My name is Robin Couch and I am a member of the Splatsin First Nation. My indigenous lineage has been gifted to me through my maternal side of the family. My grandmother Lavina Felix (her maiden name)-Couch was born in Enderby and spent some of her early life there. I grew up in the Okanagan valley spending bits of time of my youth living in Kelowna and Penticton, but attending grade 1 through grade 12 in Oliver, British Columbia (The wine capital of Canada). Once I graduated from high school, I spent a year upgrading before applying to UBC Vancouver for an undergraduate degree in English. Not used to the rain in Vancouver after spending the majority of my life living in the only desert in Canada, I transferred to the Okanagan campus in Kelowna after completing my first year of University and I’ve been here ever since!
I’ve had an interest in health and wellness for as long as I can remember. I’ve worked in the industry for over 14 years and even as the years go by, I continue to see and value the importance of taking care of oneself in a holistic way. I’ve sought out many different avenues of health and healing; from traditional counsellors, nutritionists, naturopaths, shiatsu massage therapists to Zulu healer and psychics and body-talk practitioners. And I see the importance of them all in their individual contributions to my overall wellbeing.
I am very interested in a sort of grass-roots approach to health. And by that, I mean, from the ground up. Whenever I made decisions based on what I thought was best for me and my wellbeing, it was based on how close it was to its original nature. And so, ‘organic,’ ‘local,’ ‘traditional,’ and ‘wild-caught,’ are key terms in how I approach my own healthcare and choose the foods I eat.
Not only do I feel like this traditional or back-to-basics approach to wellness is good for me, I also feel that these methodologies, if practiced widely, would benefit whole communities and in turn, the world. And that is something I feel that First Nations Peoples, have the leading edge on, and potential to share with the greater community.
And I’m all about community and connection! Amiable by nature and the oldest of three girl’s, I took on a caretaker role in my family. I thrive on learning people’s passions and seeing them live happy and fulfilling lives. And I thoroughly believe that “doing what you love,” I a HUGE part of that!
After having had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Thompson River University and Splatsin, Business and Entrepreneurship Course, I have had an abundance of inspiration for potential business idea’s, but I’m still fine-tuning.
With that being said, I hope to have stirred up some intrigue! Please stay tuned for my upcoming business plan(s)