The Nurse

Susan Feddema-Leonard is a member of the College Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) and the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses in Private Practice (AARNIPP).

She trained at the University of Alberta School of Nursing, graduating in 1974. She has studied extensively with the late Virginia Satir, a healer who became known by many as the “Columbus of Family Therapy.”

Virginia Satir (June 26, 1916 – September 10, 1988) was an American author and social worker, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her work with family reconstruction. She is widely regarded as the “Mother of Family Therapy.” Her most well-known books are Conjoint Family Therapy, 1964, Peoplemaking, 1972, and The New Peoplemaking, 1988.

She is also known for creating the Virginia Satir Change Process Model, a psychological model developed through clinical studies. Change management and organizational gurus of the 1990s and 2000s embrace this model to define how change impacts organizations.

Susan was the Past Chair of the Grant MacEwan Community College Holistic Health Advisory Committee. This program trained holistic health practitioners to  understand that the body, mind and spirit are connected in complex ways. Grounded in a variety of theoretical perspectives, holistic health practitioners support clients toward optimum health and wellness by examining physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, bio-energetic and socio-cultural dimensions.

Susan’s work focuses on providing to individual and group members — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual support. She teaches, counsels and advocates to enhance health and well-being in individuals, families and communities.

Susan is na excellent programmer, facilitating the process at hand, providing a holistic approach to the programs and services that she is involved with. She is currently contracted as the Executive Director of the Willmore Wilderness Foundation and Producer/Director of People & Peaks Productions.