In this episode, Shannon shares her motherhood story. She shares her traumatic entrance into motherhood and describes how she was missing a tribe of mamas that she thought would come afterwards. After Shannon had her second child, she realized that the village of mamas were not coming to find her, so she would have to create it. She wanted to change the way motherhood looked. She talks about the day that everything changed and "Mamas for Mamas'' was born. What originally started out as a small Facebook group has evolved to 62 chapters of "Mamas for Mamas" spread across Canada. Shannon's philosophy is to build longer tables rather than higher fences. She says as far as she can tell, it takes the same amount of wood and effort, however, the outcome is drastically different.
Shannon Christensen (born Kimmitt) was born and raised in Kelowna, BC and lives here with her husband of 16 years and her 2 boys. With a BA in Psychology and Masters of counselling psychology specializing in forensics, she has a passion for working with marginalized populations and used this drive to start Mamas for Mamas. This grassroots project has since become a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of poverty on low-income mothers and their families.Shannon has been recognized as a top 40 under 40 recipient, A Woman to Watch, and was a top 3 finalist for Woman of the Year through The City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards. Most recently she has co-authored a best selling book about motherhood and has brought home the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her work with Mamas for Mamas.Shannonreally likes pickles and making the world a better place.