About Dagmar Meachem
Professional Coach | EQ Facilitator
I’m passionate about working with people in change, helping them move forward when they feel stuck and helping them get past the obstacles holding them back from becoming their best selves.
I believe that change can be an opportunity for growth and transformation.
My path has taken me from adventurous hiking guide to creative web designer to passionate coach and it’s shaped who I am today. It seems though, that being a coach has been my calling ever since I was a young girl. I have always been an adventure seeker and student of life. I’m completely inspired by those who are able to pick themselves back up after great adversity and create a new future. I’ve personally had to recreate myself through adversity, choosing to grow and transform on my journey to becoming my own best self.
I have over three years experience as a health coach and eight years working with businesses through the visioning and brand creation process. But my favourite experience in coaching is what I do now through Courage Space, working with people to help guide their growth through change.
I received my professional coach training from Erickson International. I am also EQ-i 2.0 certified by EITC and qualified to administer the MHS EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 and provide Emotional Intelligence skills development coaching. As an EQ-i Certified Coach, I specialize in providing Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Skills training as a tool for personal, professional and leadership development.
- ACC – Associate Certified Coach – International Coaching Federation
- Erickson Certified Professional Coach – Erickson International ICF Accredited The Art & Science of Coaching Program
- EITC (EI Training Company) EQ-i 2.0 / EQ 360 Certification
- EITC (EI Training Company) Mastering EI Competencies
- MBSR – (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) – 6 Week Course
- Member of the ICF – International Coaching Federation
- BSc Geography – University of Victoria, BC
In my twenties I was a hiking guide for three years. In my early thirties I ran a health coaching business, Transform Health, for three years in Australia helping individuals discover the emotional and mental blocks around their health and weight. I then started a business providing resume writing and web design, where I coached individuals through the career transition process, as well as businesses through the brand creation and brand re-creation process on their way to creating their websites.
From my own experience and after working with many people through transition and transformation, I believe that when we have the courage to face our fears in those moments of adversity, whether they are on a high mountain peak or in the darkness of grief and loss, we can use these moments of vulnerability to explore ourselves, find our inner resources and make positive change and transformation in our lives. I firmly believe that adversity can often be a gift and an opportunity for massive personal growth.
But how do I know this, you may ask? What do I really know about change? Can I really relate to someone amidst chaos, who’s lost their footing, and doesn’t know which way to turn to get towards the light?
Two years ago I escaped an unhealthy marriage, having been isolated on the other side of the world in Australia for 8 years. I found my way home, with my son, to Vancouver, Canada, and have been rebuilding my life ever since, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. During this time also my father died and I have moved several times in the process of obtaining my footing.
Do I understand grief and loss?
Do I know shame?
Have I felt failure?
Can I relate to the fear of falling apart and not knowing what awaits on the other side?
It has been in the rebuilding of my life where I have found the strength and the resilience I never knew I had. It has been through practicing courage and being vulnerable where I have found the support and tools that I needed to not only survive but thrive during this time of change. This adversity was a gift in my life, as through it I have experienced a transformation and massive personal growth. Not because it was easy or given to me, but because I chose to be optimistic, I chose to lean into the discomfort and I chose to be courageous. And I choose to share this very personal story not for sympathy, but to empower others to be courageous in their lives, because courage is contagious.
I bring this experience and philosophy into my own coaching practice, encouraging individuals to be brave, to lean in and to grow.
Outside of coaching, my personal passions are cooking, mountain biking, outdoor adventure and being with my lovely son and my family and friends. I love the pursuit of outdoor adventure and for me personally there is a strong link between the outdoors and physical challenge and personal growth. Other tools that have had a huge impact on helping me through my adversity, which I now use in my practice with clients, have been mindfulness meditation, yoga, emotional intelligence tools, inspirational books and reaching out to my inner circle and community.
Come work with me. Let’s lean into the discomfort together.