- Departments:Community & Continuing Education Instructor
Colleen Haggerty is a writer of memoir and personal essay. She recently published A Leg to Stand On, an Amputee's Walk Into Motherhood. She has also contributed to four anthologies: The Spirit of a Woman, He Said What? (penned as Colleen Robinson), Dancing at the Shame Prom, and Beyond Belief. After Colleen lost her leg at seventeen years old, she found herself feeling marginalized. She developed a deep empathy for and desire to help others living on the fringe of society which led to her twenty year career in non-profit management. Mentoring others is a way of life for Colleen and was especially true when she worked as executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington. As a certified life coach, Colleen offers her clients empowering alternatives to surviving the set-backs that life hands us. She is an inspiring public speaker and was a speaker at the 2013 Bellingham TEDx event where she talked about the power of forgiveness.
Colleen graduated from WWU with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She is a certified Life Coach. She took a certified memoir writing class at WWU which planted the seed for her memoir. Colleen writes about walking through life as an amputee at colleenhaggerty.com.
Besides writing, Colleen enjoys collage, movies, and spending time with her family. Colleen lives vicariously through her two teenagers who enjoy the performing arts. You'll find her helping out back stage or chaperoning choir trips. She and her husband both grew up in Western Washington and love making Bellingham their home.