As a young man I had become dissatisfied with my life, in spite of all the things I had achieved. That deep unhappiness led me on a search - I knew there had to be something else. I just didn't know what it was or how to find it. They say when the student is ready, the teacher arrives and that was true in my case. I began an earnest study in one of the great wisdom traditions and have been on that path for almost 30 years.
I have now come to think of mindfulness as medicine one can apply to any situation to feel happier and more contented, and that just makes you more likely to succeed at anything in life.
I see the work I do as helping people find their own unique flow of purpose and meaning as they strive to build a life that feels right for them.
I am professionally trained in the Co-Active Model of Life Coaching from the Coaches Training Institute in California, the global leader in transformative Life & Business Coaching and I'm an accredited Global Values Professional.
I am one of the principles of OrangeZDog, a training and consulting company helping to build better work cultures.
Perhaps the most important accreditation was from my mom, who liked to point out I have been coaching since I came out of her womb.
I trained at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy in London England and worked for
Suki's International in Vancouver as a top hairstylist during the 1980's.
I created several production companies, and as a writer and filmmaker have produced films for non profits,
foundations and individuals. I wrote, directed and produced the feature film "aWake" in 2006.
Although I no longer have much time to create new films, I do occasionaly collaborate on creative projects. This one is called 10 Thousand Conversations.
I am the Co - Founder and curator of Woo Talks, a evening of storytelling and relationship building, which take place every once and a while at the elegant Sai Woo in Vancouver's Historic Chinatown.
I am the human caregiver to Biscuit, the worlds greatest poodle. Living with Biscuit is like living with a Zen Master: There are many lessons but few are understood.
I love to grow my own food and flowers and was the chair of the Kitsilano Community garden for over a decade.
We are the oldest community garden in Vancouver.