Victoria Pawlowski

victoria-2016Victoria has worked in the area of health and wellness for over 30 years. She started her career as a Registered Dietitian working in health promotion and disease prevention with BC Ministry of Health, Vancouver/Toronto Public Health and Capers/Whole Foods Markets.  She became increasingly interested in the bio-psycho-social-emotional realms of self-care and healing, studying mind-body nutrition, integrated body psychotherapy, EMDR, grief, mindfulness and self-compassion and counselling psychology.

Currently she teaches Mindful Self-Compassion workshops, provides counselling in her private practice and works as a Grief and Bereavement Counsellor with Nanaimo Community Hospice.  Victoria loves what she is doing and feels privileged to be able to work with people at difficult points in their lives. She offers a truly unique, strengths based compassion oriented approach to health and healing.  To connect with Victoria please email:

Carolena Ranger

Carol croppedCarolena started her career as the Nutritionist with REACH Community Health Centre in Vancouver where she worked for over 25 years counselling thousands of clients, teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs, facilitating Vancouver Food Policy Council and initiating many innovate community development food security programs.  Eventually she obtained a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis at Royal Rhodes University in B.C. and took on a management role at REACH.

Carolena has continued to study many alternative modalities (personally and professionally) and is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  Her holistic, integrative, progressive approach is truly refreshing.  Carolena currently works as a Consultant for Tsow-Tun Le Lum Substance Abuse and Trauma Treatment Centre on Nanoose Territory in addition to teaching Mindful Self-Compassion Workshops. For more information or to speak with Carolena, contact

Our Story

Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed (U.Toronto).,RCC., and Carolena Ranger, MA, RD, CAM (Royal Roads), are cofounders of The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health. They started working together in Vancouver, B.C. in the early 1990’s on food security community development projects and have continued collaborating, co-facilitating and developing a deep friendship since that time.

A few years ago, a dear friend and colleague Zoey Ryan asked them to 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.

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“We are honoured to have trained with the founders
of the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion,
Dr. Kristen Neff  and Dr. Christopher Germer,
along with esteemed teachers Michelle Becker, Steve Hickman and Kristy Arbon,
privileged to be part of  the international circle of Mindful Self-Compassion teachers,
and inspired to integrate the teachings into our lives
and all programs and services we offer.”