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Emily Isaacson Biography 


Emily Isaacson, director and founder, was born December 11, 1975 in Windsor, Ontario. Her father was an ordained Presbyterian Minister, and built the Forest Glade Presbyterian Church. Her family then moved from Ontario to Victoria when she was six and lived there for 14 years, and then from the Island to the mainland when she was twenty.  They still live in the foothills of Mission at the foot of Bear Mountain, near Westminster Abbey. Isaacson wrote the three volumes of THE FLEUR-DE-LIS, for which she became world-famous in this home.  Read more . . .

Emily Isaacson began writing poetry at age ten, where she lived on Vancouver Island. She was first published at age thirteen for her poem, "The Wild Madonna" in a journal for doctor's offices. Although she usually had a secret stash under the bed, her hiding place as a child; she in her lifetime published over 1,500 individual poems. They were produced in twelve books of poetry She also did an art gallery exhibit, and published a photography assay, and an illustrated children's book in 2007. 

Isacson's refined taste in what she would write and publish established her as somewhat of a Canadian icon. They were depicting her style in hair and clothing on the front of Cosmopolitan UK to the runways of Europe.  Although she died at 44, still young, we at the WLI preserve her immortal legacy. She was truly ageless. Isaacson has three publishers, and also published at the WLI under her own imprint Potter's House Press. She was studied by McMaster University in a study on Canadian Authors in 2016.

Emily Isaacson was nominated for the Community Achievement Award in 2010, an Arty Award in Literature in 2013, the Christine Caldwell Award for Outstanding Arts Advocate in 2015, and was a lifetime member of Cambridge Who's Who. She also served on the board of the Mission Arts Council (2007-10) and the Fraser Valley Poets Society (2013, 2018-20) in Abbotsford.

Emily Isaacson studied nutrition at Bastyr University of natural medicine. She became a nutritionist in 1999, and successfully worked to reverse eating disorders. She worked at two eating disorder clinics, both in Canada and the United States. When she started her private practice in 2005, her focus was on the treatment of eating disorders. In her life, she found that science and art must be in balance to do so effectively.

Isaacson created The Rainbow Program as a community nutrition website in 2006 to teach her global audience about eating by the rainbow. She put an emphasis on naturally brightly coloured whole foods. She successfully integrated cutting edge research on bitter "sugars that heal" into a practical dietary program. Then she taught nutrition education from a colour-based perspective at conferences, support groups, high schools, community centers, and health clinics. She also offered her colour-based program at two food banks, both in Mission (2006) and Abbotsford (2012-2014).

Isaacson was the one of four practitioners in the pithouse at Xa:ytem Longhouse in 2009 for nine months where she studied the Stolo Nation and history. Later, in 2013 she wrote the book A Familiar Shore on the future development of Aboriginal Medicine. It was greeted upon its publication in 2015 with much success. Her publisher nominated the book for the Governor General's Award. They produced the needed print run of 300 copies. Unfortunately, the Canadian Council for the Arts has a very strict list of accepted publishers who can nominate, and her publisher's application was rejected. Her publisher then, in 2016, revealed they were in debt for $6 million. They went bankrupt.

Isaacson opened her own clinic in the Fraser Valley in 2016 as a nutritionist and offered family nutrition care by appointment at the P U L S E Nutrition Clinic. This was her own clinic after running a practice out of other health clinics and offices for over ten years. She invested $31,000 over three years in her office on First Avenue in downtown Mission City, making sure each detail of an accomplished practitioner was attended to. She worked as her own administrator, graphic designer, photographer, publisher, and bookkeeper, doing the work often of five people, as was her style instead of employing others. Not to say she did not have staff who came alongside her over the years as paid or volunteer. She had three secretaries, and three directors work with her over ten years time on the community projects and initiatives she coordinated as a dedicated humanitarian.

Emily Isaacson founded what is now the Wild Lily Institute in 2005. There were many news articles written locally about her. We have decided to re-publish the articles and links to them as well as the dates they appeared here.

Isaacson was trained in Creative Writing and Restorative Justice. She inspired people always instead of controlling them. Her readers learned from the inside out, skills of conflict resolution, and healing through forgiveness. Her themes included the sea, circle keeping, healing the community, forgiveness, and reparation.

All photos used by permission.