Relationship Guru and Author of Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men
A best selling author, radio and television personality and sought-after speaker across Canada and the U.S., Valerie is now considered one of North America’s top experts on contemporary sex, relationships and dating and specializes in aging issues for the over-40s and Boomers.
She’s appeared on many top U.S. television shows and networks such as Dr. Phil, PrimeTime Live, Montel Williams, Maury, Geraldo-at-Large, CNBC’s The Big Idea, Comcast and NBC, on many Canadian shows on CBC, CTV, WTV, CITYTV, SunTV, Global and Rogers and in a number of documentaries.
When she joined the Toronto Sun she began as the editor of the fashion section, then, after the publication of her first book on relationships, became one of the paper’s most popular and recognizable columnists.
Her very personal Intimacies column was the first of its kind in North America and the outspoken, honest, insightful commentary on modern relationships made it one of the top reads in the paper and on the internet. She also co-wrote another popular column, S&M (Sex and Money) in the news section which was a unique combination of two hot subjects. Her advice column, Dear Val, gave thousands of readers realistic and honest answers to their life, love, dating and relationship problems.
Her latest book Cougar: A Guide for Older Women Dating Younger Men, is a top seller and is available across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. in bookstores and on amazon.com.
Mother of a disabled daughter Valerie has also been a pioneer in the field of the rights of the mentally and physically challenged attempting to change society’s perception of the disabled, especially long-held misconceptions and prejudices.