At the age of 32, Shawna’s husband died the day before their daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Her story confronts topics such as mental illness, suicide, grief, post traumatic stress disorder, resiliency, faith, marriage, and more.

Shawna has been interviewed by CTV News, and Reconnectfully Yours.  On February 13th, she shared a talk at Ignite Waterloo, and in April she is booked to be the guest on Widowed.ca’s radio show.

Shawna’s articles have been featured on BlogHer.  Her article, Stigma in a large yellow envelope, has been read by over 11,000 viewers. She enjoys a freelance partnership with the YMCA’s of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, and has most recently been invited to participate in Ruth Stadelmayer‘s “Voices” book project.  Shawna has written guest posts for Pardon My Poppet, and received a number of blog awards including the Liebster Blog Award and The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.


To learn more about Shawna’s story, we recommend visiting the “Main Journey Index” of her blog.  The “Happy Thought Index” was introduced as one of the tools that has helped Shawna through her grief journey.

Shawna’s philosophy is simple: “Share my story wherever I can, to whomever will listen.  The concept is simple too.  Vulnerability fosters deeper, richer relationships, and generates safe places where others share their stories too.  Stigmas are destructive illusions and we must stop being fooled by the mirage.  No one should have to think twice about seeking treatment.”

Every conversation, and speaking engagement, is seen as an opportunity to build awareness, and break the illusive power of stigmas.

Shawna is available for speaking engagements, interviews, conferences, and more.  

Watch here to catch a glimpse of Shawna’s perspective on important topics such as stigmas, suicide, community, and more.

Shawna Percy (MacDonald) with host Sahil Dhingra on Reconnectfully Yours.


2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Shawna

    So glad we met today in Zehrs this evening.

    I took a walk through your site. You have the courage of a lion. Well done!

    Have you ever heard of a women by the name of “Brene Brown” I think you might like her

    try this for starts and let me know what you think!

    Have a happy day
    Xoxo: Michelle

    1. Hey Michelle. You found me! So glad you did. Both at Zehrs, and now here 🙂

      Thanks for forwarding that link of Brene Brown. It is actually the #1 TED talk people recommend I watch. ;p I think that’s totally cool because my guess is that people must hear the power and connection of vulnerability in my sharing and make a correlation between Brene Brown’s research/experience, and mine. I love that talk, and I love TED (one of my goals is to speak at TED one day,) so I see we have the basics in common already 🙂

      I was so glad to meet you and your daughter today, while Alexis and I were waiting for someone to figure out the price of the mysterious tomatillo tomato! (tastes like a mix of rhubarb and tomato, by the way.)

      I’ll email you from my personal account and we can continue the conversation there 🙂

      xoxo Shawna

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