We are honoured to work with esteemed experts in child and parental education, development, mental health and well-being, as well as fellow entrepreneurs, in the development and creation of My Kindness Calendar's products and resources.
Please take a moment to meet our dear advisors!
With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology, Dr. Andrea uses her specialized knowledge of brain-behaviour relationships to work with young people and their families coping with a wide range of issues and concerns. Her goal is to facilitate positive change by helping people to make healthy, informed choices. Andrea has trained and worked across Ontario, including The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
Find Dr. Andrea here: www.drandreabyrne.com
Dr. Tanya Cotler, adult and child clinical psychologist, author and acclaimed speaker has a particular interest in supporting women as they prepare for and adjust to pregnancy, birth and all that is motherhood. As both an adult and child clinical psychologist, she is uniquely able to understand and relate to parents and their children. With over 15 years of training and experience, Dr. Tanya has honed her skills in working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and relational trauma across the lifespan. Her approach focuses heavily on the primary attachment relationship between parent and child – as a way to understand patterns, thoughts and behaviours at any age. She weaves mindfulness- the importance of present centred awareness and compassion - into all her work.
Alyssa is the founder of the children's fashion apparel brand mini mioche. Over the past decade, mini mioche has grown from a small collection of infant basics to a full range of basics and seasonal fashion collections for infants and kids. The collection, which is organic and made ethically, locally and sustainably in Toronto, is currently sold in the company's brick and mortar locations in Toronto and California, as well through the company's online shop. In 2016, Alyssa was featured on Profit Magazine's list of Canada's top 100 female entrepreneurs and mini mioche has been included on the Canadian Business/Profit 500 list of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies for the past three consecutive years.
The founder of Raising Resilient Children with Tara Gratto M.S.Ed, MA, OCT, Tara is a social emotional and literacy expert with over 20 years of experience in the field of Education. Her diverse background and experience, both in Canada and overseas, provides her with a unique approach to building essential life skills that foster resiliency.
Sarah Rosensweet is a certified peaceful parenting coach, speaker, and educator, and the parenting advice columnist for Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 13, 16, and 19). Peaceful parenting is a non-punitive, connection-based approach that uses firm limits with lots of empathy. Sarah works one-on-one virtually with parents all over the world to help them go from frustrated and overwhelmed to, “We’ve got this!”
Rebecca is a teacher-librarian and literacy expert, and the creator and founder of Tiny Toy Co, an innovative new company created to collect, corral, and curate unwanted toy "debris" to give it a second life, as part of upcycled early learning activities. Rebecca has been a teacher librarian in Toronto’s largest school board for over 20 years, passionately teaching elementary and middle school students and ino airing excitement around learning and literacy.
Incia is a graduate of Political Science from York University and holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Medaille College. She completed her yoga trainings from Rainbow Kids Yoga and Radiant Child Yoga and Postnatal Yoga from Toronto Yoga Mamas, 200 YTT from Karma Teachers & is Yoga Alliance designated E-RYT 200 & YACEP. She has been teaching yoga to kids and families for 5 years across studios, communities and schools. She is devoted about developing yoga and mindfulness within the classroom for learners of all ages but specifically of the Toddler age and has developed a Mindfulness program called Calm Me. She is the owner and founder of Once Upon a Mat; bringing yoga, storytelling, relaxation and fun through movement and mindfulness to kids! Qualified and experienced in Primary, Junior, Montessori and Special Education. She has completed workshops on incorporating yoga and mindfulness in classrooms to over 200+ educators in Ontario.
Jenn is the creator of Spark Journals, which gives kids the tools to build a stronger mindset. The company’s first product is the Heart of a Hero journal, which helps kids tap into the power of gratitude and growth mindset. Jenn can most often be found chasing her 3 kids around, practicing yoga and drinking (sometimes cold) coffee.