Shirley is a teacher and a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is currently employed as the sole school counsellor (K-12) in Valemount, BC. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences for which her doctoral research was on resilience in teachers who were simultaneously raising their own children while teaching; her work for this degree earned her the 2018 Women's Health Research Foundation Silver Award at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum and a 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. In 2020/21, Shirley completed certification through the Center for Systems Awareness at MIT to become one of the first master practitioners in Compassionate Systems Leadership in Canada. Shirley has worked with adults and children of all ages from infant/toddler to post-secondary. She is a well-regarded facilitator for professional development that draws from her research, educational, and practical experiences to help educators of all kinds be sustained in their work.
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