She is an inspiring speaker and advocate for mental health who motivates audiences all over the world to triumph over trauma, explore forgiveness, consider restorative justice and break down stigma. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the 50 Most Resilient People in the World by the Global Resilience Project, in 2016 as a New York Times "Women in the World Recommended Writer", and she is featured by the International Forgiveness Project.
In 2015 she wrote and co-produced "In Harm's Way", a documentary about families of offenders for CBC Radio's The Current. She has participated in federal government justice reform roundtables, written testimony, and is frequently called on as a consultant to justice system professionals and as a counsellor to people and communities overcoming trauma.
A passionate educator and facilitator, Shannon also leads experiential workshops and retreats on forgiveness, restorative justice and writing what hurts. She is a popular guest lecturer at colleges and universities and visitor to book clubs. She also coaches writers from pages to publication.
Shannon lives in Toronto, Canada, where she is remarried and the mother of twins.
Shannon's mission is to help people #FindTheWords to tell their stories, speak their truth, rebuild relationships, develop resiliency and live their best lives. She is the creator of FindTheWordsCards and has many new projects coming in 2020, the year she calls "The Year of Clear Vision".