Jennifer Dowdeswell

J DowdeswellGraduating year: BHK 2001
Career: 
Owner Operator of Coaching & Consulting business; Royal Philips; Studeo55; Pinnacle Pursuits; NCCP; Harness Isle; Esteem Team; Sport BC
Stream: Sport Management

Certifications:

International Coaching Federation ACC Coach; Coach Training International Co-Active Coach; ACE Personal Trainer; ACE Health Coach; NCCP Level III Coach and Learning Facilitator; Media Spokesperson Training

“Surround yourself with people who inspire you, challenge you, and believe in you. Give generously of your time, knowledge and care. You will be immensely rewarded in return.”

University Experience

Brought up in Vancouver, BC, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia in 2001. During her years at UBC, Jennifer competed on the Varsity Women’s Field Hockey team. She was named to both the 1998 and 1999 CIS Championship all-star teams, and was co-captain for 2 national championships. In her graduating year she was awarded both the Marilyn Pomfret award for the UBC Female Athlete of the Year and the distinguished award of one of the Top 10 Academic All Canadian Athletes across all of Canada. In 2014 the UBC Field Hockey Team (1998 – 2000) was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to her varsity team, education, and part time work, she represented Canada on both the Junior and Senior National Women’s Field Hockey Team from 1994 – 2000.

Her Mission

Her mission in life is to enrich the lives of others. Whether it has been through training sport coaches, delivering motivational speeches to youth, facilitating corporate team building events, providing high-end personal training, developing wearable technology in the health sector implementing behavioural change principles, or serving one on one clients in her high performance coaching programs, the focus is consistently geared towards helping others reach their own personal ‘next level’ in life. She has spoken as a keynote speaker at UBC Graduation ceremonies and has volunteered with the School of Kinesiology Mentorship Program for the past 3 years, ever since her return to Canada after living overseas.

What’s rather unique about Jennifer is her range of life experience. From blue ocean sailing, working as a skipper on a commercial prawn fishing boat, to learning Dutch and volunteering on organic farms in New Zealand she has many stories to tell.

Her Passion Project

In 2016 Jennifer has an enormous passion project on the go. She aims to raise awareness and fundraise up to $150,000.00 for dementia research, programs and services.

As Jennifer explains in her video, someone she loves was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia. Through her own personal experience Jennifer became aware of the immense challenge for those diagnosed and their families. She created 5 Free Documents aimed to help people with some basics, such as what signs to watch out for, top 10 signs of caregiver stress, and how to best communicate with someone with dementia.

“With the increasing numbers of people affected every day, I feel it is essential we know the signs, and how to be sensitive to those affected. The community needs our support. It is an incredibly challenging disease; the endurance required to cope is immense. I want to honour their struggle. So far we’ve raised nearly $11,000.00 and I am so grateful for all the support and personal stories shared. Most donors either know me personally, or have had direct experience with dementia. The thing is…everyone will have direct experience at some time. In a way, donating is an investment in your own future.”

To support Jennifer’s cause please visit this page.