Meet our enthusiastic Ambassadors representing Urban Poling across Canada!

Mandy Johnson,
Area: Alberta

  • BA – specialized honours, physical education (York University) 
  • Diploma, Adult Education (George Brown College)
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer
  • OCC Certified Hike Leader
  • National/International speaker on walking, walkability, active transportation
  • 40 years experience in the fields of fitness, recreation, health promotion, active transportation
Louise Hickey
Area:  Sudbury

  • BA Physical Education (McMaster University)
  • Retired College Professor – Health Sciences and Emergency Services
  • CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist
Sue Turner

  • BA Psychology, (Carleton University)
  • Entrepreneur, Yoga, Reiki … and More, serving South Grenville and area
  • Former health promotion consultant for provincial and national organizations
Lisa Dykeman PT
Area:  Halifax and Dartmouth, NS

  • Master in Science of Physiotherapy (Dalhousie University)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology (University of New Brunswick)
  • Physiotherapist.
  • Former competitive gymnast and coach
  • Certified instructor for Urban Poling fitness and ACTIVATOR poles.
 Barb Gormley

  • BA health & physical education (York University)
  • Certified personal trainer & group fitness instructor for 20+ years
  • Presenter on fitness, health & workplace wellness
Jessica Lewgood
Area: Saskatoon & Estevan, SK

  • Masters of Science in Kinesiology (U of R)
  • CSEP -Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Owner of KinFit Family Health & Wellness
  • Fitness Instructor for 10 years
  • Master Trainer
 Faith Julien

  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, in progress (Mount Royal University)
  • Diploma, Fitness and Health Promotion (Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
  • Certified Instructor for Urban Poling Fitness and Activator poles
  • OCC Certified Hike Leader
 Peter Vavougios
Area:  Montreal, QC

  • Physiotherapist, St Mary`s Hospital
  • BSc P.T. ’83 McGill University Montreal
  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • Moving Patient’s Safely Instructor
  • Physiothérapie Génération Home Rehab
  • Urban Poling Instructor
Frieda Baldwin

  • Certified Hike Leader
  • Snowshoe and Safe Hiking instructor
  • Semi-retired trail consultant
  • Lives in Midland, ON
 Tanya Tremblay

  • UPW certified for 3 years
  • Certified fitness instructor and personal trainer
  • Urban Polers Instructor in London, Ontario
  • I look forward to meeting more interested UP’ers!
Nina Munthe-LePage
Area:  Ottawa, ON

  • Certified Nutrition Educator
  • Urban Poling Ambassador
  • Nordic Walking Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro Fitness instructor
Jaqueline (Jackie) Murdoch

  • Math, Honours Applied Analysis & Computer Science (University of Waterloo)
  • Project Manager Professional (PMP), certified, retired
  • Certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, older adult specialist (+ Active Aging Certificate) with Canadian Fitness Professionals
  • Bone FitTM Trained with Osteoporosis
  • Certified instructor for Urban Poling Fitness and ACTIVATOR poles
Kari Galasso

  • BA/BPHE Queens University
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer
  • CCAA Certified Seniors Fitness Instructor
  • CanFitPro certified Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer Health for Life Medical Clinic
  • Wilderness 1st Aid Certified

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The most important aspect of Nordic walking is to just enjoy yourself.  After a while, the technique will become second nature and you will feel confident, efficient, and ready to take on the world!
– Mandy Shintani, OT

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