Angela grew up as a child with invisible disabilities, raises children with disabilities and complex needs and has been supporting families that include children with disabilities for 2 decades.
Angela spent much of her childhood in formal and informal foster care, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was raised by a mother and father who experienced addiction and mental health concerns, and has firsthand experience growing up within trauma and abuse. She uses this experience in connecting with youth and families who experience hardship and attachment disruption.
Her ability to understand neurodiverse children, and caregivers who struggle to connect due to their own trauma has come directly from her lived experiences. Angela was diagnosed with complex needs as a child, and now lives with several neurodiversities including ADHD, Anxiety disorder, dyslexia and residue from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and attachment disruption. She continues to consider these to include gifts in that every brain difference provides a gain in other areas, like creativity, innovation and connecting and offering compassion to others.