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Meet Our Team

Owner - Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room.


On May 9, 2022, she was officially sworn is as the next Poet Laureate of Windsor, ON, and will fulfill this poetry ambassadorship role until 2026.


She’s living her dream of being Poet Laureate and continuing to welcome writers into a creative, safe, fun place to learn, share and write, write, write at Gertrude’s Writing Room! Follow her on her blog!

Sunlight Staffer -  Mariette Jones

Mariette Jones, Licensed Unity Teacher, took early retirement (she likes to say rewirement) from the Windsor-Detroit Borderlink (Tunnel) on June 1, 2020.

Since then, she has
been exploring what it means to facilitate, teach, encourage, empower and inspire from an online presence, mainly in the form of short videos on You Tube (LOVE SPEAKS!) and longer sessions on Zoom.


Mariette has been a part of the Gertrude’s family for some time now. She has a gorgeous smile that explodes out of her star-bright eyes! 


Our Amazing Teachers

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