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Spring 2023 Featured Practitioner

Wyll River, CPCC


This is our Featured Practitioner page, where we feature one of Tonume's staff/practitioners and ask some fun Questions to learn about who they are, and what makes them tick.

This Spring we feature our newest practitioner Wyll River, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

Q: What is/are your favourite Restaurant on the Drive?

A: How do I choose?! Baby Dahl, La Mezcaleria and Lunch Lady

Q: What are your favourite recreational activities?

A: The Ocean is always calling me - ocean plunging (all seasons)! Also plunging into a great book. Running, archery and soul-full conversations all centre and exhilarate.

Q: What type of music do you like to listen to and why?

A: I am wildly eclectic here – love a great lyricist like Ana Tivel – poetry in song. I like

some good twang – banjo and mandolin, like early days Shovels and Rope or Caamp.  

Music that feels like soaring – Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares.  MIA, DJ Shub or

Grimey Dub for running and solo kitchen dance parties, and nothing beats a

big drum social! Check out DJ Shub here. 


Q: What are your favourite travel destinations and why?

A: The stars.  A dark night and the rest of the universe.


Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A:  A Counsellor.  I had a strong knowing that we all need more love, that few of us see our worth, and that there is beauty in healing and claiming self.  I saw a lot of suffering and felt drawn to nurture the innocence, and goodness of heart that lives beneath hurt and pain. I started reading Psychology textbooks in grade 6 haha.


Q: What is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)?

A:  A Certified Professional Co-Active Coach is a Coach trained by the Coaches Training Institute, known to be the most intensive Coach training program internationally and accredited by the International Coaching Federation (our profession’s regulatory body).  Co-Active stands for Being and Doing.  Your Co-Active Coach supports and guides the actualization of who you want to Be in the world and how this translates into action, conscious empowered choosing, and the creation of your life. The emphasis is shared – how do you want to feel and how do you want to act? Coaching, often referred to as “the Bridge”, is the transformative process that gets you there.  


Q: What got you interested in becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach?

A:  I had been in counselling personally for many years and had been working as a Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor for over a decade when I first heard of Coaching.  A colleague

of mine invited me to try a sample session of Coaching, a “new” approach he described enthusiastically as astonishing for the shifts it engenders in a relatively short amount of time.  I skeptically agreed because, as he said, “Coaching needs to be experienced to be understood” (this is true :).  I remember feeling stirred in the session, very close to pain, and frankly sad and defeated when he asked me what my favourite food was.  This was odd.  Startling for its out of context. I told him: Spinach. And what came next, I can’t quite describe, but in one session a world weariness that I had been carrying for oh so long was lifted.  Coaching uses unconventional methods, the psyche’s metaphors and symbols, and powerful questions to turn patterns of thinking and experiencing upside down.  It creates new vantage points for fresh perspective and shifts in orientation, new knowing emerges crackling with possibility.  I came out of that session infused, changed.  I  wanted to help people get this shift, feel this vitality.


Q: What do you like most about being a CPCC?

A:  I love the tenants of Coaching!  We believe that emotions are not pathological.  They are not something to be frightened of. They are way markers and wisdom carriers.  And we believe that people are naturally creative, resourceful and whole.  People hold within them every answer they are looking for and great wells of courage, strength and artistry. In this way Coaching allows me to work with people in a way that fosters both safety and bravery.  The results are deeply moving and exhilarating.


Q: Tell us something that would surprise us about you?

A:  I was a deckhand with Canadian Coast Guard, where I sailed the deep sea for 28 days at a time, conducting deep sea - ocean science research (pelagic) as well as Search and Rescue.

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