Louise Paterson Sherwood is a resourceful and inspiring communicator, publisher, a positive influencer, a catalyst for creating positive change. To get on this path Louise has like all people had to overcome personal and professional challenges. Louise shares her abundant gifts in communications to give help and inspire hope to people, to overcome adversity, who may not otherwise have the connection to the same resources Louise has been blessed with.
In the summer before completing her final year of high school Louise was raped and beaten in two separate incidents. Louise transformed her life after leaving the community where both the abusers resided. Louise focused her energy on building her career and independence as an interior designer while attending Ryerson. For more than 15 years Louise enjoyed creating interiors for high profile clients throughout southern Ontario including then Premier David Peterson.
Blessed by marriage and two beautiful children, both under two years old, Louise had to deal with the challenge of continuing her career, which included a lot of travel, while wanting to be home being the primary caregiver for her toddlers- a significant challenge many women experience. Louise made the choice to change her career to work in her community, close by her family, and to do work for a cause she cares deeply about. Louise became the director of education for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by designing and implementing innovative education programs that has influenced the way people relate to and care for animals. Louise later founded Discover YOU! that has helped inspire hundreds of people though education programs and events to create the life and career they love. While hosting one of these events Louise was introduced to SNAP when it was just one paper in Newmarket, Ontario. The grassroots “good news” concept that SNAP is founded upon resonates so well with Louise that she helped solidify the first franchise of SNAP in Oakville, Ontario. Currently SNAP newspapers operate in more than 75 communities throughout the world- one of which Louise owned and operated in Burlington Ontario. Louise continues to fine tuning her life and career path to integrate her love for providing help and hope for people and pets in need. Louise recently created and launched the “Cats won’t wear Condoms- Fix Your Cat! campaign and is currently doing the layouts for a new community newspaper for people, focused on promoting love and care for pets called -Great Pet News TM