Who I Am
Psychologist, Trainer, Manager, Happiness at Work Advocate … I’ve worn many hats throughout my career, and what’s remained constant is my desire to help others.
My mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of as many people as I can by helping individuals and organizations connect with health and happiness.
What led me to this mission? I’ve been gifted with many learning opportunities in my life, and some of these haven’t always been easy, but I’m grateful for the learning. These gifts have enabled me to cultivate deeper empathy and compassion, connect with my own resilience, and develop a profound respect for the way people make sense of their world. My hope is to share what I’ve learned so that others may feel hope and possibility. Over the years I’ve found it truly awe-inspiring to see people give voice to their thoughts and feelings in a way that creates understanding and connection with their strengths, hopes and dreams.
My education and training have strengthened my mission. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and Master of Science degree from Loma Linda University. I participated in the first international training on Happiness at Work held in Copenhagen, Denmark and most recently became certified as a Psychological Health and Safety Advisor by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Early in my psychology career my intent was to provide a safe, therapeutic healing experience for people. I began to realize that the organizations I worked in often made this challenging. Many of these workplaces had extremely low morale and ineffectual leadership. I frequently felt overwhelmed and undervalued, and I knew I wasn’t alone. I remember the toll this took on my well-being … the feeling that what I did made little difference and that no one cared about the struggles I was having at work. Sometimes these struggles had a negative impact on my home life. I learned, first hand, that our workplaces have a significant impact on our well-being. These experiences led to expanding my professional focus to include organizations and providing services that contribute to healthier, more productive workplaces.
On a personal note, I was born in and have spent the majority of my life in Edmonton. I’m happily married with an amazing adult daughter. One of my biggest passions in life is to learn and grow, professionally and personally. I frequently enroll in classes and webinars and I’m a huge fan of TED talks. I’ve learned about cool stuff like Flamenco dancing, why having meaning and purpose is vital to our well-being, and taiko drumming to name just a few. I believe in the healing power of mindfulness, self-compassion, laughter, fun, and the occasional chocolate.
Don’t Just Take My Word for It
- “Danielle has an excellent presentation style … she excelled at engaging the audience and knew how to read the audience and adjust the presentation according to participant experience and energy level. In the future I would attend or recommend a professional development session where Danielle was the speaker without hesitation.”Gina DausEdmonton Catholic Schools
- “Danielle is a real force for happiness at work. She has extensive academic knowledge and background and a real talent for applying it in practice. Book her if you get half a chance ‐ she will make your organization happier and more successful.”Alexander KjerulfChief Happiness Officer, Woohoo Inc., Copenhagen, Denmark