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Deborah Shukyn-Plageman M.Ed., PCC, CCDP
Founder of PersonaGrata Consulting

My name is Deborah Shukyn-Plageman, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a proud member and ally of both the LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent communities. At this stage of my life, and given my particular brand of neurodivergence, I have arranged a happy and healthy life around how I walk (and think) in this world. My philosophical stance regarding the socio-political-economic realities of recognition, diagnosis and adjustment aligns with the social model of disability and a stance that self-diagnosis is a valid position from which to create the elements of a well-lived life. My most beloved book on this subject is “Divergent Mind – Thriving in a World That Wasn’t Designed For You” by Jenara Nerenberg.

I am in a long-term heterosexual marriage to my second husband, who is “all that and a bag of chips''. He is the kindest man I have ever met, principled, supportive (he has been the dad that stepped up – more than the stepdad) and absolutely my wisest and closest friend, lover and business advisor. My husband is a master carpenter by trade and a residential general contractor by profession. My beautiful home office showcases the fruits of his labour – what he built me during COVID - the most beautiful bookcase to house my growing collection of academic books and mementos from the giants whose shoulders I stand upon (including my father’s mask collection). 

I am a parent and ally to a young adult with multiple visible and non-visible disabilities and to two adult step-sons, all of whom have made my husband and I, proud parents and empty nesters. I am the second generation of my family, living in Toronto for the majority of my life. My family came to Toronto after escaping Eastern Europe during the holocaust. My faith of origin is Jewish; however, as an adult, I chose the faith Unitarian-Universalist (leaning more toward Universalist). I am the second generation in my family who is university-educated. However, in my youth, I did not complete high school, which only pushed me harder to succeed and self-fund my higher education.

Educational Background & Training

I completed a Master of Education in Adult Education through Yorkville University. I spent three years as a Doctoral candidate, eventually leaving academia from a program in Leadership and Coaching Psychology. My current practitioner-research agenda interrogates how coaching supervision as a group reflective practice supports conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion in diverse coaching contexts. My master’s degree research interrogated the coaching models and strategies used by coaches in coaching people who experience barriers or marginalization to full social and economic participation in society.


Professional Certified Coach (PCC) - International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) - Career Development Certification Board (CDPCBO)

Group Coaching - CEO of the Year 2023 - Ontario - CEO Monthly Magazine 

Additional Trainings

Coaching Supervision as Reflective Practice | Mentor Coaching | ADHD Coaching | Cognitive Rehabilitation for Cancer-related Brain Fog | Hogan 360 | The Neuroscience of Change | Positive Psychology | Mindfulness

Mental Health First Aide | SafeTalk Suicide Prevention | Narrative Career Counselling

Meet The Team

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