karenpicWondering what steps to take next?

A note from Karen.

“I’ve been there! When I graduated from high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.

Low and behold, four years, thousands of dollars and one degree later, I was in the same boat, unsure of what steps to take next.

It wasn’t until I was nearly finished my master’s degree that I really began to ask myself some important questions: “who am I?” “what do I love to do?” “what is important to me?”

When I listened to the answers to those questions, my life took an exciting turn in the direction of my true purpose. So, what are you waiting for? Take time to ask and listen. Awaken the power of your unique gifts and turn your life towards your true purpose. Otherwise you may not be doing your real job!

Professional Profile
Karen has over 10 years of experience facilitating teens in self-discovery and leadership. Many of those were spent as an Instructor at Outward Bound Canada, where Karen adventured with hundreds of teenagers in the wilderness. Highlights of her time with Outward Bound included being a full-time staff member of Outward Bound Canada College, a residential high school program, and leading workshops for self-discovery, communication and leadership.

Karen has been teacher to many including teaching English as a Second Language to Mexican business people, TAing women’s studies and Spanish at Carleton University, and teaching people of all ages how to snowboard as a qualified CASI Instructor.

Karen apprenticed as a Coach for two years and earned her certification at the Hendricks’ Institute for Conscious Living in California. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University and an Honour’s Degree in International Development and Spanish from King’s College at Dalhousie. She has engaged in intensive personal study of self-actualization using the Diamond Approach and in leadership, including attending the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute. She practices yoga and meditation and incorporates elements of mindfulness into her work.

With infectious enthusiasm, Karen brings her message of personal contribution to adults and youth alike. She developed and facilitates a six-week “Get Realistic: Live your dreams” program for adults who want to live a life of meaning and contribution. For youth, she offers the SURE STEP program, engaging them in an exploration of who they are called to become. She has been working as a coach for two years and is based in Vancouver and Victoria.