About William

I grew up on in a small community, working on local farms, and thinking I had the typical happy childhood. Little did I know there was nothing typical about it. At the age of 16 I left home and traveled around Canada, working where I could to support myself. Struggling through my late teens and early 20's, dealing with many personal issues, I moved around throughout Ontario working in retail, restaurants, sales, factories and warehouses. These were dark times for me as the personal issues I was dealing with held me back from achieving any sort of success in my life. I could see that many of the obstacles I had to overcome were put there by myself, but I still blamed other people and couldn't find a way out of the darkness. After the death of my father who was my best friend, and birth of my first child, I decided to change my life and try to make a difference in people's lives. I became a volunteer firefighter, which I continued for 6 years. After receiving my high school diploma in my late 20's, I went to college and received my Social Service Worker Diploma. During college, I started my career working with people with intellectual disabilities. In this field, I have worked with people in the areas of transitioning to life after high school, competitive employment, life skills, program development, career development and coaching.

It wasn't until later in life when I started helping people that I realized the extent of the abuse I went through and how much I struggled as a young adult. Now I use my experience to help others, and show people that there is hope. There are ways to take control of your life and make changes. 


I have held talks and facilitated workshops for college students, employees, and families of people with intellectual disabilities. I believe that there are always options in life, sometimes you just have to look at the situation in a different way. I also don't believe in "thinking outside the box", I prefer to remove the box as I believe the box is a barrier to people. 

My experience living in different parts of the country, and working in many fields helps me to understand different communities and work environments. My goal is to use this information, and my experience and try to make a difference by building inclusive communities. 

Contact me to find out how my message of Hope, Motivation and Change is making a positive impact in people's lives. 


I listen to and understand what each person's goals are. This way I can ensure each person/group gets the most out of the workshop or talk that they are attending 

Understanding People

Each person's situation is different, and the best way to assist people is to understand that. 

This is the same approach used with groups. Understanding people will help with understanding the group. 

Commitment and Results

I'm committed to people I support. Understanding what people are looking for in terms of support, and the reason they reached out to me is how I work with each person/group to provide the best quality support. 

William Vanraes


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