Norma Nicholson, BA, MA
Recognized as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2018 (100ABC Women2018), Norma has extensive experience in motivational, public and keynote speaking. She is regularly asked to speak on topics related to challenges families face. She emphasizes that no matter what your challenges are in life, you can learn the skills for transformation. With over 30 years of public service, she has spent more than half of them motivating and mentoring families and youth to transform their mindset to see the world in a different light. She helps to heighten self-awareness and assist participants to use a number of steps to rebuild their lives successfully.
Norma is a three-time published author who uses tools from her books to facilitate discussions. She is a youth expert and advocate who collaborates and partners with communities to engage families of diverse backgrounds. She assists anyone, from every walk of life, who would like greater engagement with his/her children to manage challenging behaviours. Teens are encouraged to use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. She places emphasis on understanding the building blocks of their circumstances and provides tools with a number of steps to help families manage the pain in child rearing.
Norma is a powerful contributor to communities by bringing leadership and commitment for growth and safety. As a retired nurse with vast background knowledge of mental illness, she proudly holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology and an MA in Adult Education. She channels her passion and expertise to forge the learners’ mind for success. She recently completed four years as a highly engaged member of the Region of Peel Police Services Board. She supports the vision of diversity, transparency and accountability to the public and served terms as the Vice Chair and Chair.
Other public service volunteer activities are as President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Peel, member of the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Past President of the Alzheimer Society of Peel Region, Board Advisory member to Free for All Foundation and the Community Board Advisor for homelessness in Peel Region.
Due to her vibrant voice and catalyst for community growth, she has been formally recognized on a number of occasions for her advocacy, mentorship and community engagements. Most recently she has been presented with the following awards: One of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2018; Rose Fortune Award, Ontario Black History Society; Leading Women Building Community, the Ontario Legislature; Fabulous Woman Community Engagement, Mississauga Community; Lifetime Achievement in Nursing, Region of Peel RNAO Chapter and Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Jamaica Canadian Association of Nurses.