Our Community


The German word "Gemeinschaftsgefühl​" used by Alfred Adler meaning Community Feeling or Social Interest. Community feeling means to have an understanding that we belong to a human community, and that we are all responsible for how our world is being shaped by our actions. Jane Nelsen likes to call it Social Responsibility.

The Parent Education Network would like to thank these community members for their work in helping others.

Executive Director

Kylah Harrington is both a facilitator for and the Executive Director of the Parent Education Network. Her training began when Canada’s top parenting expert Alyson Schafer introduced her to Adlerian Psychology in 2010, and since then, she hasn't looked back. In addition to putting Adlerian theory to practice as a parent to three school-aged children, she has been instrumental in promoting the Parent Education Network, whose mission is to offer affordable parent education classes to families in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

Professional Members

Vivian Pengelly

Parent Facilitator | Teacher

Vivian is a veteran workshop facilitator who has been with the Parent Education Network for 10 years. She has taught elementary school for 26 years in Mississauga and is the proud parent of four children and now enjoys the new role of a grandparent.

Pamela Smith

PCI Certified Parent Coach

Through a strengths-based coaching approach, Pamela helps parents build open and authentic relationships with their kids so that they can create an environment where they learn to trust themselves and their children.

Elizabeth Berholz

Parenting Educator | Life and Professional Coach

Liz Berholz is a transformative coach, speaker, consultant and the co-founder of the WiseMind Co., a consulting and development firm driven to link the powerful relationship between human well-being and success.

Elaine Lenehan

Psychotherapist | Parent Educator

Elaine is interested in working with people who have a determination to find their true self. She loves working with clients willing to be courageous and determined to grow, despite their struggle with anxiety.

Leigh Mitchell

Trainer | Facilitator

Leigh Mitchell is an educator and trainer in positive parenting, mental health, mindfulness, employer branding and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging). She works for York University and the University of Guelph Humber and is also the founder of Bee Happy HR & Mindfulness Co.

Alyson Schafer

Parenting Expert

Alyson Schafer is a family counsellor, TV personality, columnist, spokesperson, educator and consultant. She is one of Canada’s most notable parenting experts. Alyson has donated her time presenting at many of PEN’s annual fundraisers.

Kyla Landon

Parent Coach | RECE

Kyla is a Positive Parent Coach, Early Childhood Educator, and mother of two. Her mission is to help parents who feel overwhelmed, stressed and burnt out, restore a sense of calm, connection, and joy for themselves and their families.

Nadia Frost

Registered Psychotherapist

Skilled facilitator and psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working with parents to solve discipline challenges with children. Knowledgeable in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and motivational therapy as well as public speaking, leadership, and empathy.

Lorna Blumen

Educational Consultant | Bullying Prevention Specialist

Lorna Blumen brings over 25 years’ experience as a speaker, author, and coach to help families, schools, and organizations prevent and solve problems in children’s and adult workplace bullying.

Valerie Tih

Coach | Speaker

Valerie Tih has over 20 years of experience as a speaker, presenter and a facilitator of spiritual retreats and educational workshops. She is a certified “Happiness Coach” graduate, a program taught by Dr. Robert Holden, one of the world’s most sought-after experts in the field of positive psychology and wellbeing.

Board of Directors


Roma Mehta


Nabeel Alvi


Sandra Pachas

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