ABOUT MARIA

Professionally, I work with and support you as you embark on creating successful organizational, professional and personal change. I started coaching 9 years ago and after 700 hours of coaching, I now believe coaching skills are a way of being in life vs just being a handy people development tool.

Regardless of what I do professionally, probably just like you, I care deeply about my contributions and my commitments and feel a sense of accomplishment when I play a part in creating smart and sustainable change for people and organizations.

SERVICES & PACKAGES

organizational

people, admin and event services

What is coaching?

 

Coaching is a tool to help you become aware that you are always at choice to create the kind of decisions and life that you want. It is a transformational process to help you find your way through making the right choices for you in all areas of your life. You will find that at the start of coaching, it is a tool to help you access, connect and empower yourself, but as you progress on your journey and learn to coach yourself, it becomes a way of life and a way of being in relationship with people, personally and professionally (ie., the coach approach).

 

What I do ... 

 

I am a professionally trained coach who helps you navigate through personal and work challenges. I am sometimes hired by you and sometimes by your organization, but the work I do is the same ~ I work with clients and give you the focused time, care and tools to work through personal or career issues that are getting in the way of maximizing your personal and professional potential and success.  

 

We work together to help you define your future, id obstacles and stumbling blocks, create a plan and action steps to move forward and then implement so you can start seeing successes. I guarantee increased self-awareness, changed perspectives and results or offer your money back. If you are not satisfied, then I'm not satisfied.

If not now, when ...

 

We all need a helping hand sometimes ... someone who cares and believes that yes, you can, when you are in the swirl or paralysis of thinking no, I can't ...

 

Let me help you create the life you are aspiring to. 

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL

COACHING

Gain increased awareness and new skills and new strategies to be a more effective leader, be more stress resilient, make more confident decisions, lead or be an engaged team member, and achieve better results.

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.

It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. 

Albert Schweitzer

 

 

Maybe you are personally ...

 

  • feeling unsatisfied and think there's got to be more to life than this ...

  • drowning from taking on too much, time after time ...

  • in an unexpected crisis and feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed ...

Or maybe you are a manager and ...

  • wanting to support employees to professional and personal success ...

  • leading a team struggling through a conflict in a working or personal relationship ..

If you're reading this page, you may be considering working with an experienced coach.

Why coach with me ?

 

I am a professional coach, with over 600 hours of organizational and personal coaching experience and work and coach in non-profit and local government settings so understand the culture, challenges and opportunities of both. I offer clients an intuitive and compassionate coaching process to get to know their strengths and values and help them re-orient themselves so that they can move towards the activities, things and people that light them up and shed what no longer serves them. Woo-hoo!!!

See which type of coaching described below, best fits your needs and let's chat to see how I can help.

 

Professional Coaching

Increased work demands, reduced resources, constant change, tighter deadlines, and unrealistic expectations ... these and other pressures can chip away at people ... at some point, something's got to break and it could be your employees before your  photocopier.

 

Providing preventative, proactive coaching support to employees can help them gain increased awareness and new coping skills to be more stress resilient, make more confident decisions, be an engaged team member, and achieve better results. Studies have shown that empowered and successful employees translate into organizational successes through improved productivity and increased employee engagement.

Personal Coaching

How often do you take the time to determine if the life you've created is actually right for you? Or if who you've become is who you actually are ... or want to be?

 

Personal coaching offers you an opportunity to clarify who and where you are at this point in your life and identify what`s working and not working. Once you know this and know your values, it`s easy to clarify where you find meaning and satisfaction in your life.

 

From this foundational work, you start making better sense of current and past life/work experiences, see your world from a more empowered perspective and start making different and powerful choices  to move towards your goals and dreams.

Relationship, Team and Conflict Coaching

We are ALWAYS in relationship. Whether it's in our professional or personal lives, we are always in interaction with someone, so it makes sense that this is where some of our most common and frequent challenges arise. Any of this sound familiar?

 

  • ineffective or avoidance of communication

  • ongoing and unresolved conflict

  • lack of trust in relationship(s)

  • role and vision confusion

  • lack of cohesiveness

 

Relationship and team coaching can help each person become aware of how their behaviour is impacting others and start to clarify and do what the relationship needs to thrive.

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SMALL GROUP COACHING

Learn and practice the components of successful change in a small, intimate group of 2 to 3 people.

Sign up with a friend or two to receive the benefits of coaching at a reduced hourly cost.

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WORKSHOPS

 

Join these fun and intimate living room style sessions to work through what you want (and don't want!) in your life, make changes that bring you joy and keep you on track for what really matters to you.

GABRIOLA FITNESS CENTER

The Gabriola Fitness Centre  (GFC) on lovely Gabriola Island is all about how to “Live Easy. Train Hard”. Here to serve all your fitness needs. Memberships and drop-ins. It is a fully equipped gym with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, professional grade machines and knowledgeable, helpful staff. GFC members receive individual coaching sessions at $60/hour plus GST and a 25% discount on coaching services and workshops.

"I worked with Maria over several months; her coaching was invaluable to me and my focus to visualize and improve my future. I sincerely recommend Maria as a personal or professional coach if you care about bringing out the best in yourself and the people around you, while at the same time clarifying your vision.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Maria … she is the type of person that makes our world a better place."

Anonymous, BC, Canada

"Maria was instrumental in establishing the process and reputation of the coaching pilot program. I whole-heartedly recommend utilizing Maria in a personal coaching situation for individual or team issues. " 

Mike Pellant, Director of HR, City of Richmond, Canada

"Maria is amazing. She was able to quickly grasp understanding of my work situation and using very few words, enlightened me to realign my values, enabling me to be more efficient and dedicated to my work. It was a tremendous help to me and made me feel a lot better about myself and my work than I had in a long time!"

Anonymous, BC, Canada

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"Maria was wonderful to work with.  When I was falling apart from stress, she helped me relax and identify what my priorities were so that the feeling of being overwhelmed just floated away and I was strengthened with a renewed sense of direction and success. She has empathy as well as a grand ability to motivate. I am very thankful for her talents. "

Alison, CA, USA

"I have worked with several top tier coaches. Maria is one of the best. Her approach is challenging yet compassionate and she inspires me to be the best version of my true self. "

Kirsi Hall, Kirsi Consultancy, WA, USA

"I've gained a better sense of what I want and what direction I want my life to go.  You always said that if I didn't know where I was going, it would be hard to get there.  And although, there are still many bumps in the road, I do honestly BELIEVE that I can get there. Thank you for believing in me when I couldn't believe in myself. So grateful for you."

Wendy, BC, Canada

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"Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier."

Mother Teresa

"Maria was wonderful to work with.  When I was falling apart from stress, she helped me relax and identify what my priorities were so that the feeling of being overwhelmed just floated away and I was strengthened with a renewed sense of direction and success. She has empathy as well as a grand ability to motivate. I am very thankful for her talents. "

Alison, CA, USA

"I have worked with several top tier coaches. Maria is one of the best. Her approach is challenging yet compassionate and she inspires me to be the best version of my true self. "

Kirsi Hall, Kirsi Consultancy, WA, USA

"I've gained a better sense of what I want and what direction I want my life to go.  You always said that if I didn't know where I was going, it would be hard to get there.  And although, there are still many bumps in the road, I do honestly BELIEVE that I can get there. Thank you for believing in me when I couldn't believe in myself. So grateful for you."

Wendy, BC, Canada

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10 SESSIONS (1.5 hours per session) 20% discount

Cost of session ~ $100/session plus GST

5 SESSIONS (1.5 hours per session) ​10% discount

Cost of session ~ $112.50/session plus GST

1 SESSION (1.5 hours) ​

Cost of session - $125/session plus GST

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