Building on a BSc in Psychology from the University of Victoria, Deanna has subsequently become a Certified Senior Relocation and Transition Specialist and a trained Professional Organizer in Canada.  Following her passion for working with seniors she started her own business Emerald Home Transitions in 2012. Recently the business has evolved to include her mother Mary Ann and they have taken on a new name for the company as they begin a new partnership and an enhanced level of services.

Having grown up close to both sets of her grandparents Deanna has developed a great love and sense of compassion for seniors.  Her own personal exposure to watching her grandparents transition through different phases of their lives has driven her to find a way to help seniors and their families navigate their way through the daunting task of moving or aging in place in the current home.

Through Deanna’s work with senior clients and close connections with elder relatives she is fully aware of the myriad of unique challenges facing seniors as they transition later in life.  As every individual’s needs, wishes and lifestyle is different, Deanna is dedicated to present a highly personalized service to her clients and their family members. Deanna will do everything she can to provide respectful and comforting assistance while treating clients with the same care she would her own family.



       Mary Ann

Mary Ann has recently experienced her own life transition by downsizing, relocating to a new city and changing careers. Joining her daughter, Deanna Cowley of Emerald Home Transitions for Seniors, she is excited to transfer her skills to support and assist seniors with their transition whether it be relocating, aging in place, or decluttering their existing home. After 20 years of working in the school system with students of the visually impaired, Mary Ann brings with her a professional, compassionate and respectful  manner to build working relationships with seniors as they transition to the next phase of their life.

Through the experience of six major moves to new cities with her family of six over the last 33 years, Mary Ann understands the emotional challenges of change as well as all the tasks involved in making that change happen.  Mary Ann is passionate about helping seniors through the process of any transition using her knowledge and experience to make it as stress-free as possible.

In addition to Mary Ann’s own experience of relocating and downsizing she has also been involved in the process of supporting her own aging parents and parents in-law each having very unique experiences of life transition.  While Mary Ann’s parents consciously made the decision to downsize twice before any issue presented itself, her in-laws chose to age in place in their large family home with homecare provided.  Mary Ann is very aware that all seniors facing transition have unique circumstances and looks forward to providing a respectful, caring and efficient service to meet the needs of each individual.