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Local Business Owner is Celebrating One Year of Empowering People to Dare to Dream

Debbi Sluys had a dream, and not just any dream, but one that involves helping others discover and realize their deepest hopes and passions for happiness. This dream led her down the path of starting her own business called Dare to Declare, a business that has been inspiring Chatham-Kent residents and people across Ontario to explore the important steps towards accomplishing their personal destiny.

“It was back at the end of 2017 when I realized that I needed a change, I needed to step out of my comfort zone and take action with this business I’ve been dreaming about creating,” said Debbi Sluys, Owner of Dare to Declare. “After creating a plan, I launched in early 2018 and jumped in with both feet. It’s been an amazing year and I’ve been so fortunate to work with many fantastic people helping them develop a clearer vision of their future.”

Dare to Declare primarily offers their clients Vision Board workshops in groups ranging from 6 to 12 people. Through a combination of professional leadership and facilitation, provided by Sluys, attendees work towards creating a physical representation of their goals.

“It is so important to write down and document your vision and goals. There have been countless studies showing that successful people take the ideas that are in their head and structure them on paper,” said Sluys. “I work to help guide people and provide professional advice on the process for creating a structure. This is critical because without forming a plan that captures key elements, it will be almost impossible to make that dream a reality.”

The workshops are custom designed to focus on a variety of topics and options perfect just for you, with your partner, or with a group of your friends. Plus, while the sessions are structured they are also designed to be creative and playful.

“There is no doubt that the sessions take effort, and what I’ve heard time and time again over the past year is how much fun people have at their session,” said Sluys. “I love running every session because you never know what is going to happen. There is laughter, chatting, quiet contemplation, and sometimes even tears as someone has a breakthrough and uncovers a hidden passion they have not thought about in years.”

“Debbi’s business is another one of those wonderful hidden gems of activity that are available in Chatham-Kent,” said Andrew Tompsett with Chatham-Kent Economic Development. “I have had conversations with people who have completed her vision board sessions and they can’t say enough positive things about the events. If people are looking to plan a fun and inspiring activity for their group, then this is a must-do.”

As part of International Women’s Day, Sluys is hoping to help inspire other women to take bold steps to achieve their dreams.

“You have to get out there and do it, just take the leap and challenge yourself to follow your purpose,” said Sluys. “Looking back, I can honestly say that starting Dare to Declare has changed my life and I want to let other women know that they can do things to change their lives and find happiness.”

In addition to workshops, Debbi has also been active in the speaker community both locally and across Ontario, by providing presentations on a variety of topics including child education, personal development, and coaching.

For more information about Dare to Declare, including a full list of events and workshops, visit her website at

Participants at a vision board session use images to focus on their goals

Participants at a vision board session use images to focus on their goals to help create a physical representation and plan of their dreams.

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Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone: 519-352-8401 x2039