Our Story

The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health was cofounded by long time friends and colleagues Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed (U.Toronto).,RCC., and Carolena Ranger, MA, RD, CAM (Royal Roads).  In 2014, they were asked by a dear friend and colleague, Zoey Ryan,, to develop and facilitate a self-care workshop for front-line workers suffering from burnout and vicarious trauma. While preparing, they came upon compelling new research linking mindfulness and self-compassion practices with the prevention and management of stress and burnout. They immersed themselves in the research and trainings offered by leading scientists in the field and began to get an understanding of the fundamental role that mindfulness and self-compassion play in health and healing.

They felt inspired to find a way to add this dimension to their lives and work and had a vision of creating a space where deep compassion could be the foundation and the focus as a way to support colleagues, friends, family, clients and community to live with more health and compassion. The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health was created from that desire.

They teach Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week programs in Nanaimo and present 1/2 day and full day workshops on mindfulness and self-compassion to many worksites and conferences.  Victoria loves to collaborate with other professionals as well and will be co-teaching a Mindful Self-Compassion Mexican Retreat in February 2019 with new trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher Zoey Ryan.