Rose MacDonald


My transition into the world of social services began with an invitation to work as Director of Resource Development for Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice. It was a welcome change from the daily business world that was burning me out and I found working directly with grieving families greatly rewarding.

A diploma in Community Service Work created the opportunity to work with families having children and youth with special needs, many of whom showed incredible resiliency in dealing with the unique challenges they faced.

For the last ten years, I have been privileged to work with, and learn from a group of seasoned professionals supporting individuals and families grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.

Specialized courses and workshops have provided me with the tools to offer individual support, run groups and workshops and co-develop training programs for professionals.

During my time as Executive Director of Danielle’s Place Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre, I discovered that there is great potential for dramatic change in individuals who have endured many failed attempts to find lasting recovery.

Over time, I have come to realize that loss is relative. The contributing factors are endless. Those who struggle with the resulting anxiety, depression and self doubt can be empowered to create a healthy well balanced life.

Individuals and families with the right support can not only survive tragic circumstances but learn to thrive in spite of them, and I am convinced that reflective practice holds the key.

This is the journey that I invite our clients to walk with us.