About the Program
So Glad 2 Be Me programs are all about helping girls discover what makes them unique; based on who they are, not what they look like!
So Glad 2 Be Me was founded in 2003 in the small town of Arnprior, outside of Ottawa. The program continued to be run throughout Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley until 2013. It was in the fall of 2014 that So Glad 2 Be Me moved to Durham Region and more girls would have the opportunity to benefit from the program.
When girls discover who they are & who they are becoming, the easier it will be to make healthy and happy choices. Self esteem and confidence help girls tackle every day challenges and difficulties.
Having confidence helps them hold onto what’s important to them and helps them achieve their goals.
The workshops are designed for girls ages 7 to 12 years old whether they are considered at-risk, have low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, or even girls with great self-image. The discussion and activities build self-esteem as well as reinforce all of their greatness. With the bombardment of the media’s beauty “ideal” images, girls can’t benefit enough from continuous recognition of their uniqueness.
There is true beauty in all of us and I aspire to teach girls beauty is not what we see on the cover of a magazine. When we are less focused on our appearance, we have more time to enjoy the many gifts of life.
Business Owner & Facilitator
Diana, having gone through her own struggles, strongly believes every girl (and boy) deserves to be confident about who she is, be free from limiting gender stereotypes, and know that she has a purpose. With a BA in Psychology, primarily focusing on child and adolescent development and certified in Mental Health First Aid, Diana’s programming provides an environment in which girls feel empowered to reach their full potential.
Diana has always had a love for learning whether it was a few post-secondary education programs, workshops, certifications, or personal self-development. One night sitting in complete isolation surrounded by concrete walls and no windows (No, not jail!!), Diana realized she had a bigger purpose and before long, So Glad 2 Be Me came into her life. She continues to keep up on current research and participate in training to serve the needs of girls and the community.
In addition to facilitating programs, Diana has taught the foster/adoptive parent training at Children’s Aid Society – Toronto, an after school program at the Simcoe Hall Settlement House in Oshawa, a parent-child workshop at Prince Albert P.S., and presented at Pickering High School and Monsignor Leo Cleary about living a fulfilling life. Her service to girls knows no boundaries and the communities she has reached include Haliburton County (where she currently resides), Pembroke, Cannington, Lindsay, Durham Region, Orillia, and Lake of Bays, to name a few.
Diana’s personal mission for So Glad 2 Be Me is to give girls the gift of recognizing how amazing they are as a person and not let their worth be determined by their appearance. When girls realize their true beauty, they allow themselves to live a life of abundance that comes from within.
Diana stated, “If I inspire just one girl’s life, I have fulfilled my purpose.”