20+ years in business.
Referrals are my biggest accomplishment and by far the largest compliment I could receive. Travelling throughout Canada and Internationally to work with businesses, municipalities and First Nation organizations tells me I am excelling; 23 years later, I’m still eager and excited to start each day.
“One of the main reasons I sought out a professional coach was that I was having a hard time setting boundaries in every aspect of my business. This affected my schedule and efficiency. As much as I tried to resolve issues myself, I didn’t have the right tools or strategies to overcome obstacles. Janice helped me establish processes to secure business, set personal boundaries and enrich relationships that benefit my business. My verbal and written communications are now on point, and I stand grounded in business ownership and my success. I love being able to ‘vox’ Janice for guidance as needed which helps my workflow exponentially. Working with Janice is the best thing I could have done for myself and my business. She saved my business and my sanity."
Jackie Chapman, Owner, Jak. Natural Designs
"I started working with Janice when I woke up and realized that I was frustrated with my "life." Although I felt my life was great, I didn’t feel fulfilled. My career felt stagnant, and I yearned for more creativity, flexibility, and control of my workspace. Before I was coached by Janice, I spent years complaining and “just getting through.” I experienced feelings of guilt, fear, and embarrassment. Since working with a professional coach, I recognize my old patterns, and behaviours. I have an appreciation for me and live more confidently. I recognize my strengths, abilities and passions which now guide and fuel me. I have purchased a new home and launched a business. Janice supported me, held me accountable and believed in me. I felt heard from the very beginning and I am so proud of the strengths and courage that she unlocked in me. I have a real sense of both relief and gratitude"
Cari Crawford, Owner, The Local of Louis Creek Artisan Market
"I knew Janice was the best person to guide me through a career change because of her honest, knowledgeable, warm, but no-bullshit approach. I was very stuck, confused, feeling dysregulated often, and very unhappy. I couldn't see my options or possibilities and I danced around making a change for years. Janice offered reassurance immediately which helped me feel supported. She had the skills to help me see career options. Since working with Janice, I have gained confidence and the skills to speak my intensions and worth. Janice grounds me, holds me accountable, and helps me refocus on my goals. I am months ahead of my timeline to achieving the goals I set out for myself. Janice created the right conditions for me to believe and action my success. Thanks Janice."
Rolynda Simpson, Owner/Counsellor, MindWise Counselling & Consulting
“Janice understands local government structure and was very good at assisting me to build a toolbox that I was comfortable using to address HR issues. This enabled me to translate responses to issues with a more direct, yet positive approach.
The most crucial impact for my sanity was that Janice, in her approach, assisted me in understanding my interpersonal issues and how they were translating into my professional space. Janice is very thorough, she checks-in and provides ongoing support and resources. It felt good to know she was invested in my growth.
Working with Janice has helped me to sustain and monitor the stress level that working for local government upper management endures in this day and age. Her approach is clear, easy to work with and she is very good at helping to see the issues more clearly from an objective perspective, rather than internalizing and taking issues personally. Janice was adept at understanding the demographic and unique idiosyncrasies of local government in a rural community.”
Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Clearwater, BC
“Janice provided exceptional leadership coaching when I moved into a senior leadership role. The work we did together provided direct benefit in my overall presentation as a Director including conflict management and thinking at a 60,000 foot level. Through coaching with Janice, I was able to develop confidence and tools to step fully into the leadership role I assumed. She provided a sounding board to process dynamics, a place to be vulnerable while I worked through my challenges and she offered concrete tools to use on an ongoing basis. Janice’s personalized coaching helped me develop professionally, reach my goals and push myself further than I knew possible. I strongly recommend hiring Janice as your coach. Her ability to meet you where you are and move you forward to where you want to be is outstanding!
With on-going leadership coaching with Janice, I fulfilled my career aspirations again and then again. Together we worked to contour my transferable skills and build my reputation as a strong leader in which to acquire an Executive Director position and then Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Every leader looking to advance their career should work with Janice Otremba.”
Teresa Dobmeier, Executive Director of Services (Former), BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, Kamloops BC
“Janice is my lifeline. As an entrepreneur helping to strategize and grow other businesses I don’t know where I would be without Janice. Before every meeting, I give myself my own Janice pep-talk. If I find myself in a tricky situation my first thought is always WWJD: what would Janice do? Because of Janice I walked out of a meeting with an additional $40,000 added to my contract because she helped me see my value and worth. Janice is always available to give the gentle nudge and stretch goals for optimal results. She is a true gift to the community, constantly giving her energy and resources and I am so grateful to run with her in her powerhouse circle and to call her one of my closest friends.”
Kathy Grant, Owner, The HUB Impact
"Working with Janice is transformational. She helped me recognize the type of activities, organizations, people, and clients I like to lend my talents to, be with, and work with while growing my business. She also helped me identify and move towards a work-life that is fulfilling in all aspects and balanced with my life goals. Janice asked the hard questions towards self-awareness, and gently guided me towards deeply rooted clarity. "
Niki Remesz, Founder & Owner, Uniquely Inspired Marketing
“Janice is an amazing sounding board, a compassionate listener, and a direct communicator who will hear what you have to say and present you with options you never considered. She's been there... and she won't hesitate to guide you through what's next (firmly, but with empathy). I have laughed, cried and had moments of "eureka!" with Janice. She will challenge you -- and show you you're more ready than you think.”
Kathy Sinclair, City of Kamloops Councillor
“Over the past decade, Janice has helped me overcome my fear of public speaking, significantly grown my business, aligned my career with my passions, and helped me become a leader I am proud to be.”
Dan Pan, CGA, Owner (Former), Portfolio Interiors Inc.
“Opening up my own Naturopathic clinic has always been my dream and I can definitively say that I couldn’t have done it without Janice. With the help and guidance of Janice, I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone and learned to step into my leadership role. Janice’s unrelenting support, guidance, and dedication to foster my personal and professional growth have completely transformed my life. My business has succeeded and with the help of Janice I have the momentum to keep growing, building, and learning.”
Dr. Tracy Levins, Radiant Life Naturopathic Centre
“Quite simply: Janice is amazing. She has been instrumental in helping me not only manage but greatly improve all aspects of my life: from my relationships with my partner and friends to growing my business and reducing my stress in the workplace. She achieved all of this through coaching, poking, and prodding me until I was able to discover my truths, and never letting me lay down any bullshit. She was instrumental in helping me rediscover that I was responsible for everything in my life, both the good and the bad, and that the only person who could implement change was myself; and once we hit that point, man did she ever hold me accountable for it. She was the first to celebrate my successes with me, and the first to cut through any garbage I'd try to lay down when blocking myself from moving forward.
When I first met Janice, she introduced herself by saying: "I am the kind of coach that will kick your ass first, and hug it out with you later." I knew she was the perfect fit for me then, and she has surpassed all my expectations throughout our 2-year relationship. I am truly grateful for all that Janice has helped me to achieve, and the path of success that she has set me on.”
Charles Hurtubise, Owner, Xilium Recruiters
“I chose to start my coaching sessions at a time when I was unsure of the direction my professional life would head in. Janice patiently and systematically walked me through the obstacles that I was facing while giving me real life tool that I could use to ensure my success. The skills I developed while working with Janice opened new doors for me and have made me a happier and better leader in my work. I would absolutely continue to recommend Janice to professional women. I would tell anyone who is considering Janice's coaching to think of it as an investment in your quality of your work life. Who doesn't want to be happier at their job!?!”
Kim Mangan, Executive Director, Kamloops Music Collective
“I approached Janice with several business goals in mind. Janice’s approach was specific and directed to my needs. Outcomes ranged from increasing my revenue, to staff training and infrastructure. She is a vibrant, high energy person whom I was available to bounce ideas off. Janice was exceptional for helping me overcome bureaucracy and other barriers. She quickly helped me find solutions and move me forward. It's been great working with you Janice - until next time!”
Kris Olson, Owner, Wild Flour Bakery and Cafe
Clients We've Worked With
"I had the pleasure of working with Janice for the past year and knew she would be an excellent fit for our delegates at the Growing the North conference. Janice is wonderful to work with. Behind the scenes Janice is very flexible and accommodating. On stage, she was absolutely wonderful, thoroughly prepared, and delivered our first virtual conference seamlessly."
Holly Sorgen, Executive Director, Community Futures Grande Prairie Region
"Janice was our virtual keynote speaker at our annual Staff Retreat. We were very appreciative of the planning that went into preparing, presenting, and debriefing. Janice is a great speaker who is confident, direct, and knowledgeable. Our goal of her keynote was to gain insight into how our staff were coping with the pandemic and gauge well being. Prior to her keynote, Janice created a confidential survey for our staff and shared the "high level" results. This information was very insightful and a great learning opportunity for our staff to see how we were doing as a collective team. Equally important, she was able to tailor the speaking engagement to meet the needs of our staff. We recommend Janice completely."
Kathleen Spalek, Chief Financial Officer, Union of BC Municipalities
"Janice presented ‘It’s Your Pool, Don’t Pee In It!’ at our virtual UBCM staff retreat during the Covid-19 pandemic. Janice brought a great sense of humor and lightness to our event which was very needed for our entire team. We gained solid strategies to implement to help manage maintain a work/life balance and still be productive and healthy. She is a real pleasure to work with."
Pamela Lewis, Principal, Future Focus Event Management
"We specifically sought out Janice for a virtual speaking engagement after seeing her work in person at Thompson Rivers University. We knew she had the relevant material, experience, and customization we were looking for. Even from a virtual platform, due to the pandemic, Janice provided energy and passion that hit the mark with our large team of professionals."
Earl Corsi, Woodlands Operations Manager, Tolko Industries
“The LGLA holds a province-wide forum each year for local government and First Nations elected officials and senior administrators. This year we brought in Janice Otremba to present “Damn it: Channeling Negative Pressure into Positive Change”. In the session, Janice shared techniques to help our delegates recognize the warning signs of distress, as well as skills to manage and transform that stress into strength and personal achievement. The session went very well and received excellent reviews. Our organization would certainly welcome Janice back.”
Errin Morrison, Program Manager, Local Government Leadership Academy
"We hired Janice for our Shaping the Future session at our conference. We were impressed with Janice’s professionalism and her assistant Chelsea. They were prepared and made great use of virtual capabilities that engaged participants with interactive virtual exercises. Coordinators gained practical tools to manage stress and everyone left with a better understanding of how to recognize and avoid situations where burn out may occur."
Tracey Coutts, Session Host, Ever Active Schools
"Janice was invited to speak at the School District in-service. We hired Janice to provide an uplifting and motivating presentation to our Certified Education Assistants who work in the K-12 education sector. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Janice provided two half-day virtual workshop events instead of one full day. We had great feedback and retention from staff who excitedly attended both workshops. Janice was professional, and prepared. She provided relevant and creative content with humour and interest."
Claire Macleod, Executive Assistant of Human Resources, School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson)
"We booked Janice’s "Dear Stress - Let's Break Up" workshop for an event we were about to host, and then the pandemic hit. Because of social distancing measures, Janice offered to host a video conference for us instead. It could not have come at a better time and it was exactly what we needed. She was prepared and was able to adapt to last-minute changes to focus on our needs during the pandemic. She did her research and tailored the workshop to be relevant and on-point.
Janice is down to earth, easy to connect with, compassionate and oh, so funny. Participants left the workshop with practical takeaways and confidence. She adapts to her audience and connects by keeping energy and interest high. We will definitely book Janice again. She went above and beyond our expectations."
Trish Schachtel, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society South Cariboo
“Janice’s ability to offer a complete, competent, and flexible session was received with rave reviews…when we have the opportunity to bring Janice back, we will do so.”
Lori DeFrias, Women in Focus Conference Coordinator, Thompson Rivers University
“We put Janice on at a difficult time, last day of a three-day seminar, right after breakfast. Everyone was tired and wanting to go home. Within minutes everyone was sitting up and taking notice…with her humour and honesty. It is no small wonder that she rated right at the top of all the presenters we had. The consistent comment was ‘when can we have her back’. We plan on doing that.”
Rev. Ray Parker, Chaplain (Former), BC Corrections
“Our staff got to know Janice first through a fantastic workshop called, “Dear Stress, Let’s Break Up”. We loved Janice’s style and she made us feel at ease right away. She gave us really useful advice and tools that we implemented right away.”
“Janice Otremba did an excellent job of giving us tips and tools to stay sane as leaders and to protect our time diligently. Her message about holding tight to our glass balls in life (health, family, etc.) and letting the rubber balls (laundry, dishes, filing, etc.) bounce was something I think all of us could relate to and implement immediately.”
Danalee Baker, Executive Director (Former), United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo
Team Development Kudos
“We engaged Janice because our organization had a new leader and a staff team with many new members. We wanted Janice to help us constructively learn how to work together and create a foundation for ongoing success. Janice recommended SDI. The pre-testing was followed by a day long workshop that helped us a) understand the results in a really clear and logical way and b) implement advice and suggestions on what the results meant for teamwork. She helped us make self-discoveries rather than just tell us the information. The information was truly retained through this process.
After working with Janice, our team is now more cohesive. Janice sees things we cannot see in ourselves. She helped us recognize our strengths and suggested simple changes that have huge impacts. Our newfound understanding of each other’s working styles and personalities has resulted in more awareness, patience, and respect for each other. As a leader, my awareness for delegation and efficiency has improved simply by knowing where the strengths of the team lie.”
Danalee Baker, Executive Director (Former), United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo
“Janice took our business from good to great. The management and personal growth we’ve seen in our management and staff is unbelievable. Our team is performing better than I could’ve ever expected and our sales growth and community presence is on a rapid incline. I would recommend every person in leadership position to reach out to Janice for a clarity call – I’m so glad I did.”
Dan Pan, CGA, Owner (Former), Portfolio Interiors Inc.
“Our organization has worked with Janice Otremba for a number of years. Janice has always provided us with an organized and enlightened approach to better understand the dynamics of our working relationships. Recently Janice worked with our group delivering the Strength Deployment Inventory. Our senior leaders gained a greater understanding of their own personal traits, along with the traits of others, and an understanding of the working relationships between them. These sessions opened the door for greater communication and cooperation throughout the group. Along with our group interactions, Janice provided one on one support and coaching. Working with Janice has placed our organization in a stronger position moving forward.”
Tim Foster, General Manager (Former), Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
“I knew I wanted to own my own wellness centre but I am trained to be a naturopathic doctor and not a business owner, leader or employer. Having Janice work with my team, we have seen a complete transformation in our communication and procedures. Observing our actions, understanding our intentions, and teaching us how to speak each other's individual communication styles has lead us to great success in a short period of time.”
Dr. Tracy Levins, ND, Owner, Radiant Life Naturopathic Centre
“Janice helped us transition from managing to owning our business. She provided pertinent, and strategic support and firm prompting to help us recognize and fill gaps to make changes. It is amazing how much time and money is saved when your team is not fighting fires but actually truly focused on the business. Janice helped guide our team to success.”
Trish Hines & DelRae Cahoon, Owners, Petland
“Two years into our new and innovative co-op living arrangement we looked for ways to improve our communication process and overcome ongoing challenges and potential conflicts.
Janice helped us profile and recognize our individual and group strengths which gave us more objectivity. SDI revealed our strength awareness, however Janice showed us how strengths can also present obstacles within a group.
Janice’s approach is very positive and upbeat. We became better at building consensus and collaboration which helps us serve our shared vision and values.”
Dan Hines, RAREBIRDS Housing Co-operative
“As a ‘community service’ non-profit society we deal with all manner of situations that often involve quick thinking, quick meetings, and quick action. Respectful communication with one another is a necessity but can be a challenge.
Working with Janice and SDI revealed to me that two people can have very different personalities but the same driving force. I found it fascinating that our use of language, inflection, body posture, etc. can be so misunderstood. Now, I jump to conclusions less and consider the person’s ‘Inventory’ and motivations first. With a greater awareness I am less quick to judge and more open to understand. I now realize that the success of the organization is what we all value.”
Logan Lake, Better at Home
“We consulted Janice to assist us in improving our team approach to managing Venture Kamloops, the Thompson Nicola Regional District’s Economic Development and Tourism Corporation. Janice guided us through an engaging daylong workshop that led us all to a better understanding of each other’s motivational values and how those values influence our personal and professional interactions. The workshop gave staff the tools for developing a stronger team approach and a language for non-judgmental feedback that we can use to improve our working relationships. The process was interactive, fun and highly effective.”
Mary Jane (MJ) Cousins, Executive Director (Former), Venture Kamloops TNRD, BC
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