Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams Chief Transformation Officer

New Media Enthusiast and Advocate

Experience Enabler

Shirley is a result-driven and passionate leader. She has led numerous business transformation initiatives across the globe that has included Canada, US, South Americas, Europe and Australia.  Her 20 -year career has spanned Biotechnology, Brand & Generic Pharmaceuticals, IBM Global Business Consulting, Healthcare and New Media.

In addition to her own blogs on global leadership [William Pearl] and social media [Social Media Pearls], Shirley is a blogger for Pharma iQ , Huffington Post and currently produces her own talk radio shows including, Rise Of The Patient. Shirley has introduced the term COMsumers to reflect today’s informed and empowered consumer. Shirley helps organizations to become better through the eyes of the consumer, by improving the consumer experience.

Leveraging her talk radio show, business transformational know-how, Shirley facilitates engaging conversations, collaborations and performance to improve systems, processes and operations.  Academically, Shirley is a scientist with a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology. Shirley is also a certified practitioner and professional in Change Management (Prosci), Project Management (PMP/PMI) and Social Media (OMCP, Online Marketing Certified Professional). INITIATIVES 1. Rise Of The Patient. Elevating The Voices in Health Care to Drive Collaboration

There is a movement happening. It is a quiet one, however [...] continue the story

Michelle Sorenson

Michelle Sorenson Michelle Sorensen has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1998, when she was 24 years old.  She was in the middle of graduate school, training to become a psychologist. She is now a member of the Ontario College of Psychologists and has a private practice in Clinical Psychology in Ottawa, Canada. Using a cognitive behavioural approach to therapy, Michelle helps patients with a wide range of issues.  Michelle has developed a speciality in counselling patients with diabetes. She combines her knowledge about changing thoughts, feelings and behaviours with the understanding that comes from personally living with Type 1 diabetes herself for over 13 years to help patients change their thoughts and modify their behavior.

Michelle believes adaptation to living with this chronic disease would be more manageable if more psychological support was available to people with diabetes.  She hopes to help fill this gap in diabetes care by helping diabetes health professionals become more aware of the ways in which they can support and educate their patients about issues like grief, accessing supports and changing the negative thoughts and behaviours that plague many people living with this challenging condition.  She speaks about various topics related to diabetes management, including counseling approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy [...] continue the story

Dee Christensen

Dee Christensen Dee Christensen is a writer, social advocate and the owner of Canada’s leading addiction magazine. This former street junkie turned entrepreneur used her life experiences and an academic background in Criminology and Social Work to found Recovery Wire Magazine. This common interest publication has become a vehicle for uniting the broader addiction community, and a medium to reach people who might not be ready to get help yet. As Editor in Chief, Dee is passionate about joining the fight to educate people about addiction, and end the cycle of isolation and recidivism. This grass roots magazine, written by people impacted by addiction personally, has become a major resource for addiction professionals and individual subscribers around the globe: from Canada to the United States, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and even China.

Derek Forgie of MTV Canada writes, “One would be hard-pressed to find a hipper, slicker, unapologetically honest approach to the important issue of recovery.” 

Dee credits her success to the everyday, hard working heroes in the mental health field that she met along the way. For every person who steered her in the right direction and cheered her on during her voyage back to life, she works tirelessly to pay [...] continue the story

Chloe Vance

Chloe Vance Chloe’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes 13 years ago ignited a passion for adventure. In threatening to take away her freedom, diabetes inspired her to do more, see more and be more. She’s guided expeditions by canoe to the Arctic Ocean, traversed the North by dog sled, circumnavigated New Zealand by bicycle, run half marathons, completed adventure races, ski toured 400km north of the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and backpacked around the world.

In the video  below, Chloe Vance, founder and executive director of Connected in Motion, shares a turning point in her life, when she went from unengaged to engaged patient, to patient activist and realized the power of community.

Follow the exploits of Chloe and the Connected In Motion team online http://www.connectedinmotion.ca/ , on Facebook and Twitter @ConnectInMotion

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Guida Clozza

Guida Quaglia Clozza Guida Quaglia Clozza (B.PHE; B.ED) is a retired secondary school teacher with 31 years of experience in Physical and Health Education and has a specialist in Special Education. Her passion for teaching and advocating for the rights and the needs of exceptional students have led her over the years to become a voice of support for fairness, in both the educational and medical communities.

Guida has always been a strong advocate for special needs children and promoting inclusion in school and in the community. She has sat on parent school councils, presented workshops on navigating the school system, and has been involved in many school and community special education programs and parent workshops

(Erinoak Kids Treatment Center, Hospital for Sick Kids, Geneva Center for Autism, Community Living in Peel region, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board Special Education Advisory Committee). In 2009, Guida was recognized for ‘her advocacy and efforts on behalf of special needs students’ by the Ontario Association for Developmental Education as the recipient of the Fred Soplet Humanitarian Award.

Guida has actively been involved in Epilepsy awareness as an Epilepsy ambassador for 20 years working through Epilepsy Toronto, where she received the H.O.P.E Award (Helping Out People with Epilepsy) [...] continue the story