Testimonials

photo-Elaine and daughter

Elaine and her daughter

Inner Transition Guelph’s Lisa Woolgar and the Resilience Festival 2015 wrote: “What an exceptional, amazing, accessible facilitator Wendy McDonnell is! Fantastic learning experience… thank you Wendy, and all the brave parents, and caregivers who came out with such honesty and courage. Can’t wait for more on June 13th”

 

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“Wendy McDonnell’s classes are fundamental cornerstones to creating a paradigm shift in our current practice of parenting. I have found her classes challenging, sound in principle and engaging. And fun! The ‘takeaway’ is a changed ‘you’ – a clearer vision of your own needs, the needs of others, and the means in which to effect change in resolving conflicts which may be strained, misaligned or broken. I highly recommend Wendy’s NVC classes to any couple or parent. “

Elaine Tustin-Smith

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“Hi Wendy, I wanted to thank you again for delivering 4 really great sessions that provided me with so many great ideas and tips on how to make things more compassionate in our home. The effect has been transformative with the kids and for me. I was really able to see how I could change some small things that have made things so lovely in our relationships. Truly, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your wisdom and insight in the way you do.”

K.K., mother of two

 

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“Wow, wow, and more wow. Thank you for our work together! We are eternally grateful to you Wendy for being present with us and being fully accepting of what we brought out. It truly allowed us to make some major breakthroughs we would not otherwise have done. The fact that we both revealed parts of our fragile selves that needed care and attention speaks to how much trust we both have in you. Wendy, we are so impressed with your skill in bridging gaps and facilitating effective communication in the most trying of circumstances. We are also deeply grateful for how you absorbed and captured the entirety of the content of our work at the end of our time together.” – a divorced couple

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“I learned SO much, and am so delighted about all the learning! I now know of new ways of relating to my daughter that hadn’t occurred to me before. I’m interested in sinking more into this topic with a live group…(then, she writes later that day) a child of mine who’s been distant and angry (silent treatment) for a painfully long while now, chatted with me for an hour and a half today. We laughed, we bonded, and I am grateful for our call that had these awesome ripple effects! Deeply appreciated!”

M.M., mother of two and teleclass participant

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Girl Getting Piggyback Ride“Dear Wendy, Reading your feedback, my eyes are filled with tears. This is the most nourishing feedback I’ve ever got (given my about 30 years of schooling)! I like your words … Yes, things did change a lot after this exercise, and I felt more hopeful. Hope to connect with you soon and many thanks again!”

M.M., married father of 2 young children

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“The (parenting workshops) are incredibly valuable for any family… There is so much to gain from these workshops. (Wendy’s) wisdom and guidance just brings you into this state of awareness that you are not able to see on your own! It opens you up so that you are able to look at things differently. You’re able to try new ways. These ways have been overwhelming successful for me in my life. Contact Wendy. Try one of these workshops. You will not regret it!”

Listen to Tracy Santos, mother of two, Kitchener, ON, Canada tell you herself

1:43 min recording << click here

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“The Communication Workshop was fun, interactive, genuine, and interesting.”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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I wanted to thank you for your incredibly gentle and heartfelt communication workshops, I thoroughly enjoyed them and I learned a lot. Now I just need to work at applying it all! Please let me know if you are going to be offering more of these classes in the future. Happy Mother’s Day!

P.V., mother and class participant

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“Thanks Wendy. That was amazing – what a wonderful night!”

Jo, mother of 2 and workshop participant

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“I liked Wendy’s ability to engage her audience, her gentle intelligent approach, and her clearly organized materials. This was very practical learning using clear and concise experiential games.”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“The pace (of the workshop) was great and I really appreciated the movement and fun rather than sitting all the time. I was worried it was going to be hard to sit still, but the time flew by!”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“It was great to be involved in a presentation where I was made to feel so comfortable interacting with others in the group.”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“I’m always skeptical of and intimidated by communication workshops; but Wendy made this quite painless. This was great, useful information to remember. Silence is golden.”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“I liked how Wendy often modeled some of the strategies for good communication. For example, she made sure she heard and understood what was being said.”

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“I appreciated the friendliness of the presentation.”

Hospice Wellington Volunteer during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“I wanted to say thank you for spending your time with me today. I am feeling very grateful to have had you brought into my life. I knew we had made a connection, but this is far beyond what I would have thought. Just knowing that you understood where I was coming from and how I felt has made an impact on me. You have made me feel very important and that I really matter to you. Wow!”

Marci

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“Thank you for the last two telephone calls. I have found them motivating, positive, and reassuring. I appreciate your presence through this life chapter.”

N., mother

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“Great newsletter Wendy – really ‘hit’ home for me, as I’ve been losing
it more than normal lately. Thanks for the great reminder :)”

A.B.

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“Fabulous newsletter!  I really appreciated reading it, and learning of that technique for conflict solving & building better relationships.  Definitely useful!”

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“Thank you so much for your great presentation. You made everyone liven up and enjoy themselves. The presentation was useful and FUN!!!! I love working with you.”

“OMG – Your voice IS AMAZING!! Your calmness and clarity is so evident. You are a wonderful “Spirit”, my friend. I am so happy you are in my life and I can experience your gifts.”

Training Co-Facilitator, Marnie Allen, Hospice Wellington during Wendy’s biannual “effective communication” workshop for new volunteers

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“Thank you, Wendy. I’m deeply moved by your words about your mother. I imagine you are missing her a lot especially around Mother’s day. And I enjoy the way you transformed her words. Yes, it would be nice to know if we could find out what our parents meant by what they said. I sense you feel empathy for your mother’s struggles as a parent and would like to tell her that as well. Perhaps she’s received those heart felt messages from you……where ever she is.”

Anjali Corrine

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“I can not thank you enough for your e mail. I felt totally accepted and held with care in the situation I shared with you. You described it so well, to the detail, I am so grateful for your total open heartedness and for your example. Your work captures the values that we are trying to integrate in our lives. It means a great deal to me.”

Anonymous

 

Family Matters radio show guest and listener comments

 

Heather Embree

Heather Embree, BlossomingHearts.ca

“Thank you so much, Wendy! It was a wonderful show – you really made the process feel comfortable and at ease. I’m glad to hear that listeners have already liked it!”

Heather Embree, Guelph, Ontario Canada guides and does energy healing with women who are ready to discover their soul’s greatness and beauty, and expand their unique approach to their intuition and gifts they offer the world at www.BlossomingHeart.ca

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“I really enjoyed myself this morning and you were right about your show. It feels like a nice, warm conversation. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I am truly grateful! I will tell everyone Wendy McDonnell is worth getting up for!”

Lyssa Armenta, author of Gentle Goodnight

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“Hello Wendy, Just wanted to let you know how much my husband and I enjoyed the Easter Show with Chris Mascaro. Chris is our nephew and to listen to him be so caring and speak so openly was wonderful for Bob and I. Chris doesn’t always open up to us and this was so good to hear. You were so good at listening and letting him get his feelings and thoughts out – thank you. You have a lovely, compassionate voice and we feel that your programs will do so much to help people because you have real life situations and some possible solutions. Thank you so much.”

Bob and Margi Hay, Nanaimo, B.C.

 

Email: wendy(at)compassionatesolutions.ca for a free consultation.