My name is Keith Gelhorn. In March of 2009, I was diagnosed with ADHD (Inattentive Type). I returned to work with a 6 month supply of Ritalin and a hope that everything would be easier from then on out. What I soon realized was that, while Ritalin did help me focus during the course of the day, it had little effect on years of accumulated bad habits. I then began to educate myself on ADHD and discovered a type of specialized support called ADHD Coaching.
I called the psychologist who had diagnosed me and asked to be referred to an ADHD coach. At that time, I was living in Kelowna, British Columbia. My psychologist said he had never heard of such a thing! There was only one doctor in the area that specialized in ADHD (in children), and the wait time for an appointment was more than a year.
After more than a year and a half post diagnosis, I was finally able to find and attend a support group for adults http://www.addcoach4u.com/adultadd.html facilitated by Pete Quily in Vancouver B.C. (4 hours away). The experience was life changing. Sitting amongst my peers and feeling comfortable not only admitting but celebrating the fact that I have ADHD was a powerful experience. I spoke with Pete and expressed an interest in becoming a coach myself. We discussed the steps I would take to get there, and the rest, as they say, is history!
For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted to be in the helping field. Unfortunately, like a lot of individuals living with ADHD, academics did not come easy for me. After barely graduating high school, it took me 4 years to get through 2 years worth college courses. My goal was to obtain a Bachelors of Social Work from UVIC but that dream was shattered when I was denied entry to the program due to mediocre grades. My lack of study skills and the fact that I was a fierce procrastinator certainly didn’t help my cause. I defaulted into working in the trades and am actually a Journeyman Plumber and Gas Fitter by trade! I fulfilled my desire to help by volunteering as a Big Brother with hopes that someday, I could eventually return to the helping field professionally.
After suffering a workplace injury in September 2010, I decided that I would finally fulfill my lifelong goal of returning to school. I would become an ADHD Coach. In 2011, I sold my house in Kelowna, British Columbia and moved 6,000 kms away to Nova Scotia. I enrolled full time Human Services at NSCC in Truro, NS and started ADHD Coach training in the evenings. I completed the coaching training in March of 2012 and went on to specialize in coaching teens and college students in 2013 as my niche. In April of 2013, I won the Entrepreneur of the Year through the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network. In June 2013, I graduated (Honours) with a diploma in Disability Supports and Services and committed to my company full time in September of 2013. In 2014 I was selected as a “High Flier” (One of the top 15 entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia poised for high growth) through the Futurpreneur. In my continuous pursuit of knowledge, in 2015-2016 I enrolled at St, Fx University for their Certification in Adult Education.
I currently have the privilege to work weekly, 1-on-1, with 35+ post-secondary students, job seekers and entrepreneurs. I also facilitate Diverse-Ability and Inclusion training and workshops for educators and employers on “best practice” to support adults with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, High Functioning Autism, Mental Health Challenges, & Co-Occurring conditions in their transition to the workplace.
I also have a new program that I intend to develop in the upcoming years called “StrADDegies for Success” . This program is suited for youth, living with high functioning disabilities (and their parents) in transition to post-secondary, career exploration, skilled trades and entrepreneurship.
My goal is to empower and support you, on your own road, to a life filled with purpose and passion.
I am extremely grateful for the community support I have received since moving to Nova Scotia and feel fortunate that I can give back!
Current Volunteer Positions:
Nova Scotia ADHD Action Group Formally the ADHD Empowerment Hour – Founder / Facilitator: October 2011 – Present
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network – Vice President of the Board of Directors -Elected June 2016: April 2013 – Present
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network – Chair of the Member Services Committee: June 2014– Present
Skills Canada, Nova Scotia – Board of Directors: November 2015-present
Futurpreneur – moMENTum Entrepreneurship Mentor: June 2016 – Present
100 Men who Give a Damn! Halifax Member: July 2014 – Present
Greater Halifax Partnership – Connector Program: May 2014 – Present
Defeat Depression Walk – Top Fundraiser: Fall 2013 & 2014
Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia – Resourced 20+ volunteers – NS Mental Health forum on Oct. 7th – Fall 2012, 2013 & 2014
- Natalie Charbonneau Memorial Award – 2013
- 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year – Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network
- Bill Cruden Award – 2013
- NSCC Truro Campus Fall Bursary – 2012
- Contribution to Student Life Award ( For contributing to the campus community by working with our diverse population, in particular; facilitating the “ADHD Empowerment Hour”. We acknowledge and celebrate you for your leadership and your ability to collaborate with Student Services, Faculty and your Campus Colleagues) April 12, 2012
- Writing Award (in recognition of Developing Professionalism in Writing) from NSCC Truro on April 12, 2012