"I firmly believe that telling our stories and speaking our truth is the most effective and efficient path to empowerment." ~Lisa Browning
About twelve years ago, I was doing a lot of charity. Not a bad thing, certainly ... but the problem was that most of that charity work involved sitting on one or more committees. I was tired of meetings, and so I resigned from everything ... but because of my passion for giving back in some way, I had to find a replacement.
My background was publishing, and I had always dreamed of having my own magazine ... and gradually, after many walks through the wetlands where the ideas flowed down through the trees, I developed the idea for an online magazine. What to call it, though?
At the time, local teacher Mike Elrick had just been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and had started a blog to talk about his journey. I was impressed beyond words, with his openness and honesty, and the courage it took to be so vulnerable. I will never forget the day that I read about his CELP students planting one thousand trees in his honour. I had found my name!
Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find some information about the products and services I offer ... and hopefully you'll also find a little inspiration and encouragement to tell your own story and speak your own truth! Feel free to contact me to find out how I can help!
The Story Behind the Name
On November 2, 2009, one thousand trees were planted in a field across from Starkey’s Loop, a hiking trail just outside of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The trees were planted by former and current students of the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP), in the midst of CELP founder, teacher, and life-long non-smoker Mike Elrick’s battle with lung cancer. Mike lost the battle on November 23, 2009. One Thousand Trees is a response to the legacy he has left to so many.