Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Terri Davis into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition” due to her outstanding contributions, achievements and leadership in her field. Terri Davis is one of few special honorees distinguished based on her professional accomplishments, academic achievements, years of service, and the credentials she has provided. Beginning her career in corrections after studying criminology in college, Terri Davis soon discovered that it was not an ideal fit for her. Gravitating away from her position, she made the intentional decision to work in community based programs. This is where she realized she could help navigate people away from being incarcerated. By 2004, she was again offered a great opportunity to work in the area of career and employment counseling in Calgary, Alberta, and she continued to work in this capacity on and off for the next 11 years. Having since dedicated her life to opening the doors to education and employment, she is maintaining her position as a Career Coach, assisting clients in finding and developing their future career paths in occupations and careers they truly enjoy. "I facilitate assessments and workshops to help clients in many areas of career and employment," Ms. Davis explained. "I have also worked on creating curriculum material for various programs over the last 10 years. Helping others reach their potential and succeed requires many skills that require a real commitment. Humor is a necessity. Self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle makes the job easier, too. Being the example of what you teach makes for great possibilities." Oxford Who’s Who is proud to endorse Ms. Terri Davis for all her contributions she has made and continuously makes in the lives of many.
: Ms. Davis is currently a Career Coach at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. She has previous experience with Statistics Canada as a Field Operations Assistant and Interviewer. She was also a Program Coordinator for YWCA Newcomers to Canada/Diversity WORKS program, as well as a Representative Workforce Coordinator for the Community of Nipawin. She also worked for Canada/Saskatchewan Career Employment. Ms. Davis worked as an Employment Service Assistant Practicum Coordinator for CDI College Calgary City Center. Volunteer wise, she currently serves as a Board Member for the Community Initiatives Fund since 2010, and previously served as a Regional Committee Member for the Department of Social Service Appeal Committee from 2009-12, as a Committee Member for Prince Albert Race Relations and Social Issues Committee from 2009-12, and started her board and community work as a Member of Urban Multi-Purpose Aboriginal Youth Centers from 2000-03. Notably, Ms. Davis was a 2015 recipient of an Excellence Award through WDM. Terri Davis is a Métis who was born in Northern Saskatchewan. She was raised in a small community in north east Saskatchewan until she finished grade 12. Terri graduated regardless of being 2 years older than most of her peer since the third grade. She was raised by her parents, and has 2 older brothers and a younger sister. Life was often hard and money was often in short supply making the possibility of postsecondary training harder to obtain. She saved all the money she could by working at a local store since grade 10. She qualified for her training without using equity based programs, knowing that she didn’t want others to think the only reason she was accepted for school was due to fitting a criteria that was not available to all students. Terri moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1995 after completing high school to pursue her education. She studied criminology and graduated in 1998. She shortly started her career in Corrections but soon realized this was not her ideal job. She then spent a number of years moving away from her correctional background to moving into community based programs. Also during this When an opportunity to enter the career and employment industry she welcomed it. She first worked in the area of Career and employment counselling in 2004 in Calgary. This is where Terri realized that she really enjoyed the work and loved watching other people succeed in careers that mattered to them. She has continued to work in the area on- and- off for the last 11 years. She has dedicated her life to opening the doors to education and employment. She identifies that having a job and being fully employed has a fundamental impact on the individual’s success in all areas of their lives and the lives of their families. I always looked up to Oprah because she was an underdog in many ways , yet she was able to do what mattered to her and because of her commitment to her values she has changed the world by using her forum to promote those positive, empowering values. I have been called “Indian Oprah” by some coworkers for how I encourage and motivate clients. I never give up on people, they may not appear to be changing but sometimes they are the ones who sing your praises in your absence. Not everyone accepts what you teach them until they are truly ready to change, be patient. Changing the lives of others for the better is one of the greatest achievements one can have. Every life has value and our job is to help people find their path and encourage them to reach towards their goals. She is now a single parent of one child. Terri has very supportive parents and they have continued to assist her in making it possible for her to work full time and pursue her career while being a parent. Terri became involved in community boards and other community groups since 2001 because she identified the value at being at the decision table to assist in creating positive change. Much of what motivates Terri for the last 16 years have been equality based issues. Having an Aboriginal background and being a woman has only motivated her to try and break down barriers that limit individual success. Terri believes that she is an Instigator of positive change. Breaker of barriers. Motivator for those who are often bombarded by negative circumstances. When a change was desired, things that may have stopped her, only showed how strong her character is. Terri refuses to give up regardless of the obstacles she faces, she continues to whatever she can to be the person her clients need to get them though their rough patches. She knows that she has helped so many clients over the years.