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William Vanraes

William Vanraes is a public speaker, coach and workshop facilitator. After leaving home at 16, William struggled with homelessness, abuse, and mental health. William spent years working on his life, and now dedicates his life to helping people using his experience. Visit William @ https://inclusivecommunitiesconsulting.ca/

Consultant and Life Coach – William Vanraes

Tell us a little something about your business...

Inclusive Communities Consulting and Life Skills is a service that includes public speaking and workshops that focus on helping people overcome life’s obstacles, as well as coaching and consulting. This service is based on my story of how I overcame many barriers in my life including abuse, homelessness, mental health struggles, among other barriers. Another focus is on Building inclusive communities, which comes from my experience working in developmental services supporting people with intellectual disabilities. My experience both personally and professionally has put me in direct contact with many people who have faced their own barriers in life and struggled to overcome those barriers. My professional experience supporting people with disabilities has shown me that it can be very difficult at times for people to overcome life’s obstacles without support and motivation. I want people to know it’s alright to ask for help.

When was your lightbulb moment?

I realized that everybody has a story, everybody has faced obstacles in their life and has went through something. What people can benefit from is hearing these stories and hearing how someone overcame the obstacles in life and changed negative into positive. It took me a long time to decide to share my story, and offer to assist people, but after facilitating workshops and doing some public speaking for agencies, I started thinking about how I could really make a difference in people’s lives. I realized that I could make the biggest impact by sharing my story and sharing how I turned a negative life into a positive one.

What are your three words of advice?

Hope is the spark that ignites the idea, which leads to motivation. The motivation is what keeps you going and helps you push through to make the change. The change is what happens in your life when you go down this path, change is the positive.

Three words of advice...

Hope… Motivation… Change

William Vanraes is a public speaker, coach and workshop facilitator. After leaving home at 16, William struggled with homelessness, abuse, and mental health. William spent years working on his life, and now dedicates his life to helping people using his experience. Visit William @ https://inclusivecommunitiesconsulting.ca/

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