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I was raised in Toronto, along with my identical twin sister, by a single teenaged mom. Some of my earliest memories include hauling a metal buggy up to the Danforth to do laundry and groceries, enjoying a good box of Kraft Dinner with hot dogs in it, and watching shows I probably should not have been allowed to watch. In high school I was a pretty accomplished kid, achieving high marks, playing sports, and working as a summer camp counsellor and lifeguard. At eighteen, I decided to put my leadership potential, athletic abilities and strong personality to the test by enrolling in the Army to pursue my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the Royal Military College of Canada. What began as a means to an end (hello, free school!) became a life-changing journey of character building, travel, community, adventure and challenge. Concepts such as personal character, holding oneself to a high personal standard, and mental fortitude were not ideas that I was familiar with, but by surrounding myself with mentors such as my upstanding peers, coaches and leaders, I learned to be on the constant pursuit of self-betterment. Shortly after university, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and underwent a tumour removal surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy. I lost all of my hair, puked my guts out, and developed an inner strength that I didn't know was possible. I recovered well and have never looked back, going on to work normally again, marry my sweetheart, travel the world as a fencing athlete, and deploy to Afghanistan. In 2016, I brought my first daughter into the world who was born with a rare genetic disorder. and in 2020 we welcomed a second baby girl to our family. I continue to learn so much about parenting, ableism, and life in general through all of these experiences. Although my life is fulfilling, I have an insatiable desire to serve others by helping them break cycles, build resilience, and grow as individuals. After fifteen years of leading groups of 5-1000 people, and five years as a career counsellor helping injured soldiers transition to civilian life, I am bringing my passion for helping others, resilience-building expertise, and individualized support skills to our coaching calls. I am an accredited Professionally Certified Coach (PCC), trained by Accomplishment Coaching's Advanced Coach Training Program (accredited by the International Coaching Federation). I retired from the Canadian Army in November of 2021, and am currently working full-time as an executive coach at a global technology company and loving it. I am not actively running Coach Jackie Power Inc. these days, but I will be back, bigger and better than before in the future.
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