Board of Directors
President and Founder
Having spent the past decade in the Equine Industry this city girl has learned first hand the power that is at the root of the connection between horses and humans. That connection is a place without judgement, bias and agenda. So many suffer in silence as we battle trauma, mental illness, depression to touch on the very few. Crying silent tears on pillows and hiding scars, we put on brave faces and painted on smiles all while wanting to scream on the inside.
After losing our first born in 1997, I have lived with clinical depression, battled Bulemia, and have faced low self esteem and self worth. For years I felt that suicide was my way out. Finding a safe place to be broken and to be accepted was always a challenge, as was facing each new day. Feeling alone is not new to me, it's my dream is to create a place that for an hour, a day, a weekend or a lifetime we can find the unconditional love and acceptance that we need to fall and get back up again. A place where broken is beautiful and cracks are mended with gold. Building this umbrella of wellness has been a labour of love with unlimited potential. I lay awake dreaming of the places we can go and the lives we can touch. My passion is children and my ultimate goal would be to provide a place where kids can come and learn now what I wish I knew then. By building relationships with local professionals and through a collaborative effort, we will have have a program that offers a variety of programming to kids, teens and adults, free of charge.
Together we can awaken a much needed dialogue about the love affair we have should have with the image in the mirror, learning to love that face looking back. We can eliminate the shame around our bodies and mistakes we have made. We can learn to talk and more importantly how to speak. We can learn to be an energetic ninja...one of my favorite quotes from Josh Nichol...learning what is for us and what is not. The liberation of truly living a happy life and walking the higher road is not unattainable if we band together and bravely step...nope dive into the journey.
When I'm not running my boarding facilities and horsin around, I spend my time with my family who I'm blessed to share this journey with A parade group I once rode with...taught me that I can do anything, including riding my main man through downtown Calgary for the Stampede Parade.
Dreams come true...never give up...never settle...
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The rock of the Doyle family Kevin has spent over 20 years in Oil and Gas as a Negotiator for a large international company. His ability to see all sides of issues, ideas and programs makes him a huge asset to Metanoia. Working with varying levels in his company, Kevin has a keen mind and ease as he navigates his corporate life. He leads teams with calm and steady nature and his effective problem solving will come in very handy as we build and expand the vision of metanoia.
When not at the office or helping with the family business, Kevin is a published author and avid writer. His passions also include travel, reading, movies and much more. A complex man...we often wonder if he really is a super hero...after all we have never seen Batman and Kevin in the same room!
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I was born and raised in Calgary. I am a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother of ten.
I worked in the service and security department of AGT (now Telus) for over ten years before becoming a full time mom. During those informative years of raising children, I volunteered, volunteered, volunteered. I have Early Childhood training and Leadership training from U of C. I started volunteering in schools and then expanded to sports. I have served as Director at the Alzheimers Society of Calgary, Alberta Alpine Ski Association, Alpine Canada World Cup, Chickwagon Foundation for Women and Sacred Path over the last twenty five years. I have delivered Meals on Wheels for over twenty years, taught Sunday School, been an aerobics instructor, and enjoyed travelling all over the world learning about other cultures. I have a passion for animals (I own a horse), children and their needs, elderly people, travelling, physical and mental fitness, drum circles, riding and just enjoy people and watching them grow in their knowledge and understanding of themselves and the world around them.. I am deeply in favour of Paying it Forward where ever and whenever I can.
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Vacant - Treasurer
Leanne Landers is a Theatre Production Assistant at a Event Center here in Calgary, Ab. Leanne brings to the board years of volunteering is differing capacities. She has served on other local not for profits where her efforts assisted in raising nearly $100,000.00 for a local riding school. She has a keen sense of purpose coupled with a desire for change and helping others.
Born and raised in Calgary she has over 20 years of husbandry under her belt, working at local barns and Riding stables, mucking stalls, feeding or just out kissing horses noses. She is always the happiest with the smell of horses around her.
She keeps busy sewing and creating costumes pieces for a group she belongs to,
"The Women of the Wild West"
She loves her family time, snuggles with her dog and cozy up to a bonfire under the stars !
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Cynthia J. Lamont, MA, C.C.C.
Registered Provisional Psychologist
I have had the honour of working in the meetings and events world for over 20 years. During the last five years of this career, I was in the oil and gas industry and during this time I pursued a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. In the Fall of 2019, I became a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association possessing a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation. I am also a Provisional Psychologist registered with the College of Alberta Psychologist.
Much like how I approached my role as a single mother to 18-year-old twins, I believe that success in counselling is a direct result of mutual respect and collaboration between my clients and myself. This new chapter in my life has been exciting, terrifying and, at times, unpredictable
During the week, I can be found at either of Journey Counselling's two offices in the NW and SE of Calgary. In my spare time, I enjoy practising yoga, reading and being a proud mom to my twins who will be starting University this fall!
Areas of Counselling Specialization: Anxiety, Couples Counselling, Depression, Trauma, Career and Job Concerns.
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Jodi Caskey has been in Calgary for 21 years. She has an extensive background in human services in Parenting, Disabilities, Grief, Trauma, Addiction, Harm Reduction and Mental Health. Jodi is a Therapeutic Yoga instructor and a Reiki Master. She has a passion for animals, hiking, baking, music and dancing. A humanitarian at heart, she is happiest when she’s travelling and meeting people. Jodi brings compassion and inspiration to the board, she is a force to be reckoned with, sit with her....your life will be forever changed
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My intention for sharing my passion and love for the earth, animals and all creatures, the plant life, air and sunlight. My intention is to ignite your own awareness and knowing to find the innate wisdom within you. Without the earth and the sun, and much more..... what would we be?
Hi my Name is Nicole Scheck, and I would like to be your guide and hand to hold, During your journey of self discovery.
In my course Connecting with the Earth, your light body and the Herd. Your intention should be focussed on the earth, your surroundings, yourself to your higher self and the beautiful beings that surround you.
We can move mountains or mole hills both are equally important for the domino effect.
When focussing and shifting on one thing we have awakenings on others.
I look forward to our time and your journey.
Meditating with the herd.
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Matthew Doyle - Horse Lead Wrangler/Trainer
Growing up in the horse world Matthew has developed a keen understanding and sense of the horses that we work with. Our head wrangler and trainer, Matthew is as dedicated to learning about the horse as he is to learning about himself. Matthew has trained under one of Canada's premier trainers since he was 16 and continues to train people in the area who are looking not only for horsemanship but lifemanship. When not in the arena, Matthew is an avid hiker and trail rider. He lends his time to Women of the Wild West and is a huge support to the ladies on the parade route. He prides himself that many of the riders are his students and walking among them while they live their dreams.
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Heading off to University on the fall Spencer is excited to lend a hand wherever needed for Metanoia. An old hand at helping at the ranch he was quick to step in and be barn manager for one of the Doyle facilities. Horses bloom under his care and that is shown through his excellence as a horseman.
Kind hearted and witty Spencer is a delight when volunteering and the kids are often lining up to spend time with him. His soul comes through with every connection leaving the rider with knowledge and deeper understanding of the horse.
He has an electric laugh and is the comic relief we need when things get tough.
When not working at the ranches or at a local grocery store, Spencer is often with friends, spending time with family and preparing for his future
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Belle has grown up surrounded by horses. She was riding since she could walk taking to the trails with her mum seated in her ride behind. Belle is an electric soul who is the driving force behind many programs. She developed our summer half day and full day camps and has developed a body image camp for girls that will be launched soon. Her passion for building a place where everyone is loved and equal is almost as bright as her love and compassion for people around her.
Always with a smile on her face she has grace and poise as she leads countless little ones around on horseback. Vital to the program, when she isn't volunteering, she is dancing, playing in band and surrounded by her adoring cats.
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