MEET MICHELLE SMITH
We had the opportunity to chat with nurse and community advocate Michelle Smith about her life and what she’s up to now.
Michelle Smith became a warrior for success at the age of 17 when she became a young mother. Three months into what was supposed to be a joyous time for any woman, Michelle found herself a single mother balancing a newborn daughter and school. At the age of twenty-three, Michelle was preparing to finish her nursing program when she found out she was pregnant again. Due to complications she was kicked out of nursing school and found herself and her two children living off of government assistance. It wasn’t until one day someone approached her and said, “You don’t look like you should be sitting here doing nothing,” that she found the motivation to continue to push herself.
MICHELLE FOUGHT HER WAY BACK INTO NURSING SCHOOL WITH THE HELP OF THE VERY PERSON WHO MOTIVATED HER AND GRADUATED FROM GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE.
Unfortunately, her registered nursing program transitioned into a degree program. Michelle was then again face with another obstacle but she was determined to figure out a way to push through. With the help of her sister she passed the Nursing Diploma exam. Shortly after she graduated her sister was diagnosed with cancer and passed away several weeks later. Michelle was devastated by her loss. She dedicated her life to helping others but she couldn’t save her sister. Lost in her disbelief, Michelle didn’t know where do go from there but even in her darkest hour, Michelle was determined to turn her grief into something positive.
Proudly, in 2011, she launched JA Smith Consulting and Nursing Services, with the pleasure of having her Children's initials be a part of my company (The J is for her daughter Jessica and the A is for her Son Anthony). The goal of JA Smith Consulting and Nursing Services is to increase the health and social literacy of individuals within the community and to ensure that people of all ages have healthcare awareness, resources and knowledge to navigate our healthcare and social system.
A proclaimed community advocate, Michelle’s program aims to empower all individuals, regardless of age, to fully access their health and social benefits. Her program provides information, education and assists groups in the community by intervening to resolve issues and produce results. She also participated in various health, social and mentoring initiatives within the community such as: Know; Your Rights 2014, with Chief Bill Blair, Bullying segment on G98.7fm, If I Ruled Toronto, and many others.
See where Michelle got her drive and motivation to continue to make moves in her community. Let’s get to know MICHELLE SMITH a little better.
If we’re sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it’s been for you, what did you achieve?
I would have continued on my journey to create a platform for advocating with the goal to continue to change the face of knowledge. I would have created a comprehensive program within my city that recognizes that the role of a healthcare advocate is a much needed role. I t is my goal to make everyone a part of my healthcare Shield program that will help increase the literacy for all involved. I would have touched and changed the lives of many as I have done within the last 13 years. That is what we would be celebrating.