Michelle Pante is energized by death, dying and grief as pathways to healing. She is a licensed funeral director in BC, co-founder of WILLOW and played a key role in the launch of the Green Burial Society of Canada during her tenure with LEES+Associates.
WILLOW has created and led volunteer and team development opportunities and presentations for clients including: BC Cancer Agency, Family Services of the North Shore, Mountain View Cemetery, The Society of Notaries Public BC, Surrey Hospice Society and the Vancouver School of Theology.
Prior to co-founding WILLOW, Michelle volunteered with a children’s bereavement program at a local hospice and apprenticed with KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony, a pioneering locally owned and operated funeral provider. Earlier in her career, she coordinated research and learning opportunities with the Arts and Health Project, Urban Development Institute, and Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Michelle has a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of British Columbia, a bachelor of social work from McGill University and a master of business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Visit WILLOW's website to read Michelle’s writing and learn about upcoming free events.