More About Japji
I am a trained interdisciplinarian, with advanced degrees in
Contemporary Studies, International Development Studies and Environmental Studies.
At each level, my research has explored the importance of internal motivations and experiences as they
relate to the evaluation or success of social policy. This work has led to my invited contributions to the
Federal Long-Form Census Early Years questions, the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition and as
a reviewer for the world’s leading journal on the measurement of Quality of Life,
Social Indicators Research.
At the same time, I am also a practitioner.
I am trained in Whole Person Coaching and Embodied Transformation techniques and
I have years of experience as a residential counsellor and administering and coding psychological assessments.
Prior to Flourish, I gained experience running a sustainable restaurant, as a research consultant across three sectors—public, private and not-for-profit—and have worked as a member of
diverse communities in Canada and Internationally.
Raised in Downtown Toronto with one parent on social assistance,
another in corporate, and a community of caregivers as diverse as the setting suggests,
from the outset my lived reality has spanned divergent experiences.
I have lived in North America, the Caribbean and Europe and
I speak three languages—English, French and Spanish.
I am the mother of two school-aged children, a research team member in the
“Sole Expressions: Hip Hop for Trauma Resilience” project, an intersectional ally,
an enthusiastic cook, a poet and a playful yogi, dancer, swimmer and runner.
In all of my endeavours, I strive to support Flourishing—
both my own and that of others.