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about dori

Founder, Facilitator, Executive Coach & Retreat Specialist
“True learning - and true connection - arises from compassion, empathy, and a willingness to dig deeply beneath the surface to find out what is really there for you.”

Dori Howard has a passion for learning for that has illuminated the path of her life. Dori views learning not just in the definitive sense of a formal education, but also in the deeper, broader understanding of human relationships that shape all aspects of our lives – our work, our families, our communities.  She describes this as her “conscious curiosity.” Dori believes that to imagine, define, manifest, and sustain “success” in our professional and personal lives, we must be willing to examine ourselves with honesty, curiosity, and compassion. We must also be willing to embrace the “sometimes-unsettling-but-ultimately-rewarding” journey towards transformation.

In 30+ years of clinical and leadership experience in the field of healthcare, Dori positioned herself on the front-lines of a sector whose primary mandate was to care for the physical and mental health of patients. Her nursing experience in pediatric oncology enabled Dori to cultivate a deep sense of compassion, urgency, and clear, empathetic communication – not only for her patients, but also for her colleagues. Eager to help facilitate a healthy work environment, Dori co-established leadership education curricula for BC Children’s Hospital. She created, developed and facilitated many employee development programs, including healthcare leadership programs integrating coaching and the LEADS framework.

By helping to forge a path towards healthier healthcare, Dori recognized that skilled leadership, planning, communication, and coaching could help other individuals, groups and workplaces to optimize their potential. She founded the Stars Volleyball Club to provide volleyball and leadership experience for young women on the North Shore. She expanded her executive coaching portfolio to consult for other healthcare professionals, business leaders, lawyers, educators, and more. Dori’s passion for learning, leadership and coaching skills, and healthcare experience have brought her full circle, now offering coaching for individuals recently diagnosed with chronic pain, illness or disease.

Dori holds a BSc in Nursing from the University of Alberta. She has completed her Masters in Leadership and Training and earned a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, Institute of Coaching and the NeuroLeadership Institute. Dori is a facilitator for Coaching out of the Box, which uses the most advanced knowledge-base in the coaching industry.  She is also a licensed practitioner for  The Leadership Circle and Learning in Action Emotional Intelligence Assessment.