The company name of Cedar Mountain Coaching and Consulting pays tribute to my children, whom I most cherish. It also reflects my grounding place; outdoors and nature. I love how nature flows and everything in it is interconnected; so mysterious and majestic, yet vulnerable and honest. Seemingly dichotomy living in harmony.
I am a microcosm of nature: consulting is my pragmatic, sensible, and solutions side; coaching my whimsical, compassionate, and spacious listening side. I’m starting to embrace both aspects of me, opening doors to more resources that I have within. That’s why I love doing what I do.
Who is Janelle?
I continue to work in the not-for-profit world, which is where my passion has been for more than 15 years. I went to Haskayne School of Business wanting to be a major corporate player. A co-op term with the International Trade Centre, Industry Canada, helping with the G8 Summit allowed me to experience the impact of helping others through government and not-for-profit work. It took me a few more years to really plant my roots in the charitable sector. Since then, I’m able to apply my business skills to a compassionate industry. I was promoted to manage more than 30 programs, more than $40 million in program funding, and be a part of a major system of care for homeless people.
It is in the not-for-profit industry that I first received coaching. I had just been promoted, but being young and inexperienced, I was overwhelmed and insecure. Luckily, I had the opportunity to utilize a Co-Active Coach. The coaching was instrumental in identifying my challenges, brainstorming what was needed, and encouraging me to achieve it. I still utilize coaching today and believe so firmly in its impact on my success that I decided to become one!
Learning about a complex issue such as homelessness really opened my eyes to addictions, abuse/trauma, and mental health. I developed a passion and thirst for knowledge on social emotional health: “knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”. Social and emotional learning (SEL) largely applies to children, but after understanding addiction, I believe that many people could improve their mental and emotional health.