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Daisy-Mae Hamelinck

Success Coach, College Professor, Author, & Video Host
OCT, M.A., B.Ed., B.A. (Hons), SSWD


Daisy-Mae completed her Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Wilfrid Laurier University), Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto) and a Social Service Worker Diploma (Fanshawe). She is also an Ontario Certified Teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers (since 2005). 


Daisy has taught for 20 years in post-secondary settings including Western University, Fanshawe College, triOS College, and Conestoga College, primarily Sociology and Psychology courses. In recent years, her focus has been on Health and Wellness courses, Interpersonal Communications, Student Success and Life Skills advising. Daisy started her teaching career at triOS College in 2005, when she helped launch the Community Service Worker (CSW) program. Daisy received the award for Instructor of the Year in 2006 (Faculty of Healthcare) across all triOS College campuses. At triOS, she also taught Career Management courses and conducted one-on-one career counselling and success coaching.

Daisy also has 10 years’ social service work experience and has worked in a variety of settings: United Way of London & Middlesex, Forward House of London (group homes), homeless shelters with the YWCA Toronto, and has supported children, youth, adults/families with special needs in Kitchener/Waterloo, particularly focusing on behavioural programs for children with autism.

As a two-time cancer survivor (2008 & 2017), Daisy has presented regularly with the Terry Fox Foundation (2010-2017) and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (ongoing). She has appeared on CTV News London with Jan Sims, Canada AM with Seamus O'Reagan, Global News with Leslie Roberts, and CityNews.


In October 2018, Daisy co-authored her first book, Interpersonal and Group Dynamics, Third Edition:

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The techniques Daisy-Mae uses for her interactive lessons include the teachings and influences of Lev Vygotsky, Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Cooperative Learning, Tribes Techniques, as well as videos, guest speakers, and field trips when applicable. As a teacher, or facilitator, Daisy believes it is her job to make the material come alive.


While a teacher cannot always please everyone, Daisy feels it is her job to reach as many students as possible. She regularly adapts to the learning styles and needs of the students. She frequently engages in self-reflection and seeks constructive feedback.

By no means does her journey end there. Every day is a new learning experience and challenge for Daisy and her students. She says "what WE put into it, is what WE get out of it."

Courses Taught:

Health & Wellness

  • Health and Wellness: The Better You

  • Student Success for Higher Learning

  • Ethical Issues In Healthcare

  • Counselling



  • Life is Not Always Fair

  • Sociology for Social Service Workers

  • Sociology: The Meaning of Sex

  • Multiculturalism: The Canadian Diversity Project

  • Discovering Social Sciences

  • Work and Health Across the Life Course

  • Sociology and Canadian Society​​

  • The Canadian Family Dynamic

  • Professional Skills for the Social Worker

  • Community Services in Canada

  • Research and Populations at Risk

  • Sociology of Aging

  • ​Sociology of Fame

  • Sociology of Deviance

  • Sociology of Sport​



  • Interpersonal and Group Dynamics

  • Communications for Media

  • Communications for Human Services

  • Effective Team Work

  • Professional Communication

  • Career Management​​



  • Positive Psychology

  • Psychology of Willpower

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Organizational Behaviour 

  • Lifespan Development​

  • A Culture of Addiction

  • Specific Forms of Addiction

  • Working with Addictions

  • Introduction to Mental Health

  • Psychology of Sport

Social Service Work

Daisy-Mae Hamelinck has over 10 years' experience providing support services for children, youth, and adults with special needs:


Master of Arts, Sociology

McMaster University, 2010

Research Area: The Social Experience of Cancer/Social Change/Social Movements


Social Service Worker Diploma

Fanshawe College, 2004

President's Honour Roll


Bachelor of Education, Primary/Junior Specialization

University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 2003

​Graduated with Distinction


Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Sociology Major/Psychology Minor

Wilfrid Laurier University, 2002

​Research Area: Gender Bias in Primary School Education


Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), 2005 to 2020 (up for renewal)

Ontario College of Teachers


Mental Health First Aid, 2016

Mental Health First Aid Canada


Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers - Level 1, 2008

Hincks-Dellcrest Centre: Gail Appel Institute - Trauma and Resiliency Centre

Research & Interest Areas:

  • Health and Illness

  • Gender

  • Social Change

  • Social Movements

  • Sport in Society

  • Cancer Research Development and Technology​

  • Identities and Narratives​

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