Valerie Legge (B. MUS, ACC-ICF) has first-hand experience of career and intercultural transition, having lived and worked on 4 continents (Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia). An honours graduate from the University of Toronto in Music Performance, her initial long-term career was spent teaching and performing the violin. Interest in brain plasticity and transformation led to employment at the Montreal Neurological Institute as a Research Coordinator; experience co-leading a Mindfulness Meditation group brought her another understanding of training the mind.
Upon discovering the fascinating world of coaching, Valerie trained in the Art and Science of Coaching (Erickson College International, Vancouver, 2007) and certified with the International Coaching Federation (ACC). This expertise was deepened through Certification in Positive Psychology with Tal Ben-Shahar (Wholebeing Institute, Massachusetts, 2014). She uses solution-focused coaching to build upon strengths, highlight possibilities and help her clients expand their perceptions as they move forward with practical steps for implementing positive changes.
Valerie’s diverse interests have also led to certification and employment as an instructor in English as a Second Language (2002); Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (2009); and certification as an NLP Practitioner (2012).
In addition to 1:1 and group coaching on career development and wellness, she facilitates workshops at McGill University and Midtown Sanctuaire Le Sporting Club on topics such as resilience, happiness, personal leadership, goal setting, motivation and stress management.
Valerie is the proud mother of 2 exceedingly creative young adults, and continues to be passionate about her future travel adventures.
Connect with Valerie
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“I find every part of the coaching sessions helpful; the assignments, the battery test, as well as the 1:1 sessions with Valerie Legge. [I now have a] Clearer understanding of my skills and strengths as well as my deeply-rooted values. Clear understanding on how to tackle my career exploration and search process. [I now have] Increased confidence in pursuing a career change as well as a clearer grasp of my skills and strengths.” – S. Dessertine
“I’ve gained valuable insight into job market research as well as how to utilize LinkedIn much more effectively than before. The biggest value is learning the proper tools associated with finding a desired career in my field. The professional level of coaching provided an enlightening experience into how the job market really works and how to search and prepare properly with a plethora of effective tools.” – A. Stewart
“Valerie is a coach with a very unique energy about her. Her poise and confidence radiate to the heart of her clients and allow them to step bravely into their future. I have been impressed with her ability to read what’s going on ‘below the surface’ and bring out the best in her clients. I have no hesitation recommending Valerie to anyone looking for an experienced and gifted coach to help them on their journey toward wholeness, satisfaction, and greater success.” – H. Petheric
“I have been coached by Valerie and can absolutely recommend her as a highly qualified solution-focused coach. She has helped me design the life I always wanted by helping me gain valuable insight into what is truly important in my life. Working with Valerie has given me the edge to take myself from ordinary to extraordinary. With the utmost appreciation …” – A. Stowers
“Valerie was great at helping me sort out my muddled thinking … including helping me to figure out what I needed to figure out! I appreciated the questions, both concrete and open-ended. The sessions with Valerie helped to clear away the weeds covering the values, ideas and intentions which were already growing in my internal garden. Thank you, Valerie!”- E. Lorenz
“Valerie was very insightful and asked provocative questions to help me find my own solutions, hallmark of a great coach. Warm and supportive style. Very informed and helpful around steps to take in moving towards job search.” – J. Baskin
“I think that people at my level I really need a career “coach” rather than a “therapist” which is why I tried CareerJoy. There is a personal development level that is right for some people, but the actual logistics and function of moving forward with tangible actions was very useful for me. I would like to go further in the process.The highly individualized approach was very helpful, and I felt my individual circumstances were attended to. My coach offered me networking opportunities that were specifically helpful.” – A. Young
“First of all, Valerie is the best coach ever! CareerJoy is really fortunate to have a professional of her caliber on their team. Also, all team members work very well together, towards the same goal: clients’ satisfaction. It helped me realize that I could attain certain career goals and, on a professional level, it brought me closer to attaining those goals. I liked how the process was structured: in the end, all pieces of the puzzle came together. I regained confidence in my abilities and realized that career transitions could happen even after a certain age.” – C. Constatin