About Us

How We Began in Emergency Services Career Planning

Destiny Career Planners was officially registered as a company by Karen Smith-Hanney in 2001.  The initial goal was to provide specialized career coaching for clients working towards a career in fire fighting or policing. We have continued to keep up to date with various fire service and law enforcement recruitments to provide key information to clients so they can improve their performance and increase their chances of getting a job offer. At the heart of Destiny Career Planners are passion, dedication and genuine interest in helping people succeed. It is truly our honor and privilege to help you be the best you can be so you can make a difference in your career!

Destiny Career Planners has become the leader in providing career coaching to clients from throughout metro Vancouver and BC, Alberta and points east.


About Karen Smith-Hanney

Karen, the principal owner of Destiny Career Planners, is a former human resource manager, police officer and municipal member of the RCMP.  In launching her business she completed the Erickson International Coaching Program and is a Certified Professional Coach.  She has worked with hundreds of clients through her personal coaching sessions, as a Contract Instructor with the Justice Institute of BC, (Fire Academy), SMART Fire Academy and a Private Peace Officer Training Program. She has designed workshops to assist participants to create their own resumes, navigate the application processes and prepare for the interview. Karen is trained in behavioural interviewing, coaching and resume writing. She uses best practises to coach clients on preparing for interviews, understanding hiring trends and is a member of  Career Professionals of Canada, International Coach Federation,  and Career Directors International.

Our team

“Our team of coaches and writers are certified industry professionals with emergency services career expertise. You get to work with the best in the business to achieve your career goal”



Surrey Firefighter Recruitment 2017
Hi Karen, just wanted to let you know that I got hired by Surrey Fire. I wanted to thank you for all your help with the interview preparation and guidance over the years, it really made a difference. Thanks a lot!

Hi Karen,
I actually got the position with Burnaby Fire Rescue. I started in January and am about 10 weeks in to my probationary year. Thank you for all of your help throughout the past year - I will definitely send others your way in the future. Hope you are doing well.Burnaby Fire Rescue Recruitment– 2017

March 2019
Just wanted to update you that I have been hired by Surrey Fire Rescue Service with training starting in April 2019.
Thanks again for all your help, there is no way I could have done so well on my first competition without your services. Recruit Firefighter Surrey

Service. Integrity. Professionalism.