Consulting and coaching

Consulting with intent and clarity

Barb offers a variety of consulting and coaching services where she applies her training and knowledge to give expert advice to organizations. Her consulting and coaching services include:

  • Public participation and consultation
  • Organizational assessment and development
  • Funding proposal development
  • Research and report writing
  • Community development
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership training
  • Team development and planning
  • Process and group facilitation


Examples of Projects and Processes:

City of Red Deer Use of Public Facilities and Land Framework

  • Barb consulted with The Recreation, Parks and Culture Department about the development of a framework for the use of public facilities and land which includes facilitating meetings and workshops with City staff members, analysis of current documentation and practices in the City, facilitating community focus groups, research into beneficial practices with other municipalities, and writing of various reports including a comprehensive framework (values, vison, principles, decision-making criteria)


Active Creative Engaged (ACE) Communities with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

  • Barb provided facilitation, training, research, and consulting services to ACE Communities. She worked with community leaders from 30 municipalities across Alberta, designing and facilitating six leadership retreats, researching and writing about community engagement, and conducting online facilitation sessions. She served as the community development coach with the Towns of Olds, Carstairs, and Didsbury.


Alberta Seniors and Community Supports – Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

  • Barb reviewed the mandate and operations of the Premier’s Council including stakeholder and public consultation (with Toni Lashbrook & Associates Inc.).


Other clients that Barb works with:

  • ALS Society of Alberta – extensive stakeholder consultation and strategic planning session
  • Partners for Kids and Youth (PKY), Edmonton – partnership and organizational review and development
  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association – writing of a manual for a national audience
  • Red Deer County – Community Services Needs Assessment Study (part of Paul Conrad & Associates Ltd. team)
  • Albert RCMP – Consultation services to establish a Community Advisory Committee
  • City of St. Albert – consultation on recreation joint use agreements
  • Diversity Calgary – strategic planning
  • Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer College – marketing plan
  • City of Calgary Community Strategies – Literature Review of Recreation Infrastructure Documents
  • Edmonton John Howard Society and The Calgary John Howard Society – writing of funding proposals
  • Calgary Board of Education – writing of funding proposals
  • Alberta Criminal Justice Association – coordination of province wide symposium
  • Calgary Allied Arts Foundation – public art policy
  • Alberta Community Development – surveys and report production
  • Calgary Board of Education – Feasibility Study of a Communications Technology Centre
  • Office of the Commissioner of Child and Family Services – writing of a regional service plan
  • Town of Cochrane – Business Plan for Recreation and Cultural Facilities (as part of Randall Conrad & Associates team