Thanksgiving: Connecting & Reminiscing with my Mentor and Friend

As Thanksgiving is here I wanted to post a personal story about being thankful:

Last month I was able to connect with a very important person who opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in the Sport Psychology. This was the first time we had seen each other since 2005, as I moved on to my masters degree in Windsor, and she retired and moved back to Edmonton. Dr. Wendy Jerome was my program coordinator at Laurentian University in Sudbury where I complete my BA Honours degree in Sport Psychology – the only school in the country at the time that offered this unique degree. I was actually one of Wendy’s first graduates of the program.

This wonderful woman had an unbelievable impact on my growth and development, not only in academics and field work, but also as a human being (I’m pretty sure all of her students can say this). I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from – whom I believe – is one of the world’s finest sport psychology practitioners.

The book work and acquiring of knowledge is of course important to being a competent consultant, but there is so much more to being a good consultant. It was the intangibles that Wendy constantly displayed that I gravitated towards, and I knew that these qualities were essential and needed to be fostered. Being a genuine person, being thoughtful, the ability to build rapport and trust with athletes/performers, being honest, and showing your clients that you care about their success and well-being. It is these qualities that I built not only my consulting and teaching approach around, but my general approach to interacting with all people.

It was so great to connect in person at the HK 50th anniversary in Sudbury in September, and it was wonderful to share what I have been doing since we last saw each other. Be sure to keep in touch with your mentors and the people who have assisted you along your journey. Let them know how thankful you are for what they did, and how they did it.