- Region: Northeast
- Position: Certified Executive Coach
In early 2011, I was invited to attend a workshop from the Minerva Foundation called Helping Women Work. Although I did not qualify, they agreed to let me stay and take the program. That program was the beginning to finding the path and chosen career I am on now. I had been looking into Life Coaching as a career choice when this came about and pa.it of the program was discovery about yourself and what choices were suited to you. We did the Meyers Briggs and Coaching came up as one of the options. I began a conversation with the lead facilitator, Helen Dewar who is a mentor, role model and a well known facilitator. I told her about what I had been thinking and the research I had done, she asked me what I wanted to do with it? I told her I wanted to help people find their passion, help them out of a rut they may be in, help them move forward in life, help them lead an empowered life. She said then what I was looking into was the perfect fit. She asked me where I was thinking of going, so I told her I had looked into the International Coach Federation website and really like the recommended program at Royal Roads. It was the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. Helen then told me that was the program she would recommend as it was well rounded, had a great ctll'riculum, faculty and that I would be able to do both my residency and long distance learning.
So my journey began there, I contacted the university to see if I was qualified and found out that indeed I did. So I applied, a few weeks later I heard back from the University and needed a couple more things for them to complete the application process. I had also begun my application for funding in which they were also waiting on some needed paperwork. I was on holidays and could not provide what either needed, so I told the University that I would postpone until the January Intake, they asked me how much time I needed to complete the process. I was taken aback and said two weeks, they told me no problem even though it would be past the date. When I phoned Linda Dufresne to tell her I would put back the application, I got the same response, how much more time did I need? I told her the same and she said no problem and encouraged me to continue to pursue this. With both of them willing to work with me, I went ahead with the process. I knew that if this was happening, then this is what I was meant to do and what The Creator wanted for me. I had finally found my path.
Taking the program was life changing; I knew fom the first week that I had found my place in this world. I knew that my passion for Coaching was beyond anything I had ever done and I was (am) very grateful. The next 7 months turned out to be my path to personal transformation as well. I learned so much about coaching, even more about myself and was urged to and succeeded in breaking down all my obstacles and barriers. I was given an Alumni Coach throughout the program that I will forever be grateful for! A woman who walked with me on my journey, held my hand when I needed and pushed me past what I needed to get past. She was and will always be a large contributor to my own transformation and success in this program.
I am here 9 months later, building a business with paying clients and still contributing to others with pro bono coaching. I am now a successful graduate of the Program with a 4.22 GPA. I am Holly Hanson CEC (Certified Executive Coach) and my life is dedicated to help others undergo what I did and find the life that they always dreamed about. I will empower our Aboriginal People and change the world one person at a time. I will utilize the new skills I have been taught and use it as The Creator intended. I will work with Aboriginal people and business to help them change their possible future into an impossible one in which they will grow beyond their own expectations. I am grateful to many people including Linda Dufresne, Carol Paynter and the Metis Nation BC for their support on this journey and my success. I am also very grateful to my Alumni Coach Valerie Waymark.