The collective will develop unique indoor and outdoor arts experiences. LMAC is proposing large-scale digital mosaics, video and sound installations, collage boxes, underwater footage projections, digital storytelling, real-time computer graphics displays and live multi-media performances to be staged across the grounds of the community centre. Digital projections will appear on trees, rocks and other natural surfaces and sounding robots will interact with the movements of people walking through the exhibit. A benefit of the outdoor exhibit is that members of the public walking by will be able to spontaneously attend and participate. Smaller events or shows are proposed that will include the art created by participants during workshops.
Sportball has been teaching children the fundamental skills behind sports since 1995. They are one of the first companies to offer developmentally appropriate, non-competitive sports training to children 12 and under.
Sportball Indoor Soccer (3½-5 yrs) F Sep 18-Oct 23 3:30pm-4:30pm (Infant & Preschool)
Kristine discovered her love for clay and wheel throwing while attending Langara College’s Fine Arts Diploma program. She continued her education in Montreal and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in 2009. Since finishing school, Kristine has worked as an Artist-in-Residence in Japan, Mexico and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Her work has been shown in various galleries including the Gallery of BC Ceramics and Charlie Cummings Gallery, and was featured in an article in Scout Magazine. She currently works from her studio in East Vancouver.
As a proud Training Partner of the Canadian Red Cross, Community Care First-Aid is committed to increase the survival rate of anyone within our community that is experiencing a life threatening medical emergency. We believe that the only way to achieve this goal is to go out there and teach as many people as we can the important skills of first-aid and CPR. And this is exactly what we do best! Our courses are given by Canadian Red Cross instructors who hold extensive experience in training medical personal and the general public. Courses are given all throughout the year. Register to a course today and learn how to save lives. www.communitycarefirstaid.com
Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba(1883-1969). It is a path where the keen edge of the martial art training is used as a “way” for personal development, self-discipline and spiritual growth. The ideal in Aikido is not to think of defeating an attacker, but rather be in harmony with him in neutralizing his attack. Because the nature of Aikido philosophy is to promote harmony and non-conflict, there is no “sparring” during practice. Instead, training partners help each other learn the proper execution of the various forms.
Master Alan has a degree in human kinetic (Physical Education). He is the founder and president of Dragon Temple Martial Arts, a 7th degree black belt and international certificate holder from World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF). He is a member of the World Tae Kwon Do academy graduates. He has trained in a variety of Martial Arts including Kung Fu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Hapkido, Karate, Wrestling, Kuk Sool Won, Boxing and Yoga. He has taught for over 20 years on three continents. His expertise and professionalism comes form two decades of academic studies and Martial Arts training. Master Alan met and trained with some of the greatest Martial Artists of our time, including Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Orff music is an exciting, innovative and hands on approach to music education. Your child will sing, dance and play a large variety of percussion instruments. We will also do rhythm and pitch training, movement, puppets, scarves etc. Tonia Allen has been teaching all ages for many years and has recently moved her very popular Orff program from the Vancouver Academy of music to the Point Grey community centre. Tonia also teaches at Creative Kids Montessori school and several other community centres. Tonia also teaches guitar flute and recorder classes. In each age level we will do age appropriate fun songs that will get your toddlers grooving to the beat. Come and join the fun.
M. Reza Atashzad has over 35 years experience in teaching drawing and painting at his own Atashzad Academy of Art. Also, he has been teaching different art programs at several community centers in Vancouver from 2011. He has published more than 700 watercolour paintings, such as greeting cards, posters, albums and books. He has held more than 150 solo and group exhibitions in famous cities around the world. www.atashzad.com
Sonja has 25 years’ experience as an actor, teacher and TV host. Learn what it takes to do commercials with your voice. Gain confidence or start a new career. This class is lots of fun as your record the different styles of voice-acting, including cartoons.
Youth basketball training for boys & girls. www.rblbasketball.ca
A graduate from BCIT’s Marketing Management Program, is an experienced art dealer who has presented over 200 live seminars, conducted over 300 live art auctions and managed thousands of gallery hours for a prominent, American-based art gallery. Paul creates a fun, exciting and fast paced learning environment for his students. All are welcome to attend including artists, experienced & novice collectors, art graduates and, especially, those who simply would like to know, “what’s the big deal about art anyway?” www.erikbeckerart.com
Fascinated with the abilities of human mind, Elena has great passion for learning and extensive experience in guiding her students toward better brain capabilities: the ability to process information better and faster. In addition to her Master’s degree in Science, instructor’s certification in Improved Study Habits, Memory and Recall, Elena is a full time practicing mind coach and hypnotherapist.
Wendy has been an artist for over 20yrs, has an MFA from Arizona State University & a BFA from Nova Scotia University of Art & Design. She has taught at numerous institutions including Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has been involved in many collaborative projects around North America and has exhibited both in Canada and the United States. berryframing.com
Alesya, Ph.D., is an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Can-Fit-Pro member and a Registered Yoga Teacher. Her academic research focuses on public policy on population aging and active aging which helps her to develop a unique scientific approach to personal training and group exercise. Alesya incorporates her knowledge of social psychology, sociology, human kinetics, and anatomy into fitness training and education.
Stretch and Flex W Oct 7-Dec 16 10:30am-11:30am (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Zumba M W Sep 9-Dec 16 9:00am-10:00am (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Ball & Body Blast M Oct 5-Dec 14 10:30am-11:30am (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Zumba Sculpting F Sep 11-Dec 18 9:00am-10:00am (Adults & Seniors)
Ballet Barre F Oct 2-Dec 18 10:30am-11:30am (Adults & Seniors)
Louis has over 35 years of practice as a meditator and meditation. Initially, self-taught in relaxation, visualization and meditation techniques while the last 20 years have involved in studying practicing Buddhism Vipassana/Insight/mindfulness Meditation. Students that practice daily react less, let go old for new, open hearts, innate connections revealed, experience flow, serendipity and synchronicity.
Mike has been teaching fitness classes of all types for about 25 years for Vancouver community centres and fitness clubs. He has taught beginner, intermediate and advanced classes as well as the Circuit training class at West Point Grey. He teaches that as an interval class that trains the cardio-vascular system to handle more. When not doing jumping jacks, he composes résumés for people for a fee, works as a vocational rehabilitation therapist for Fraser Health Authority in the Tri-Cities, and is a fitness humourist for Alive Magazine.
Krissy is the new assistant Preschool teacher at West Point Grey Community Centre in September 2018. Krissy graduated from Camosun College with her diploma in Early Childhood Education. Krissy has experience in the preschool setting as well as daycare, Montessori and several childcare programs. Ever since she was young she has always wanted to be a teacher. She believes every child should be valued and encouraged to grow and reach their potential. She understands the unique needs of children and the importance of nurturing them on their journey.
Niina draws from a wide range of sources for her paintings. She has traveled – collecting inspiration from Asia, Europe and South America. Niina studied art at the University of Alberta and received her Bachelor of Education in 1986. Her work is included in public and private collections in Canada, United States, Europe and Japan. In 2000, her paintings were selected for exhibitions in Tokyo at both the Canadian Embassy and the Ueno Royal Museum of Art.
Maggi started teaching fitness classes at West Point Grey Community Centre in 1983. She is BRPA certified as a Trainer of fitness leaders: 3rd Age, Adapted fitness, Supervisor of Fitness Leaders: 3rd Age, Adapted fitness & Weight Training, and Basic Leader: Fitness to Music & Fitness Yoga. Maggi has a Community Recreation Diploma from Langara College and a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from UBC.
Shareen is a passionate and experienced food instructor that has been teaching cooking classes since 2010. With a Certificate in Applied Human Nutrition from Simon Fraser University, she loves bringing people together to connect over healthy food and recipes. Her favorite recipes include anything with roasted seasonal vegetables, local cheeses and anything spicy.
Aresenio Chua has been studying Tai Chi since 2002 and has participated in local Tai Chi competitions in the Philippines, in both hand and sword form and won multiple medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze). He has knowledge of various Tai Chi hand forms, such as Yang style, Wu style, Wo style, Sun style and Chen style. Aside from Tai Chi, Aresenio also teaches “Qigong” Natural Healing Exercise. Qigong is especially helpful for Seniors and maintaining physical fitness.
The British Columbia Cycling Coalition is your voice for safer cycling in BC. We have championed all ages and abilities cycling for 21 years. Our mission is to enable everyone to ride bicycles everywhere for transportation, recreation and vacation. We work with cycling groups, governments, businesses and organizations across the province to:
• secure more funding for cycling paths, protected bike lanes and better cycling facilities on highways
• ensure that new and existing road and bridge projects include great cycling facilities
• encourage the implementation of provincial cycling education initiatives
• build support for an updated Motor Vehicle Act
• support provincial initiatives that support cycle tourism
The BC Cycling Coalition and our 26 member organizations represent 67,684 supporters in communities across the Province. We are convinced that more cycling leads directly to happier, healthier, and more sustainable communities. There is strength in numbers! Please become an individual, organizational or business member.
Margaret Cowan loves helping travelers to know local people in Italy through food and wine experiences. She’s been traveling to Italy for 40 years, lived there three years, owned an Italy cooking and wine tour company for 15 years, created countless Italian trip itineraries and now works with a travel agency. She loves Italy and writes a weekly Italy travel and food ezine and blog.
Ginnie is a dedicated yoga practitioner and longtime instructor certified by esteemed teachers Dona Holleman, Orit Sen-Gupta and Gioia Irwin and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and a certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor. Ginnie is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Vancouver. Ginnie aims to offer Vijnana yoga classes from a place of compassion and understanding and appeal to students to connect to their own inner wisdom and compassion for themselves whenever they come to the mat. Her goal is to offer a comprehensive range of safe traditional yoga practices in each class and to present these practices in ways that are playful, interesting, rooted in yogic spirituality, and, at times, physically challenging. In order to provide the best experience for students, Ginnie expands her knowledge and understanding of yoga through personal practice, literature, workshops and teacher trainings.
Gayl has taught 22 years at West Point Grey Community Centre and the classes are a mix of jazz, aerobics, ballet, Latin and pop. Her background is ballet, modern, and jazz.
Dance & Stretch Th Sep 10-Oct 29 11:00am-12:00pm (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Dance & Stretch M Sep 14-Oct 26 12:15pm-1:15pm (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Dance & Stretch M Nov 2-Dec 14 12:15pm-1:15pm (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
Dance & Stretch Th Nov 5-Dec 17 11:00am-12:00pm (Adults & Seniors, Aerobics & Fitness)
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Desirée is a renowned dancer with a MFA in Choreography and has performed in many works by acclaimed Canadian choreographers. She has dedicated over twenty-five years to studying and teaching dance to all ages and abilities. Desirée has produced many dance series promoting the work of recreational, emerging and seasoned dance artists in the city. Desirée’s influences include Martha Graham, Pema Chodren, Frida Khalo, Tina Turner, Madonna and Beyoncé. Desirée has recently originated the program Dezza Dance http://www.dezzadance.com/
Ecomarine has been safely putting paddlers on the water for over 30 years. We not only teach you how to paddle, but also provide opportunities to use what you have learned. Ecomarine offers paddling clubs, season’s passes, clinics, seminars and much more. We can help you go kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding whenever and wherever you wish. www.ecomarine.com
Endo-Sensei began his training in Japan and is familiar with various types of marital arts. Karate is an important part of his life and has supported him both spiritually and physically. The karate he teaches focuses on the basics while emphasizing self-defence and personal well-being. Endo-Sensei approaches life with a Samurai spirit and is an excellent teacher. He has trained karate for over 45 years and has been awarded a 7th degree black belt by the World Japan Karate Association (WJKA) and Canada Japan Karate Association (CJKA).
Karen has been in the Fitness Industry for approximately 15 years. She has a Health and Fitness certificate from SFU and is a BCRPA registered personal trainer. She is a Stott trained Pilates instructor and has studied Hatha Yoga in Thailand. Karen has worked for the Vancouver Parks Board, The YMCA, The Arbutus Club, Kitsilano workout and was the Fitness Coordinator or a private corporate facility. She now owns her own personal training business Karing Health and Fitness and loves the varied clientele she works with and the satisfaction she gets from seeing them achieve their goals.
Musical Expressions values the potential of every individual to engage their musical abilities. Musical Expressions aims to use the power and benefits of music and personalize it with the experiences and knowledge of each individual to achieve the following goals: Enjoyment, health & wellness and relationship/community building. Regardless of age or ability level, music is a gift that is acquired through time, yet lasts a lifetime.
Faye Fayerman is a New York Artist and Professor of Art now living in beautiful Vancouver! Faye has an MFA from Concordia University and BFA Honours from University of Manitoba. In NYC, Faye lived and taught passionately for 30 years. Her art work is exhibited locally and internationally. She shares a sensitive community enthusiasm, patience and humour teaching and a massive compassion helping children evolve creatively while having tons of fun gaining confidence. Check out www.fayefayerman.com for more information.
Danielle has a passion for exploration through the arts. Her clay adventures began over 20 years ago while taking a class with her 5 year-old son and she now enjoys teaching new potters a strong foundation in basic skills so they can explore their own creativity. Danielle studied dance and film at SFU and has a degree in Fine and Performing Arts. She continues to be a dancer and singer and facilitates digital storytelling classes.
Victoria has been teaching at WPG for over 10 years and her passion is to inspire and instil the love of music in students of all ages. Victoria started at a very young age in the Special School for Gifted in Tashkeut, Uzbekistan and studied with Michael Oike at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts in Winnipeg. She has also had the opportunity to study with other greats, which include Mark Zeltzer, Angela Cheng and Jahina Fialkowska. Victoria has won numerous awards and prices including the prestigious scholarship to the Summer program at Oxford Arts Centre. Most recently, Victoria has performed at a live television broadcast in New York, a performance at Carnegie Hall, at the Zeist International Music Days in the Netherlands and a Valdres International Music Festival in Norway.
Native Mandarin speaker Ms. Gong has been teaching Mandarin in Vancouver since early 1993. She has taught students of all levels and backgrounds and is always sharing interesting stories and illustrations. Through Ms. Gong’s teachings, you will find that Mandarin is one of the world’s most intriguing, oldest, and widely spoken languages and that it is surprisingly easy to learn. There are no tenses in Mandarin! Ms. Gong’s effective teaching style and her self-designed teaching materials will improve your Mandarin skills very efficiently.
Being a certified holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach is a sacred calling. She utilizes mindfulness, a holistic approach, and Functional Medicine strategies to provide a personalized coaching program with natural whole food diets and healthy lifestyle plans. Also, she integrates psychology, nutrition, neuroscience, and high performance living into her practice. She believes the body is full of wisdom and is a superpower for healing. However, one needs to know to unlock this power.”
Professionally, she has been continuously studying Functional Medicine with 2 prestigious Functional Medicine Institutes – the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the School of Applied Functional Medicine. Her dive-deep clinical courses focus on the root causes of diseases, especially on Cancer, Hormones, Gut, and Diabetes. In addition, in order to provide her clients a high quality of professional care, she dove deep into her Health Coach “HMBA Mastery” program in 2019.
In her coaching practice, she advocates proper movements for better health. She adopts “Flamenco Dance” from a therapeutic approach to help her clients to release pain, stress, depression, to express individual creativity and style, and to discover inner peace, joy, love, and hope.
Although experiencing different professional jobs and hosting TV program, her true passion is for arts, dance, and music. Her Flamenco dance journey started in 1995 in Connecticut, USA. In 1996, she moved from Connecticut to Vancouver. Her passions for flamenco have kept her continuously pursuing this intriguing and vibrant art form, which is a fusion of Ballet, Spanish classical dance, and gypsy-style. In order to improve her techniques and to learn authentic style and movements, she traveled to Spain for full-time intensive professional training programs in Granada and Seville. To her, gaining professional training in Spain is a continuous project. In addition, learning and teaching Flamenco is a spiritual journey which integrates body, mind, heart, and soul.
Denise has over 25 years of experience in the Health and Fitness Industry and has worked extensively for the City of Vancouver, first as a Weight Training Instructor, as an Aerobic Coordinator and then formerly as a Fitness Programmer. Her credentials include a Health and Fitness Diploma from SFU, certified ACE Personal Trainer, Stott Certified Pilates mat instructor, 200 YA yoga teacher (currently working on her 500 hours), and Bikram method certified yoga teacher since 2003. Denise commits a great deal of time working with people at West Point Grey CC as a Personal trainer, Fitness Attendant and Pilates and Yoga instructor.
Hiroko has 15 years’ experience teaching kindergarten and elementary school in Japan and has been teaching native and non-native speakers in Canada for many years. Her popular classes emphasize the importance of creativity and social development in the acquisition of language skills.
Angelique is a ceramic artist, glaze technician and studio manager who resides in Vancouver. She received a Diploma in Visual Arts from Tshwane University, South Africa, specializing in Ceramics and Painting, and a BA in Philosophy from UBC. She has managed the UBC Pottery Studio since 2016 and is the Ceramics Studio Head at The James Black Gallery where she works in her own studio space. She has taught workshops on various aspects of the ceramic creative process, and encourages playful exploration in her students.
Bricks 4 Kidz specializes in after school enrichment programs, summer camps, and birthday parties. Our hands-on, project-based curriculum introduces elementary aged children to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks. Our program provides quality STEM (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in a positive and collaborative learning environment.
June is a piano instructor and performer. Her work focuses on Piano Pedagogy, Western classical music, Balinese music and dance, Korean drumming, and Chinese classical music. June has performed and conducted research in Indonesia, Korea, and Canada. She holds degrees in Music and Japanese, and has worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of British Columbia. Her teaching is driven by an interest in cultivating and developing musicality in young children. In addition to offering piano lessons at the West Point Grey Community Centre, June has guest taught at Choice Elementary School. She was recently invited to lead a piano pedagogy workshop for music teachers in Ghana in the summer of 2014.
Karen has a passion for healthy cuisinary as well as DIY arts and crafts. She enjoys teaching and working with children and seniors as well. Her interests include going to Bikram hot yoga and spending time with her three adorable cats.
Janice has danced, choreographed and performed extensively for over 30 years, taught at venues across North America. A former competitive gymnast and Anna Wyman dancer, Janice eventually formed Pacific Motion Dance Company. She has toured nationally and internationally and performed at renowned venues including Expo 86 Opening Ceremonies for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Queens College New York with Muna Tseng, the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and the Queen Elizabeth Playhouse
Chew started practising yoga since 1985 in Brunei, (South East Asia), continued after moving to Canada in 1989, and has not stopped since! She is trained in Hatha, Iyengar and Kundalini Yoga and has been teaching group yoga classes since 1998, obtaining her formal teacher training certification in 2001 in Kairos. She teaches yoga to help clients to unite and strengthen the body, mind and spirit. Her personal practice has evolved as she grows and her environment changes. Her yoga class helps clients to connect to their energy centres, develop a deeper sense of relaxation, improve balance and experience flexibility. She is a mother of three teenagers, with more than fifteen years of IT information management work experience.
Lydia studies visual art and illustration at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Her graphic novel, Mother Earth, Volume 1 has a “highly recommended” review from University of Manitoba and is well-received and catalogued by many elementary and secondary schools in Vancouver. http://umanitoba.ca/cm/vol24/no26/motherearth.html Because of her concerns for the insurmountable environmental catastrophe facing human race, she created this practical and simple beeswax wrapper to combat plastic pollution.
Elisa Lee, MA, has been a passionate teacher, facilitator and youth wilderness guide for 15 years. She is the founder of Fire & Flower which offers mentorship and rite of passage programs for girls to transition into young womanhood with confidence and pride. Elisa holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education specializing in women’s coming-of-age rites of passage, as well as degrees in Education, Biology and English Literature. She loves helping women and girls find authentic, meaningful direction in their lives through community learning, self-care and nature connection. Elisa is a lifelong student of conscious communication and uses Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as well as the Haven Communication Model. She holds regular community grief rituals in Vancouver.
Andrea has been teaching people how to get the most out of their computer software and gadgets since 1997, beginning as a corporate trainer on Microsoft products. In 2006 she switched to Apple’s operating system and added iPhones and iPads as they came to market. A “natural teacher”, Andrea provides clear examples, and uses analogies and mnemonics to facilitate the learning experience while making it fun and memorable.
Dianne has taught creative writing and essay writing for many years. She is a published author of short stories, poetry, articles, advertising copy, and teaching materials. Her two on-line magazines for tween-aged children and ESL readers received awards and thousands of hits over her eight years of e-zine publishing. As part of her Master’s degree in Creative Writing, Dianne took courses in short fiction, children’s literature, drama, poetry and scriptwriting. She has also attended workshops in writing the romance novel. She has written material in all these genres for various audiences and readership. As a teacher, she emphasizes developing individual strengths and creativity, and having fun.
An entertaining and informative introduction to the brain is provided as Alison draws from both a research and clinical background. Ph.D. (U of C), M.Sc. , B.Sc. With Distinction, Post-Doctoral: Rehabilitation from Brain Injury (Seattle) Work: Assessments and treatment
Roberta is a multifaceted creative professional who brings mindfulness training to storytelling and supports others in uncovering their heroic journeys through memoir. She has written three books, including the best-selling Calgary Book of Everything and has published numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She lives in Kitsilano and blogs about the writing life at robertamcdonald.ca.
Iain has been teaching students of all ages at the West Point Grey Community Centre for 10 years. Iain shares his passion for creating music with his students. He allows them to learn the music that they listen to and assists them in writing, recording and performing their favourite and original songs. Iain teaches students from a wide repetoire of music from rock, jazz, classical, folk, and reggae, to punk, rap, pop, and musicals. He has composed music for films, TV, theatre, video games, stop motion, animation and music videos. Iain is an accomplished musician on the guitar, piano, keyboard, drums, bass, xylophone, melodeon, trombone and kazoo. And best of all, Iain really does believe that kids need to create music. He believes that it provides them with the tools to they need express themselves as individuals and as members of the community.
Yeshvi Mehta has been dancing since the day after she learned how to walk! Her favourite song is Bombae by FuseODG because it brings together different dance and music styles; just like her class! Yeshvi has received training under Shiamak Davar and has been certified with Zumba. When she’s not grooving to the beat, Yeshvi is working towards her BSc in Global Health and Physiology at the University of British Columbia. Some of Yeshvi’s hobbies include reading mystery novels, doodling with henna and indulging her sweet tooth!
BollyLatin Fitness Tu Sep 8-Oct 27 9:00am-10:00am (Aerobics & Fitness, Adults & Seniors)
BollyLatin Fitness Th Sep 10-Oct 29 9:00am-10:00am (Aerobics & Fitness, Adults & Seniors)
BollyLatin Fitness Tu Nov 3-Dec 15 9:00am-10:00am (Aerobics & Fitness, Adults & Seniors)
BollyLatin Fitness Th Nov 5 10-Dec 17 9:00am-10:00am (Aerobics & Fitness, Adults & Seniors)
Originally from Vancouver, Diana was trained as anthropologist when she discovered Yoga in 2002. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for 14 years, where she was trained in Classical Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga from the teachings of Baba Hari Dass. Diana is also a trained perinatal doula bringing body & breath awareness to the new families. She has complemented her Yoga teachings with a Masters in Sustainability from The University of Paris Dauphine. While living in Europe, she combined her passion for healthy living and community building by founding a grass roots organization that follows the Transition Towns international model which aims to increase self-sufficiency and resilience in efforts to reduce the effects of climate change, and resource dependency.
Today Diana is an educator to children, teens and adults combining the philosophy and practice of Yoga with sustainability- specifically with resource recovery, waste reduction and local food production. She has organized and instructed many international Yoga and wellbeing retreats in France, Greece, Italy and USA. Diana finds ultimate inspiration in Nature and recognizes that change begins by our re-connection to Mother Earth. You can find Diana teaching at preschools, schools and community centres and businesses in Vancouver’s Westside and Eastside as well as spending time with her family either sailing, biking, hiking, skiing or gardening. Spoken/teaching languages : English, French, Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
Davide moved to Vancouver at the end of 1986 where he enrolled at Emily Carr College of Art and Design with the major in painting (1986-1988). After his graduation, he began to exhibit at Threshold Gallery (1988). There, he showed his work every year after, until 1994 when the gallery was closed. In the last ten years, he has been part of a group exhibition representing Mexico in Canada at various galleries, universities and colleges. davidemerino.com
John firmly believes in training everyone for the sport of life. He utilizes a training style incorporating methods from the top strength coaches in the world. John has experience as a Fitness Manager and working in many Personal Training Fitness Studios, as well as working for the 2010 Olympic Committee as a Personal Trainer. If not busy with clients, John can be usually found playing volleyball at a beach or rollerblade hockey at English Bay.
Relevant Courses / Certifications:
Honours Degree Bachelor of Physical Education
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
BCRPA Group Fitness
Can Fit Pro Member
Coaching Certification Level 1
Earthquake Proofing Your Spine
Weekend Intensive CES
Assessing Muscular Imbalances
Correcting Postural Imbalances
Rehabilitation of the Hip, Knee and Ankle
Rehabilitation of the Shoulder and Wrist
Niki Moshiri has always loved being involved within her community and has a passion for working with children. As a young child, she attended summer camp and took classes at her local community centre and at 13, she began volunteering as an Ice Skating instructor, a Summer Camp Leader, and for Special Events. She has been working at the West Point Grey Community Center since she was 16 years old, working as a leader for Summer Camp, Birthday Parties and now as an Instructor. Niki is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, in hopes of pursing a PhD and a career in clinical psychology, working with children with special needs and learning disabilities. In her spare time, you can find Niki coaching the King George Secondary Basketball team, ice skating, traveling, volunteering and reading.
Combining her love, education & understanding of yoga, music and early childhood education Brenlie developed a unique and engaging Baby & Me Musical Yoga program. Brenlie is a certified 200 hour yoga and prenatal yoga teacher and has been teaching early childhood musical learning for over 18 years. She feels honoured & privileged to seamlessly guide mamas through the sacred journey of pregnancy and into parenthood.
The Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) depends on volunteers to deliver workshops and help neighbours prepare for emergencies and disasters in the city. NEPP volunteers hold workshops about preparing for earthquakes and other hazards, including how to prepare for emergencies with your family, children, and pets; minimize hazards in your home; and prepare for emergencies in an apartment.
Charles Neufeldt is an IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) Level 2 Coach. He has a player rating of 5.0 and was the Head Pickleball Coach at the North Vancouver Pickleball Academy. He was also the Badminton Head Coach for Team BC NAIG (North American Indigenous Games) in 2017. His most recent tournament history includes: 2ND Place Men’s Doubles 5.0 Eastern Canadian Pickleball Championships 2019, 1ST Place Singles, 2ND Mixed Doubles & 3RD Place Men’s Doubles 5.0 Alberta Provincial Pickleball Championship 2018, 1ST Place Saskatchewan Provincial Pickleball Championship Open Men’s & Mixed Doubles 2018 & 2019 and 1ST Place Byrne Creek 5.0 Men’s Doubles 2018.
Charmian began making pots in high school, and has never stopped. She actually has no formal training but has learned mostly by doing and taking many workshops over the years. After working with another production potter for 3 years, Charmian started her own studio in 1980 and has been on her own ever since. Charmian began teaching Pottery in the community centres in Vancouver and has been doing so for over 20 years now. When not teaching at WPG, you can find Charmian at the West End Community Centre as the studio manager. Recently Charmian has become obsessed with knitting and fibre art and is currently working on ways to combine this with her love of clay.
Lisa Oppenheim studied Speech Arts and Drama at the Mount Royal Conservatory and appeared in numerous shows as she was growing up, and later went on to graduate from the Studio 58 Acting program at Langara College. She began acting professionally in 2003, and some of her favorite productions have been geared towards young audiences (‘Jessie’ in Green Thumb Theatre’s production of The Skinny Lie, and ‘Alice’ in Western Canada Theatre’s musical production of Alice: A Wonderland). Lisa is a B.C. Certified Teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. She has been teaching since 2003 and also provides professional development for teachers who wish to incorporate drama into core curricular instruction. Lisa is proud to be a Royal Conservatory of Music 2013 Gold Medalist Teacher!
Susan has been in textile arts for 30 years. She has run a successful dressmaking business and has taught on Vancouver Island and the lower Mainland. Susan loves to quilt, and sew. She strives to constantly learn new techniques and teaches with humor and patience.
Kimberly is the owner of Move and Groove Fitness. She has over 15 years of dance experience and is a certified group fitness instructor with CFES (Canadian Fitness Education Services), Emergency First Aid and CPR trained, as well as being a certified Hot Hula Fitness Instructor. Kimberly believes in leading a safe and effective class, where everyone feels comfortable. To her there is nothing better than getting in a good workout, while grooving to up-beat, fun music.
Lynne is a health coach and has 25 years of BCRPA certified experience in group fitness instruction. Lynne’s training includes Coaching, Ballet, Dance, Yoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. Lynne believes in: “Creating a positive group dynamic that supports moving and improving your health and fitness.”
Lynne is a wellbeing life coach in Vancouver. She coaches you to your higher level, where your happy, healthy and fit meets your calm, cool and compassionate. From private clients to group classes, Lynne has 30 years of experience as fitness leader and health & wellness coach.
Alissa has been the new Assistant Preschool Teacher as of Fall 2015. Alissa is continuing her studies part time to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education. Alissa has previous experience in the early years daycare setting and substituted at WPG Preschool prior to Fall 2015. Alissa is pleased to work with the children in the Preschool and enjoys getting to get to know each and every one individually, and their families, throughout the school year.
Tessa Reed is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University, a studio potter, and artist in resident at The James Black Gallery. With a focus on technical skill and years of hands on experience creating functional pottery, Tessa teaches with the theory that the only correct method of creativity is the one you find for yourself.
Maureen Stout, Ph.D. is a licensed Realtor® with Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, an author, and former university professor. Paul Richard, MBA, trained as an engineer, was the CEO of a technology company and is a former business coach.
Glyn has taken the passion for football he developed as a youth growing up in Manchester, England, and found several avenues to inspire soccer enthusiasts locally. The 52-year-old former Manchester youth player coaches Vancouver Metro Soccer League Men’s DIV 1 squad – Gastown FC, Burnaby and Richmond Community Soccer clubs and preschool and children’s programs at several community centres including West Point Grey Community Centre. Glyn is also a Soccer Coach and Coordinator for UBC Soccer schools where he is responsible for 900 + age 3-14 yrs. players and 50 coaching staff and receiving a grant from Sports Canada for this program. “I have a very strong commitment to soccer, children and parent coaches … and would like to see more invested in soccer and coaching as I feel soccer can be a great teacher and can help in the overall development of our children.” Roberts says. “Soccer Programs like mentioned above foster involvement, inspire teamwork, playing together, and help develop a child’s personality, confidence and ultimately their enjoyment of an active lifestyle.”
Eliana was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina where she taught English as a second language to elementary school children and adults for nine years. Her passion for languages has enhanced her academic studies as a Technical Translator of English and Spanish. She has been teaching Spanish at West Point Grey Community Centre for 8 years.
Karl has been an avid photographer since he was a child, making use of the standard 35mm film camera, a medium format camera and, since 2006, and digital cameras. Although he is passionate about all aspects of photography, Karl is actively involved in photographing: sports/events, cityscapes, landscapes and, his favorite, Mother Nature in action. Currently working on several projects, Karl spent a brief time with a sports photography agency and he has spent the last several years photographing in various parts of the world. You can see some of his work on the following websites: www.sportsimages.ca, www.worldofwonder.ca and www.steamengines.ca.
Mad Science has franchises located around the world, who bring science education to millions of children each year. The innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic and we don’t stop there.
For over 25 years, Mad Science has invested in research and development and continue to do so. They believe in the importance of being at the forefront of our industry and continue to create hands-on science programming for kids.
Children learn quicker when the subject is fun as well as educational! Please visit their website at Vancouver.madsciencebc.com.
Colleen is a compassionate and encouraging Professional Art Therapist and practicing artist. She understands that connecting with our creativity is inherently healing, and is passionate about providing a safe, supportive, judgement free space for children and adults to tap into that creative source. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UBC and a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Her most recent art project is “Fish Ladder”, a public art mural in the Lonsdale Quay Market. For more information visit www.truecoloursarttherapy.com
Christina Shimek was born in Vancouver, BC. She attended Langara Community College before completing her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, in 2018. While attending Concordia she focused on ceramics and installation, working to combine fiction with function and take full advantage of the storytelling power of everyday objects. Christina is excited to be teaching pottery classes at the centre.
Linda’s Dance experience consists of over 25 years of performing and teaching in a variety of dance forms throughout North America. She is a certified Ballroom Dance instructor and has been teaching at the West Point Grey Community Center for 10 years. She is a choreographer and teaches all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Dancing has been her life passion since the age of six.
Kayotics Skim Lessons and Camps are an unrivalled way to welcome yourself to the world of flatland skimboarding. As leaders of the “New School” our vision is the improvement of individual riders and the sport of skimboarding as a whole. You won’t find yourself learning to carve our nonexistent waves, but instead can look forward to sliding smooth rails and popping 360 shoves. Catering to all ages and skill levels, KSL is there to teach you everything from the very basics, like proper board toss, to technical skills on innovative rails. If you don’t already have one, you’ll be able to try out a Kayotics Skimboard. Being instructed by one of the world’s top riders, and sampling the world’s best skimboard is the foundation on which your ultimate skim experience begins. www.kayotics.com
Sylvia Smallman is an innovative therapeutic yoga instructor. Originally trained at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, she went on to study yoga therapy both at home and in India. She is dedicated to making yoga more accessible to more people, providing students of all ages, levels and mobility the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga. Specializing in ‘Later Life Yoga’ and Chair Yoga, she offers both classes and teacher trainings. Foundational to Sylvia’s yoga teaching philosophy is Joy, Kripalu (compassion) and Sukha (comfort and ease). www.joyofgentleyoga.com
Nevenka holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, University of British Columbia, an MA in Art History from the same university, and a BA in Art History from the Belgrade University. Currently, she writes a book on Marina Abramovic’s and Dusan Makavejev’s avant-garde works in Yugoslavia in 1960s. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Lou is a certified Feldenkrais teacher who has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years. She studied directly with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais completing the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 1983. Mary Lou is also a Registered Physical Therapist and holds a Masters in Physical Education (Motor Learning and Control) from the University of British Columbia. For further information please visit https://mlstanley.com/feldenkrais-classes/
Cheryl is an artist, educator and pottery studio technician and manager based in Vancouver. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has managed the West Point Grey Pottery Studio since 2002. She has taught ceramics classes to both children and adults since 1996 at Kwantlen University, the Surrey Arts Centre, the Vancouver School Board, and at West Point Grey Community Centres. Cheryl maintains her own studio in the Mergatroid Building located within the parameters of the Eastside Culture Crawl.
Miranda has been teaching Early Childhood Education for over 30 years, eight of which have been at West Point Grey Community Centre. Miranda has her ECE Diploma and is constantly taking workshops and classes to keep educating herself. She believes that you can never know too much about children and the early years. Miranda loves teaching Preschoolers and watching them explore, learn and develop into confident young children.
Join us to learn Korean martial arts and have fun! Participants will learn kicking, punching and blocking techniques, poomsaes (patterns) and nanchaku (weaponry). www.dragontemple.ca
Since 2012, Summer Smash Tennis has provided high quality tennis programs and classes to community centres and schools across Vancouver. Our coaches are certified instructors and experienced athletes who have worked with hundreds of students to inspire a passion for tennis and sport. We share a common goal of creating safe, fun and challenging learning environments for all students. Through the use of the Progressive Tennis teaching method, students are given the foundation to excel as players for life.
Maria is a Vancouver-based printmaker and painter with over 20 years’ experience, two Visual arts Degrees and a life-long passion for making and sharing art. She has taught printmaking and painting workshops at community and youth centres around the city and her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in may solo and group shows.
Enjoy the journey and the destination with exciting tours focused on bucket list adventures and unique experiences. Tours feature breathtaking sightseeing, wildlife viewing, museum and gallery tours, scenic drives, cruises and the best in local food and wine producers.
Dr. Katarina Vavrovicova is a clinical doctor of audiology trained at the prestigious audiology department at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. She focuses on restoring hearing and communication with a passion for helping people and improving their well-being. She recognizes the importance of being able to hear well, and how the quality of one’s hearing can have a direct influence on a person’s social life, physical well-being, and emotional state.
Patrik studies Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. His training philosophy stems from preventative fitness and functional training, and he always strives to improve performance in life or activity though decreasing risks of injury and targeting weaknesses. Patrik prescribes individualized training programs with consideration of biological, psychological, and social factors that affect individual’s life and performance in short and long term. Patrik has experience training youth, beginners to advanced athletes, older adults, cardiac patients, and high performance athletes.
Callie is currently in her 3rd year attending Langara College in hopes to get into the Film Arts program where she hopes to learn all about how to make movies and tv shows. She has been working Winter, Spring and Summer Day Camps and Pro-D Day Camps for the past 5 years and Callie’s favourite out-trip is the Aquarium.
Jenny Wright is a popular singer, children’s musician, and recording artist. She is trained in Music Therapy and has worked and performed across the west coast of Canada and the United States, often accompanied by any number of her extensive puppet and musical instrument collection.
Luci Yamamoto, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has studied yoga since the late 1990s. A contemplative, disciplined student, Luci’s teaching style is articulate and rigorous. She encourages students to challenge themselves and to appreciate the precision and depth of Iyengar yoga. For more information, see luciyamamoto.com.
Lily is an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up and teaches paper crafting. Passionate and encouraging, she is good at helping the “non-creative people” to find their hidden creativity with the designed series classes as well as developing the students’ stamping craft skills. Lily has a good sense of color coordination and will surprise you with the beautiful projects for daily life. Life can be a lot more beautiful and interesting with crafting!
Established in 1999, Into Yoga was the first mobile health and wellness studio within the Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas specializing in bringing classes to you. Offering on-site Yoga and Pilates programs you’ll find certified, knowledgeable instructors ready to help you on your journey of inner peace and outer strength.
Torey loves teaching students of all ages and has been at West Point Grey Community Centre since 2008. Her unique approach creates a fun experience while nurturing students to achieve their potential by adapting to each individual’s goals, interests and learning style. Check out www.toreyzachary.com for more info & reviews.