About

Hi, I’m Becky.

I’m the author of the BC best-selling memoir, The Suitcase & The Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes, completed after travelling the globe for two years.

My work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Vancouver Sun, CBC News, BC Bookworld, Modern Loss, Hecktic Travels, and the IBTA Annual Magazine 2017/18. I also contributed to the anthology, Always With You: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child (Demeter Press 2018)

I have presented on CBC Radio, Whistler Writer’s Festival, Word Vancouver, Simon Fraser University’s ‘End of Life Matters’, the Vancouver Health Care Professionals’ Symposium, as well as on various podcasts and at international gatherings.

Born and raised in England, I immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., aged 24. Now, at 63, I combine careers in public education that span many countries (UK, Canada, Australia), peer support consulting, business administration, and memoir writing.

This allows me insight into the challenges inherent in these professions and cultures.

I am an Integral Associate Coach™ with a B.Ed. (UK) and an M.Sc. (USA). I am a mother to two daughters, for which there is no training.

Over the past ten years, I have moved many times (as invigorating as it is unsettling) which allows me to live a life true to my values, and the freedom to work on what I want, when I want. To write, to coach, to learn.

I love meeting new people.

I love spending time alone, especially walking in quiet places, or cooking pretty much anything. (I even like washing the dishes!) 

My vibrant well-being and somatic practices allow me to stay open to the emotional demands of navigating change. Showing up to life with vitality and vulnerability is my commitment.

Perhaps the thing I’m most proud of is that I live within my means and enjoy the same minimalist lifestyle I learned while traveling.

As a man moving out of a rewarding career and a great job into another phase of life I was very uneasy about what the future might hold. I had the good fortune to be introduced to Becky and to work with her as my coach. Becky was wonderful to engage with – insightful, intelligent, respectful, and committed to the process. In some of the later meetings she would remind me of something I had said when we started working together which connected numerous dots and really demonstrated the level of at… Read more
Kelvin Saldern, Manager Community Relationships, West Columbia Basin Trust