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So here is the good news for all my friends and colleagues that believe they have had more than their fair share of suffering and setbacks. Nassir Ghaemi in his 2011 book A First-Rate Madness; Uncovering the links between Leadership and Mental Illness put forward the following hypothesis. He wrote “of course, everyone suffers. But life’s pain can come harshly or gently, earlier or later. For the lucky, suffering is less frequent, less severe, and delayed until it can’t be avoided. The unlucky, who early in their lives, endure hardships and tragedies – or the challenge of mental illness—seem to become, not infrequently, our greatest leaders”(p. 56). He further wrote that German Psychiatrist Ernest Kretschmer was the first modern researcher who noted a link between insanity and genius. Kretschmer said “If we removed the insanity from these people we would convert their genius into merely ordinary talent. Insanity is not a ‘regrettable….accident’ but the ‘indispensable catalyst’ of genius (p. 17). So here is to embracing our inner madness.
In the early 1990’s Wendy became a therapeutic foster parent taking in youth with serious behavioral and emotional problems. In 1993 Wendy became a certified Teaching Parent at Radisson Receiving and Assessment Home William Roper Hull Child and Family Services, for children experiencing behavioral and emotional problems in Calgary Alberta. From 1994-1998 Wendy was the Coordinator of Community Development for the Canadian Mental Health Association in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1998, co-founded Brainstorm Fundamentals Inc. – a mental illness recovery company. Wendy is a past board member of the National Network of Mental Health, a consumer/survivor organization.
From 2005 to 2010, Wendy was the Unit Manager of a Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Carewest in the Calgary Health Region. She concurrently received her Master’s Degree in Leadership Health Specialty from Royal Roads University in 2009. In 2010, she returned to her home province of Saskatchewan and is currently the Facility Manager of Golden Prairie Nursing Home in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. She is the founder of the Joshua’ Tree: the search for innovation in psychosis recovery.