“It is always easier to achieve your goals with an accountability buddy!”
A little more about me
I have a past and I am not my past. There are things that describe me and there are things that you might find of interest.
Back then they didn’t call it that, it was self-help and the dawn of the Human Potential Movement.
Although many of the workshops and programs were considered very controversial at the time, it did provide to me a framework for “personal responsibility, accountability, choice and possibility” and an insatiable appetite and an incurable curiosity for learning more, to understand why people do what they do and discover more about me; attending numerous training, seminars, workshops and reading hundreds of books on the subject.
Learning is one thing, applying it is another and the foundation of my coaching is the results and experiences that I have had with using that knowledge.
Warren Bennis, who some consider the father of leadership, said, “The worst thing that could happen to a new leader is that they would have too many successes early in their career.”
The skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders.
He called those moments of testing leaders as Crucibles of Leadership.
I have had my share of crucible experiences was a trial and a test of my abilities as a leader, both in my personal and professional life.
Recently, I am retired from a 30-year career in the Emergency Health Services, many of those years as a paramedic and front-line supervisor in the busiest centers of the Lower Mainland of BC.
I loved being a paramedic and the various hats that you had to wear; all the experiences and privileges one was given. Like most front-line careers, it all comes with a price and I know it is not an easy career and not for everyone. In fact, I don’t know anyone that has not been affected in some form or fashion. Everyone leaves with a scar or two.
What happens after is the important part.
“Where I was born and where and how I have lived are unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
My strongest skills are with people. Understanding and collaboration are key elements invoking change.
What grounds me is my soul mate for 40 years and together we raised four wonderful daughters, who have with their awesome mates, blessed us with 8 grandchildren.
The family has always and will continue to be first.
We enjoy traveling and as many outdoor activities as we can, from hiking, camping, and boating. Living on Vancouver Island has given us many opportunities to experience nature at its finest.
If you are ready to meet…
I look forward to having that conversation with you soon.
Other stuff of interest
Coaching since 2015
Certified Coach – Coaching Out of the Box
Certified Change Management Practitioner – Prosci Inc.
Trained in Jungian Typology and a Client Practitioner with Insights
30 years in Emergency Health Services (Paramedic), 10 years in Leadership Roles
11 years in rural Fire Services, firefighter, Lieutenant, Training Captain
Toastmasters International, ACS/ALB, District 21, Div A, Area 5 Director
Other Courses and Workshops: Crucial Conversations; Clear Leadership; Context Training; Core and Experience Leadership LINX; Coaching Practices for Managers – Dalhousie; The Communications Workshop; The Breakthrough System – Robbins-Mandes; Coaching Techniques that Drive Change, Skillsoft Ireland; Indigenous Cultural Competency
Recipient of: Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal; BCAS Leadership and Teamwork Award; Community Service Award; Governor General of Canada Commendation for Bravery
Volunteer Work: Leadership Mentor with the Paramedic Chief’s of Canada; The Movember Organization; Heart and Stroke