Our talented team of contributors includes a wonderful group of professionals and parents, who bring a range of experiences, viewpoints and expertise to the site.
Scarlett Ballantyne is a freelance writer, makeup artist, designer, and business owner. Married with children, she is an active dance-mom of two teenage girls. When she isn’t chauffeuring kids around, she is passionate about photography, cooking healthy meals and Dancing with the Stars. Scarlett’s musings on parenting have been published on Scary Mommy and the Huffington Post Canada. You can also catch her sharing musings, beauty tips, mompreneur advice and photography on her blog, That Mom Hustle by Scarlett Ballantyne www.scarlettballantyne.com. Follow Scarlett on Twitter @Beautigurl.
Catherine Cameron is a unique professional who divides her time between her two passions: communications and organizational management, and fitness, health and wellness. She has over 20 years of experience as a communications professional and works with an impressive roster of Canadian organizations, businesses and brands. Also a personal trainer, and having led fitness classes for over 25 years, Catherine believes in role modelling an active, healthy lifestyle for her daughters and for Canadians of all ages and abilities. Learn more at www.catherinecameron.net and follow Catherine on Twitter @Cate_Cameron.
Cat Coode is the founder of Binary Tattoo. Her mission is to help educate people with the knowledge of how an online identity is first created and then developed – empowering them to control how theirs evolves in the online world. With an increased awareness in digital safety, we can all enjoy the benefits of online communities while minimizing the risks. Cat is also an engineer, speaker, consultant, author, and, above all else, a parent. Her motivation to help others was born out of her concern for her kids and the new generations growing up in an ever-changing digital landscape. For tips, tricks and lots more information, check out www.BinaryTattoo.com and follow @BinaryTat on Twitter.
Jo-Anne Craine is a parent of two and a freelance writer and editor at Type A Creative, which delivers premium editorial services to local and international clientele on a spectrum of projects from article writing and blogging to copy editing and comprehensive manuscript editing. She writes for Metroland Media’s community section at Save.ca and has been published in YummyMummyClub.ca and Wedding Essentials magazine, among others. You can follow Jo-Anne on Twitter @TypeACreative1 and Facebook or at www.typeacreative.ca.
Laurel Crossley is a highly sought after speaker catering to topics on self-development, parenting and child development. She is a columnist for Together Magazine, a regular guest on the Gail Vaz-Oxlade Night Shift Radio Show and Rogers Daytime as well as recently being invited to participate as a regular Parenting Panelist on Canada AM. Laurel has been interviewed for Chatelaine Magazine, Oh Baby Magazine, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. She hosted, and produced her own cable television series, MomU! which aired from 2009 – 2012. Follow Laurel on Twitter at @LaurelSpeaks.
Stephanie Dawn Elizabeth is a Certified Inner Kindness Coach + Mentor for Girls, Amazon Bestselling Author, YouTuber, and all around lover of GIRL POWER. Stephanie has been working with girls to change the way they think, feel, and talk about themselves in order to feel more worthy for over 5 years. Her mission in life and in business is to empower girls everywhere to recognize and own their power. Follow Stephanie on Instagram and Facebook @StephanieDawnElizabeth, on YouTube and at stephaniedawnelizabeth.com.
Lisa Evans is a freelance writer who lives in Burlington, Ontario. She spends her days writing about health, home decor, fitness, parenting and travel for a variety of clients. Some of her articles appear in the magazine racks of grocery stores and major bookstores while others fill the pages of local magazines and newspapers. Follow Lisa on Twitter @WriteLisaEvans or at lisaevans.ca.
Velma Ganassini is the mother of 3 terrific boys, founder of the multi-award winning SOS First Aid and Safety Training, co-founder of SOS 4 Kids Inc and co-author of Home Alone Safety for kids. She is dedicated to making injury prevention information more interesting and engaging for children and adults. Follow Velma on Twitter @sosforkids.
Erica Gomez is a Toronto-area blogger who writes with humour and heart about family, food, fitness and living life in the carpool lane. Her blog, Diary of Domestic Diva, is a gateway into the life of a 40-something, social-media-obsessed mom of four who is powering through marriage, parenting and her #fit40s with the mantra “keepin’ it real”. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica’s in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin the lives of her kids. Obviously. Follow @EricaBlogs on Instagram and Twitter.
Leslie Hughes is the Principal of PUNCH!media, LinkedIn Optimization Specialist and Professor of Social Media. Leslie helps businesses gain confidence using the right tools (LinkedIn, blogging, Twitter, Facebook) at the right time, to the right audience to make connections. With over 15 years experience in traditional and online marketing and sales, Leslie has helped clients such as The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, TVO, and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America extend their brand and convert business. For corporate training, keynote speeches, Social Media strategy development or LinkedIn Optimization, connect with Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Leslie @PunchMediadotca on Twitter.
Julia Iacobucci is a stay at home mother with 3 kids. Her days are filled by her kids’ busy schedules and activities. Sitting down for coffee with friends gives her an opportunity to be free from hectic daily life. Julie’s past experience includes retail buying and developing marketing campaigns. She was also a promotions and events co-ordinator for a major retailer.
Dana Kerford is a teacher, friendship expert, author and the founder of URSTRONG, an internationally recognized social-emotional wellbeing program for children. With extensive research on relational aggression and conflict resolution, Dana developed a skills-based friendship curriculum for girls, GirlPower, in 2009 and launched the brother program, GoodGuys, in June 2014. In 2016, after attending a special invitation to the White House to participate in a conference on gender equality, she designed and launched URSTRONG’s co-educational curriculum. Dana and her team of Licensed Presenters have worked with over fifty thousand tweens, parents and educators across North America and Australia and have been featured in magazines, newspapers and on television programs. Dana’s passion to empower children with the skills, language, and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier friendships is the heart and soul of URSTRONG. Follow Dana on Facebook and Twitter @urstrong.
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy and staying active. Find more inspiring tips from Deb on IronKidsNutrition.ca and MyBoomerNutrition.com and follow her on both Pinterest and Twitter @Deb_Lowther.
Randi Mazzella is a mother of three and freelance writer. Her work has been published in many print and online publications including She-Knows, Teen Life, Club Mid and About.com. Follow Randi on Facebook or Twitter @rmazz90210.
Stacy Maynard and Kerry Hills are moms with successful social media businesses. They have a passion for helping children understand how to use social media safely and have joined together to implement into classrooms and the community their Socially Safe, Socially Fun, social media programs. Stacy and Kerry are moms of kids between the ages of 8 to 15, so they understand the need to help our kids stay safe and create a positive digital footprint. Social Media is not going away and they are passionate about teaching kids how to use it, have fun and stay Socially Safe. Follow @sociallysafeSM on Twitter.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and created Good Night Sleep Site after her own family’s struggle of sleep deprivation. Through her research, education, and natural sleep instincts she has helped both adults, children, and major corporations worldwide erase their sleep debt and achieve sleep success. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) and when she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and Good Night Sleep Site at www.goodnightsleepsite.com. Follow Alanna on Twitter @GNSleepSite.
Alison Pentland writes OffthePorch.ca, exploring the social culture of everyday life, and operates FeeFiFoFun.ca, a costume web shoppe and concierge service. Follow Alison on Twitter @FeeFiFoFunFaery.
JoAnn Schauf helped thousands of students, parents and families as a middle, high and college counselor for twenty years. Today she empowers parents of tweens and teens to be stronger leaders and relationship builders in her parent workshops, coaching parents one-on-one, and running the website YourTweenAndYou.com. JoAnn is a consultant to school districts, is a radio commentator, and contributes to print and online publications. What makes her proudest is that her own four kids are each other’s biggest cheerleaders. She and her family live in Coppell, Texas with Elmer, their Black Lab. Follow JoAnn on Facebook and Twitter @YourTweenAndYou.
Debi Smith-Racanelli has two advanced degrees in Psychology, and is a passionate advocate of parenting education. Her book Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends addresses all aspects of raising tween girls using wit and wisdom, and even has a spot called Kendall’s Corner at the end of each chapter, where her own tween daughter lends her perspective on how tweens will respond to the advice given. Connect with Debi on Twitter @DebiJSR.
Jane Snyder is a bilingual travel writer and writes about active, family, low-carbon travel experiences, as well as travel with children and teens.
Shannon Tennyson is mom to a tween and young teen in North Carolina. Three years ago Shannon and her family packed their belongings, rented their home, and moved to Paris for a grand adventure, returning in late 2014. That experience later inspired the launch of tween brand CALZICO with her daughter. CALZICO is a globally-inspired, versatile clothing brand for tweens. To see what Shannon’s up to, visit calzico.com or on FB, Twitter or Instagram @calzico.
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