Empowering Change provides Motivational Interviewing Training, Leadership Training and Case Management Training in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and The Asia Pacific.

Motivational Interviewing:

The Empowering Change team members train and support service providers to use Motivational Interviewing as an effective model to achieve successful client outcomes.

Empowering Change’s mandate is to enhance employment and social service provider thinking and practice by increasing effective, short-term motivational service delivery methods internationally through the use of Motivational Interviewing training.

Empowering Change was founded by lead trainer Roxanne Sawatzky. Roxanne began her career in HR and moved into social services to be an addictions counsellor where she learned about the Motivational Interviewing counselling model.  She then moved into Employment Counselling and managed a 3 year $1.3 million dollar research project on using Motivational Interviewing in Employment Services funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba.


An important focus for us as an organization is to take into account and support the entire system with which we are working. With change comes a ripple effect, those ripples can feel both positive and negative, exciting and exhausting!  At the beginning those ripples can create a bumpy ride for leaders, staff and those they serve.  Our focus is to support leaders and staff as they ride the waves of change as they best support the change initiatives within their organization.  We provide comprehensive training for all size organizations.  We can support you by developing a service framework, training in new and innovative technique and provide you with full support to reach implementation and sustainability.

Roxanne has completed her Masters degree in Leadership and Organizational Change, and her vision is to see service providers across Canada using 21st Century approaches with all demographics. She and her team bring a wealth of experience, creativity, compassion and humor to all those with which they work. Roxanne is a dynamic and passionate trainer, and is available for booking internationally.

Our Team

Roxanne Sawatzky, Founder & Lead Trainer
George Sawatzky, Manager
Trudy-Lyn Wittig, Trainer
Miranda Grattan, Trainer
Patti Phillips, Trainer
Andy Lacroix, Trainer
Sylvia Magyar Brambilla, Trainer


Please contact us to request more information on our training sessions.