Contributors

Heidi Wilk was born and raised in Montreal and received her dietetics degree at McGill University. She moved to Toronto in 2002 with her husband Matthew. Heidi works full time in a downtown Toronto hospital and has 3 beautiful children under the age of 7. Trying to achieve a work life balance was put to the test in 2008 when Matthew was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer and their lives and dreams were forever changed. Heidi has recently started sharing her own personal struggles, how she has overcome them and the important life lessons she has learned as result. Contact Heidi by email at heidiwilk76@gmail.com.29 Articles


Born and raised in Toronto, Debora Sloan is excited about her new home in our nation’s capital with her husband and brand new baby boy. Living with type 1 diabetes since her teenage years nurtured a strong interest in Health and Fitness and so, after a career in the arts and marketing and managing her own art business, Debora returned to school to pursue a degree in Nutrition. Debora is now working towards her dream job, as she builds her private practice as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. She likes to practice what she preaches, and as a new mom, on a budget, in a new city, she hopes to prove that there’s always a way to eat well and stay fit. Visit Debora online at www.deborasloanhealthysolutions.com .28 Articles


Stacey Cline is an elementary school teacher and educational consultant. She is amazed by what she learns from her students every day. Stacey is passionate about reading, and has amassed a fantastic collection of children’s literature that her family enjoys daily. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two daughters and two cats. As a result, she loves strong espresso and good wine. Stacey can be reached at sclineconsulting@gmail.com.27 Articles


Marie-Helene Mayer is an experienced lawyer and mom familiar with the realities facing moms both at home and at work. She offers practical advice and is a proponent of picking the important battles - something she learned from being a mom. Marie-Helene often uses humour to deflect tense situations. A proud mom of two school-aged boys, she tries to maintain work-life balance and finds creative ways to make it all work. On her days “off” Marie-Helene loves to run. Marie-Helene can be reached at marie.helene.mayer@rogers.com.26 Articles


Tamara is an editor at Scholastic Canada and founder of Puzzlebox Communications. She's also a serious recreational runner (if that's possible), a serious pie lover, and mom to two amazing and not-so-serious school-aged kids. Opinions expressed here are Tamara's alone.24 Articles


Rebecca is one of Canada’s most well known journalists and writers. She is the bestselling author of nine books, including a trilogy of mommy memoirs: Knocked Up!Wiped and Toddlers Gone Wild. Her most recent books are How To Raise A Boyfriend, (which has been optioned for television), The Lucky Sperm Club and The Mommy Mob. Rebecca writes for numerous publications and lives in Toronto with her 10 year-old daughter Rowan, two year-old son Holt and is a Bonus Mom of two teenagers. She loves watermelon and documentaries.24 Articles


Amy Fish is a Canadian who writes about complaining. She is the author of the non-fiction book The Art of Complaining Effectively. Amy has been interviewed on national and local television and radio as a complaints expert, and as a writer. Her work has been published in  Reader’s Digest and the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) and she has won writing prizes from both Writer’s Digest and the Quebec Writer’s Federation. Amy loves to spread the gospel of complaining effectively and has appeared as a keynote speaker at conferences, professional meetings and garage door openings. Visit Amy online at amyfishwrites.com.23 Articles


Ingrid Bjel McGaughey, AMP is a full-time mortgage broker at Invis, which sounds boring but actually isn’t! In addition to helping her clients save time and money in financing and re-financing their properties, Ingrid speaks at real estate seminars and blogs about financial topics.  Between work commitments, Ingrid attempts to corral a household of males - boys, dog and husband – into some semblance of order, squeezes in volunteer work with the Rotary Club, coaches baseball, and does long distance running in the hope of maintaining her sanity. You can visit Ingrid on the web at www.CanadianMortgageCo.com.22 Articles


Marcy White BSc, MSW, MBA, enjoyed a career in the investment industry until her son, Jacob was born in 2002. Her academic degrees did not prepare her for caring for Jacob, who was born with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). Since Jacob’s diagnosis at 10-months-old, Marcy has become an advocate for her son and furthering PMD research to help find a cure. Marcy has published many articles about Jacob that have appeared in such publications as the Globe and Mail, Canadian Jewish News and Exceptional Parent. She recently published her first book: The Boy Who Can: The Jacob Trossman Story. She co-founded curepmd.com to educate people about PMD and fund research into finding a treatment. Marcy lives in Toronto with her husband, Andrew, and their three children, Jacob, Sierra and Jamie.21 Articles


Liz Pearl, M.Ed., is an educator and therapist with a particular interest in psychogeriatrics and expressive arts therapy. She is the founder of PK Press and the editor of several collections of personal narratives including the recently released revised edition of Mourning Has Broken (KOPE Associates, 2005, 2015) and the Living Legacies series featuring Canadian Jewish women including, Volumes I - IV (PK Press, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014). Now available - Volume V! Her immediate goals include streamlining her Pearls of Wisdom and social networking nonsense into a succinct blog and adjusting to the looming empty-nest stage.21 Articles


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