Originally from Deep River, Ontario, Canada, I have spent many years living in other countries including South Korea, Japan, Brazil, France and Switzerland. All of these countries have shaped me into the international person I am today. I currently reside in Zurich, Switzerland where I live with my husband and two children.
Years of music studies at school, singing in choirs and bands, and classical voice training have provided me with the vocal techniques, stage presence, and a heightened awareness about voice and it’s relationship to body, breath, vision and energy.
For 13 years I pursued a career in corporate Human Resources, where I also began practicing as a coach. During this time, I designed and led leadership development programs and facilitated workshops to support leaders in strengthening their communication and presentation skills. I have exercised my voice professionally as a leader, consultant, coach, teacher and trainer.
MY STORY – FREEING MY VOICE
As a shy and sensitive young girl, I had my share of growing pains. Most of my pain came from holding back my words – stifling my voice – and keeping my thoughts and emotions locked up inside. Despite my introverted nature, I was drawn to the arts and practiced singing, dancing, and acting in my childhood and frequently performed on stage. I loved to sing and when I sang I came alive. Singing, in particular, has been a life-long passion for me.
A few years ago, a colleague offered me a place on a course to become a qualified coach. The experience of coaching became a new passion and changed my life. During this time I also discovered that singing – liberating my voice – was a key to my personal growth. As a first brave step, I made a commitment to sing on a street corner in Zurich and, in so doing, faced my childhood fears of speaking up!
Although I’ve always loved to sing, I still get nervous when taking the stage to let my voice be heard. I need to be courageous every time I do it and that’s part of what makes it a passion for me. It’s because it requires courage to free my voice that I’m driven to sing AND to coach!
My mission is to support others in freeing their voice so that they can experience the sense of confidence, personal power and freedom that comes from speaking with intention and resonance. In freeing your voice, you set yourself free and with that the possibilities abound!
EDUCATION, TRAINING & MEMBERSHIPS
- Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
- Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
- Member of VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association)
- Classical Voice Training with Camilla de Falleiro and Michelle Chang
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Acadia University
- Masters Degree in Human Resource Consulting from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
- NLP for Coaches with Streetcoaching Limited
- Voicework with Patsy Rodenburg