#1 Bestselling Author
Ellen resides in in Summerland, BC, having moved there from Calgary in 1992. After leaving a senior position with Delta Hotels, she initially chose to continue to work in hotels in a less demanding role so she could focus on quality of life and raising her son, Chris. Later marrying Tom, father to Krista and Stephen, they together raised their blended family.
Tourism and hospitality have long been her passion, and for the past eleven years Ellen has worked with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Currently in the role of Vice President of Stewardship, Ellen works with her colleagues and regional partners to ensure that tourism employs tactics to develop in a sustainable and responsible manner, and most recently, to help businesses find the resources necessary to survive through this difficult time.
In 2013, Ellen faced her own personal grief after losing her son (Chris) to colorectal cancer at the age of twenty-nine. She fought then as she does now to move forward and find gratitude and appreciation for life. She hopes this story will remind others of the importance in appreciating what they have and to find the courage and resilience to move forward and build a meaningful future.
Mental Health Matters
YOU'VE GOT THIS
Chapter Title: When a Piece of Your Heart Dies
"Grief will not define me, I will harness its power to drive me forward"
~Ellen Walker Matthews
The time has come for this groundbreaking book on Emotional Intelligence to arrive. It challenges the status quo, and breaks the stigma that surrounds mental health.
You will step into a personal conversation with these 15 courageous authors who have uncovered their souls to give you hope. Their stories may break your heart and steal the very breath from your lungs, but they will also inspire you to see that triumph over adversity is always possible.
"When it comes to business, relationships, and being truly happy, emotional intelligence is the secret sauce to everything that matters. This book is a game-changer and inside these pages are invitations to witness what ‘doing the work’ looks like. May they inspire you to do the same."
~Beth Hanishewski - Master Coach. International Speaker. Igniter.
The resilience of the human spirit shines throughout this book. Whether it’s grief, loss, depression, anxiety, illness, abuse, or any stressor affecting you or someone you love, these stories will take you by the hand and show you how to not just survive, but thrive. You are not alone.
Pandemic! Stories of Purpose, Passion & Power Through this Extraordinary Era
YOU ARE THRIVING!
Chapter Title: Choosing Happiness
“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.”
~Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
When the world came crashing to a halt as a result of the historic 2020 pandemic, we were faced with a choice: to let ourselves be swept up in the waves of fear and overwhelm, or to shift our perspectives and evolve. And while this era is far from over, we have already seen incredible leaps of faith, extraordinary economic creativity, inspirational acts of generosity, and so much more.
In this special edition of the WOW book series, 16 women share their real-life stories about how they are moving through the uncertainty we are all facing. Rather than waiting for a “new normal” to arrive, they took action and found ways to pivot their businesses, pursue new passions or renew forgotten ones, and move forward. These powerful stories capture the unique moment in history we find ourselves living in, and show how we can continue to thrive through the challenging times ahead of us.
Each chapter offers inspiration and strategies on how to shift and evolve in your own life, both personally and professionally. We need to lift each other up, especially in times such as these. By bringing these amazing women together to share their stories, it provides a compass for you to navigate through your own challenging chapter and into your fabulous future.