Abby Scott is our Summer Camp Coordinator coming back for her second year with ABRA. She is originally from Calgary, she has had plenty of experience with kids through past camps as well as through her teaching experience with Kinderhouse Preschool, and as a previous Sportball program coach. Abby also dances professionally here in Calgary, and is super interested in the growth of arts. This year's summer camps will only be better than the last!
Alicia has developed her love for the sport of tennis since she was 8 years old playing with her Dad, and through coaching and developing players over the years. Trained and certified by Tennis Canada, Alicia holds the credentials as a coach and is also accredited with the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program). Since returning to her hometown, Alicia has introduced the sport to thousands of students in Calgary and area schools as part of their Physical Education programs. Last year Alicia reached over 3000 students. Alicia works with juniors as young as 4 years old to adults both beginner and advanced. Alicia is passionate that you can play tennis for your whole life just about anywhere in the world - so why not give it a try! Alicia resides south of the city and enjoys playing tennis in the country and taking care of her horses. Tennis 4 Life!
Amanda is passionate about all areas of Stand Up Paddleboarding! It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and there is good reason for it! From the first time she stood on a board 5 years ago, her love for the sport has exploded. Amanada has been able to travel to Train and Race SUP throughout the Coastal US and the Caribbean. She also holds a number of certifications such as Paddle Canada Certified - Basic and Advanced Flatwater, Paddle Into Fitness - SUP Yoga, Paddlefit Pro - Level 2, World Paddling Assoc - Class 1, and Yoga Instructor - Traditional Hot Yoga.
With a variety of areas in the sport, your interests may be river paddling, flatwater, yoga/fitness, recreational or racing. Amanda can help you further your skills and enjoy everything there is to learn about SUP. See you on the water!
Many of the instructors at Aquabatics have been surfing since they could walk, and combined with Paddle Canada certification they bring a dynamic, fun style and deep knowledge of board sports to every course they teach.
Their teaching methodology is focused on the concept that paddling is a wonderful lifetime/lifestyle activity. Their goal is to inspire you and to provide a safe and fun learning experience. Their emphasis on safety, combined with small group sizes ensures a quality program.
Although Bricks 4 Kidz® has been around and rapidly growing in the United States over the last few years, Calgary will mark this popular children’s educational and enrichment program’s first entry into Canada. Fun? Of course! But educational? Designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, the Bricks 4 Kidz hands-on curriculum introduces children age 3–13+ to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks. Lessons from math, science, language arts, and social studies are integrated and discussed. Themes such as Transportation, Space, Inventions and Machines, Robotics and more provide variety and ensure a high level of interest and enthusiasm amongst their students.
Caitlin has a passion for fitness, especially burpees! Caitlin has her Diploma in Social Work and her Certificate in Personal Training. As someone who has a background in Social Work she saw a need to help pre-teen girls realize how awesome and strong they are inside and out through discovering a love for fitness. Caitlin is the owner of One Rep Fitness, and has a different approach in that through fitness she also works on building up her clients confidence. Once the emotional hurdles are addressed reaching fitness goals are easier. Most importantly she is a Mom to three beautiful girls who are the inspiration behind "Strong Girls". Caitlin believes girls are our future, educating them in kindness, confidence, and empowerment through fitness will only benefit the world.
Leigh is an engineer and personal trainer, passionate about helping girls and women develop confidence and strength to take on anything they dream. Leigh has more than 5 years of experience being a certified personal trainer for over 50 clients of various fitness backgrounds. She has worked with males and females, ages 12-60. Her expertise lies in the ability to develop a unique program that contains motivational, functional training and education to help empower anyone to reach their goals, through a holistic and realistic approach. She will be running all Dare Girl Level 1 sessions.
Devotions Dancework's bio coming soon...
Eric is going into his 3rd year here at Auburn House as our head instructor, teaching the learn to skate, floor hockey and Hockey skills programs.
Eric moved to Calgary from Vancouver Island to share his passion for hockey. He is a certified Head Instructor teaching skating, power skating, hockey development and dryland training across Calgary in group lessons and in semi-private to one-on-one lessons.
Eric shares his love of the game with all ages but especially enjoys working with the kids and special needs students. He is trained in sport nutrition and player conditioning, as well as in safety, proper sizing with hockey equipment and ice skates, and first aid.
He makes his lessons fun on and off the ice in a non-competitive atmosphere. His students leave the ice with confidence as he works hard to help each student develop strong communication and team-work skills. Eric builds great relationships with his students and parents alike, and strives to bring the best out of each child at every level.
Helen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from McGill University. She has over 14 years of experience in fitness instruction and she is certified in the following disciplines:
• Resistance and weight training, group exercise, older adults and aqua fitness with AFLCA
• Pilates mat and standing Pilates with Physical Mind
• Yoga with Trinity Yoga With her Pilates and Yoga background, Helen likes to focus on body alignment, the use of CORE to stabilize the body and the correct activation of muscles to produce power movements. Helen’s fitness training enables her to develop appropriate exercises for her client’s needs in training and strengthening of the body.
Julie loves fitness in all forms and has been involved in some form or another for way over 10 years. Julie believes fitness should be a fun, exhilarating, energy filled activity that drops you to the floor and draws you back for more. She is that energy, that educator, that positive vibes instructor who believes in changing it up, in pushing a bit harder and in believing in yourself = incredible results.
Julie is a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Professional, Crossfit Kettlebell and CL1 certified, Yoga and Barre Instructor, Fitness Kickboxing and TRX trained, Zumba, Step... No limits here! Come and check out a class!
Kristine is a seasoned instructor with over 10 years of experience teaching belly dance. She has studied this form since 2001, and has taught and performed across Canada. She currently performs as a soloist, directs her troupe Beautiful Unusual, and actively collaborates with other local artists. She is passionate about experimenting with belly dance, re-imagining traditional Middle Eastern movement in a modern context and combining it with eclectic music, North American choreographic form, and improvisation. Instruction, however, focuses on the fundamental technique shared by all styles of belly dance. Her classes are open to everyone, regardless of previous dance experience, current fitness level, size, shape, age, height, favourite colour, etc. Those with two left feet and the rhythmically-challenged are always welcome! Her classes are based on correct and safe technique, and develop creative expression and confidence in movement. For more details about Kristine, please visit beautifulunusual.com.
Lisa started with fitness over ten years ago when she purchased a Beach Body DVD called Turbo Jam. With self-learning of food and this exercise program Lisa lost nearly forty pounds. With the knowledge she attained she was able to maintain the weight loss even after having her son. Lisa then realized that she wanted to share her passion with others along with earning an extra income, so when she was introduced to POUND Lisa instantly fell in love with it. It was not your typical workout, and it involved a lot of music that she could relate to, so she took the plunge and became certified to teach POUND. Lisa is always excited for everything to come, and she hopes to share her passion and become a person of influence in her community!
Lori began as a fitness instructor when she moved from Nova Scotia to Calgary in 1998. She has a degree in Physical Education and has continuously supplemented it with AFLCA (Provincial Certification) training. Lori was a volunteer fitness instructor at the South YMCA for 10 years. She began teaching at the New Brighton Club in the spring of 2006 and then for Auburn House in the spring of 2007. Lori teaches a variety of classes ranging from Step, Boot Camp, Tabata, and Kickbox among others. During the day she is a Physical Education teacher at a K-6 school for the Calgary Catholic School Board.
Marcia Bruce has over 10 years of training experience working with children and adults. Baby signing is one of her true passions because she has seen first hand the benefits of signing with her own children. Having the ability to communicate with your child before they can talk is a true gift. Seeing the excitement in your baby's eyes when they know you understand them is priceless. As a certified Baby Signing Time Instructor, Marcia is excited to share this gift with other parents to help them communicate with their little ones.
Marina has been dancing since she could walk! She recently started her business Jumping Jellies to share her love of dance with children and their parents. With a passion and desire to teach and expand young minds, Marina has also had extensive dance training in areas such as Ballet, Jazz, Musical theater and has been on a well-known Canadian salsa dancing team, Salsa Rica, for 6 years. Marina received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Mount Royal in 2013.
Marina put her degree to use by working in Early Intervention for Cause and Effect Foundation. Along with formal training Marina is also certified in Ever Fit Kids and Little Hippies Yoga. Marina’s love for working with children has grown immensely over the years inspiring her to create a diverse active program that combines all of her areas of expertise!
Medgeen was born in Haiti and raised in Montreal when her family immigrated to Canada in the mid 1970’s. Initially studying Business Management at College Rosemont, then Marketing Management at McGill University, Medgeen’s creative instincts prompted her to switch gears, and enroll in the Fine Arts program at Cégep du Vieux Montreal. Realizing that her artistic expression was in painting, Medgeen decided to study Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Québec à Montreal, where she obtained her bachelor's degree.
Medgeen's art classes for children focus on art exploration, self-expression, art history and art appreciation. The students learn about techniques, movements and artists from all over the world.
Medgeen is a Professional Artist and has been teaching to Art for over a decade.
MEDISTAT is a leading outsource provider of emergency medical response and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. They supply large corporations, small businesses and community organizations with Red Cross first aid instruction, and an industry leading package of AED equipment and training. MediStat is dedicated to creating safe environments where people have the tools and skills they need to properly deal with everyday medical emergencies. Their Red Cross certified instructors are professional, engaging speakers with years of experience.
Puddle of Mud Productions is an arts organization that caters to movers, shakers and thespians of all ages and specializes in programs to get children active and moving. Consisting of over 25 arts educators with skills in dance, drama, voice, yoga, film, music and many other areas, Puddle of Mud Productions has catered to thousands of students since its inception in 2007. At Puddle of Mud we pride ourselves on the unique focus we put on the creative side of learning, and use that as a catalyst for skills in any discipline.
This former “Pegger” has been registered with the AFLCA (Alberta) and MFC (Winnipeg) since 2000. Teaching any type of land fitness (kickboxing, hi/low, step, muscle, boot camp, Bosu balance, stretch, fusion, circuit) you can think of, this engineer likes to work hard and have fun with her participants.
Sonata School of Music is an authorized Yamaha Music School, which specializes in the world renowned Yamaha Music Education SystemÑmusic programs designed for ages 2 and up in group lesson format with parent involvement. This gives children motivation, builds confidence and makes learning fun!
Yamaha teachers are versatile professionals trained and certified by Yamaha in the most recent and well researched teaching techniques. These dedicated individuals are part of the Yamaha team, providing each student with the opportunity to enjoy learning and playing music.
Originally from Scotland, Pam is a busy mum of three! In the spare time she has, she loves teaching Zumba classes .”Zumba is my therapy!! It's my escape from my busy life where I am not the mum, wife, cleaner or care taker. I am 'ME'! “ Pam has been an instructor for over three years now in different locations all over Calgary! Every class feels like a party and the energy is amazing! She is a certified Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist and is licenced to teach Zumba® , Zumba Gold™, Zumba Kids™ and the newest addition to the Zumba® family Zumbini™ !
Sportball Multi-Sport programs introduce children to the fundamental concepts and skills behind eight popular ball sports. Sportball coaches deliver skills-driven, high energy and fun-filled classes while reinforcing the benefits of teamwork rather than the importance of winning, allowing children to develop socially and physically through a curriculum that helps to develop confidence free from the pressure of competition.
Stephanie has been an instructor and trainer for 8 years. She loves what she does because it makes people feel great! Being a mom and loving to give comes with the job! But, Stephanie feels teaching fitness gives her more in the long run as she can see people succeed! Her goal is to always see her students succeed, making sure she leaves no one behind and no one not getting enough. Stephanie has been active her entire life, and activity is what gets her over life's hurdles. Dancing with kids to give them fun with fitness in disguise is a blast!
Teresa’s love for yoga began in 2000. Since starting yoga, she has found it brings balance, strength and overall well-being to her life. She is a firm believer in the benefits of yoga and the positive effects it can bring to anyone that practices it, regardless of age or skill level. Teresa is grateful to assist participants in achieving their wellness goals and believes in lifelong learning, both mentally and physically. In 2010 Teresa became a certified yoga instructor. Her experience includes teaching a wide variety of yoga classes to all levels and ages of participants, including Yoga on the Beach, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Flow, Power Yoga and so many more. She has been fortunate enough to experience training from yoga masters around the world and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with participants.
Terry's bio coming soon...
Will Prince started basketball as a five year old boy and instantly fell in love with the game. His love for the sport grew as he went on to play with 35 organized basketball teams, winning numerous mvp's and awards. He went through ten week long camps between the leagues. He also played competitive highschool basketball, placing third in the province on his senior team. Following this, Will added gold for his men's league team to his accomplishments. In the last ten years, Will has been able to give back through volunteering as an assistant coach for junior high, and coaching men's league and recreational tournaments. His passion over these last five years for coaching these young players has made a huge impact on these young athletes participating in his basketball camps. Will is a phenomenal player, coach, and teacher. His excitement for this sport will inspire many more to start out young, loving a game and learning teamwork just as Will did as a young, five year old boy, many years ago.