Why Financial Life Coaching?
I became interested in financial well-being from both personal and professional standpoints. As a mortgage broker, it was always my goal to ensure I was setting my clients up for long term success when it came to making one of the largest financial decisions of their lives. As such, I would have intimate discussions with them about their current financial picture and future goals, many of whom felt lost and alone in these regards. The more I heard “I don’t know where to start,” or “I’m scared to look,” or “I’m scared to talk to a financial advisor because they might judge me” the more I felt that I could be of greater service to those around me.
In so many cases, I could relate to my clients. Prior to entering a finance related career, I had only a basic level of financial literacy. This all changed when my long-term relationship failed, and I was forced to take my own journey with respect to understanding money and how I relate to it.
Who I am today has largely been shaped by the people I have been lucky enough to call friends and mentors. It’s because of this that I'm passionate about supporting the community by donating a portion of profit to charities within the community.
Amy Alain was my nearest and dearest friend - we supported each other through all the struggles of young adulthood and changing circumstances as we grew into women. We often laughed until we cried, and cried until we laughed as she was always so good at finding the small humour and silver linings in some of life’s most bitter blows.
One of those blows was her cancer diagnosis at the age of 37 - a shock to all around her as she was an elite athlete at the time. Never one to let an opportunity slip by, she turned her diagnosis into a mission to raise awareness through the creation of the Lunges for Lung Cancer campaign, which received international attention, and appearing on several local and national media outlets. It was also her wish to support fellow cancer patients who were traveling several hours each day to receive treatments due to a lack of affordable accommodation.
Amy’s House provides free accommodation to individuals and their families who must travel long distances to receive cancer treatments - something that is only possible with the support of our amazing community. It was founded by her husband Phil in September 2019, a mere 6 months after Amy passed away from Stage 4 Lung Cancer.
So, it is my greatest honour to provide support to Amy’s House in any way I can - including financially through the donation of a percentage of profits. It with the utmost gratitude for my clients that work with me and make it possible for me to pay it forward.