Ann Douglas, parenting speaker + author
Ann Douglas is the author of Parenting Through the Storm and numerous other books about parenting, including the bestselling The Mother of All Books series. She is also the mother of four children who have struggled with a variety of different mental health, neurodevelopmental, and behavioural challenges -- and who are currently thriving.
Ann is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio.
A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country. She also hosts online conversations about parenting and mental health.
In 2014, Ann teamed up with Today's Parent to produce a series of parenting advice videos. She has also created and delivered parenting courses for high-profile websites such as WebMD and AOL as well as on behalf of government clients and Fortune-500 companies.
Ann is an active volunteer who is currently serving on the national editorial board of the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction Health's Portico website, as a digital ambassador and member of the Parent and Community Partners Group of Children's Mental Health Ontario, as a member of the advisory reference group for the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Wellbeing (a joint project of UNICEF Canada and the University of Waterloo's Canadian Index of Wellbeing, and as a member of the social media team for The Canadian Red Cross. In 2016, she volunteered with Bell Let's Talk on its 2016 campaign. (You can read her interview with Bell Let's Talk here.) In 2015, she collaborated with Partners for Mental Health on this child and youth mental health advocacy letter and on a series of child and youth mental health videos. In April 2012, Ann was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston.