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.
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.
NEPP Earthquake Preparedness – Personal and Family W | Mar 22 | 7:00pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
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.
Alexandra has a Master Degree in Fine Arts and Visual Communication and extensive experience in teaching and practicing both classical and digital art. She has a great passion for Art and believes in guiding her students towards the mastery of Art skills and techniques, while supporting them in further developing creativity and personal styles. Alexandra currently teaches at Place des Arts art centre and the Art Institute; the courses she teaches include Gold-Leaf Gilding, Painting, Printing, Sculpting, Imagination Station, Mastery of Drawing: Shortening and Perspective, Graphic Design, and Digital Art. Alexandra has also completed all courses of UBC Bachelor of Education program. In her art classes and workshops, she fosters engaging, highly informative discussions, creative hands-on projects, and supportive art-studio community.
Mohammad born in Isfahan, Iran in 1958, is a well-recognized watercolour artist throughout Iran as well as abroad. His degree from Isfahan School of Fine Arts and National University of Iran in Tehran as an architect has been followed by thirty six years of work, travel, research, and observation of different works; providing him with first-hand knowledge and understanding of the advanced approaches and techniques in his watercolour work. www.atashzad.com
Wanderer….Philosopher….Fun Doctor…This tradesman of sound was born to bring people together, to lighten up a troubled day, and to administer a steady I.V. of positivity to the world. This world folk fusion artist will surely leave a wake of joy in your heart.
Master Arsalan Azizi 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 Arsalan met and trained with some of the greatest Martial Artists of our time, including Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Erika has been dancing since the age of three, extensively training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. She is also a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program. She has performed, taught, and choreographed with many studios and theatres throughout the Lower Mainland. Having grown up with performing arts, Erika is excited to be bringing her love of singing, dancing, and acting to a new generation of students.
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.
Peter completed his Yoga Teacher Training at the SSCY in 2003, and has 10 years experience designing and leading classes both privately and through schools and community centres throughout the lower mainland. Specializing in classical Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga, Peter has an extensive background developing and teaching a variety of yoga techniques to all levels including Yin, Restorative, chair Yoga for seniors and Power Flow Vinyasa. Yoga Alliance certified with ongoing professional development, Peter is a supportive, knowledgeable instructor who is dedicated to developing the whole student.
For almost two years, Melvin has worked as a Facebook Instructor at other community centres in Vancouver and has helped many adults and older adults learn the basic functions of Facebook. He has graduated with a Certificate from Vancouver Community College in the Administrative Assistant Program and has a strong knowledge with using Microsoft Office software and social media.
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
Pottery – Hand & Wheel M | Jan 9-Mar 20 | 6:30pm-9:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
Ballet Barre Workout F | Jan 6-Mar 31 | 10:00am-11:00am (Adult & Older Adult, Aerobics & Fitness)
Body Blast on the Ball M | Jan 9-Mar 27 | 8:00am-9:00am (Adult & Older Adult, Aerobics & Fitness)
Stretch and Flex W | Jan 4-Mar 29 | 10:00am-11:00am (Adult & Older Adult, Aerobics & Fitness)
Zumba M W | Jan 2-Mar 31 | 9:00am-10:00am (Adult & Older Adult, Aerobics & Fitness)
Zumba Sculpting F | Jan 6-Mar 28 | 9:00am-10:00am (Adult & Older Adult, Aerobics & Fitness)
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.
Argentine Tango Th | Jan 12-Mar 16 | 7:00pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Argentine Tango Th | Jan 12-Mar 16 |8:00pm-9:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Argentine Tango Th | Jan 12-Mar 16 | 9:00pm-9:45pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Meditation – Guided Th | Jan 12-Mar 16 | 5:30pm-6:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Aberthau Tango Night Sa | Jan 28 | 8:00pm-11:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Aberthau Tango Night Sa | Feb 25 | 8:00pm-11:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Aberthau Tango Night Sa | Mar 25 | 8:00pm-11:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Jay is an experienced program manager, teacher, and writer with over 15 years’ experience leading teams in both arts and academic settings. Published writer. Passion for helping writers develop their voices and professional skills.
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.
This Brazilian- born whirl- wind was born dancing and has never stopped. Immersed in South American festivals and celebrations, she went on to attain professional dance instructor training to explore her lifelong love of Latin dances. For the last six years , Magali has shared her passionate belief that dancing is a joyful experience that connects us, mind, body and soul. www.dancesamba.ca. Magali Cardoso is from Sao Paulo Brazil where she developed her passion for dancing. She is a certified dance instructor and has been teaching in Canada since 2007.
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.
Anna currently studies Environmental Design at UBC. She loves making arts and crafts, and is passionate about painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and architecture. She has been working and volunteering at WPGCC since 2007 in various children’s events, and was also the recipient of WPGCC Award for Excellence in Volunteering and Community Involvement in 2009. Her favorite craft is making animal piñatas stuffed with special goodies.
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.
Qigong Sa | Jan 14-Mar 18 | 1:30pm-2:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
Beginner Yoga – Vijnana Tradition M | Jan 16-Mar 27 | 6:30pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Tanuja Dabir is a Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Whiz. She transforms stressed, on-the-go busy bodies from being tired, overwhelmed, and body shy to energetic and confident with practical nutrition & lifestyle strategies to get their mojo. Tanuja empowers her clients take charge of their health, enjoy eating nutritiously without restrictions so that they feel energized from the inside out and look amazing. She is a prolific public speaker; writer and instructor at UBC’s peer support program on type 2 Diabetes.
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.
Toni is a candidate chess master, has been World Marathon Chess Champion, President of British Columbia Chess Federation and Captain of the Vancouver Chess Team. He has taught chess privately and in elementary schools in Vancouver for 15 years, with some students as young as three. He has coached many B.C. elementary school champions including the 2013 Kindergarten champion and the runner-up.
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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/
Collaborative Creative Dance – Aging and Art F | Jan 13-Mar 17 | 12:30pm-2:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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).
Karate – Shotokan (14+ yrs) M W | Jan 4-Mar 29 | 6:30pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
Pilates Matwork Th | Jan -Mar 16 | 5:00pm-6:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Lynn is an artist. She sculpts, draws, writes and does photography, and has twenty years of experience as a freelance graphic artist. She speaks French comfortably, Spanish well, and enough Italian to carefully have a conversation. She has a huge commitment to supporting people in getting access to their own creativity, however that looks. www.falconerart.com
Life Drawing Sessions M | Jan 9-Mar 27 | 10:00am-1:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Sharon loves supporting people in their goals to be fit and improve how they feel. She’s been working in fitness since graduating with a Physical Education degree more than 20 years ago. She also attends a lot of continuing education courses and workshops and incorporates them into personal training and fitness classes. The first personal training session with Sharon starts with a review of your goals and health history. She uses the 10 minute Functional Movement System screen to assess how your body moves and individualize your fitness program (see functionalmovement.com & click on “Why FMS”). Sharon will then put you through a group of exercises and start you on your fitness program. Sharon has a Bachelor of Physical Education, is a CSEP Exercise Physiologist, an experienced BCRPA Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Leader.
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.
Born and raised in China, Nicole has always had a great passion towards languages. Through learning English as a second language, Nicole understands the various important aspects of a language to the non-native speakers. When teaching Mandarin, she tries to introduce the most useful vocabulary and grammar highlights to the learners so that they can utilize the knowledge in their daily life. This further enhances the learner’s motivation to study Mandarin.
Gord started playing tennis when he was 5 years old. Old racquets and dirt gray white balls in the basement, a bored kid in a small BC coastal town, add a wall. One clean smack and he was hooked on the feel. Self taught until his late teens, Gord played any time with any one any where. Won and lost games, developed a calm and patient understanding of self, made life long friendships and developed a passion to share the feeling of ball to racquet with anyone willing. The intervening years are a blur of experiences, learning and living-some best never shared. In 1982 Gord was teaching a friend on the new courts at Granville Island when the instructor for the False Creek Community Centre came up to him and asked, “Where have you taught before?” Recognizing an opportunity Gord replied, “only for friends, but if you are interested, so am I.” And so it began. Now 28 years later every time Gord is on the court, he strives to be a better instructor and pass on the joy he found in play and play is what he teaches.
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.
Japanese – Beginners (6-14 yrs) M | Jan 9-Mar 6 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) Tu Th | Jan 10-Mar 9 | 9:15am-10:30am (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) Tu Th | Jan 10-Mar 9 | 10:45am-12:00pm (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) M W | Jan 9-Mar 8 | 9:15am-10:30am (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) M W | Jan 9-Mar 8 | 10:45am-12:00pm (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) W | Jan 11-Mar 8 | 3:45pm-4:45pm (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) W | Jan 11-Mar 8 | 5:00pm-6:00pm (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) Sa | Jan 14-Mar 11 | 9:15am-10:30am (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (3-5 yrs) Sa | Jan 14-Mar 11 | 10:45am-12:00pm (Infant & Preschool)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 1 Th | Jan 12-Mar 9| 4:00pm-5:45pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 2A Tu | Jan 10-Mar 7 | 4:00pm-5:45pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 2B F | Jan 13-Mar 10 | 4:00pm-5:45pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 3 M | Jan 13-Mar 10 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 4 M | Jan 9-Mar 6 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 6 M | Jan 9-Mar 6 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 7 W | Jan 11-Mar 8 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 9-10 Th | Jan 12-Mar 9 | 4:15pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Japanese (Grades 1-9) Grade 1-6 Sa | Jan 14-Mar 4 | 1:00pm-4:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Claire began her studies in Middle Eastern dance in 1993 and enjoys a variety of styles ranging from folkloric to cabaret, with a strong understanding of rhythms, costuming, and performance skills. She believes that dance is a joyful and powerful form of self-expression, is beneficial for physical and emotional health. www.kazmira.net
Dax loves to work, relax and play in Point Grey. In the summertime, you can find Dax at Trimble Park, as one of our energetic Playground leaders and throughout the year, Dax works in the West Point Grey Community Centre office, runs afterschool kid’s sports programs, helps with the evening programs and supervises various events at Aberthau Mansion. Dax enjoys all Board sports, eats most of his meals at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, and is a diehard Vancouver Canadians Baseball fan. Dax is one of the most recognizable staff members of West Point Grey CC as he is always willing to lend a hand in any area.
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.
A longtime Point Grey resident, Ron is a retired AdMan, now an actor, writer, musician and Bridge enthusiast. He has played the game of bridge for 50 years and still considers himself a student of it, and loves to share this passion with others.
Bridge – Let’s Play Better (with instruction) W | Jan 4-Feb 22 | 6:45pm-9:45pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Yolanda was born and educated in Mexico City and completed a 4 year teaching degree. She initially taught elementary school for nearly 10 years before undertaking teaching research in Japan. She studied the process of learning, reading and writing at Chiba University for a year. After her sojourn in Japan, Yolanda immigrated to Canada where she has been involved in Spanish Language instruction for the past 11 years. Currently she teaches children, youth and adults at various levels, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Let’s Speak Spanish (3-5 yrs) F | Jan 13-Mar 10 | 10:30am-11:45am (Infant & Preschool)
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.
Piano Lessons with June (3+ yrs) Tu | Jan 3-Mar 7 | 3:30pm-6:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Piano Lessons with June (3+ yrs) Th | Jan 5-Mar 9 | 3:30pm-6:30pm (Children & Preteen)
Piano Lessons with June (3+ yrs) F | Jan 6-Mar 10 | 3:30pm-5:00pm (Children & Preteen)
Piano Lessons with June (3+ yrs) Sa | Jan 7-Mar 11 | 9:30am-4:30pm (Children & Preteen)
Piano Lessons with June (3+ yrs) Su | Jan 8-Mar 12 | 11:00am-12:30pm (Children & Preteen)
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.
Knitting Project – Arm Knitting Sa | Feb 11 | 10:00am-12:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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
LeBlond Technique – Stretching and Deep Relaxation Tu | Jan 3-Mar 28 | 6:30pm-8:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
Restorative Yoga Sa | Jan 14-Mar 25 | 11:00am-12:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Monika is originally from Germany and has over 15 years of fitness and dance experience. She is a certified KANGATRAINING fitness instructor as well as Emergency First Aid and CPR trained. With a background (Ph.D) in Psychology and being a Mother herself, Monika understands how important it is for Moms to be fit and healthy, to do something for themselves, while still bonding with the baby.
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.
Writing Short Stories Sa | Feb 18 | 9:30am-3:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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
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.
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
Abstract Painting – Introduction M | Jan 9-Feb 20 | 1:30pm-4:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Abstract Painting – Introduction M | Feb 27-Mar 27 | 1:30pm-4:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Abstract 2 and Mixed Media Th | Jan 12-Feb 16 | 1:30pm-4:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Abstract 2 and Mixed Media Th | Feb 23-Mar 30 | 1:30pm-4:40pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
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.
Lyle is a musician, educator, and researcher, facilitating rhythm-based events and programs locally and globally. He utilizes music, and in particular African drumming combined with other modalities, as a tool to build community and boost health. More info at drummingandhealth.com | Contact Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
Alissa Reder truly enjoys being with children, engaging with their energy, curiosity, and interests at the preschool ages. Alissa is excited to be the new Assistant Preschool Teacher at West Point Grey Community Centre, having embarked on her long time goal of becoming an early Educator. Alissa will be continuing her studies part time to obtain her degree in Early Education as currently she holds the Assistant Certification. It will be her pleasure to work with the children in the Preschool, get to know each one, and their families, throughout this school year. Alissa lives in Horseshoe Bay with my husband Mark and our two teenage daughters, Sophia and Julia. Hiking, jogging, and reading are some of favorite extracurricular activities.
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.
Buying & Selling Real Estate Th | Jan 25 | 7:00pm-9:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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.
Yvan was born in France and now lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children as a permanent resident. As a teacher for the past six years, he focuses on meeting all individual needs in a warm and welcoming environment.
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.
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
Later Life Yoga Tu | Jan 17-Mar 28 | 1:00pm-2:15pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Julio is an A+ Certified technician whose love of electronics and technical ability started at a very young age. He loves robots, audio & video production and working with the latest technology. He has instructed, coached and mentored children for several years.
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: email@example.com
Mary Lou received her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 1994. She also holds Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Physical Education (Motor Learning and Control) from the University of British Columbia.
To get an inside look into Mary Lou’s Feldenkrais classes, view the video at www.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.
Vancouver Performing Stars is a performing arts training program for children ages 2-16 that offers a variety of music, theatre and movement classes in various locations around Vancouver. From ballet, jazz and hip hop to glee and musical theatre, we strive to offer programs that are con- tinually growing with our students. By learning technique and confidence through song and play, children can hone their skills as performers while developing a love for the arts. For more information visit www.performingstars.ca
Sable received her Musical Theater Diploma from Capilano University and quickly started teaching Ballet to young children. Her passion and joy for teaching drove her towards being a preschool teacher. When the opportunity to work at WPG arose she eagerly accepted without a second thought and the rest is history. Working alongside Miranda and all the families has been a wonderful gift and Sable is currently in school (2013) to earn her ECE certification. Sable loves seeing the children’s individual development grow and blossom into unique personalitie and enjoys working with children because she loves to be a part of the children’s growth. Sable is hoping to have many wonderful years here at WPG Preschool.
Nathan began studying Tai Chi under Sifu (Master) Steve Malliaris at the age of 11. He was immediately struck by the depth of the art, and has enjoyed practicing and teaching ever since. Now instructing many classes across Vancouver, Nathan is delighted to be learning and growing alongside other Tai Chi enthusiasts. Nathan finds great pleasure in the natural world, and has attended several survival workshops. In his spare time he loves rock climbing, camping and hiking.
Tai Chi Sa | Jan 14-Mar 18| 2:30pm-4:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Miranda have been teaching Early Childhood Education for over 30 years, 6 of which have been at West Point Grey Community centre. Miranda has her ECE Diploma and also a current First Aid and CPR and is constantly taking workshops and classes to keep educating herself as 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.
Fencing for Beginners (14+yrs) W | Jan 25-Mar 15 | 6:30pm-7:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Scott has been helping with the education of dogs and their owners for over 30 years. He brings with him his experience in Obedience and Show Trial Handling, Hunting, Herding and with the Motion Picture Industry. Scott is also recognized as expert, in the assessment of canine behaviour, and in the rehabilitation of canine behaviour, in both our Provincial and the Supreme Court here in British Columbia. Whether a new pup, a rescue, or a family dog, Scott shows owners how to have fun with their dogs while improving their dog’s manners and social skills.
Dog Training – Beginner M | Jan 9-Feb 6 | 7:00pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Dog Training – Beginner M | Feb 20-Mar 20 | 7:00pm-8:00pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Vancouver City Dog Program M| Jan 9-Feb 6 | 8:15pm-9:15pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Vancouver City Dog Program M| Feb 20-Mar 20 | 8:15pm-9:15pm (Adult & Older Adult)
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
Tae Kwon Do (4-6 yrs) F Su | Jan 6-Mar 31| 6:30pm-7:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Basile Tene is an experienced French instructor from Cameroon, a bilingual country (French/English). He taught French and Social Studies for more than 10 years in post-secondary and high schools. Studying in France as well, he graduated from his second professional Masters at the University of Besançon before moving to Canada in 2014. After landing in Quebec, Basile studied and worked in Montreal, and on his way to Vancouver, he stopped at the French Department at the Athabasca University in Alberta, prior to entering at SFU to learn French in the Canadian context (PDP program).
French Conversation Tu | Jan 10-Mar 14 | 6:45pm-8:15pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Folk Dancing M | Jan 9-Mar 20 | 7:45pm-9:45pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Kung Fu – Wing Chun F | Jan 20-Mar 10| 5:45pm-6:45pm (Children & Preteen)
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.
Scottish Country Dance W | Jan 11-Mar 29 | 7:30pm-9:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Roberta has been practicing yoga since the age of 13. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor who studies regularly with many internationally established teachers such as Corine Biria, Gabriella Giubilaro and Kevin Gardiner. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Roberta’s initial training was under the guidance of Katia daCosta. In Vancouver she continues to study with Louie Ettling. Roberta’s teaching style is grounded, energetic, and kind. Sensitive to individual needs and challenges, her teaching combines precise alignment and attention to detail with harmony and grace. She believes that yoga is a path of discipline, balance and transformation.
Iyengar Yoga – 6 Class Package Tu Th | Jan 10-Mar 30 | (Adult & Older Adult)
Iyengar Yoga Tu | Jan 10-Mar 28 | 9:30am-11:00am (Adult & Older Adult)
Iyengar Yoga Th | Jan 12-Mar 30 | 9:30am-11:00am (Adult & Older Adult)
Iyengar Yoga Th | Jan 12-Mar 30 | 5:30pm-7:30pm (Adult & Older Adult)
Pilates Barre W | Jan 11-Mar 29 | 10:15am-11:15am (Adult & Older Adult)
Luci discovered Iyengar Yoga in Berkeley in the late 1990s. A decade later in Vancouver, she decided to teach and now holds an Intermediate Junior I certificate. Luci’s teaching is perceptive, articulate, rigorous, and always geared to the individual. She encourages students to challenge themselves and to appreciate the precision and depth of Iyengar yoga. In August 2014, she traveled to Pune, India, to study with the Iyengar family. Originally from Hawaii, Luci is a professional writer, editor, and Lonely Planet author. She blogs as Yoga Spy, yogaspy.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!
Torey loves teaching children (and adults!) of all ages and has been at West Point Grey Community Centre since 2008. With Orff training, a B.Mus. and her experiences as a singer, piano teacher, dancer and award-winning performer, she has developed a unique music and movement program that blends musical, cognitive and social development with pure fun for both child and caregiver! Check out www.toreyzachary.com for more information.
Sing! Dance! Play! Kodaly-Orff Music (1-3 yrs) Tu | Jan 10-Mar 7 | 10:30am-11:15am (Infant & Preschool)
Sing! Dance! Play! Kodaly-Orff Music (1-3 yrs) F | Jan 13-Mar 10 | 10:30am-11:15am (Infant & Preschool)
Wunderkeys Piano for Preschoolers (3-5 yrs) F | Jan 13-Mar 10 | 11:30am-1:00pm (Infant & Preschool)