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Meet Kristin (she/her)

My ancestors came to Canada in the late 1880s from Austria, Russia, and Romania. Some settled in the Winnipeg area on the ancestral lands of Treaty 1, traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and National Homeland of the Red River Métis. Others settled in southern Alberta, the original peoples of Treaty 7 region, including the Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuut’ina Nation, Nakoda Nation, and Métis Nation of Alberta. With tremendous respect, I acknowledge all the homelands of the Indigenous people of this place we now call Canada, and I honour the many traditional and territorial keepers of the lands on which I live, work, and play. I am committed to actions of reconciliation and healing.

With my partner and three dogs, we split our time between a vibrant floathome community in beautiful Victoria, BC, the unceded territory of the Lkwungen People, and the enchanting rainforests of Sooke, BC, the traditional lands of the T’Sou-ke, Pacheedhat, and Sc’ianew First Nations.

I acquired a background in early intervention and crisis prevention, as well as critical incident response and trauma management, while working frontline with:

  • people with mental health concerns, including suicide, self-injurious behaviour, and addictions;

  • youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system;

  • domestic and sexual abuse survivors;

  • sex trade workers and other street-entrenched youth and adults;

  • victims of crime, trauma, and natural disasters;

  • survivors of traumatic and complicated grief and loss.


Combined with academic and professional training, my lived experiences have helped me design and deliver multiple seminars, workshops, and post-secondary courses/lectures covering various topics including, but not limited to: 

  • mental health & suicide risk management, including self-injurious behaviour;

  • critical incident and disaster management;

  • grief, trauma, and mental health recovery;

  • crime related victimology;

  • transformative community justice;

  • managing difficult interpersonal situations;

  • bystander interventions;

  • burn-out prevention, self-care and compassion;

  • mindfulness meditation, and wellness practices.

I have had the great fortune to work with many different people and communities, including teachers, counsellors and administrators; emergency first responders including police, fire and ambulance services; mental health and addictions staff and volunteers; victim and disaster service personnel; youth and families; elders and other spiritual leaders; LGBTQ+ communities; and others from the the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.  

Passionate about prevention, I'm also certified to teach in-person and virtual Mental Health First Aid (MHFA); and The Working Mind (TWM) (for employees/frontline staff, and for managers/supervisors). Formerly, I was a Master Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer for eight years. In addition to these certifications, my academic qualifications include a Master's of Science degree (Investigative Psychology), and Bachelor degrees in Psychology; Community Rehabilitation; and Metaphysical Science. 

A lifelong service volunteer, I'm currently spending time with Imagine Mindfulness (global NGO) as a volunteer Instructor. Previously, I've volunteered with Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Pacific Animal Therapy Society (with emotional support dog Finnegan), Victoria Film Festival, Alberta Police-based Victim Services, Calgary Distress Centre, and Woods Homes. I'm also a Canadian Blood Services donor with 30+ blood donations. 

Embracing a whole-health approach to wellness, I maintain a commitment to personal and professional growth and discovery. I am dedicated to living life with gratitude, curiosity, and authenticity. Grounded in meditation and mindfulness practices for over 20 years, I am becoming a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher in order to share the mind~body~spirit healing power of mindfulness with others.

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