I was born and raised in British Columbia. After college and exploring different career options I chose a policing vocation, serving 25 years in various capacities across Canada.
During my policing career I completed a Renaissance-type education achieving multidisciplinary B.A. and M.A. degrees with studies in History, Religious Studies, Psychology, Philosophy, Criminology, Languages, Business and more. I've also completed 4 years of Theological and Pastoral Care education.
As an educator I worked for many years as a trainer for police officers and community members. After policing I taught at the post-secondary level for 4 1/2 years. I have been active as a volunteer and educator in my local church for decades and served 3 years in full time parish ministry.
I have always enjoyed helping others succeed. And coaching has been a part of my life for many years. I began as a hockey coach when I was 13 years old and remained involved in sports coaching for another 30 years.
Perceiving an increasing need in our population for practical hands-on help, guidance and equipping - especially for young adults and married couples in life, relationships and vocational choices - I certified as a leadership Coach with the International Academy of Public Safety and the Live On Purpose Institute. I am also a Licensed Associate with the Consulting Resource Group International.
I have also travelled and studied in other countries which, along with hosting international students in our home for many years, has allowed me to become familiar with and sensitive to the different influences and nuances that affect people's lives and families.
Sharon and I have been married for almost 40 years. We raised 3 daughters and have had many young people coming and going from our home.
I value combining my work and volunteer experience with my education, training and broad life experience to practically and creatively assist those who wish to live more optimally and serve more purposefully. I especially enjoy helping young men and fathers find their way through the precarious nature of life and vocation today.
If you think I can assist you (or someone you know) in any way, please give me a call or email. It would be my pleasure to chat, and even meet.
I was also born and raised in BC. After high school I chose a career as a Dental Assistant. When Denys and I began a family I decided to take a break from employment to be at home with our children. I thought I might go back to Dental Assisting as our children aged but the older they got the more I found they needed a full time Mom more than ever. Especially during their teen years.
My chosen vocation as a Homemaker was extremely rewarding, albeit challenging and difficult at times. I was forced to search for information and develop skills that were not always readily available. Our family hosted international students - almost all girls - in our home for 13 years. With our 3 daughters, their friends and our students I found myself becoming a mom to many young girls and women.
Although I have a college diploma my education is not primarily formal or academic. Over the years I have avidly educated myself in order to succeed as a person, a wife and a mother. I have also developed a depth and breadth of experience that I have often found myself being asked to share with others. I have volunteered a great deal in our local church, helping other women individually and through leading group discussions. I highly value supporting other women as they also seek to succeed in their chosen vocations, including those of marriage and motherhood.
Being the wife of a police officer and then of a pastor is, I believe, a vocation in and of itself. The policing vocation is extremely demanding and taxing on marriages and families. The pastoral vocation is likewise but in a different way. Both Denys and I acknowledge that my having been a full-time Homemaker played no small part in keeping our family stable and together through all the landmines we had to try to dodge.
It is because of this reality, and the fact that there are many women struggling to find their way in life and vocation in our society today, that I have committed myself to the Coaching profession. I enjoy encouraging others and helping them succeed in life.
After our daughters were grown I went back to working in the medical field, first working in our local hospital then back to Dental Assisting in local practices near where we have lived. I have participated with Denys in his Coaching with young adults and couples and have now also certified as a life and vocational coach with the Live On Purpose Institute.
I would highly value helping you or someone you know as you seek to become the best person you can be. Please contact me if you would like to connect.