Joanne Shank, MEd
Professional Life Coach
Ever since I can remember I have had a passion for learning. One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother, who had gone back to school, sitting in the kitchen, books, papers and pens strewn all over the table in front of her. I loved to watch her study and couldn’t wait to follow in her footsteps. The idea of being able to read and learn from the contents of those books and to be able to write my own stories on those papers seemed magical to me!
As an adult, that love of learning drove me to acquire degrees in the fields of psychology, economics and education, as well as a Master’s in Educational Leadership. And, as a teacher, wanting to learn more about leading school teams, I continued my training with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Now retired, I am so grateful to have had the privilege and the honour to have worked in education, for over 30 years, both as a teacher and as a principal. After retiring, I continued my learning with the Canadian Federation of Coaches and received my Certified Coach practitioner certification. I am presently continuing my coach training through Erickson College’s, Art and Science of Coaching program.
Another passion was ignited in my late twenties when I picked up a copy of Norman Vincent Peale’s, The Power of Positive Thinking. The book had been given to me as a gift, when I was in grade 13, by one of my teachers and sat on my shelf, unread, for years. After reading that book, I developed an insatiable appetite for all literature related to personal growth and human development.
Today, my coaching is inspired by the teachings of many great authors and masters such as Victor Frankl, Wayne Dyer, Eckart Tolle and others. From my readings and from my own personal experiences has emerged a strong belief in the potential inherent in every human being.
Now, as I continue on my journey, as a learner and as a coach, my wish is to support and motivate others in their own process of learning and self-discovery.