On behalf of my company and all who work with me, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional lands of the Qualicum First Nation and Coast Salish people, a historical relationship that predates our company’s existence. In an effort to show greater respect and solidarity with Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge these territories and their historical relationships as part of a greater call for enabling Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous spaces. We also affirm that colonialism, and the attitudes and practices that accompany it, contributes to systemic discrimination and violence against Indigenous Peoples.
The establishment of the Qualicum Beach area was done under processes of settler colonialism, which are grounded in racist attitudes. Settler colonialism has created, and continues to create, a legacy of harm affecting generations of Indigenous peoples. As a member of the LGBTQ community and an autistic, I not only celebrate my own diversity, but also the movement for respecting the rights of people who have traditionally been marginalized and oppressed by society. In keeping with the core principles and goals of Pride Societies worldwide, to fight for all who have endured oppression and marginalization, my company stands in solidarity with great respect and gratitude.
I am a proud member of the LGBTQ2s+ community. My company empowers Canadian organizations to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. My purpose, “world at peace with love and light” powers my deep desire to continue the work of the early LGBTQ2s+ pioneers and trail blazers who risked their lives so that we might live freely. I am dedicated to causing safe, inclusive spaces for all.
More specifically, my wife and I live our relationship in a particular way and share a philosophy about the part we play in the LGBTQ2s+ movement. We neither exploit our relationship nor hide it. We just are. We have a particular way of being about how we are that combines authenticity with grace and discernment. We are both working professionals and it’s our belief that by living the way that we do, people will love what matters most about us, our enormous hearts, our generous souls, our passion for our professions and in turn accept us for who we are. In living this philosophy, we intend to foster acceptance while standing strong for the liberation of LBGTQ2s+ people everywhere. In our own creatively expressed way, we bring voice for all people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, while standing for more inclusive policies and practices.
30 YEARS AGO
My fascination with coaching began in our family-owned legal research company. Grappling with the personal dynamics that often plague families in business, I began researching the skills I needed to cultivate a healthy company culture and discovered the power of coaching.
I completed my professional training in 2007 in Accomplishment Coaching’s rigorous Accredited Coach Training Program, hold a Master Certified Coach credential and a Diploma in Coaching and recently was certified in Trauma Informed Practice. In past years I was on the leadership team of Accomplishment Coaching, an ICF accredited coach training program where I led, coached and trained budding coaches in Victoria, (Canada) Seattle, San Diego and Kuala Lumpur.
There are many myths and misconceptions about coaching. Coaches are not experts ready to give you advice and we don’t replace our important allies – therapists. I am certainly no expert in life! If I were to call myself anything it would be resilient, having journeyed through crippling back injuries, cancer and personal trauma. I share those stories to remind clients that to falter is to be human. I’ve been described as raw, real and relatable and that’s more than okay by me.
“Life occurs in relationship and our ability to communicate and deeply understand each other is critical to our continued existence. Our true intentions are often skewed by interpretation and story. The delightfully messy space created between speaking and listening has been an area of constant research and fascination for me that eventually birthed my coaching niche in communication and relationship.” Tracey Burns
MY COACHING METHOD
The partnership I create with my clients is sacred, spiritual and at times inexplicably magic. My coaching method is ontologically based, a cutting-edge approach that encompasses an understanding of how our thoughts, physiology and use of language impacts our results. This future-facing process is truly fascinating. Together we clarify long and short-term goals, identify barriers to success and co-create structure and accountability. I’m often asked about my secret to building a solid coaching practice and my answer is simple… my clients produce results and results sell. The rest… is all about relationship and leading with love.
“I’ve been leading this amazing transformative work for 14+ years impacting the lives of hundreds of people in over 25 countries. I wake up every day grateful that I get to use my gifts and make a lasting difference in people’s lives with my time on this planet. To me that’s a life worth living.”