I’ve always been invested in helping youth. As a parent, and especially as a coach, I see firsthand the important role we play in a teen’s life. Sharon and I were looking to do more, and we are so proud that our vision has evolved through the annual Kaleidoscope of Hope event we launched six years ago. We are trying to do our part, and we are deeply and sincerely thankful to everyone who has believed and supported the cause. Having suffered anxiety, I understand the pressures that people can succumb to - especially teens, so I want to ensure I’m doing everything I can to make a difference in people’s lives and our community. It was always our intention to have Kaleidoscope of Hope bring just that - Hope - so you always know the best is yet to come and you are loved!
I am a father of five children, husband to a terrific wife, and papa to two very cool grandkids. We lost our son Nicholas to drugs in 2013. After seeing Sharon and Tony's passion and commitment to help others through Kaleidoscope of Hope, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this journey helping others in our community. I am extremely touched that we can have a direct ipact on the mental health, drug awareness, and education of our children.
Mom of five, Wife/Partner of a serial entrepreneur, Nana of two little darlings, Co-Founder/President of Cody Party Centre, Co-Founder of the Better Software Company. I have joined the KOH family because addiction has touched our family with the worst possible outcome - the loss of our son Nicholas in 2013. I have lived through the battle of a child with addiction, struggled with the questions, searched for the answers, and I bear all of the scars. It takes a village.
Mental health is a vital part of everyday life, more so for our youth. I believe that if our youth start with a strong foundation, we can help them have a brighter future, which in turn makes for a better community for all. I suffered with depression and anxiety; many of my loved ones did as well. It especially hit home when my 23-year-old cousin took his life last year. These kids are suffering, and they need our help. I’ve both supported and attended KOH events in the past and was blown away by how amazing it was. This year, I am so proud to be part of this wonderful Kaleidoscope of Hope committee. I hope to bring new ideas, inspiration, and energy, but above all, I want to help as many kids as I can.
My professional career as an HR Executive, Organization Consultant exposed me to people and families from all walks of life and countries. Understanding people in the workplace, their values, their needs, and their struggles was a large part of my success in establishing work environments, programs and policies that met their needs. Upon retiring, my need to continue to support families led me to various charitable organizations, none of which grabbed my heart like KOH. The space between living and dying is short, and KOH funds people and services to fill this gap. Education, support, counselling, and much more is making a difference. It is a privilege to be part of it!
I have been exposed to depression and anxiety throughout my life and have witnessed the important role of a caring community in overcoming mental health obstacles. I believe it’s important for teens to have easy access to the proper resources needed to help. As the parent of two young children, Kaleidoscope of Hope speaks so deeply to me. Children and teens are at vulnerable stages of life when they shouldn’t be left to suffer alone, or battle things in silence. I believe it’s important to spread the word that asking for help is okay and that there are people out there willing to help. We, as a community, should pull together to alleviate some of the traumatic experiences that teens throughout our city endure; embrace them with empathy and love; and provide the resources to overcome.
As a former teacher, vice principal and principal in both private and public schools, it has always been my mission to ensure that all of my students are engaged in learning in a safe and caring school environment. Student well-being is fundamental to student success. As such, I have always had a strong focus on positive mental health, helping students realize their potential to become active, healthy and productive citizens. When working with adolescent youth, our social action projects developed their awareness of drug addition resources, mental health disorders, suicide prevention, anti-bullying strategies and homelessness. Through their positive action they were able to help, support, and develop compassion for those most vulnerable. I want to provide others with the tools, resources and supports necessary to help youth, young adults and their families who are currently struggling with these issues. By raising awareness and positive action, I hope to make a difference in the lives of others.
Having called 17 addresses and 3 countries home since marrying, my original career in teaching faced many challenges. Plan B included Event Planning accreditation, and a Career Volunteer was born. I have always enjoyed working with passionate, creative, and dedicated people, so I considered it a privilege when Sharon and Tony asked me to join the Kaleidoscope of Hope Planning Committee. The wonder of the world as seen through the eyes of our two joy-filled grandchildren underscores the tragedy of each and every compromised young life. We must always strive to help those in need.