Standing Up with Terri Storey


Terri Storey

Today we have the honour of bringing to you an interview with Terri Storey, WBN Businesswoman of the Year in the Entrepreneur category, and founder and President of Terrace Youth Residential Services. Terri has a passion for creating services for youth with mental health needs, particularly those who don’t have access to funding, so that they can find the support they need. She’s championing the need with innovative research approaches, services and quality of care. So, it’s little surprise that when we approached her to choose from a variety of topics for interview, she went with “standing up for what you think is right.”

Featured Theme“Standing up” is the ability to be self-directed and self-controlled in your thinking and actions and to be free of emotional dependency. It means taking charge of your own life, being your own person, and seeking your own direction. Obviously, standing up for what you think may not be popular or you may sometimes say something risky. The ability to stand up for what you believe in rests on your degree of self-confidence and courage.

Three behavioural aspects to standing up for what you think is right are:

  • emotional expression which is openly expressing your feelings verbally and non-verbally to bring voice to your being

  • assertiveness which is openly communicating feelings, beliefs and thoughts, and defending personal rights and values in a socially acceptable, non-offensive, and non-destructive manner

  • independence, the ability to be self-directed and free from emotional dependency on others, which creates autonomy.


Terri Storey, winner of the 2013 BYA in the entrepreneur category

Let’s dive into the interview and allow Terri to speak for herself in this area of Sprit Intelligence.

Terri, how do you know if your intuition is working and that your decision is the best option for you?

I know when my intuition is working when there is no contemplation in my thought process, and instantly feeling like this is the right decision.

Who is your role model who exemplifies standing up for what is right? What three qualities does your role model possess?

Luke and Stephanie Richardson. Three qualities that they possess would be their positivity, dedication and strength.

Would you share a situation when you stood up for what you believed was right and how did you engage with your spiritual side?

When I opened my own business for youth who required care. Knowing that I could help provide services to better assist the youth in my community was what I believed was the right thing to do, I stood up for what I believed was right for them and right for me.

To connect with my spiritual side I participate in hot yoga.

Who is your favourite fictional character in books, movies, etc? How do you relate to them and how does that play out as a metaphor in your life?

Puma and Timon from the Lion King say “hakuna matata” which means “no worries.” I try to believe that my life will pan out the way it is suppose to, that there is a plan and a reason for every and all decisions in my life. I try not to worry about the way things are going and just believe.


Sister Leadership would like to send a big thanks to Terri for taking the time to engage in this conversation around standing up for what is right.

Now, you there, reading this post. Can you think of a time when you stood up for what was right? How did it feel, and what was the outcome of your actions? Is “standing up” an idea that resonates with you – if so why, and if not, why not?

We’re looking forward to hearing from you in the comments.

And once again, congratulations to the finalists and the winners of the BYA,

Terri Storey, Luise Sander, Melissa Clark, Carolyn Bickerton, Elizabeth Kilvert, Melissa Clark, Elaine Birchall, Tracy Corneau, Janice Menezes, Dianne King.

Till next week,


Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, certified in EQi 2.0 and EQ360, a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has been coaching high-level women and men for over six years, and is now opening her expertise to those emerging in business. Camille pulls her blog topics from her unique coaching approach that combines her training as a EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified facilitator with the dig-deeper tools of NLP.

Get in touch here if you’d like to talk with Cam about group or one-on-one coaching, and EQ assessments. With the miracle of Skype and telephones – distance is no issue!


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