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All Are Welcome to the 'Teacher, Take Care' Book Launch

All Are Welcome to the 'Teacher, Take Care' Book Launch

By Press Staff | Date: September 20, 2022

You are invited to the virtual book launch of

Teacher, Take Care: A Guide for Well-Being and Workplace Wellness for Educators


Join the celebration! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
4:00PM PT/7:00PM ET
Register for the free virtual event here

Our host Jennifer E. Lawson will guide a discussion on strategies for whole-being wellness for teachers with Life Work Wellness founder Shannon Gander, Knowledge Keeper Richelle North Star Scott and contributors Laura Doney and Dana Fulwiler Volk.


Written by teachers for teachers, Teacher, Take Care is a comprehensive resource that provides strategies to improve educator wellness and foster positive mental health in the workplace.

Teaching can be a highly satisfying profession, but it can also be overwhelming. Stress management. Self-care. Mental well-being. Mindfulness. These words have become all too familiar, but what do they actually mean for you? And how can they help without adding to your to-do list?

All teachers have different experiences and different needs. Through stories by diverse educators, this professional resource invites you to try different wellness strategies, explore varying perspectives, and consider new ideas of what it means to “be well.”

Grounded in servant leadership and a holistic model, each chapter connects to Indigenous perspectives of wellness through remarks from Elder Stanley Kipling and Knowledge Keeper Richelle North Star Scott.


Senior author JENNIFER E. LAWSON PhD, is the originator and program editor of the Hands-On series published by Portage & Main Press. Jennifer writes, teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, and is a local school board trustee. She is also one of the founders of Mission to Mexico, an organization that supports schools in some of the most impoverished communities in Puerto Vallarta. Jennifer is a former classroom teacher, resource and special education teacher, consultant, and principal. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, Barry, and sons, Devon and Jeremy.

SHANNON GANDER BPE, CAC, CM, is the founder and director of Life Work Wellness, a company committed to individual and organizational well-being. Shannon has an academic background in corporate wellness, mental health, and conflict resolution, and has worked in the mental health community as a therapist and trainer since the early 1990s. For many years, she travelled Manitoba as part of the Balance team, bringing mental health program resources to educators. Shannon advocates for leaders to create systems for psychological health and safety for employees at all organizational levels. Her bliss is her family, nature, and a hot cup of coffee on a Saturday morning.

Knowledge Keeper and writer RICHELLE NORTH STAR SCOTT (Giiwedinong Anong) says Aniin! I am of Anishinaabe and Métis descent, and my Ancestors are from St Peter’s Reserve. I am the mother of three beautiful daughters: Amanda, Tehya, and Riel. I am a KooKoo of a fabulous grandson named Darius, but I call him Noozhis (which means grandchild). I am the Coordinator of Indigenous Inclusion Education for the St James-Assiniboia School Division. I am a Mide woman, Pipe Carrier, Water Carrier, and Sundancer. I have completed my mystery* in land-based education. (*I don’t use "master's" as it is a gender-binary word.)

LAURA DONEY is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and currently works as a therapist in Calgary, Alberta. Laura has worked in school districts for seven years in multiple roles. She completed a master of counselling degree and focused her graduate thesis on teacher mental health. Her passion for personal development and well-being is rooted in her own personal work and the belief that we are all here to learn and grow. She has presented at numerous educational conferences and conventions about the importance of personal and systemic well-being.

DANA FULWILER VOLK, MAPP, MEd is a learner, educator, consultant, and co-founder of a well-being podcast and professional learning platform called Teacher Fan Club. Dana’s experience spans public education, non-profit, and post-secondary, including roles as a classroom teacher, system leader, and instructor with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dana’s current work is focused on helping individuals, workplaces, and systems infuse research-informed, inclusive, sustainable well-being practices.