Port Coquitlam, Mainland/Southwest
Kendra Coupland Spiritual Wellness Coach
Port Coquitlam, Mainland/Southwest
Kendra Coupland is a meditation teacher and multi-disciplinary artist living and working on unceded Coast Salish territory, the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ílwətaɬ, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Stó:lō people. After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 Kendra was initiated into the yogic tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying Transformational Yoga in South India and in 2020 she was certified as a Yoga Grandmaster with the World Yoga Federation & Yoga Alliance of India. Kendra's work centers around caring for people in her community and cultivating a larger community of care. She strives to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence to practice self-determination and self-actualization. Alongside clients such as UBC, the City of Vancouver and numerous non-profits around the lower mainland and beyond, Kendra has created trauma-informed wellness programming to support survivors of sexual violence, underhoused populations, Black community, and those struggling with mental health, as well as support for frontline social workers experiencing vicarious trauma. During the COVID-19 pandemic Kendra has provided free public resources to the community to support mental health challenges people were facing including guided meditations and practices for children and families. Kendra has organized numerous initiatives across the lower mainland to advocate for the well-being of Black British Columbians including Spiritual Wellness for Black Bodies, and the Dark Before The Dawn Retreat for Black Community. Kendra teaches a weekly mindfulness class at The Gathering Place, which is a low barrier community center located in Vancouver's Downtown Southside.
In Business Since 2019
Kendra Coupland Spiritual Wellness Coach has been nominated in the following categories:
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Business Impact Award
What motivated you to start your business? Why are you passionate about what you do?
For much of my youth I struggled with mental health. I grew up as a mixed race child who often struggled with identity, though I lived with my mother, I often felt disconnected from my Black heritage as my father lived on the streets of Downtown Eastside with schizophrenia. It is through searching to find my own sense of identity and self that I have come into this work as a meditation teacher. Over the course of my life I have witnessed a lot of people in my direct community suffer greatly. And a racialized survivor of gender based violence I too, have suffered greatly. This is part of how I have come to recognize the overwhelming need for supported and trauma informed care and healing. Although my personal healing journey has not always been easy, I have been so blessed to have received wisdom, guidance and teachings from elders and mentors that have helped me move through my own suffering. I'm at a point in my life where it only feels right to begin to pass along these gifts I have so graciously received over the years. Many of us believe that we do not have the power to transform our communities, but the reality is we have a lot of power. When we are calm and clear minded it becomes easier to live our lives with integrity. When we live with integrity it becomes impossible to ignore the suffering of others. When the people in our communities see us living with integrity, and see us sharing our gifts and helping our community, our joy and peace becomes irresistible to them. It inspires others to join us in our choice to care for others. This is how little by little, we transform our communities and the world around us. The thing I am most passionate about is community care. I believe that we can transform and restore our community through our daily choice to love. Returning to love isn't always an easy process, especially in the face of so many systems which seem to cause endless harm, but cultivating communities of care is something each and every one of us benefits from.
Why do you deserve to win the Business Impact award?
My business has never been about the capital. I believe wholeheartedly that if we are mindful of how we live our lives and run our businesses we can have a positive impact on the world around us. I have structured my business to do just that. We can choose to build communities that support our collective well-being. Whether we acknowledge it or not we are all interconnected, we all depend on each other and the only difference between illness and wellness is that the "I" becomes a "we."
Premier's People's Choice
Winning the people's choice award would not just be a badge of honour, it would also provide me with a little extra funds to create more mindfulness programming that others in the community could benefit from - the effects of which will be felt even beyond those classes. Supporting my work also means investing in community wellness.