About Us

 

The ThoughtFullBoard Story

One evening I was having dinner with a long-time mom friend, Joanne Corner. With our kids in school together, we had shared many parenting conversations over the years. On that particular night, we got to talking about some of the frustrations around kids. I know, a typical topic for moms!

What was particularly frustrating for us at that time was that we felt like we were spending too much time nagging our children about making healthy choices. We felt we were too often saying “don’t eat that”, “you need more sleep” and “get off your screens”. Joanne mentioned that with all the organizational tools I use around my busy household, surely there could be a solution out there that would encourage and re-enforce children to make independent healthy choices.

There wasn’t. So what do a couple of entrepreneurial moms do in this situation? We create a solution. The ThoughtFullBoard was born. It is a functional and beautiful tool to encourage children to make independent, healthy choices. We wanted to create, in children, a lifestyle that would last a lifetime. We know parents are overwhelmed, so this simple tool encourages small acts of wellness.

But what is a great product without an amazing community of like-minded, pro-active parents and experts? We know that a strong community providing support to our customers was key. We are so excited to support our community with a panel of experts who willingly share their knowledge on a whole host of issues that impact families.

Welcome to the ThoughtFullBoard. We are happy to be here and look forward to an incredible journey with our company.

                                                                              Julie Cole, Vice President and Co-Founder

    

Meet your ThoughtFullBoard Team:

 

 

Julie Cole,

Vice President and Co-Founder

Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed and international phenomenon. As company spokeswoman, Julie is well-known amongst North American entrepreneurs and her dynamic personality has led to numerous speaking engagements, from university business classes to TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, Metro Morning, CH Morning Live, Better TV, The Mom Show, Fox 5 San Diego and WGN’s Midday. She is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Postmodernmom.com, PTPA Media, Yummy Mummy Club, and her company’s Mabelhood blog. Her writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. Mabel’s Labels has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com. Follow Julie on Twitter @juliecole.

 

Greg Zbikowski,

Vice President

Greg has close to 20 years of cross-functional experience within Supply Chain Management & Operations.  He has held a variety of leadership positions within the electronic, automotive and education industries: Blackberry, Lear Corporation, Linamar and Corinthian Colleges to name a few.

Having completed his MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, where he resides with his wife and three children, Greg has always been passionate about fitness and nutrition.  He joined the ThoughtFullBoard team as a strong believer in the overall wellness and well-being of the family.

 

Meet your ThoughtFullBoard Expert Team:

 

Dr. Sharon Carson,

MD, FRCP(C)

(Pediatrician)

Dr. Sharon Carson is a Consulting Paediatrician in Burlington, Ontario since 2001.  The main focus of her consulting practice is the assessment and treatment of children with developmental, learning, behavioural and mental health issues.  She has been passionate about increasing the understanding in the medical and educational communities about the many faces of learning and attention issues and the importance of assessment and treatment modalities throughout the life span.  Dr. Carson has done a number of educational seminars for patients, families, educators and other physicians about making lifestyle changes in the treatment of children of neurodevelopment conditions.  She is actively involved in research with her regional mental health organization, examining the impact of High-Fidelity Wraparound Care on the mental health outcomes in her community.  Most of her patients are familiar with her favourite saying “for things to change, something has got to CHANGE”.  Collaborating with ThoughtFullBoard brings her advice and passion for change into a tangible, easy to use goal setting tool.  

 



Sarah Remmer,

BSc. RD

(Nutrition Expert)

As a Mom of three, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with a specialty in pregnancy, babies and kids, I have a passion for good food, and teaching parents how to healthfully (and realistically!) feed their families. Fueled on just the right amount of coffee (and the odd glass of wine), I know first-hand what it's like to be in the “trenches”.

Since becoming a Mom in 2010, my practice has evolved into a thriving consulting and communications business that focuses on pediatric and family nutrition. My true passion lies in teaching parents not only what to feed their kids, but also how, giving them invaluable tools that help them to nurture their child’s relationship with food for life. We work with parents one-on-one, as well as with companies, brands and commodities that we believe in, to boost their credibility and improve their marketing messages.  

My website and blog (www.sarahremmer.com), contains practical tips and advice for parents and families on feeding and nutrition, as well as nutritious and easy recipes and recipe videos.

My 10+ years of dietetics and counseling experience spans across many areas, including pre- and post-natal nutrition, infant and child nutrition, picky eating, chronic disease management, and healthy weight management. I also have training and experience in Eating Disorders and disordered eating behaviours.

I consider my best credential being a Mom, but for those who would like to know what my “hard” credentials are…

 

 

 

Jennifer Averink

(Fitness Expert)

Jennifer "Coach Jenn" Averink, owner of Evolve Fitness Burlington, is a certified fitness & nutrition coach.  After struggling with her weight for most of her adult life, Jennifer signed up for a full year-long fitness & nutrition coaching program as a client in 2014.  Over that year Jennifer transformed her own lifestyle resulting in a 50 pound weight loss and complete body composition transformation.  This transformation inspired Jennifer to become a fitness and nutrition coach to be able to empower others to make the changes necessary to lead a healthier, leaner lifestyle.

Coach Jenn has always had a mission to enrich the lives of children.  Before she was known as Coach Jenn, she taught the flute and Kindermusik to children at the Performance School of Music & Dance, a business she started 20 years ago and still owns today.

Her current mission is to impact the health of at least 100 children per year through the women in their lives.

Coach Jenn is certified as a Personal Training Specialist by CanFitPro, and as a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach. She is also a member of SWIS (Strength & Weight Lifting Injury Specialists), CPTN (Certified Personal Trainers' Network), and the Ontario Physique Association.

 

 

Alanna McGinn

(Sleep Expert)

Alanna is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) Alanna and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice on Marilyn Denis, The Goods and national publications like Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Prevention, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. Follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.

 

 

Robert Ward

(Social/Emotional Wellness Expert)

Robert is an enthusiastic educator, author, and champion for children who is currently in his twenty-fourth year of teaching English to a wide diversity of students at public middle schools in Los Angeles.

Robert embraces a whole-child teaching and parenting approach that attends to each child's social, emotional, soulful, and academic needs. Since all four aspects of child development are equally important and inextricably intertwined, Robert encourages parents and teachers to work together to daily energize children’s hearts, hopes, minds, and manners. This crucial balance creates family rooms and classrooms filled with willingness, wisdom, wonder, warmth, and worth!

Robert is the author of two powerful books for educators published by Rowman and Littlefield: The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up. His third book, A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive with Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning, joins parents and teachers as allies in education and partners in the nurturing of children. This book was the #1 New Release in Parent Participation in Education on Amazon.

In addition to his popular Rewarding Education blog, Robert’s articles for educators and parents have been featured by Edutopia, Education Week, the U.S. Department of Education’s “The Teacher’s Edition” newsletter, the International Literacy Association, GetConnectDAD, and UKEdChat magazine.

Robert has also mentored over two hundred teachers at various stages of their careers. His additional leadership roles include a two-year appointment by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Student Learning Subcommittee at the California Department of Education in Sacramento and graduate level teaching experience at California State University, San Bernardino as an adjunct instructor in the College of Education.

Robert lives in the historic View Park community of Los Angeles with his husband of over twenty years and their two incredibly cute doggies.​

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