Anita Bakker

Leadership/Life Coach and Facilitator


The continuous development and life-integration of personal leadership qualities is the foundation for Anita's coaching practice and learning philosophy. She holds certification in Executive Coaching through the graduate program at Royal Roads University and in Adult Education and Career Facilitation from Okanagan University College. With a compelling interest in the complexities of people and relationships she is certified in Myers Briggs (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence EQi, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP),  True Colors and Personality Dimensions assessments. 

With over 30 years heading her Coaching/Consulting/Facilitation business, Essentials for Excellence, Anita has varied experience and her background is rounded out with an Erma Bombeck style "Doctorate in Life", awarded through a long-term marriage yielding three patient and forgiving adult children  and six beautiful grandchildren! This "doctorate in life" includes specialization in laughter, sorrow, love and deep reflective learning. 

As a life-long learner, Anita combines other diverse interests and studies with an intense curiosity and a deep respect for people and balances it all with refreshing levity and humour. Creating a safe and open environment for unguarded and spontaneous communication, Anita has become highly skilled at aligning people's talents and deeply held values with systems and processes. 

Anita lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia Canada. She is devoted to supporting people to know their purpose, see their vision, and stretch beyond, to achieve excellence both personally and professionally. 

Anita Bakker & Hilary Drummond

Anita Bakker & Hilary Drummond