There have been times in my life when I have come to a crossroads (sometimes knowingly and others being blind to the situation); and with some reflection I have realized how significant the route I went down affected the rest of my life. Some involved a great deal of indecision, while at other times, I went the route that seemed easiest.
I felt the winds of change and opportunity while on my recent maternity leaves. The prospect of returning to my previous position (that I had enjoyed), did not seem like it would work with my new reality. I went so far as to put up big sheets of paper on the wall with a S.W.O.T. analysis trying to figure out what to do. I spent the entire year in a state of indecision. What I really needed was a life coach! After a friend told me about life coaching and I realized that not only did I need one, but that the skills and methods of coaching would be a way to connect my background with the things that I enjoy doing.
Always very involved in my communities, I took a Recreation Administration course at Red Deer College and transferred to the University of Alberta, where I completed a Bachelors degree in Recreation Management, with a focus on tourism. On mostly a whim and with not much of a plan, I ended up in The Netherlands and took a Masters of Science degree in Leisure, Tourism and Environments from Wageningen University. I have always been fascinated by what people have chosen to do when faced with voluntary or involuntary leisure time. I have been interested in the mentality and choices that people have had when in transition between jobs, with illness or life phases. I see it as a huge opportunity to explore.
Professionally I have worked in community tourism development and marketing, where I most enjoyed working with the people in businesses and organizations. I also have experience working with youth in the program Katimavik.
I love the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I have always been interested in how communication can help individuals and organizations be better. I like how coaching really gets to the heart of peoples values and brings about action in a way that is unique for every person.
On a personal level, I am married with a growing family. I enjoy puttering in the garden; I want to be more active and I have regular sessions with a life coach.
Nadine helped me to objectively assess my talents and skills to help determine where to take my career and build my confidence to take the plunge into self-employment! She helps to keep me focussed and is always ready to challenge me!! Thanks for pushing me forward Nadine and really caring about my success!!
In August 2013, I set a goal to race 2014 Ironman Canada. I had registered and didn't know what next to do. As I started out, all 365lbs of me, I stumbled and pushed myself through what I knew best. Nadine has helped me to add structure and focus to my life so that I'm able to add these rigourous training requirements and not compromise those things that are so vitally important to me, my growing family, my work, my sleep. Thank you Nadine for your ongoing support. I am so grateful to you.
I have successfully completed the core curriculum (120 hours) with the highly respected Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Central to the CTI method of coaching, is that I consider the people around me and particularly my clients to be whole, resourceful and creative. Thus, I do not consider people to be broken, but instead that they know the answers to their own dilemmas, and I work with them to uncover individual solutions.
It excites me that the outcome of coaching can positively affect individuals health, finances, relationships and communities.
In September 2013, it is my plan to embark upon the six month certification phase of development with CTI. This certification is recognized by the International Coaches Federation; included with this training is an expectation that coaches meet core competencies and adhere to a code of ethics.