A Trailblazer in Women's Sports and Equal Rights
November 6, 2017
Hosted by Treena Wynes
Shannon Miller found a love for hockey as a young girl watching NHL in her Canadian family home. She went on to be the winningest coach in NCAA as the head coach for University Minnesota-Duluth women’s hockey team. She also was the first female head hockey coach in the Olympics bringing home the silver medal in women’s hockey. During Shannon’s hockey career she faced discrimination for being a female playing and coaching sports as well as being openly gay. She was attacked from insiders and outsiders but kept her eye on the puck and her focus on her team’s goals. As she climbed up the coaching ranks things got more difficult for Shannon as the higher one climbs the more vulnerable she was to personal attacks to her reputation. Shannon also was a strong advocate for equality, funding and pay in women’s sports which also made her a target to bring down. Shannon was let go despite her enormous success, bringing into question the real reason for her dismissal.
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Treena has been a social worker for seventeen years. Today as a Director of a child and family agency, community volunteer, board member, an award-winning author and speaker, wife and mother she has many daily obligations and responsibilities, however it is her compassion and creative inspirations that drive her to serve others. She also understands the importance of self-care and enjoying life to its fullest as well as recognizing the delicate balance of managing work, family life and play.
As a teen, Treena struggled with low self-esteem and body issues, including bulimia. She empathizes with people who sell themselves short and limit their potential. Going through this experience has given her a non-judgmental attitude, unlimited patience, and a caring manner when working with people because she understands what it is like to carry the burden of not feeling good enough. Her books, Eating Myself Crazy: How I Made Peace With Food (And You Can Too) and Am I The Only One? Struggling Being a Teen, are excellent tools for those looking to change their lives one small, positive decision at a time by discovering a full awareness of how thoughts and needs drive behaviors. She also helps those in need through her website.
She has been a guest for numerous T.V. and radio shows, won two U.S. book awards including Best Nonfiction, nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction and co-founder of Ignite the Life Youth Suicide Conference. She lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.