Norma Nicholson is the author of Young Lives on the Line and Executive Director of Ignite4Youth. I was blessed to interview her for Journey To Success Radio. The show will air Sunday, December 21st.
NORMA NICHOLSON RN BA MA (Ed) recently authored and published “Young Lives on the Line: You Can Make a Difference” by drawing upon her own experiences growing up as an at- risk child who was a homeless infant and youth. She also enhanced her professional expertise through her management of health care for at-risk children and youth in the largest secure youth custody facility in Ontario, Canada and from being a passionate community volunteer.
As an author, speaker, educator, youth expert, founder and Executive Director of Ignite4Youth, she currently facilitates community outreach programs such as workshops for youth and families, police and correctional services, seminars in local churches, lunch and learn sessions for employees in a variety of work environments and for youth focused organizations and their employees.
She has received many prestigious awards and recognitions from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and nursing colleagues across the Province. She is also a five-time nominee for the Toronto Star Nightingale award.
Norma has served as President of the Alzheimer Society of Peel, President of the Registered Nurses Association of Peel Region and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She is also an engaging member of the Mississauga Board of Trade, the Mississauga Arts Council, Toast Masters of Mississauga and a Director on the Board of the Malton Neighbourhood Services.
Her life purpose is to use her God-given gifts to impact the lives of at-risk children and youth to unlock their potential. She is dedicated and very passionate to see changes in the way society looks at the challenges and behaviours shown by these youth. She presently teaches psychology, part time at Sheridan College in the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies and volunteers in the Family Literacy Program, Region of Peel, Human Services.
Young Lives on the Line was written to dispel the myth that at-risk children and youth who are involved in the youth justice system are 'bad kids'. It tells the stories of the author and six young people who were all at-risk children and what was done to keep them in the community. The book looks at problems and behaviours with a new perspective i.e. when you address the root causes as opposed to addressing the symptoms that are seen, there is much success.