has been deepened by many travels and a perspective often spoken by my slightly frustrated father, “You can’t tell Judy anything!” Dad, you got that SORT of right! You can tell me anything – just don’t expect me to buy into it until I’ve done my own thinking and research. As I reach my seventieth birthday, that investigative urge goes deeper. I want to discover the truth…to see and feel the realities for myself. For me this is the ultimate meaning of life…and the joys and wonder always fly far higher than anything on the bottom side of the life spectrum.
This We are the World recording never fails to confirm my faith in our future as human beings. And to move me to tears…probably because these were the professionals who sang the songs of my Baby Boom era. What would we have been without their wondrous energy?
My Professional Credentials:
Early years: banking, academic management and start-up entrepreneurial ventures emphasizing employee respect, honesty and exceptional customer service. Raised by parents who faced the persistent hard work and unique challenges of small business start-ups for almost 50 years, I have them to thank for my own willingness to go out on so many new routes to learn what life has to offer.
Received my Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Western, London, Ontario at the age of 36. So – before and after that -
For ten years, administrative assistant to the chairmen of scientific and social science departments, Western, London, Ontario.
Twenty-five years teaching experience at Canadian colleges: Georgian College (Barrie); George Brown (Toronto) beginning in 1991…
Written and verbal communications; interpersonal skills; group dynamics; core team building skills; media and public relations. Departments of Justice and Public Safety, Law and Security, Nursing, Hotel and Hospitality, Automotive Marketing.
Training Skills: Creation and delivery of over 150 corporate and government training workshops: Writing for Success; Technical Writing; Organizational Management; Coaching and Developing People; Team Building.
Specialized Core Training: The Ontario Fire College and OPP Civilian 911 Call Takers.
Other Professional Experience:
* Founder, Executive Director, Teen Towns Canada Youth Centres, not-for-profit, Barrie, 1997-2000.
* Instructor and campus administrator for three months, College for ESL studies, Tehran, Iran, summer 2001.
* Vice-President, Corporate Communications, VerXdirect, Barrie, 2007
*Founder/Organizational Manager, “Oh you Know – That Healing Place”, Mind, Body, Spirit Natural Healing Hub, Wasaga Beach, Ontario. April, 2015.
* Editor/writer, BodyTalk Central, Whole Healthcare, Barrie, Ontario, 2003-current.
Author Tactical Interpersonal Communications: Skills for Justice Studies and Emergency Services Training, published by Thomson Nelson, Toronto, 2005.
Something came to light for me recently – something I now believe, along with the timing of our global ascension - could have been an important trigger for my own spiritual journey. Before I was born, my mother, who I now realize had her own unusual gifts, was told by a psychic that she would have a daughter with a musical talent gift she was to encourage. And thankfully, she did! Thanks, Mom.
For centuries the importance of opening our heart chakra - the spiritual transcendent power source of love, compassion and joy – has been understood. Creative arts provide the essential energy to move us further along the evolutionary path. Writing, dance, music, acting, painting, sculpting, woodworking, gardening – or anything that requires we incorporate our body, mind and spirit in what is actually a meditative practice works fine.
At the age of eight I began singing in a Junior Choir in Orangeville, Ontario and my mother was encouraged to give me voice lessons because apparently I had a “gift”. From then on I was a frequent soloist for weddings and church services, special school and social events. In my early teens my family felt the call to move to Anaheim, California for eighteen months where I was unprepared but thrilled to receive the grade nine music award. Since then, I have always felt deeply blessed to be invited to be a soloist, blending my soprano voice in countless chorus productions.
My heartfelt love of music included three productions with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and a Purple Patches production of West Side Story at Western in London in the 1970′s, and The Sweet Adelines Chorus for three years. I also founded George’N'Company in the mid-1990′s shortly after I began teaching at Georgian College in Barrie. For eight years I performed with the Ontario Provincial Police Chorus headquartered in Orillia, Ontario and have many cherished memories of our busy schedule each year. In particular? Each September the view from the Parliamentary steps in Ottawa where Canadians gather to honour officers lost in the line of duty across Canada.
My home and workshop area – That Healing Place – 2015.
When you turn on your heart light, dark tunnels of fear disappear.