Roots to Thrive Team

Through awareness, regulation, heart-fullness, and aligning, it becomes possible to connect to, and transform the collective consciousness.

We are an interdisciplinary collaborative who’s joy and commitment is to support individual and collective healing, reconnection and deeply rooted thriving, towards the transformation of human consciousness and our social systems.  The core practices of expanding awareness, self/co- regulation, heart-full and aligned action describe the process of developing into our best and most authentic selves and awakening to live our calling.

Roots to Thrive Partners

Dr. Shannon Dames

Dr. Shannon Dames developed the Roots Theory and continues to take the lead on Research and Development efforts. Roots to Thrive is a byproduct of her doctoral journey, which studied the core factors that promote human flourishing, with a focus on novice nurses. She currently serves as a nursing professor, resilience researcher & educator, and as the lead for the Roots to Heal Program.  Connect with Shannon via Linkedin

Marnie Roper

Marnie comes to the Roots to Thrive team with an extensive history as a change agent in spiritual and mental health. She now works as a Spiritual Health Practitioner and serves as a Roots to Thrive facilitator

Phil Dames

As one of the founders of Roots to Heal, Phil comes to the Roots to Thrive team with a long and successful history working with families and corporations, managing nearly every facet of their financial wellbeing. Phillip’s passion surrounds mens health and cultivating environments that promote emotional awareness and expression. Phil is leading Roots to Thrive program development and and virtual facilitation in partnership with the Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Resource Program.

Lori-Anne Demers

Lori-Anne comes to the team with an extensive history in individual and organizational change initiatives. She works as a professional coach, operates ‘Authentic to the Core,’ and serves as a Roots to Thrive Elder and Course Facilitator.

Kate Wilton

Kate comes to the Roots to Thrive team with expertise in nursing, yoga instruction, and community programming facilitation. She now works with Ladysmith Family and Friends, as a Yoga instructor, and as a Roots to Thrive virtual facilitator.

Val St. John

Val serves as a steering committee member for Roots to Thrive in conjunction with her role as the Executive Director of Bridges for Women Society in Victoria, BC. Past roles include CEO of the nurses’ professional association Nurses & NPs of BC, Assistant Deputy Minister with B.C. Ministry of Health and Ministry of Citizen Services and VP of Human Resources at Glenayre Technology. She holds a Masters of Arts in Conflict Management from RRU.

Patti Telford

Patti Telford serves as a steering committee member for Roots to Thrive in conjunction with her role as a project manager with the Nurse and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), and supports the business and marketing aspects of the program.