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About Jessica Outram

Owner, Creativity Coach

 

Jessica Outram is Cobourg’s 4th Poet Laureate. She is a Métis writer and educator with roots in the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Since 2019, her mandate has been to honour and nurture Cobourg’s culturally dynamic community. Jessica not only encourages the reading and writing of poetry, she also aims to enrich our shared human experience with heartfelt contributions.

 

As Poet Laureate, Jessica curates a weekly email series, Poetry Present. Since July 2021, Jessica has also featured a local poet in “Cobourg Now” by sharing one of their poems and writing an accompanying letter in Letter to a Poet. In 2021, Jessica shared monthly prompts and collected poems in an evolving eChapbook, Cobourg Present, that grew to 120 pages of poetry.

 

Jessica is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Her play Once Upon a Rocking Chair has been produced twice to sold out audiences. In early 2022, Piquant Press releases her poetry collection, The Thing with Feathers. She is currently working on two books for children inspired by Georgian Bay and her family’s stories.

 

She is on the steering committee for the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, has worked with the SONG and SONGtech programs, sings in the Safe Harbour choir, and has been an active volunteer with Northumberland Players. She is a member of the Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and the Cobourg Poetry Workshop. In November 2021, she was a juror for the Art Gallery of Northumberland’s 43rd Juried Exhibition.

 

Jessica has lived in Cobourg for over 10 years, working in Northumberland as Vice Principal at East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton, then as Principal of Colborne Public School and Dr. GJ MacGillivray Public School in Courtice. She currently works as Principal of Indigenous Education, supporting all schools K-12 in Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

As the owner of Creativity Coaching Canada she works with artists and writers to nurture their life’s work. Jessica has studied watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, and photography. She regularly offers creativity workshops that focus on attention and ways of noticing using the arts from a variety of forms, time periods, and locations.

Jessica is co-host of Hummingbird, a weekly podcast about creativity, arts, literature, and life.

She is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario with roots in the Georgian Bay Métis Community from the Verified Métis family lines of Solomon and Berger/Beaudoin. 

Her work as a Creativity Coach offers support, resources, and a guiding hand to help you build your creative life with meaning and purpose. She enjoys working with both individuals and groups because creativity is a collaborative and co-designed process.

To complement her creative life, she is certified in the Japanese healing technique of Reiki. Reiki is a proven healing modality that for her has blended a relationship between creativity and the energy of the natural world that surrounds us. Learning Reiki felt like a homecoming to Jessica. It changed everything. She uses her understanding of the interdependence between creative and natural energies to help you reach your creative potential and live an abundant life. 

Creativity has been a source of healing, a way to find a sense of belonging, and a process to better understand identity and purpose. Jessica wants to share her learning with you.

Contact Jessica Outram for more information.

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Minor Background Details

Education and Training

  • Master of Arts, Adult Education and Community Development

  • Bachelor of Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours): English and Cultural Studies

  • Supervisory Officer's Certificate

  • Expedition Coaching, Coaching Skills Facilitator

  • Reiki, Level 2 Practitioner

  • 20+ years as an Educator with extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults.

  • Principal of Indigenous Education, K-12

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Community Involvement

  • Poet Laureate of Cobourg, Ontario

  • Steering Committee for the Northumberland Festival of the Arts

  • Learning Consultant for SONGTech, a new program for youth learning to compose music on iPads while developing resiliency

  • Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada

    • Two of my plays have been produced by professional and community ​theatre groups

  • Co-founder of the Ontario Writers' Conference

  • Publisher of Sunshine in a Jar Press

  • Author of The Writing Spiral: Learning as a Writer

  • Editor of From the Cottage Porch: An Anthology About Cottage Life in Ontario

  • Curator of Poetry Present a Weekly Email Series Featuring Local Poets

  • Actor and director for Professional and Community Theatre

  • Served on the Board of Directors for Northumberland Players

  • Dramaturge and Mentor for new playwrights at StoneCircle Theatre

  • Volunteer for local arts groups and experience on various arts-related boards, including the Writers Community of Durham Region

  • Professional soloist and member of Safe Harbour choir

  • Painter and photographer

  • Recipient of the Gordon Johnston Award for Artistic Excellence

About Rachel Spence

Executive Assistant

 

Rachel is a content creator/virtual assistant based in Northumberland County. 

Rachel helps entrepreneurs + wellness professionals gain back valuable time by helping them with tasks such as content creation, blog writing, social media strategies, invoice follow ups, email management, marketing and so much more!

In her spare time she’s a dog mom to Zoey and loves thrifting and creative projects. Connect with her @whirkycreative 

Rachel supports Creativity Coaching Canada with communications, research and resources, marketing, and so many other important things that help us to become more efficient and continue to grow.

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