Bonnie J. Brooks: The Mission
My mission is to bring you to a transformational place in your life through words that heal and empower you.
Several of my training and life experiences that support my mission include the following:
– elementary and adult educator;
– award-winning author;
– certified speaker, coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team;
– certified grief support facilitator with the Grief Recovery Institute;
– certified depression recovery associate director with the Nedley Institute, and
– certified Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) facilitator and certified International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) public participation professional.
Bonnie J. Brooks: The Writer, Speaker and Coach
My first published works were a series of poems in a Grade 9 school paper (guess who was the editor!). Several of my poems were published in a university poetry anthology, “Beyond the Sound Barrier.” One of my minor claims to fame came about when I wrote the best letter to the editor of a major metro syndicated newspaper and won the Golden Pen award (the Gold Cross pen sat in the bottom drawer of my desk, as I waited for some momentous occasion to put it to use – the day I had my debut book launch!).
More recently, I was a contributor to the “Back-to-School Memoir Anthology 2013.” I have also done extensive journaling since I was a young adult and had articles published in local newsletters.
I have produced a variety of writing and editing materials for politicians and government bureaucrats during my career in the public service. In the workplace, my nickname became “Editing Paws” because I couldn’t resist rewriting or editing everything that crossed my desk. I have been published in an international science and technology journal for an article on effective use of digital media.
In spite of my wide-ranging personal and professional writing, I was still left with an often-spoken desire to someday write a book. That yearning has now been fulfilled. Pierced in the Heart: The Miracle of Healing after Grief and Loss is my debut non-fiction book. I received the 2013 Canadian Christian nonfiction publishing contest award for this work from Word Alive Press.
Mental health issues and suicide in my immediate family, along with my experience with bipolar disorder, expanded my heart and mind to the suffering of others. I have researched the topic of mental health extensively. I am intuitively tuned in to hurting teens and adults who cry out on social media to a world largely insensitive to the pain disguised in their words. I have connected with hundreds of depressed or suicidal individuals. Several have told me that I literally saved their lives.
As a result of my personal experiences with mental health and grief and loss, I have recently completed certification in providing educational programs in depression recovery and grief recovery. I offer group programs in both areas, as well as 1-1 programs on grief recovery. I also speak publicly on both topics.
I also offer 1-1 coaching, group mastermind training and public speaking based on training by John C. Maxwell, the Number 1 leadership expert in the world.
Bonnie J. Brooks: The Educator
I began my career as an elementary school teacher and adult educator, with training and experience in the fields of special education, early childhood education, English as a Second Language, and basic literacy.
I have also worked in a senior management position in a provincial education ministry in Canada for twenty-five years where I provided leadership for several major projects including:
- a public involvement initiative that resulted in the creation of a new vision for education in the province;
- initiatives to support a major update of educational legislation;
- technology integration initiatives to support the education system;
- educational video licencing and video productions;
- reviews of teaching and learning resources; and
- the ministry’s corporate planning processes
Bonnie J. Brooks: The Person
My personal and spiritual journey has given words to my life purpose: “I am a joyful, confident, and trusting woman of God, touching people’s lives with love and shining a light to bring hope in the darkness.”
I enjoy being out in nature, as well as the adrenaline rush of exploring activities such as sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, quadding, and parasailing. Although I haven’t completely overcome my fear of heights, I still hope to go skydiving someday before I turn 80. I also enjoy tamer activities such as daily walks with my German shepherd, Nikita.
Indoors, I am most often found in front of my computer or a book or spending time with my cat, Puddy. I can be found on various social media platforms where I connect with individuals with similar passions—writing and publishing, mental health, grief recovery, inspired living, and most importantly, a God who loves His children through it all.
Besides visiting my daughter in California, I enjoy travelling to warmer places to take a break from northern winters. I also satisfy my interest in travel by attending a variety of professional and personal growth conferences in Canada and the United States.
I take more than my share of sunset pictures when I am near an ocean. My bucket list includes taking ocean sunset pictures on every continent (well, perhaps with the exception of Antarctica, unless the temperatures warm up significantly there).