Collaborative Consultant in Discovery, Well-Being, Creativity & Transformation
A collaborative connector and grassroots leader who has a boundless curiosity and passion for people & relationship, arts for social change, well-being for all, and strong community.
Jacy relocated to beautiful Victoria, BC a few years back, which provides an effortless daily dose of reasons to live in gratitude through its bedrock of creative ventures, urban visionaries, grassroots leaders, and beyond outstanding natural environment (admittedly, quite the culture shock for a small-town girl from the flat lands of Saskatchewan – in a good way). These are a few of my favourite things. :))
Jacy has a splendid ’mash-up’ educational background in Business Marketing, Sociology, Leadership, Restorative Practices, Non-Violent Communication and Community Facilitation – basically, anything that has to do with people and creating space for genuine connection, relationship & community sparks her interest and passion. The Japanese word, Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. It is a philosophy that she embraces and demonstrates wholly by her trail-blazing and competency-based approach to learning and leadership.
Work experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors and experiential learning in arts management and complex community facilitation has contributed to a rare perspective of the delicate balance between people, place and strong community for Jacy. Formerly, the Prevention Facilitator for the Central Alberta FASD Network – she attributes her greatest learning of the value of compassion, authenticity and a heart-centered approach when delving into complex community issues to this experience. Four key things she learned in this role about people & community: ‘nothing about us, without us’ (essentially, don’t make plans and decisions ‘for’ and ‘to’ people or community without their contribution), know your key messages (and use plain language!), meet people where they are at, and (most importantly) to remember that we connect through relationship and storytelling.
A believer and facilitator of Circle Process, she’s discovered its application is virtually unlimited, for example: to teach and practice emotional & social literacy and conflict resolution, community building to explore mutual understanding and knowledge transfer, justice to create alternatives for diversion and to create restorative culture. Jacy has developed a specialized lens and creative approach that allows her to capture the wisdom of ordinary people, to inspire meaningful social change and to deepen community impact.
Jacy is driven by the desire to create the space for genuine conversation to connect, to make restorative culture a common practice and the ‘way we roll’, to empower grassroots leadership where ‘ordinary people do extraordinary things’, and to enable the co-creation of places and spaces that we love. All doable, in collaboration and coherence of community-led inspiration. Oh, and she adores forest bathing with her mighty and swift three-legged dog, Jax.
If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.
– Ava DuVernay