Does being in contact with nature have curative effects? Does the opposite have deleterious effects? What, if anything, ought to be done about this?
Valerie Malla is a Simon Fraser University student majoring in philosophy and psychology. She has worked mainly in the legal field, but today contributes part of her time as a life coach.
She enjoys engaging with her community in many respects in order to promote social harmony. Her projects include the annual Mother's Day Remembrance event held on Mother's Day for those who have lost their mother or are otherwise estranged. She is also founder of "Philosophers' Stone Café," which seeks to provide philosophy-based instruction to marginalized populations.
Valerie previously trained as a broadcast journalist and received a national award from CBC in the category of Best Radio Documentary.
She has long enjoyed singing, writing and generally being creative, and describes herself to be, "As objective as possible. I believe that suspending one's judgement, as much as it is possible, is imperative in bringing one closer to the truth. And, we need a sense of truth for stability and assurance in our lives." Participating in philosophical discussion is one of her favourite pastimes.
She may be contacted at: email@example.com
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