Deborah joined BCALM as Executive Director in April 2022. She has run her own consulting business, Well-Advised Consulting Inc, for over 30 years, teaching leaders and teams to radically shift culture so that people can flourish. Deborah is the founder of The Better Workplace Conference which she led for 17 years. It was a powerful initiative that created a whole generation of workplace health professionals and a huge community of practice. She has worked in healthcare, as a Registered Dietitian early in her career, and then after getting her Master’s Degree in Health Promotion she moved into the organizational health field.
Deborah says she was drawn to the purpose of BCALM, and to the great opportunity for it to make a profound difference in the lives of people in BC and beyond. She has researched and written about mindfulness, and how it can contribute to a more positive and successful workplace. She practices meditation and other forms of mindfulness in her daily life. Deborah would like to see mindfulness practices be commonplace in workplaces, schools, and communities. To this end, she looks forward to leading BCALM into an exciting and successful future. Deborah is the author of A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture. A captivating speaker, storyteller and workplace consultant, she is also the creator of Leading A Better Place To Work, a self-directed online course community with live group coaching. When not working, Deborah can be found hiking (or skiing) our local mountains on Vancouver Island, swimming in outdoor pools or warming up in a hot yoga studio. Being of Icelandic descent, she has the goal of someday swimming her way around Iceland (not in the ocean of course, but in the outdoor geothermally heated pools in almost every small town around the island!) Also passionate about cycling, Deborah and her family plan to cycle across Canada in the summer of 2023 to raise money for Parkinson’s research, a disease that has affected her family personally. Deborah is excited to have joined BCALM in the part-time position of Executive Director and looks forward to connecting with you at a future BCALM event or conference. Stay tuned!