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About Jennifer

“Traveler, there is no path. The path must be forged as you walk.” – Antonio Machado

Jennifer’s purpose is to expand possibilities, nurture transformation and resilience, and be a force for good. As an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), she believes that challenges are opportunities in disguise, and that sometimes we need a little help to unlock our own potential and understand and utilize our gifts.

Coaching others to reach their potential has been a consistent theme throughout Jennifer’s professional life, from her first jobs as ski instructor and sailing instructor, to her career as a Registered Midwife, to the seventeen years she spent working in her family’s business, Canada Homestay Network (CHN).

Jennifer is now the Chair of the Board of CHN, a national organization that recruits and manages Homestay placements for international students. In addition to her work as the organization’s Senior HR Manager, Chief Technology Officer, and Regional Director, Jennifer served as its Managing Director for 12 years until the end of 2022. She is considered an expert in her field and regularly speaks on homestay standards and best practices at industry conferences.

One of Jennifer’s favourite tools for self-understanding is the Kolbe Index. As a certified Kolbe consultant, she can interpret your Kolbe profile to help you understand yourself and others on your team; maximize your productivity; improve your time management; and reduce stress.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy with a minor in Women’s Studies from McGill, and an MBA in leadership from Royal Roads University. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at King’s College (Dalhousie).

She served on the Board of Directors for the Victoria Car Share Co-Op from 2010 to 2015, and the Board of Directors for the Family Business Association of Vancouver Island from 2016 to 2023.

Ever an advocate for work-life harmony, Jennifer practices mindfulness and yoga, loves to spend time on Vancouver Island’s beautiful hiking trails, and runs for fun. She is the mother of two young adults and lives with her husband in Victoria, BC.