About our Guest:
Ali has been using art as part of her healing journey—both personally and professionally—for over forty years. She has been writing songs, poems, and stories and is a best-selling author. She has embraced painting and photography as avenues to release trauma and bring hope.
Ali is trained in several counselling modalities including the humanistic approach, basic counselling skills, and Elijah House training. She has diplomas in both theology and ministry and worked in ministry for over twenty years. Ali also earned an advanced diploma in human resource management as well as a diploma in holistic integrated creative arts therapy.
As a lifelong learner, Ali has found many ways to facilitate communication and healing. Ali worked as a disability case manager for the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disabilities Society where she learned so much from the beautiful culture and traumatic history of Indigenous people in Canada and around the world.
Ali has many years experience as a volunteer for a variety of nonprofit organizations and is certified in nonviolent crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and as a Lifeline phone counsellor for crisis intervention.
She has sat on the boards for Esquimalt and Aldergrove Military Family Resource Centres and the National Board for Military Family Resource Support serving as chairperson, secretary, and public relations, and she was a board member for Family Support Institute of British Columbia and the National Board for Visitable Housing.
Ali lives a life poured out into building healthy relationships in families, organizations,
and the communities she serves in.
About the Host:
Julie Ann is the Founder of Influence Publishing Inc and a TEDx Speaker. In the last ten years she has published over 300 authors and made over 80% of those International Best Sellers. She claims to be the world only Dyslexic book publisher and her TEDx Talk on “The Gift of Dyslexia” has had almost 100,000 views. She has been featured on British and Canadian TV, The Daily Mail, International Radio and Podcasts and conducted many inspirational speeches. She has won many awards including The Golden Gavel Speech contest, International Toastmasters, Woman of Worth Success and Soul, Unlimited Woman of Creativity and The Canadian Business Excellence Awards, (Creative Book Publishing) in 2021.
She is the Best-Selling author of “Around the World in Seven Years – A Life Changing Journey” that catalogues her journey around the world from 1998-2005 by sailboat, train, bus, and plane. She is a member of the New York Circumnavigators club as the slowest circumnavigator, travelling from the UK to South Africa, Tanzania, Dar es Salem, Zanzibar, Kenya, Seychelles, Maldives and the tiny remote archipelago of the uninhabited islands of Chagos (where she lived on a desert island for 3 months). She crossed the Indian Ocean by sailboat to Thailand and Malaysia where she created a backpackers remote islands tour business for 2 years. She then travelled alone to
Laos and Cambodia and then flew to Vancouver Canada, to join another boat and sail the Baja of Mexico, and the Sea of Cortez. Her circumnavigation was complete when she flew the final leg from Mexico City back to the UK. She presently lives in Puerto Vallarta where she met her Mexican Fiancé who was a Salsa and Latin dance instructor. She discovered unconditional love with him and lived live to the full, dancing Salsa, Cumbia, and the Cha Cha every week along with the live Cuban band in Bodeguita Cuban club in Puerto Vallarta. He recently passed and this inspired her to start this podcast show to inspire other people to live a life on purpose and in joy and with no regrets! The last 3 years in Puerto Vallarta have been the best years of her life, at a time when many where experiencing the opposite. She is a dual citizen of the UK and Canada.
LinkedIn: Julie Salisbury
YouTube: Influence Publishing
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