Community Builder

Individual and Team Coach

Humans are relational people. We know ourselves through knowing each other. I believe that no matter the problem, the road to discovering our unique paths forward is best traveled with some companionship along the way.

So, for example, in 2015 when I set my sights on a transition to mental health and addictions sector strategy, I kick started the journey by co-founding an informal mastermind group of people all in the midst of career transitions. We met regularly, carried out creative and fun activities to define our barriers and enablers, and co-created accountability supports. We were each others’ home base for the successes and failures of our respective transformations.

As a racialized woman, I understand deeply the power of mentorship, sponsorship, and networks. I have offered these things to others and benefited from them myself. I have also experienced what it is like to be shut out of such supports. I have been the “only one” at a leadership table. In my fifteen year career, I have never seen anyone who looks like me in the C-suites of the organizations with which I have worked. I have also walked into any number of rooms to chair a meeting only to have someone ask me to get the coffee, or take the meeting notes.

“As a former executive with large health and social sector institutions, I have the knowledge and experience of both having been invited to the table, and, how you can still feel like an outsider even as you take that seat.”

Valery Navarrete

My practice as an individual and team coach is grounded in an understanding of the importance of, and barriers to, trust and belonging as integral to clarifying and chasing our individual and collective visions.

Whether you are an individual or group, if you need support to get you from where you are to where you want to go, I’d love to talk about how I might support you in your journey.

Cohousing / Coliving Coach

In 2017, I became one of six co-founders of a co-house in Toronto called Clarens Commons. Featured in the Toronto Star, CBC Tapestry and more, our co-owned home drew attention for being, as VICE reported, possibly “the first arrangement of its kind in Canada.” VICE went on to say: “It took a lot of work, a ton of meetings, and many frank conversations. But it started with one radical idea: that the benefits of cohabitating, combining their resources and skills, would lead to a far better standard of living than they could ever achieve on their own.”

Above: screenshot from the CBC Tapestry website

I now act as a co-housing and co-living coach to those interested in exploring the role of community in our day-to-day well-being in new ways. From finding the right people, to space design, to decision making, to co-creating appropriate legal and financial structures . . . if you have a question, let’s work together to figure out the answer.