Valerie Tih has over 20 years of experience as a speaker, presenter and a facilitator of spiritual retreats and educational workshops. She is a certified “Happiness Coach” graduate, a program taught by Dr. Robert Holden, one of the world’s most sought-after experts in the field of positive psychology and wellbeing. She has a special interest in choosing love over fear, and in theories on cooperation. She has studied with experts such as Russ Hudson, Dr. Dan Seigel, Jane Nelsen, Dr. Gordon Neufeld, and Alyson Schafer. She completed Parts 1-3 of the Enneagram Certification at the Enneagram Institute in Stone Ridge, NY. Valerie loves sharing what inspires her and has created places to do so, such as at her workshops and on social media.
Valerie earned Psychology and Art Therapy Degrees at the University of Western Ontario. She enjoyed working with troubled youth at a drop-in centre and also as a live-in mentor at a group home for abused teens, assisting them in achieving successful independent living.
Valerie loves traveling and learning about the world. She fell in love with teaching while working overseas as a teacher and teacher trainer in Thailand and South Korea for 8 years. She now teaches Junior Kindergarten at a private school in Toronto and, as a Parent Coach, assists families wanting peaceful homes. Valerie graduated with honours from the Bachelor of Education program at OISE at the University of Toronto and is a Golden Key Society member.
Valerie believes deeply in giving back and taking action towards making the world a more loving place. She and her husband Dave Tih co-founded Step Up in 2007 to empower tsunami-affected children living in poverty in Sri Lanka. They opened a school in Habaraduwa village on the southern tip of Sri Lanka in 2014.
Valerie and her husband have 2 young boys and her youngest has Down syndrome. Valerie initiated a New Parent Outreach Program through the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto to provide emotional support to parents who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis either prenatally or postnatally. She enjoys advocating for people with disabilities and has done a series of webinars on disability topics for Partners for Planning.
Valerie is passionate about building community, spreading kindness, and choosing joy.