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.”