Co-Founder and CFO | Vancouver, BC
A better way. These three words have been the driving force throughout Sheila’s career. And it’s why she’s helping lead one of Canada’s largest, and most successful independent, fee-for-service financial planning firms.
Sheila is committed to helping people live with purpose and to define success on their terms. To Sheila, money is a means to an end. And it’s how you define that ‘end’ that will have the greatest impact on your happiness and financial state-of-mind.
Anxious and overwhelmed are two words that many of Sheila’s clients use to describe themselves. Most are well-paid professionals that feel they are working hard but not getting ahead. The power of having goals, and a proven financial system to achieve them, has been an important ‘a ha’ moment for many of Sheila’s clients. But knowing what to do, and doing it, are worlds apart. Accountability is what brings them together, and its how Sheila begins to transform the lives of her clients.
Early in her career, Sheila felt constrained. She could see that her clients needed help reducing debt and improving cash-flow, but her primary purpose as a Financial Planner for one of Canada’s largest wealth-management firms was to sell investment products. She knew there had to be a better way – for both herself, and her clients. In 2010, she co-founded Money Coaches Canada, and has been proving that there is a better way ever since.
An exceptional listener, empathetic, flexible and free of judgement, Sheila will help change your relationship with money and show you how to take control of your financial well-being.
Sheila provides Money Coaching to a few select clients each month.
When I began working with Sheila, I felt extremely anxious and not very knowledgeable. I didn’t think I was doing enough to achieve my financial goals. After working with Sheila, I feel so much more informed. I have a Spending and Savings Plan which will guide me towards my short and longer-term goals and a greater understanding of my overall finances. Sheila’s knowledge and ability to coach me through this process was excellent.
Always helping us reach our goals
Sheila was very professional and warm. She has a very positive demeanor which helped us look at the daunting task of our getting our finances into order in a positive light. She helped my husband and I find strategies that worked for both of us, while keeping our individual goals in mind. I now feel confident about paying off our debt soon enough. She was always looking for ways to help us reach our goals. When I was seeking some guidance before my performance appraisal at work, she signed me up for an interesting talk. Thank you, Sheila, for all of your help on this journey to understand and improve our finances.
Above and Beyond!
Sheila is an amazing coach. She immediately put us at ease and gave us confidence from the first session. We now have a plan for tracking and monitoring our expenses. We feel less stress because we have money available for unexpected expenses and we agree on financial decisions more easily. Sheila went above and beyond helping us with our finances, she also introduced us to people in her network who have helped us with our careers.
Best Investment We Ever Made!
At first, we hesitated seeing Sheila. Her fee seemed like another big expense that we could not afford. However, we decided that her fee was less that we were spending on interest charges on our debt and that perspective gave us “permission” to see her. I’m happy to say that Sheila’s fee was the best investment we have ever made. She paid for herself in the first hour of our first meeting.
Sheila really helped us to turn our situation around in many ways. Sheila’s approach is not “cookie cutter”. She designed a unique financial plan for us. She helped us to identify our goals and to see how our spending was completely counter to what we valued. For example, we really love to travel, but we didn’t have enough money to go away on trips. However, we were spending hundreds of dollars on meals out. We now funnel much of that money into a travel fund. We decided that we’d rather have dinner in Rome than at our local White Spot.
Sheila showed us the importance of setting aside money each month for both unexpected emergencies and for major expenses that come around every year. We’ve learned that saving is not a luxury, it is a necessity for financial well-being. We now have money for the veterinarian (should our elderly pet get sick) and also our home insurance that comes due in December. We also learned how to deal with unexpected expenses, the ones we didn’t budget for, without derailing ourselves. These expenses do happen! That line of credit is no longer our emergency fund or an extra bank account.
Sheila put together a plan to aggressively attack our debt. Debt reduction was always our number one goal, and now our spending reflects this. Prior to Sheila’s plan, we worried and fretted about the debt, but without realizing how, we added to it each month. Now, that debt is shrinking and we can see the day when it will be gone!
Communicate Shared Goals and Create a Plan
We are both very excited with the way things are moving forward. Your assistance went beyond simply improving our financial health. In addition to helping us figure out how to communicate our shared goals with each other, you also enabled us to develop a plan on how to achieve them.
You’ve made the impossible seem possible, thank you!
Sheila, I thought you were great today. In particular you were able to sail us through that “ah ha” moment like a master navigator. The drive home was very positive. Baby steps, but after so many years I think J and I have the beginnings of real foundation to work from.
Changed Our Lives!
I can’t tell you how much you’ve changed our lives, well my life in particular. I love the system that you helped me put in place. It is easy to do and I really have a good handle on it. Thank you so much, it really feels good to know where my money is going!
Relief Right Away
We watched ’till debt to us part on TV and thought “we really need this” but didn’t know a coach in Vancouver – thought of writing into the program but didn’t want to air our dirty laundry on tv.
We were relieved the second we made the decisions to get professional help. So valuable that Sheila isn’t selling products. She wants to help us with the hard work – not like financial planners who just want to give you a list of tips for financial success and then try to get you to buy the products they sell.
Sheila was very sensitive right off the bat and was clear about what we could expect from her services – we started to feel relief right away.
We’re 4 months in – had 4 sessions – we are still struggling with getting our spending under control but it is vastly improved.
When I dug into the details of our spending I saw where we were going wrong, I showed it to Sheila and she was helpful with getting us talking about more than the details. We talked about why we spend – how we feel about money – they are things we haven’t talked about before.
I’m not worried any more – I was getting into an anxious state. I really feel we can do it.
Accountability Made the Difference!
I would absolutely recommend working with Sheila to anyone looking to improve their finances! I had been talking about “getting a handle” on our expenses for years, but it wasn’t until I was accountable to Sheila that it actually happened. Even though in theory I “knew what to do”, having someone coach me through a process was an invaluable experience. Sheila’s competence, advice and ability to respond to my questions was excellent.
– Lisa R.
Now in Control
Before we started working with Sheila, we felt anxious and overwhelmed when it came to money. We are now in control rather than in chaos. We understand where our money is going, and we have a shared system that will help us reach our goals. Thanks to Sheila, we can now talk about our finances without feeling stressed. Sheila’s empathy and flexibility made her very easy to work with, and her reputation and experience were highly reassuring. We feel fortunate to have found her!
– Leanna, Freelancer
Kindness and Authenticy!
I can’t say enough good things about Sheila’s expertise, kindness and authenticity! She is an amazing listener who empowers you to look at options to improve your financial wellbeing. Before we began working with Sheila, we avoided talking or thinking about our finances. It was the ‘elephant in the room’ that neither of us wanted to mention. Now, we have a solid plan. It feels so empowering to have a clear understanding of our finances! We are no longer living in fear of unforeseen expenses and we know what needs to be done if the unexpected happens.
We would without a doubt recommend Money Coaches Canada to our friends and family and anyone else who is looking to gain a clear understanding of their finances.
I’ve never met anyone who gave such comprehensive budgeting advice, and in such a respectful way. You made it almost fun.
– Barb, Nurse
Personalized for your Needs
Sheila understood and respected my own personal financial goals and created a customized plan, which would assist me to achieve them! I not only met, but exceeded my goals!
– Quentin, Co-Op Coordinator
More Time and Energy for the Self-Employed
Working with Sheila helped me concentrate on the things I needed to in order to make my business go. I knew that Sheila would highlight the important financial and budgeting issues that I needed to address, and ensure I had adequate understanding of them in order to make a good decision. It is rare to find such a knowledgeable financial advisor who is so skilled at listening and communicating. Sheila makes you feel comfortable no matter what your level of knowledge is in business and personal financial planning.
– Danita, Consultant
Financial Stability / Positive Net Worth / Peace of Mind
Sheila helped me understand the concepts of financial planning which I continue to apply even today. Throughout that time, she was patient, encouraging and supportive. What I have reaped as a result is financial stability, positive net worth and most of all peace of mind, which is priceless indeed. I appreciate all that she has helped me attain because it truly has made a difference in my life.
– Joyce, Admin Assist.
Creative Plans that Work
Sheila was dedicated, honest, thoughtful, and creative in building a financial plan that (still) works for us. Sheila also empowered us to take charge of our financial and personal goals, and in this way we became more responsible with handling our own budget (balancing our cash flow, liabilities and assets).
– Doni & Jerry, Contractor/Teacher
Clear Financial Picture / Strategies that Work
As a self-employed person I do not have a regular paycheque and this has always made financial planning very difficult for me. When I went to see Sheila the first time I was floundering because I had gotten myself into a financial mess. I had to make some very important decisions and although I knew what needed to be done, I had no idea how to go about it. Every thing seemed confusing and complicated to me. Sheila helped me to see my financial picture clearly. With simple steps she helped me to set short and long term goals and to develop new strategies that work for me. Thank you Sheila. I now have a clearer picture of my financial position, I feel motivated and confident that I can achieve my goals.
– Sile, Stylist