Annie's Door: Counselling Services is in honour of my mom, Anne Leman who passed away in 2013 at the age of 74 years.
At 15, as perhaps most daughters do, I remember thinking that I did not want to grow up to be like my mom. I wrestled with those feelings for many years. It was then I found a poem that changed my life and my perspective. In essence it said “don’t worry about becoming your mom – because you are not her.” Oh sure, you are going to inherit physical stuff like her chin, or her thighs, or the fact that there is no space between your ribcage and hip bones so that the belly has nowhere else to go but out – and perhaps even her gray hair. But there is nothing to be done about those things – in that I have no choice.
But there are some things I can chose to inherit from my mom – in some things, I do have a choice. So I choose to inherit my mother’s strength – I choose to inherit my mother’s sense of humour, her courage, her resiliency, and tenacity. These are the things I choose to inherit from her. I loved her deeply – her family loved her deeply. She, in turn, loved all of us deeply.
As Founder and Director of Annie’s Door: Counselling Services, it has been amazing to realize that my dreams of helping others through the brokenness of their lives has come true. That dream, I believe, was placed within my soul through the many life events that have shaped my life. And so it is my honour to honour the journey of your soul through the ‘Pathways to Feeling Better’ offered here at Annie’s Door.
I remember the day that I whispered to my husband my desire to be a chaplain to women and attend bible school. I whispered it because I knew if I spoke it out loud it may come true. And it did. I ended up graduating from Rocky Mountain College (Calgary) with a Diploma in Christian Leadership in 2012 and 3 years of an undergraduate degree in Christian Spirituality completed. In 2015 I graduated with a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Carey Theological College in Vancouver, BC which allows me the opportunity to help people pray and experience God in their own unique way.
As a Spiritual Director, I help people become more aware of the movement of God and of His presence in the everydayness of their lives. I received my training as a Spiritual Director through the 2-year "Soul Care" program offered by the Anam Chara Centre for Christian Formation graduating in 2012, and am currently offering a deep listening ministry to folks within the Vanderhoof area of BC and from Kamloops via Skype. After graduating from the “Soul Care” program, I served as a supervisor in the training of new spiritual directors in the “Spiritual Direction: Training in the Art of Soul Care” program; again at Anam Chara, and sat on their Board of Directors for 7 years since its inception in 2008. I am also registered as a Spiritual Director with SDI (Spiritual Directors International @ www.sdiworld.org).