Meet Our Instructors

Christie Woodin

Christie Woodin was a Roots of Empathy mom back in 2001 with her first baby and then again in 2004 with her second. She was so impressed with the program that she later took the training and has now been delivering Roots at RCCES for the past four years. Christie really enjoys her time in the classroom getting to know the students, moms and babies, alike.

Paola Stewart

Paola Stewart moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1996, has raised 3 girls and is very family and community-minded. Actively involved with local service groups and schools, Paola enjoys learning new skills and relaxing in the outdoors- mostly hiking and running. She joyfully spends her days keeping Pender Harbour an amazing place to live, one program at a time. Paola believes that an active and involved community is a healthy community in mind, body, soul and spirit! It is never too late to change your lifestyle!

Vicky Duffield

Vicky is excited to be part of delivering Roots of Empathy at Roberts Creek Elementary. She has a PhD in Disability Studies, a strong interest in social-emotional learning, and enjoys food gardening and teaching and learning with others.

Suzanne Strom

Suzanne is a SD 46 teacher and school counsellor with a keen professional interest in the areas of mindfulness and brain development. Living on the Sunshine Coast has allowed Suzanne to do what she loves – bike, hike and ski in the beautiful outdoors. She has enjoyed getting to know this vibrant community over the past five years.

Kate Cree

Kate Cree is a counsellor for School District 46 in three schools and delivers Roots of Empathy at Halfmoon Bay Elementary. Kate has experienced the program from both sides, as she and her son Julien participated as a Roots of Empathy Family a few years ago.

Emily Davies

Emily Davies has been living on the Sunshine Coast for the last four years and loves her job as an elementary school counsellor. She is excited about delivering the Roots of Empathy program at Langdale Elementary.

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