Diverse-Abilities Trainer, Coach and Speaker
A social entrepreneur who empowers people in transition to achieve their highest potential
From Labourer to Leader
Keith Gelhorn embodies the persona of a gentle giant with a huge heart. He brings an open and honest combination of 'lived' experience combined with a genuine desire for helping the underdog thrive.
Originally from British Columbia, Keith worked as a labourer while fumbling at college for 6 years earning credits to become a Social Worker. He was turned away from university, told that based on his grades, he would never succeed. So Keith worked in customer service and sales before acquiring his Red Seal Journeyman Plumber and Gas Fitter tickets in 2007.
The economic downturn in 2008, followed by a diagnosis of depression, anxiety and ADHD in 2009, and a back injury in 2010, pushed Keith out of the trades and into a leadership role. Aware of increased diagnoses of ADHD and co-occurring conditions, and that there were no specialists east of Montreal, he made the cross country trip in 2011, and enrolled in Human Services at NS Community College full-time and in ADHD Coaching School at night.
Keith started ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd. in 2012 and won the EDNns Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013. He graduated from both advanced coaching school and NSCC with Honours two months later. He is currently pursuing certification in Adult Education.
Keith has been training non-profit employers and educators about how to accommodate their workforce with 'diverse-abilities', his term for a wide variety of psychological challenges. He's ready to share his unique perspective to improve workplace culture and boost the bottom line for corporate North America.
ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd. is a thriving coaching business empowering youth and adults in their transition to post-secondary school, apprenticeship, the workplace and entrepreneurship. Keith is now firmly rooted in Nova Scotia due to the amazing community collaboration and support he has received since relocating to the province.