About Us

A multi-disciplinary group of caregivers, curriculum, organizational, and administrative experts identified a need among caregivers amid the rising tide of professional burnout and moral injury in healthcare.  Motivated to address this need, we applied for and won a Michael Smith Foundation for Research REACH Award to develop a curriculum that would address the significant developmental factors that could bolster the ability to thrive amid highly stressful work environments.

The Roots to Thrive Curriculum is an open-access program that was built to fill a gap in resiliency training program offerings.  We spread the course over 5-6 weeks with two full days, three virtual sessions, and a final wrap-up session.  We selected the tools in the course based on research results, aiming to provide evidence-informed tools that promote inner and outer reconciliation via sense of coherence and congruence (the two primary factors that enable us to thrive).  Because this is a research-informed program, we will continue to pilot the program within a program of research, enabling us to evolve and adapt based on the results, ensuring it remains relevant and impactful.

Dr. Shannon Dames works as a researcher, professor, and forensic nurse examiner.  She co-developed Roots to Thrive and is a core facilitator  Connect via Linkedin

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Marnie Roper works as a Spiritual Health Practitioner and serves as the co-developer and facilitator of the Roots to Thrive Curriculum.

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Lori-Anne Demers works as an Organizational Development Consultant, a professional coach, operates ‘Authentic to the Core,’ and serves as a Roots to Thrive co-developer and facilitator.


Other Contributors:

Alexa Garrey (Research assistant – project empirical construction)

Andrea Hunter (RN and Trauma Informed Practice Facilitator)

Wendy Young (Research Coordinator/project networking and vetting)

Graham Blackburn (Primary Care Physician)

Marti Harder (RN and Nursing Professor)

Tine Reimers or assigned representative (Curriculum Development Consultant)

Dawn Nedzelski (Healthcare System Administrator)

Jeff Morley (Registered Psychologist and Resilience trainer)

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