Maggie de Vries canadian author, life coach, speaker
Maggie deVries speaker

I love working with people who seek clarity, who want to discover and develop their strengths, so they can live their best lives right now, today.

As I hone in on this passion, I realize that, in a sense, I’ve been doing this work ever since I started teaching twenty-five years ago. When I teach, I help people grow as writers, and writing both springs from and feeds into our lives. Writers find clarity and strength by writing.

As a coach and a speaker, I work with individuals and with groups of all sizes, helping them see their lives through new lenses, freeing them to be who they want to be, no matter what’s going on around them.

Because I’m a writer, many of my clients want to write.

Because I lost my sister, many of my clients long for freedom from distance and judgment in their relationships.

Because I’m human, all of my clients yearn for greater peace and happiness.

The red umbrella -- sex work, stigma, & the law | Maggie de Vries | TEDxSFU

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In 1998, Maggie’s sister Sarah disappeared from the corner of Princess and Hastings in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Sarah’s disappearance forced Maggie to come to terms with the life Sarah lived. Maggie spoke out during the investigation into the missing women. She took part in the public inquiry. She wrote two books rooted in Sarah’s life: a memoir, Missing Sarah, and a novel, Rabbit Ears. She served on the board of PACE Society (Prostitution, Advocacy, Counseling and Education) and ran a book club for downtown eastside women. Now, she is once again listening to sex workers, gathering insights and stories to add dimension to what she learned from her sister, hoping to diminish the stigma that pushes sex workers onto society’s margins.

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