Workshop Description

*Note: While this is primarily a personal development workshop, much of the learning can be applied to clients (if in a therapeutic role) and students as well.  If you would like a letter from us outlining how the curriculum can be helpful professionally

(in order to have it count towards CEU’s or for reimbursement from an employer), let us know and we can provide this.

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.

Have you ever built up the courage to do the thing you were afraid of and then found yourself trying to ensure approval from others? 

Have you found it difficult to enjoy the process because you were so focused on the outcome?

Maybe you over prepare, work yourself to exhaustion by creating something “perfect”, or try to control everything in hopes others will be pleased and approve your job well done.

You think to yourself, there’s got to be another way.

​​What if you could do it bravely, with confidence, purpose and a sense of worthiness no matter what other people think and no matter how it turns out?

This full day workshop is an invitation for you to slow down and think intentionally about how you’d like to
SHOW UP more in your life.  It’s an opportunity to celebrate where you are brave already, and a chance to look at where self-doubt, hesitation and/or fear are getting in the way of you being brave in other areas of your life.  

Using the empirically based curriculum developed by
Dr. Brené Brown, we will explore how to cultivate more courage, more authenticity and more confidence to help you move forward both personally and professionally.  Using a mix of reflective writing, peer coaching and large group discussions, you will learn practices that transform the way we live, love, work, play, and lead.   

​​​​A day for helping professionals, educators & entrepreneurs who - like you -

want to cultivate an even more courageous, authentic, and passionate life.

For more information about Melissa and her work, go to

Daring Greatly™ Workshop

Friday, October 23, 2020, 9:00am - 4:30pm

2) To pay with EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER (CAD bank accounts only): click here ​to        access the google form and follow the instructions on the form.

About the Presenter

Melissa Pyne, MSW, RSW, is a registered social worker with over 15 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction counselling. She has experience working in both the public and private sector. Melissa has held various positions in Grand River Hospital's Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Addiction program delivering individual and group therapy. In addition to her experience with crisis and acute mental health interventions, Melissa has also worked in private clinics and now owns her own private practice where she incorporates CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing and positive psychology to best serve clients anywhere along the continuum of mental health and wellness.

Melissa has completed her professional coaching certification (PCC) with the International Coaches Federation and has helped launch Red Maple Professional Coaching Services. With a hat tip to the Johan Hari concept of rat park, Melissa believes that rehumanizing workplaces by deepening relationships and connecting to purpose can help foster resiliency around mental health and substance misuse. Melissa is a particularly passionate about coaching front-line care providers for sustainability in careers with high rates of burnout.

Melissa holds a BA (Hons) in psychology from York University and a Masters of Social Work from Laurier. As a continual learner, Melissa is certified in the Daring Way™ (highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown) and loves teaching and learning from new students.

So what does​ hold us back? 


Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $169 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until September 22, 2020. For reservations, call 1-877-788-8818 or 519-275-2936 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit

What if there IS another way?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Will you join us?


Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: How Values Light the Way
Module 3: Trust and the Marble Jar
Module 4: The Myths of Vulnerability
Module 5: Empathy and Self-Compassion


Module 6: The Arena
Module 7: Fear and the Arena Door
Module 8: The Armour We Use to Protect Ourselves and Why It Doesn’t Serve Us
Module 9: Cultivating Resilience

Module 10: Closing and Gratitude​

**Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using one of the below options

Would you start a new business, charge more for your services, write a book, give a speech, teach a workshop, host an event, and/or create something the world has yet to see?

Would you would stand up for yourself, speak your mind without worrying about what other people think, say “no” without guilt, face conflict head-on, or create and maintain stronger boundaries with certain people in your life?

Maybe you would do that thing that terrifies you, like run a marathon despite never having run a day in your life! 

What would you do if fear wasn’t holding you back? 

​​​​Instructor: Melissa Pyne, MSW, RSW, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

Location: Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel,

552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON 
Early Bird Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) by September 22, 2020

Regular Cost: $250 CAD + 13% HST (=$282.50) after September 22, 2020
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.71 USD (as of April 22, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 16, 2020​ by 4pm

​* For information about Group Rates and discounts, click here

** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.

We don’t have to do it alone. We were never meant to.

And then there's this... 

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click here ** to register online

via Eventbrite for this option (see highlighted note below)

Too often, it is one of these things:

  • Fear of criticism, judgement, or disapproval
  • Comparing ourselves with others who are much farther ahead in the game
  • The “Imposter Syndrome”
  • Fear of scarcity
  • Fear that we’re not ___ enough (fill in the blank: experienced, educated, old, young, wealthy, attractive etc)​​