CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Nutrition and Wellness Specialist.
In a nutshell, I am an Internationally experienced Fitness Professional with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. I found my purpose and passion, and I love helping others find their fitness groove. My specialty: motivate, educate and make exercise accessible and fun.
(If you are curious about my background, read on!)
Born and raised in Toronto (Canada) to French Canadian parents, I went to the University of Ottawa and majored in both Sociology and Leisure Studies. Post-graduation, I pursued my life long dream of traveling. Right after graduating University, I went to Tokyo (Japan) to teach English and to learn the ancient form of massage therapy (called Shiatsu). I continued on to Northern Thailand to expand my knowledge of health and wellness, and studied Thai massage. Soon thereafter, I went to Byron Bay (Australia) to continue exploring a variety of holistic health practices.
In 1996, I was employed with Club Med and began four consecutive six month contracts which led me to work in Cancun (Mexico), San Salvador (Bahamas) then on a cruise ship sailing the Caribbean seas.
Upon my return to Canada, I decided to continue my education in the field of Health and Fitness. I became Can-Fit-Pro Certified as a Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS), Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) and Pilates Matwork Instructor. A few years later, I added the certification of Nutritional & Wellness Specialist (NWS).
In early 1998, upon my return to Canada, I founded the company Fun ‘n Fit. The Mission Statement for my new business was to “Create an environment which encourages and facilitates regular physical activity into daily routines by providing a variety of mobile fitness services to people of all ages and fitness levels in order to foster a healthier lifestyle”.
By mid 1999, I was recruited by a non-profit organization called “Le Regroupement de Jeunes Filles Francophones de Toronto” (which translates to ‘The Consolidation of Young French Girls of Toronto’). This non-profit group was funded by the Canadian Government and the Canadian Women’s Health Network. This project involved being in a six month business management and entrepreneurial leadership course at Le College des Grands Lacs (Toronto’s only French College). The second half of the project involved a two month implementation period in Douala (Cameroon -Western Africa) where I lead physical education classes to school children, instructed local Personal Trainers new fitness techniques as well as conduct Health Consultations and Wellness Seminars in rural villages.
Upon my return to Toronto in late 1999, I quickly packed up again and moved to beautiful Bermuda where I accepted a job at a leading fitness center. I had intended to stay indefinitely. That same year, I met and married my handsome American and moved to Pennsylvania. Twenty years later, I am proud to call Ellwood City, my home. My hobbies are kayaking, biking, gardening, snowboarding, traveling and of course, spending quality time with my husband, two teenage children, cat, dogs and friends.