Michelle believes that health and well-being are fundamental and precious, and offers her experience and passion in service of ‘real’ conversations and action in these domains. As a professional Registered Dietitian, Michelle has served as a nutritionist for almost 25 years and has been a public health practitioner and policy maker for over 15 years with the Capital District Health Authority and Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia.
She has been a leader in co-creating sustainable health and food systems nationally, provincially, and in local communities with the support of Art of Hosting practices. Michelle is asteward and practitioner of the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.
She has been instrumental in introducing participatory and inclusive
leadership practices and methodology to leaders and innovators within provincial
departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Community Services,
Health and Wellness, and Agriculture in the Atlantic Provinces, along with health-focused partner organizations. She continues to support, co-learn, and collaborate with these
and other stakeholders in applying participatory methods to the development and
implementation of health policies, strategies, and programming for public and private institutions and organizations.
Most recently, Michelle and Kathy Jourdain were the creative force in bringing Nourish Nova Scotia to life as a registered charitable organization founded on the principals and practices of Art of Hosting.
As an entrepreneur, Michelle works as an independent consultant and as a registered yoga teacher at the Fall River Yoga Centre which she co-owns with her partner and husband (www.fallriveryoga.com). Whether working through her wellness business at home or abroad, Michelle remains dedicated to nourishing the deep power, collective wisdom, and limitless potential of her fellow humans, by creating spaces of trust and authenticity.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan
and Master of Science in Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta. She
has served as a nutrition lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University and Dalhousie