Bonnie was born and raised in Guelph Ontario, Canada. She recently retired from her career as an elementary school teacher after 32 years. Her teaching assignments have included Grades 2-8, Resource teacher, a Behaviour Resource teacher, a Special Education teacher and a Teacher Librarian.

“One thing I know: only the ones among you who will be truly happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve others.”
~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“A hundred years from now it will not matter
what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove,
but the world may be different because
I was important in the life of a child.”
~ Forest E. Witcraft

Bonnie conducted numerous workshops for teachers and parents during her career. She is a certified Advanced Self-Esteem facilitator trained by Jack Canfield, co-author of the highly successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. Her company The JOYologist Inc. conducts seminars for health professionals, women’s groups, businesses, church groups teachers and parents.


Bonnie with the well-known Jack Canfield, author of the highly successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books.


Since 1998 Bonnie has been recovering from injuries she suffered after a fall at work. She received a rare bone transplant in 1999 and is extremely grateful to her young donor and her family who permitted her to receive this extraordinary gift of fresh bone and cartilage to correct her injuries. Bonnie is an official spokesperson for The Trillium Gift of Life Foundation that supervises transplants across Canada. While confined to bed for 30 months
(spent 6 months in bed after Guelph surgery; another 24 months following her bone transplant)
Bonnie wrote and self-published her first book called:

The Top Ten JOY Journal
A Treasure Chest of Gems for Your Self-Discovery

Her subsequent books are called:
2) Charting A Course For Joyful Living
3) The “New” Top Ten Joy Journal


People orientated personality and attitude.

Enthusiastic and creative approach to teaching.

Motivate students to greater achievements.

Strong organization skills.

Effective communication and verbal mediation skills.

Knowledgeable about educational resources.



* Completed 100 hours of intensive professional training seminar focusing on the
development of facilitation skills for enhancing self-esteem.

* Developed and implemented Social Skills Units for the Behaviour Programme.

* Administered and managed Library Resource Centre providing library services for a
staff of 19 teachers and 350 students.

* Assessed, motivated, supervised and evaluated students in individualized remedial
reading programmes with 85% success in achieving the stated objectives.

* Developed instructional strategies and curriculum units for enrichment and
remedial students.

* Conducted numerous workshops and in-service programmes for teachers, parents and
service clubs.

* Faculty Member on Language Arts Course for 100 teachers in Wellington County
sponsored by the Ministry of Education.

* Supervised entire Summer School Programme with a staff of 54 teachers and 800
students in six centres throughout Wellington County.


Speak up with Confidence, Michigan, 1999
Jack Canfield Self-Esteem Advanced Facilitator Certification. Costa Mesa, California,1995.

Jack Canfield Self-Esteem Facilitator Certification. Costa Mesa, California, 1994.
University of Western Ontario, Guidance. Part I, 1990.
Brock University, Librarianship. Specialist, 1990. Part II, 1989. Part I, 1985.
University of Western Ontario, Reading. Specialist, 1983. Part II, 1983. Part I, 1982.
Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass. Project T.E.A.C.H., 1981.
York University, Special Education. Part I, 1980.
Ministry of Education, Mathematics, 1975.
Ministry of Education, Visual Arts, 1968.
Hamilton Teacher’s College, 1966.


While under contract with the Wellington County Board of Education,
her teaching assignments have included:
i) Behaviour Resource Teacher
ii) Teacher-Librarian
iii) Primary, Junior and Intermediate Special Education Teacher
iv) Special Education Remedial Assistant (enrichment and remediation)
v) Classroom Teacher: Grades 2-8

Click here to read more about Bonnie’s incredible story highlighted in several local papers.


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