Daisy also has 10 years’ social service work experience and has worked in a variety of settings: United Way of London & Middlesex, Forward House of London (group homes), homeless shelters with the YWCA, and has supported children, youth, adults/families with special needs, particularly focusing on behavioural programs for children with autism.
As a two-time cancer survivor, Daisy has presented with the Terry Fox Foundation and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame on developments in cancer research. Daisy has appeared on CTV News London with Jan Sims, Canada AM with Seamus O'Reagan, Global News with Leslie Roberts, and CityNews.
She is a primary caregiver for two aging parents with various mental health issues, but balances her many interests by spending time with family and friends, practicing with Dragon’s Breath Dragon Boat Racing Crew, and travelling internationally. Daisy also travelled to Paraguay with Habitat for Humanity. Daisy practices yoga, meditation, and attends church regularly.
Daisy strives to live her best life and enable others to do the same, through motivational workshops and one-on-one sessions, sharing tips, advice, and her breadth of experience. Daisy recently launched Your New Leaf as a Success Coach, offering a unique mind-mapping process to help participants visualize their path to success and to teach them the steps to turn over a new leaf!
Daisy-Mae Hamelinck completed her Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Wilfrid Laurier University), Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto) and a Social Service Worker Diploma (Fanshawe). She is also an Ontario Certified Teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers.
Daisy has taught for 19 years in post-secondary settings including Western University, Fanshawe College, triOS College, and Conestoga College, primarily Sociology and Psychology courses. In recent years, her focus has been on Health and Wellness courses, Interpersonal Communications, Student Success and Life Skills advising. Daisy started her teaching career at triOS College in 2005, when she helped launch the Community Service Worker (CSW) program.
Daisy received the award for Instructor of the Year in 2006 (Faculty of Healthcare) across all triOS College campuses. At triOS, she also taught Career Management courses and conducted one-on-one career counselling.