Janepher Otieno is a multifaceted person with a passion to motivate single parents, caregivers, or anyone who feels disadvantaged by cultural differences, gender or other prejudices. She is a single mother of four children including a special needs son, two energetic boys, and one strong girl. Janepher believes that within every human being is an inexhaustible greatness awaiting ignition. A formidable force to be positively potentiated. No wonder she has turned a potentially overwhelming life into a manageable one.
Shortly after arriving in Canada from Kenya, where she had a revered career, Janepher had trouble finding employment and was told it was, in part, because she did not have Canadian experience. The Canadians originally assumed that Janepher could not have learned good English in her native country. Far from it! Janepher is, in fact, multilingual and well-spoken in three other languages besides English. She understands two languages additionally. To make ends meet in Canada, she worked many odd jobs before returning to university to study Nursing.
Janepher then worked as a Registered Nurse before opting to become a nursing instructor, Janepher has taught Nursing Communication, Pediatrics, and Transitions to Nursing (leadership, mentorship, management, teamwork, career planning), among others. Janepher set out to reinvent herself, to make the proverbial lemonade from the lemon she was dealt as an immigrant single mother raising her children in a foreign land, under the duress of culture shock and social disadvantage.
Outside her formal work, she manages a team of caregivers – hiring, training, and leading team members to provide goal-oriented care for her autistic son. On the side, Janepher dabbles as a real estate investor and has designed several basement suites over the years to increase rental income for owners and/or provide affordable housing. She offers financial presentations for immigrants, as well as real estate investment strategy talks. As she puts it, “A little dance here and there can always be woven into the fabric of a busy life.” “How awkward can it get, my dear Mother?” responds her middle son every single time he sees her dancing.