Paula Cornell is an enthusiastic idea generator, curious question asker, hungry food aficionado, and amatuer crafter. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner and their two greyhounds, Tina and Louise. Paula has been a social worker for over 10 years and has a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University. She spent most of her career working with people affected by homelessness and poverty and facilitating interactive workshops in the wider community on the root causes of poverty. She currently teaches in the Child and Youth Care Diploma program at NorQuest College, as well as Social Work at The Kings University and MacEwan University. Paula’s first exposure to the work of the Centre for Courage and Renewal was in 2015 through hearing an interview with Parker Palmer on a podcast. Shortly after, she took part in a Courage and Renewal retreat for Young Leaders and Activists where she fell in love with the process of Circles of Trust and has been working to integrate the principles into her life ever since. Paula has a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity and is perpetually curious about what it means to live a meaningful life.

Favorite quote

Success is seizing the opportunity to be human

Eloge Butera

Book Recommendation

all about love

bell hooks

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

My students, artists, the river valley, abolitionists, poets, writers, front line social workers, my partner.

What I Do For Fun, Rest, and Renewal

When I'm not working I love weightlifting, crafting, painting, running, cooking, eating, reading, and hanging out with my people.