On October 3, 2010, the doors of Queenswood Retreat and Spirituality Centre closed. People who had loved coming for retreats, workshops and renewal felt the poignancy of that closure along with the Sisters of Saint Ann who grieved the loss of what once was.
In spite of the poignancy of this closure, new life was ready to emerge. A long time loyal supporter and friend of Queenswood, Marnie Bradfield, asked to meet with me. In our interchange, she suggested that I get a trademark for Queenswood School of Reiki which I did, a fifteen year one, and she paid for it. From there, I produced my own professional manuals, CD, and DVDs.
At the same time as this was happening, our provincial leader, Sister Marie Zarowny, was influential in suggesting that I set up a society to continue the work of the former Queenswood. Board members were quickly found and together as a team, we worked diligently side by side. With the help of Sharon Elizabeth Burkmar, our chairperson, we became incorporated as a British Columbia Society on July 20, 2011.
Because of Sharon’s knowledge and guidance in matters pertaining to how a society functions, Sharon and I co-founded Queenswood Holistic Healing and Spirituality Society (QHHSS). The Society received charitable status on May 30, 2013.