Hello!

Courage doesn't always roar.  

Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.  

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Welcome! I am looking forward to our conversations and the resulting new insights about what it means to cultivate courage. I would like to introduce myself to you. I am a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. I am also the Vice Dean until June 30, 2019.

As for my personal information, I am a widow and both my married children live in my neighbourhood-which gives me easy access to them and the grandchildren! As for my hobbies, I enjoy cooking and entertaining and have another blog  that follows my culinary adventures, which is mainly followed by my son. My favourite holidays, aside from family holidays in the mountains or at the lake, are the ones I spend trekking in places far away from home, learning about different cultures through food, music and walking on their lands. My cultural background is Mennonite and I have traced my family's journey from the Netherlands, to Poland, to present day Ukraine and finally to Saskatchewan. By visiting these places and reading memoirs and Mennonite histories, I have gained a deep respect and admiration for my heritage.

This website is called Cultivate Courage and it will be a repository of literature linked in some way or another to courage, whether it be through quotes, stories, music or poems. Currently our research team is studying the meaning of courage to academic and nonacademic female administrators working in higher education using grounded theory. With the participants’ permission, their stories of courage will be posted. It is through the telling and sharing of stories that all of us are affirmed in what we believe and get to know who we are. Brené Brown calls qualitative data "stories with a soul".

I too want to experience the soul with you.