Community involvement

Relaxing for Youth Empowerment – Fundraiser for The Power of Hope

What a rewarding experience to once again raise funds for The Power of Hope!

I am especially pleased to see more and more corporate team leaders choose The Mini-Retreat Solution as a gift for their team members. The gift of Mini-Retreats provides a much longer lasting experience than a box of chocolate or a bottle of wine ever could. It also shows that more and more leaders care about their employees well-being and self-care.

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To Give is to Receive

A charitable society, the Christmas Spirit Community Dinner, has created a wonderful tradition in Victoria. They have been organizing free Christmas dinners for low-income families for over 20 years. The Gettin’ Higher Choir has been contributing to this tradition by singing Christmas Carols while the families enjoy their meal.

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How to Reduce Stress & Create a Positive Ripple

One of the wonderful things about taking Mini-Retreats is that everyone around you benefits in many ways. Unfortunately many people, especially women, still feel selfish and guilty when taking moments to relax. My mission is to help you and your friends bust these limiting beliefs and make self-care a joyful, invigorating, daily experience that sends ripples of relaxation to the people around you and out into the community.

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What Makes Your Heart Sing?

I have always loved singing in harmony and have sung in several choirs in the past. When I moved to Victoria, I was looking for a small vocal ensemble to sing with. In my search for a small community choir, I stumbled upon one of the biggest choirs I have ever listened to: The Gettin’ Higher Choir.

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Empowerment and Hope

It was a great joy to raise funds for The Power of Hope with sales of my book, The Mini-Retreat Solution from October till the last day of 2012. I exceeded my initial fundraising goal of $400 within the first month. In my excitement, I doubled my fundraising goal. I came very close to reaching my new goal of $800, supporting two teens from low-income families to participate in The Power of Hope’s summer camp. With 74 books sold and one unique $20 donation, I raised $760. I added $40 out of my own pocket and donated a total of $800 to The Power of Hope. I am overjoyed knowing that two teens from low-income families will be able to go to camp this summer thanks to this fundraising initiative.

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Anniversary Fundraiser for The Power of Hope

It’s been two years since I moved to Victoria.  I am very grateful to live in such a beautiful, friendly, relaxed city! I am especially grateful for the sense of community I feel in this city and the communities I have become an active part of, namely The Gettin’ Higher Choir and  Qi-Gong community.

stress-relief with Mini-RetreatsIt’s been three years since I published the award-winning book, The Mini-Retreat Solution. With over 80 ways to relax quickly,  my book helps reduce stress, increase productivity and develop peace of mind, no matter where you are and how busy your life . I am filled with pride and joy when I think about the positive difference The Mini-Retreat Solution is making in so many people’s lives!

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New Stress Relief Offering: Mini-Retreat Home Parties

Recently I offered a Mini-Retreat course at Oaklands Community Centre. Two days prior to the workshop, I received an e-mail from Oaklands, asking whether I wanted to go ahead with the workshop despite the low number of registered participants. Only three people had registered for the course. Usually my minimum is six people. The logical next step would have been to cancel the course.

I am not sure why, but somehow I knew I needed to be there and provide the course. Saturday afternoon at Oaklands, four women showed up, all very eager and excited to participate. Two of them were girlfriends who had registered two months prior and had been looking forward to this course ever since. Both were dealing with extremely stressful life situations and were looking forward to learning stress relief techniques .

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Stress-Relief: Inner City Gardens

stress-relief at Belltown P-PatchBig cities with their concrete building, loud noise and pollution exhaust me. Whenever I visit a big city, I immediately look for an oasis, a sanctuary, a natural space in the midst of the high rises.

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Finding Your Labour of Love

With the Canadian Thanksgiving just behind us and the American Thanksgiving ahead, I am filled with gratitude for this wonderful, mysterious, surprising and at times challenging life. I feel so very blessed to do what I love and make my living doing just that. I am reminded once again of just how different life felt, when I found my labour of love, life coaching, by working with my very first life coach over eight years ago. The best analogy I can think of is the difference between night and day.

I love to support my clients in arriving in the light of clarity about their strengths, values and passion and craft their career based on that. I am thrilled to offer a class on that very subject of FINDING CAREER CLARITY beginning in just a few weeks at Oaklands Neighbourhood House, here in Victoria.

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Bring Your Own Bike – Make a Difference

I recently met Joel who created an initiative called “bring your own bike” BYOB. He is going to bike through Malawi, Central Africa to raise funds, interest, and to get bikes to the Taulo Project. BYOBike’s initiative is to establish locally run bicycle tours out of the Taulo Region as a sustainable income generating activity. The bike Joel will bring for his pilot tour will be left there for local use. Each person participating in a BYOBike tour will bring their own bike and leave it for use on-site. I am inspired by Joel’s initiative, enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference.

As part of my own commitment to contribute towards positive change in the world every month, either through funds or time, I decided to  contribute  a month of coaching and a copy of The Mini-Retreat Solution for the silent auction at the upcoming fundraiser party “The World on Wheels” on Wednesday.


To learn more about BYOB, check out Joel’s website www.bringyourownbike.ca or even better, come to “The World on Wheels” party, Wednesday night in Victoria.

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