In late 1999 I contracted an e-coli infection that ate away portions of my spine (along with damaging other internal organs including my brain). I spent many months in hospital, then more in a body cast (from my neck to my knees) as the bones were fused back together. When I was finally released from hospital, I was still in the body cast and walking with a cane.
My parents lived in a home with a driveway that had a lovely big tree at the end of it. My goal was to be able to walk right to the end of that driveway and get to the tree.
It took me many tries (and many days) to get to the end of that driveway, but when I did I knew I was on the path to freedom. I knew that nothing could hold me back after that day!
It was 27 steps to the end of the driveway, and the more I thought about it I realized that each step represented something I had learned during my journey to healing.
I now feel strong enough emotionally to go back in time, and relive the journey and share the lessons of those 27 Steps.
I began my first business when I was nineteen and since then have created a number of successful companies. In the mid 1990's I became one of the first women to launch an independent website which was chosen by the New York Times as “one of the best biz sites on the 'net".
Since then I have spoken to over 10,000 people at live events throughout western Canada and the US about using technology and social media to build brands and companies. As a past nominee for “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year" I bring over 30 years of business experience, my innovative approach and a 'can do' attitude that inspires and motivates audience members.
I am also a Certified Guerrilla Marketing coach and author.