Meet Michele H
Michele is the proud adoptive mother of three children – Katja, Matt and Nick. Katja was four years old when Michele and her husband Dave adopted her from a Ukrainian orphanage. Matt and Nick are twins who Michele and Dave brought home from the hospital. In fact, Michele was the birth coach!
Michele is originally from Regina, where she lived through university and the beginning of her career. Shortly after getting married, she and Dave moved to Switzerland. There they would make critical connections with people who would eventually lead them to their children. At that time, they were completely oblivious, as they were still intending on having natural children.
After two years of living and working abroad, they moved to Montreal. Through one of those connections in Switzerland, they met their family doctor who was originally from Prince Albert SK. This doctor also happened to be the family doctor of the twins’ birth mother. There are so many twists and turns to the story, that Michele wrote a book about it – The Pocket Adoption Coach. Recently published, the book is intended to coach other families and their support groups as they go through their adoption journey.
Professionally, Michele is an actuary and spent over 20 years in the corporate world before starting her own business. She spent most of her working career at The Co-operators, with her final role as Chief Risk Officer. As she loves helping other leaders develop, she trained in Executive Coaching and now splits her time coaching and consulting in her areas of expertise with a company called People First HR Services.
Michele is pleased to recently join the board of ASCS as a way to give back to the adoption community.
The Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan provides pre- and post-adoption support services, including consultation, education, resources and more. ASCS provides these supports and programs to adoptive families, adoptees, birth parents, birth families and professionals. When adoption becomes the plan for a child, ASCS believes the child’s best interests are met when families are well-equipped with a broad understanding of adoption and the issues that may arise along the journey. Knowing what resources are available to support the child throughout their life within an adoptive family is essential from the start.