Meet Valene

Valene is the Founder and Managing Director of a home health care agency that provides in-home rehabilitation and medical support across the Greater Toronto Area. With a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Howard University, she brings over 20 years of cumulative healthcare industry experience. Valene has a passion and hands-on approach to health & wellness. She has created various wellness initiatives for families ranging from school-age children to seniors in the areas of disease prevention and their management.

Valene’s Heritage

Valene is Canadian-born with deep Caribbean roots hailing from Jamaica. She shares that her heritage is rich in various art forms, including poetry and storytelling. “There is never a family gathering without hearing a funny story about a random character (fiction or nonfiction), deriving from that beautiful island.” Valene’s love and appreciation for storytelling is also a way to stay connected to one of her many cultural traditions. Much of her experience in writing scripts were developed and nurtured in church. “If you weren’t participating in a skit/play by writing or acting in it, you were observing one.

Valene’s Inspiration

Valene’s latest work, ‘The Amazing Zoe’ was inspired by her 1-year-old baby girl. She has many memories of when growing up as a child and seeing very little representation of herself. “It was challenging to find a black doll, let alone one with hair you could comb. There were no billboards, no commercials and very little print highlighting men, women, boys or girls who looked like me.”  She shared that it changed how she saw the world and realized that she had to find her place in this world also. As a new first-time mother to a darling baby girl, her thinking extended towards the messages she would like to relay to her own daughter as she grows. Her books embrace multiculturalism, celebrates diversity and she is happy that she can contribute to creating a more inclusive world for the younger generations to follow. 

Events

September 2021

Bookstore Tour

It’s the first time ever, ‘Great Canadian Bookstore Tour’. Canadian ...
16 Sep - 30 Oct
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FAQ

Writing completely energizes me. Once I allow myself to be still, I start jotting ideas down, and then new concepts or titles hit me. Now, all I need to do is catch up with writing all of those titles to completion.

I quickly learned what works for me, and what doesn’t. If you want to put out quality, there are far more steps than I originally thought, yet, it’s all doable. I initially had no idea about all that was involved in publishing a book, however,

I’ve always been aware of the underrepresentation of Black voices in literature, however, after having my daughter, it became even more apparent. As I began to grow her library, I saw very few lead characters who looked like her, and even few children’s books that were written by Black authors. I then realized, I had something to contribute. I was inspired by my little one and overall I just want to see a change with how children (who later grow into adults) relate to others who look different than they do.

I’ve always been aware of the underrepresentation of Black voices in literature, however, after having my daughter, it became even more apparent. As I began to grow her library, I saw very few lead characters who looked like her, and even few children’s books that were written by Black authors. I then realized, I had something to contribute. I was inspired by my little one and overall I just want to see a change with how children (who later grow into adults) relate to others who look different than they do.

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