Sue Maitland - Life Transitions Coach


Make the rest of your life the BEST of your life

Tel: 778-265-6880

Moving To Victoria?

Victoria, BC - CanadaWhile I help people around the world with all kinds of life and career transitions, I’ve developed a special area of my practice focused on helping people have a smooth and successful transition when moving to Victoria.

I moved here over 25 years ago and I love this city, however it is a little different than many other cities and can sometime be challenging to settle into or find a job.

I decided that I wanted to do something to help newcomers and anyone thinking of moving to Victoria have a smooth and successful transition.

I help people in a variety of ways; through a monthly free information session, An  Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria, delivered virtually over Zoom (find the next one here), a free video about moving to Victoria (scroll down to find it), an online priority setting workshop “What’s Important to me NOW?”  and my my self-directed  Networking for Success plus a one-on-one networking strategy call after the workshop.

Naturally, as a professional coach, Of course I also offer personalized one-on-one coaching with my Personal Relocation Discovery Coaching Package to help you decide if this move is right for you and if it is, make your move a success. Want to learn more, or wondering if this is right for you? Let’s connect via phone or Zoom. Click the link below, or reach out to me directly at 250-217-5027 or email me at and we’ll arrange a time to talk.

You’ll notice that I’m offering special pricing on a number of my services with a goal of making them more accessible to anyone in transition during this COVID pandemic.

Summary of My Services for Newcomers

  • An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria FREE – virtual seminar offered monthly with valuable links, tips and information to help make your move to Victoria a success (see the website Live Events tab for upcoming events)
  • What’s Important to Me NOW? Reg.$97 – Now $47 An online workshop to help you get clear on your priorities before or after your move (see the website “What’s Important” tab) and use Coupon Code 2022DEAL at the checkout.
  • Networking for Success Self-Directed Workshop. $100 This comprehensive workshop will build your confidence and help you ramp up your networking activities to benefit both your personal & professional life. Complete the exercises at your own pace and when you’re done, book your 1-on-1 strategy call with Sue to share your SMART goals, refine your introduction and help you determine where to go to achieve your networking goals. (see the website “Live Events” tab for the date of the next workshop). Contact Sue at 250-217-5027 or for a brochure with all the details.
  • Personal Relocation Discovery Coaching Package Reg.$395 – Now $245 Personalized 1-on-1 coaching support either BEFORE you move or AFTER you arrive in Victoria. Make your move a success with the help of an expert professional life & career transitions coach. Contact Sue at 250-217-5027 or for more information or use the button on this webpage to receive a detailed description of this package)

Living Elsewhere and Dreaming of Moving to Victoria?

Moving to Victoria?

Many people visit Victoria year after year and dream of eventually moving here at some point in the future. Could that be you? My husband discovered this beautiful city while working on assignment with his company. He fell in love with the climate, the scenery and the city. We both decided that leaving Ottawa and moving to Victoria as soon as possible was the right move for us instead of waiting until we retired as many people do. We came out in June of that same year on a mission to find work and by August we had sold our house in Ontario and moved to BC. The job search helped us understand that we were moving to a smaller city with less opportunities and somewhat lower paying jobs, however we’d made a conscious choice to move here for an improved quality of life and we’ve never once regretted our decision.

I’m often surprised at how little research some people do before moving here. This can lead to disappointment, frustration & stress, when assumptions about how easy it is to find work and a place to live don’t always hold true. Even making friends can be challenging if you don’t understand the culture of the city. I’ve heard too many stories of people moving here and not having the easiest time settling in, so I decided to do something about that. I developed a specific area of my coaching practice to support newcomers and people thinking of moving here, so that they can have a smooth and successful transition.

I Can Help Before or After You Move

How can I help you move?

What’s Important to Me NOW? online Workshop

This on demand workshop has helped hundreds of people around the world facing life changing decisions, get clarity on their priorities and make a plan that works for them. Moving is one of the biggest stressors in life and there are so many factors to consider. Invest in this workshop and you will understand your key priorities and be able to use this information to evaluate options and after conducting some research, decide whether moving to Victoria is best for you at this point in your life.

You also have the benefit of receiving lifetime access to this valuable resource and can take the workshop again at different points in your life when you feel your priorities may have changed.

Personal Relocation Discovery Coaching Package

My Personal Relocation Discovery Coaching Package for people thinking of moving to Victoria is a stand-alone package to help you get clear on what you want from your move and includes a detailed questionnaire, a confidential de-brief with me and a custom coaching session focused on whatever would be most valuable to you as you plan and execute your move. After completing this package you’ll have clarity about your goals for the future and you’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do to plan a successful move to Victoria whether that includes finding a job, deciding whether to rent or buy a property or making new friends.

Moving is often disruptive and expensive and there are always unexpected things to deal with. Having an experienced coach in your corner, someone who’s lived in this city for many years, is respected in the community, is a member of a number of local organizations and who specializes in helping others make a smooth transition, can be very reassuring. When you consider that it could help you avoid unwelcome surprises and the relatively small expense in comparison to the total cost of moving, it could prove to be an excellent investment. I can also connect you with reputable local resources who can provide other services that you may want or need to  help you before and after you move.

Brief Summary of An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria

I’ve also developed this FREE video summarizing the key points from my An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria seminar for people  thinking of moving here and who can’t attend my live virtual events


If you’re interested in more details and can’t attend my free workshop in person, you can request a .pdf of the handout I share with participants in An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria by clicking the button below. Please note that the information I share in the live workshop is updated monthly and if you want the very latest information it’s worthwhile investing the time to attend the virtual event. Find the next An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria on eventbrite or the live events page of this website.

Send me a copy of Sue’s handout on moving to Victoria

Recently Moved to Victoria?

Recently moved to Victoria?My free talk An Insider’s Guide to Moving to Victoria is valued by newcomers and others thinking of moving here. Since moving to a Zoom meeting format I’ve had people join from across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and of course Victoria. Whether you’re planning your move or you’ve been in Victoria for just a few months or even a few years, you’ll find my insider tips invaluable, so please consider blocking off time in your schedule to attend. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard participants say “I wish I’d met you years ago when I first arrived in Victoria”.

Networking for Success Workshop

My Networking for Success in Victoria workshop is now delivered over Zoom and is popular with both locals and newcomers and others across Canada and around the world who want to improve their ability to network. Networking is an essential skill in this town to uncover the hidden job market. It’s also a great way to meet people and make new friends. This workshop will help you reframe your view of networking. You’ll create a strategy for your networking and I’ll share my Ultimate Action Plan to support you showing up at networking events in a confident and authentic way. You’ll also get my simple yet powerful template for your 30 second introduction. You’ll even have a support call with me after the workshop to test drive your introduction and explore the best places for you to network in Victoria based on your goals. The content has recently been updated to include virtual and LinkedIn networking. A number of my clients who are planning to move to Victoria have already begun to build a network in Victoria after attending this workshop.

Victoria is a beautiful and vibrant city and I wish you a smooth and successful transition.

Thinking of Moving Somewhere Other Than Victoria?

Moving somewhere else?

Firstly, I recommend you consider completing the What’s Important to Me Now? workshop. It will help you evaluate options for your move that align with your priorities.

If you’re considering purchasing a home, you may also want to invest in my self-directed workshop called A Checklist for My Ideal Next Home. It will help you get clarity on the key features and location factors you’ll want to keep in mind when looking for your future home. You’ll have a list of a few mandatory features and some other nice to have features. You can then share this information with your relator if you’re buying a home, or just keep it in mind as you explore neighbourhoods and conduct your own search for your next home. This $15 investment can save a great deal of time in helping you determine which properties to look at and help to eliminate the risk that you’ll end up falling in love with and buying a property that really doesn’t meet your key criteria and finding you’re dealing with the unwanted added expense of moving yet again.

Help a Senior You Care About Plan for Their Next Move

This resource is specifically directed at seniors and those who care about them. It’s a video of a presentation that I’ve delivered to hundreds of seniors. It really a call to action and some guideline for how to make a plan for where they’ll live in the future if in future, their current accommodation is no longer suitable for them. It’s difficult for most people to think about moving and it’s especially challenging for seniors. This video can be helpful for children of seniors who can watch it with an elderly relative and then use it as a starting point for a discussion about what the senior you care about might think about what they heard in the presentation. I don’t sugar-coat the message about the need to plan ahead and I firmly believe that the best people to drive the plan are seniors themselves. Seniors who heard me deliver this live, always left saying things like “It wasn’t easy to think about these things, but I guess we really do need to make a plan”. It just a $10 investment and can really help facilitate beginning this challenging discussion with an elderly relative who you know needs to begin to think about moving in the future.