Walking among the big old trees evokes in me a felt sense of their community. We humans connect differently than they, but like the trees we share a universal commonality among ourselves. Tapping into community gives us strength to endure and overcome the most difficult challenges of our human communities.
My work facilitating individuals and groups is informed by a balance of pragmatic and soft skills. I have worked in IT and on numerous project start-ups, served on volunteer boards and launched community initiatives. Through my studies and experience, I have gained a fundamental understanding of the keys people need to thrive at home, at work and in community.
“The session was interesting, informative, insightful and very timely. Olivia’s stories brought us into her personal sphere of knowledge and exploration… Her questions were thoughtful and successful at promoting good discussion. A great session – thanks.” — M.K., Workshop participant
- Integrity skills coach (executive & life coaching): navigating transition, conflict resolution skills, public speaking, assertion, comfort with authority and leadership development.
- Teacher, speaker and workshop leader, including course development for peer counselling, intuition and inner knowing, team building and Neutron Trail workshops.
- Founder of the Neutron Trail cultural inquiry project, opening dialogue around our shared nuclear legacy to raise social awareness and intelligence about the most complex issues facing humanity today.
- Founding Board Member, Friends of Canadian Wilderness Society.
Additional work experience includes:
- Negotiation skills coach and assessor at the Justice Institute of BC and SFU Management Training Programs, S.F.U. Harbour Centre both in Vancouver, BC.
- Facilitating leaders in strategic decision-making, revamping organizational structures and opening communication channels between work groups.
- Business systems analyst and project coordinator.
“…Olivia has strong communication skills with peers and clients alike. She is quick to repair any miscommunication among us so that team-spirit grows. She establishes rapport just as easily with directors and managers as she does with clerical and yard staff. She also communicates her ideas well and is not afraid to think ‘out of the box’ in coming up with creative solutions for everyone involved…” — T.S., Information Systems Manager, District of North Vancouver
Past community involvement includes:
- Initiator and emcee Rogue Pechakucha Event for social change agents
- Earth Matters Blog Initiator & Contributor, Vancouver Observer online newspaper
- Executive and/or founding board member various non-profit associations
- Community Block Watch Captain
- Co-ordinator for PBS Special on the 20th Anniversary Martin Luther King March on Washington (1983) – this was the first time countries were connected via live interactive broadcast.
“I really like the very safe and trusting environment that you have created within the group…I already have shared much more than I normally would have in a group…I like that you are observant. You saw my face [and then] when you suggested I write, and then I actually came up with something and that I felt comfortable sharing it was quite unusual for me.” — B.T., Intuition Class participant