I have been in the fitness industry for over 15 years; Specializing in Group Fitness, Yoga, and Personal Training.
I have been certified with CanFitPro since 2001 and have been a Registered 200-HR Yoga Instructor since 2010. I am also certified with the Ottawa Heart Institute with their Heart Wise Program and certified in CPR and AED.
I currently work at the RA Centre managing one of their corporate sites at Health Canada which has a membership of over 400 members. Here I manage the weekly class schedule, the membership, as well as teach a variety of classes on a weekly basis.
I am also currently teaching for the “Strong Women” program which is a program for women-only who are new to exercise.
I have been teaching with Breast Cancer Action for over 5 years. This has been an incredible passion for me. I get to see first-hand the love and support these Ladies are given. I have been so happy to be a part of the recovery process as well as making several friendships along the way.
I like to think that my passion is not just fitness but more about being a positive impact in someone’s life!
I have three children and a chocolate Lab who are my heart and soul. Most likely, you will hear a few stories of them during my classes
Franklin Method® Educator, Level 3
Certified Pilates Teacher PMA®-CPT
I have taught Pilates since 2003, but my understanding of the body deepened hugely once I studied Franklin Method. Studying this Method has given me unique tools to help me create freer and more functional movement for myself and for others. I love to watch my students discover how Franklin Method can instantly help to create positive change. Experience a new state of being!
Franklin Method Balance and Coordination
If you are curious about your body and wondering how to help it feel and move better, then this is the class for you. In this series of movement classes, we will look at the body with new eyes and discover amazing things! Using imagery and other novel tools, we will learn quick and easy ways to relax, yet wake up, different areas of the body and enable them to make a more valuable contribution to your movement and well being. Improve balance, posture, breathing, coordination and flexibility! Expect to stand/move most of the time during this class. No special equipment is required.
Polly Erskine is a retired nurse, who took up painting on a whim when she turned 75. Five years later, she has excelled to the point of being a teacher of art expression. In her free time she volunteers at her local seniors community centre, is a seamstress helping those with physical challenges have clothes that fit them perfectly. She also loves to relax, cook, and of course paint. She is looking forward to having you in her home to get you started on your self expression.
Marie-Louise Doyle, Breast Cancer Action ’s Executive Director and the interim lead for its book club, The Butterfly Effect. An avid reader herself, ML is know for getting the job done. She looks forward to getting to know you and of course READING!
Teena Toba’s Book Club – The Butterfly Effect
When Walter Hendelman contacted me about wanting to support Breast Cancer Action Ottawa, of whom his wife had been a member, I had no idea that it was the beginning of a great friendship between Walter and Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. He had talked about a book club, and then I thought about a book club. And that gave birth to Teena Toba’s Book Club. Teena left us in 2017 but her spirit lives on in Walter. I love to brand things and I loved the idea of a butterfly-starting out as a non-descript entity in nature, struggling to survive, travelling slowly to wake up one day and be a butterfly. Free to roam the skies! From what I had read about Teena and heard from Walter – it seemed to fit. A career woman, wife and Mom Teena was an avid volunteer, spreading support and happiness within her sphere of influence.
Naming the Book Club in her memory seemed fitting and holding it in my home as its facilitator seemed like a great homage to Teena and Walter. So please join me on Thursdays! The Book Club rules of engagement are easy, throw out the book! We each get to bring a book of our choice, that is uplifting, light-hearted and good for the soul.
I look forward to welcoming you!
Christine Dubue is a certified Zumba™ and Zumba Gold™ instructor with a background in ballroom and Latin dancing. Christine is excited to share her passion for dance and fitness with fellow cancer survivors and those who are currently undergoing treatment. A breast cancer survivor, she understands the challenges and importance of maintaining fitness and activity levels during treatment and after surgery. Her desire is to encourage participants find their “happy place”, express their inner diva, and to simply dance like no one is watching for an hour!
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Barbara Carriere is a Certified Black Belt Nia Teacher. She has completed intensive trainings in Toronto, Santa Fe (New Mexico) and at Nia headquarters in Portland Oregon. She has trained with National and International trainers as well as with Debbie Rosas, co-creator of Nia.
In addition to teaching Classic Nia classes in Ottawa and Perth, Barbara teaches Nia Moving To Heal classes designed for specialty populations. These classes still maintain all the Joy and pleasure of Classic Nia classes but with a special emphasis on “Feeling Better”. Moving to Heal emphasizes Body Awareness and simple movements. Accompanied by inspiring music, Nia Technique’s Moving to Heal classes are crafted to calm the nervous system and create a sense of well being in the Body, Mind and Spirit. Taken either seated or upright, classes are designed for every Body including individuals seeking ways to feel better when dealing with wide range of issues such as stress, recovery, injury, long or short term illness, balance, movement challenges or the overwhelm of Life.
Barbara has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. This once in a lifetime experience pales in comparison to her love of Nia and the joy of movement. Barbara loves to teach and awaken in others the desire to feel better, to move, to dance, to be fit, to self-express through fitness that is pleasurable and joyful rather than strenuous and painful, and to find passion for themselves and the world around them.