My name is Shannon Simpson (Donohoe), born and raised in Surrey British Columbia.   I am currently a stay at home mom and graduate from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.   As a survivor of childhood abuse, breast cancer, mother of twins, and mother of a son with autism, I have been on an indescribable emotional life journey.

Over the last several years I have spent a lot of time learning, growing, and constantly increasing my toolbox of life.  My journey has taught me that I am more resilient than I believed…we all are!   The purpose for my blog is to share all the resources that I have found most helpful, and help people believe in themselves and believe in their bodies.




What people say about Shannon


Shannon Simpson is a rare woman with a compelling life story.  Her character and conviction to live life fully in spite of any obstacle is at once inspiring and moving.  She is a vivid example of the possibility for greatness that lies in each of us.   I encourage you to hear Shannon speak – you will be grateful you did.

Lee Chamberland, Vancouver Wellness Coach & Inspirational Speaker.


I had the privilege of meeting Shannon leading a field trip to A Rocha in Surrey. I work as an outreach worker for the Surrey School District and lead a program called Girls in Action on Saturdays. Girls in Action is an eight-week program that is run through the Community Schools Department within the Surrey School District. It gives young girls the opportunity to gain leadership skills, build confidence and make new friends. Throughout the eight week program, the girls visit A Rocha three times. Each visit Shannon teaches about nutrition at one of the stations. Shannon’s love and passion for her her work is contagious. Every Saturday we visited she would show up with a huge smile and be eager to share her knowledge with the girls about healthy eating. It was amazing to see the girls be challenged to rethink what they put in their bodies. The sessions were hands on and interactive making the knowledge Shannon shared much easier to process. Shannon is down to earth, relatable and passionate about helping others live a full and healthy life. Thank you for being such an inspiration to myself and the girls in the program.

Sam Kleingeltink / Outreach worker for Surrey School District


Shannon volunteered with a program called Girls in Action on Saturdays for two years (2014 – 2016) with up to 50 girls from the Surrey School Board.   Shannon is such an enthusiastic and passionate proponent of healthy eating.   Her knowledge was fascinating to hear explained in very accessible ways, for kids and adults alike.  Her enthusiasm excited students and staff alike and she had lots of practical suggestions.   She is easy to work with and became a great part of our program team.

Ruth Des Cotes / Program Manager / A Rocha Canada


Shannon came to an event of ours and offered a passionate and stimulating presentation. She made sure to bring products with her so people could see what she was talking about.  It is clear how much she loves what she does and that transpired in how she presented her information.  We loved having her at our event and would definitely consider asking her again!

Karine Chalifour / Program Director / Young Adult Cancer Canada


My beloved sister Shannon, has without a doubt been the largest inspiration in my life. My life to date has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and without Shannon I really cannot say where my life would be. Shannon has dealt with every shortcoming that life has to bring in a way that you can only admire. She has managed to stay positive, focused, determined with her battle against breast cancer. It seems that she hasn’t looked back since the news was delivered on that hot summer day. Shannon has shown me that you can achieve anything in life if you can have the desire to do so.

Patrick Donohoe.


To describe Shannon as a woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, an inspiration in a mere couple sentences is quite impossible.  Shannon has consistently chosen to learn, grow, and gain the necessary skills to conquer life and life events rather than merely exist.  She is pragmatic, exudes strength when vulnerable, and is unfailingly positive and energetic.  Shannon has a kind heart, thoughtful and generous spirit, and it is an honor to be her friend.  My life would not be the same without her.

Crystal Stevenson.


Shannon is a full blown loving, feeling, courageous, outrageous, inspiring, contemplative, sincere real woman. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, with every inch of her being and is so damn great but still doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is always ready to learn more and have fun and enjoy the ride. I am so lucky and count my blessings every day to call her my dear friend.

Shannon Romeike.


Just want to let you know how much I appreciate you- the wisdom you bring to Nolan’s team, the passion you have for being healthy, the attention you pay to all the details and all the balls you are able to juggle.  You truly are a fantastic, wonderful person and thank you for being you, and letting me be a part of your beautiful family- inside and out.

Heidi St Pierre / Behavior Consultant


Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is in no way intended to be personal medical advice. Please ask your physician about any health guidelines seen in this blog, as everyone is different in his or her medical needs.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Wendy willett  |  August 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you for all of your gracious enthusiasm and an amazing insightful tool box- your are an inspiration to my family
    Wendy willett


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