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We believe in a unique and customized experience for all of our clients. Each organization is unique and a one-size-fits-all approaches will never help your business reach its full potential. We deliver custom solutions, tailored to you--your industry, your culture, your one-of-a-kind challenges.

Coastline Consultants is situated on the edge of the Atlantic ocean in beautiful St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.


Coastline Consultants is owned and has been operated by Charmaine Davidge since 2004. We also work closely with a group of associates who are engaged with us as projects permit. Coastline has worked with clients across Newfoundland and Labrador and has travelled from Nain to Harbour Breton.

Charmaine Davidge is an experienced and passionate community development worker who has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. Her experience includes working on the frontline, at the Executive Director level, and at the Board level. She is a skilled policy analyst, researcher and strategist. Charmaine has worked extensively in the area of interpersonal violence, mental health, and inclusion. She develops and facilitates most of our professional development sessions.

Coastline is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with Janet Peter, of Designs by Janet. Janet has been a working, professional artist for over 20 years. She has been teaching students of varying ages for the last 10 years and currently works with Education and Public Programming at The Rooms. Working with Coastline, she develops and delivers self care oriented art sessions and does so with a Virtues based approach.  Some of her signature sessions are Art Journaling, Making Mandalas, and Introduction to Printmaking. When not creating or teaching art, Janet is making use of her Master of Arts degree working on reports and program reviews. She also has a strong background in arts administration.

 


 

 




Charmaine brought a wealth of experience and expertise in her role as consultant for a needs assessment project we carried out related to violence prevention and awareness. This project required significant amounts of flexibility and many last-minute changes to travel plans, meeting schedules, and reports. Throughout all of it, Charmaine was professional, timely, and a pleasure to work with. She provided much-needed advice and support at every stage of this project. I highly recommend working with Coastline Consultants, especially for any projects relating to the community and non-profit sector or anti-violence work.
     --Kevin O'Shea, Executive Director Public Legal Information           Association of Newfoundland and Labrador


Prior to taking part in a Coastline session on Compassion Fatigue I was skeptical that I would learn anything new that I hadn't already heard before. But the tools and information provided by the facilitators and discussion from my session has played a critical role in increasing my productivity and job satisfaction. I will continue to use these techniques on a daily basis. Thanks Coastline Consultants."

       --Mark Coaker


Charmaine, at Coastline Consultants, provided focused expertise in fundraising as well as organizational development to help YWCA St. John’s re-establish in the community. She also provided assistance in the development of policy documents, and evaluation and growth of our programs. We highly recommend Coastline Consultants and look forward to an opportunity to work with them again.
      --Wendolyn Schlamp, Executive Director, YWCA  St. John’s
 

Janet's Art Journaling Class was a epiphany experience for me creatively. Her class introduced me to the how the concepts of collage, print making, painting can be used to explore my inner voice. These new techniques have helped me to discover aspects of myself that I never knew existed and I now use these tools as I continue on my beautiful journey of self discovery. I'm most certainly indebted to Janet for providing me with this wonderful introduction to a fantastic new way for me to express myself.

       --E.B. Reid


Your thoughtful, succinct and well-presented response to questions as well as the final strategic planning report was appreciated by staff and all members of the Gander Status of Women Council Board. Your comprehensive understanding of the non-profit sector, its strengths as well as the challenges faced by this organization is apparent.  
We have, and will continue to, recommend your service to other organizations and contacts. We could not be more satisfied with your work.
        --Board and Executive Director, Gander Status of Women Council 

The NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre worked with Coastline Consultants to develop a province wide needs assessment. Charmaine provided outstanding guidance and insight into capturing the needs of our province in relation to the work of NLSACPC. Coastline Consultants understood community, were professional and very collaborative in their approach. Their work has become the building blocks of the Centre’s most recent strategic plan. I highly recommend any organization seeking growth to work with Charmaine and Coastline Consultants.
       --Nicole Kieley, Executive Director, NLSACPC


The training we received from Coastline Consultants was very professional and informative.  The trainer, Charmaine, made the entire day extra interesting with her approach and personality.  A very grounded, informative person who was very sincere and respectful of the training used her knowledge from frontline experience to allow for easy engagement versus being spoke to.  By far some of the best training we have ever participated in.
    --Management & Staff Grace Sparkes House


Charmaine and Tracy are exceptional facilitators with a wealth of knowledge on compassion fatigue. Their authentic facilitation style engages participants and they bring real life, relevant learning into the classroom which breathes life into the topic. Their facilitation styles are complimentary to each other, but both have a great sense of humour. I left the workshop more knowledgeable and inspired to take better care of myself and my co-workers. I highly recommend this workshop!
       --Lynn Best


I knew a little about journaling but really nothing much about drawing or painting so when I saw the poster for Art Journaling, I was curious, so I signed up to do the session. At first I was distracted by the thoughts racing round in my head saying " you can't draw, what are you doing here?" But then Janet Peter, the facilitator, started to guide the group through the process and quickly those self defeating messages began to fade. I found myself on a very personal journey through a mountain of feelings I didn't know were waiting for me to express. Through the use of materials, color, words and symbols my path cleared and there I was...Powerful...fully aware...ME. I felt such calmness, I had no idea of what to expect when I set out and was so glad I gave it a try. That one session set me on a determined course that resulted in many things getting cleared and completed. Thank you Coastline for making this possible. It was excellent.

       --Sheila Ryan


The Pottle Centre is a drop in social and recreational centre for consumers of mental health services. We came to meet Charmaine through a mutual friend when we were looking for someone to lead a group session for our members with regard to dealing with Christmas, which of course can be a difficult time. We have now offered "Coping With the Holidays" for the last few years and our members have enjoyed these sessions as well as finding them beneficial. Charmaine is kind, intuitive, caring and an all round beautiful human being. She is a smart business woman and easy to work with, I highly recommend her services.
       --Leanne Lewis, Administrator, The Pottle Centre 


Working with Coastline has been a tremendous pleasure. For a number of years, we have relied on the experience and reliability that Coastline brings to an organization as considerable as the Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador. Through a variety of sessions such as teambuilding, compassion fatigue, time management, and healthy boundaries, Coastline has helped shape the team of the Canadian Cancer Society in both personal and professional leaps and bounds. Truly an option for any non-profit, or local business, seeking timely and meaningful organizational support. Because of Coastline, our team can work smarter not harder.

        --Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador Division


Thrive worked with Coastline Consultants to offer a series of arts based sessions for our participants. The sessions were very beneficial to our youth, parents and caregivers, they learned new skills and creative expression techniques. Coastline Consultants were very professional, flexible, and sensitive in their program delivery. Working with Coastline Consultants was a wonderful experience!

       --Angela Crockwell, Executive Director, Thrive


​Charmaine's workshop on Compassion Fatigue was wonderful. She is supportive & understanding & took the time to research issues that face the staff of the SPCA. I would recommend this workshop to any frontline workers.

        --Lesley Raymond, Volunteer Coordinator, SPCA