I’m Janice! Here’s a little bit about me…

What I love most about being a Health Educator is having the opportunity to work with all walks of life in various socio-economic and diverse communities. You might see me teaching a dance or fitness class at a community street party, local school or seniors residence... I might be hosting a family wellness night, running a used clothing drive or meet and greet... I could be organizing a fundraiser or event for a local charity or community cause...I might be supporting and educating parents as their children enter into the world or begin a new stage of life... 

 

I became a Birth and Postpartum Doula when I was 19 and have had the pleasure of attending births throughout the GTA and surrounding area. Soon after becoming a doula, I became a Childbirth and Lactation Educator and Baby Massage Instructor. I graduated from Humber and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. My program was a unique multi-discipline program, was the only childbirth education program approved by the ministry of training, colleges and universities and I graduated with Honors. I graduated from Centennial College's Social Services Program in 2002 and I am completing my degree in Family and Community Social Services through the University of Guelph-Humber where upon completion will be a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. My educational background also includes Child Development, Human Sexuality, Adult Education, Curriculum Design and Group Dynamics. I have a lot of experience in this field teaching both community and hospital based classes and enjoy every class I teach! 

 

I started facilitating Children’s Sexual Health workshops 8 years ago and quickly realized how important it was. I also realized the importance of talking to children and youth about balance in their lives, exercise, mindfulness, healthy eating and recognizing stress. This is when I developed the Healthy Body and Mind Program with the help of a other professionals and educators. I am hired to teach this program for many private schools, TDSB parent councils and other parenting groups in and outside of the GTA. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous at first, talking about testicles, scrotums, vaginas, vulvas and....well...you know the rest!

 

Growing up I struggled with body image, weight fluctuations and recovered from an eating disorder. I got the support I needed, educated myself, took courses, trained hard and got really into teaching fitness when I learned how to make it fun and engaging. I became a Fitness Instructor and Trainer in 2009 and Zumba Fitness Instructor and Children's Fitness Coach shortly after. Making fitness fun and enjoyable was something I wanted to pass onto others. It became my passion to show people that fitness and fun can mix! I was a figure skater for nearly 16 years, did some amateur coaching for the City of Toronto and East York Skating Club and credit my skating career for bringing me out of my shell.

Finally, I am a mom of two amazing girls. Aili is 9 years old and loves to sing and Avery 7 years old and loves graphic art. They have something new and exciting to teach me everyday.  I aim to be honest and real and try to make things fun no matter what I’m teaching. I’ll see you in one of my classes or workshops!  

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