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
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
Area:  GTA

  • 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
Sue Colbourne
Area: Vancouver Island and Powell River, B.C.

  • OT University of British Columbia
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer
  • Occupational therapist with extensive clinical experience using Urban and Activator poles Community and Primary Health Care settings.
  • Presenter on Urban Poling for staff fitness
 Sue Colbourne
 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
  • PhysiothĂ©rapie GĂ©nĂ©ration Home Rehab
  • Urban Poling Instructor
Danielle Proulx-Laniel
Area: Ottawa & Quebec

  • Bachelor and Master in Physical Education; Bachelor in Education
  • Past Physical Education Teacher at Elementary level and Community Health Center Health Promoter
  • Fall Prevention Certified Instructor
  • Heart Wise Certified Instructor
  • Nordic Walking clubs for 8 years
 Danielle Proulx

Ron & Dee Kennedy
Area: Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge/Guelph

  • Ron is retired from Industrial Sales and The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.
  • Dee is a retired registered nurse with a degree in Business Management.
  • Dee was also the director of the Residence YWCA Kitchener for 17 years.
  • They both volunteered and attended the YMCA Live Smart Program teaching Urban Poling Activator classes.
  • Ron & Dee also introduce Senior’s to Polercise using Activator Poles with music at Community Centre’s and Retirement Homes in the K/W Area.
Frieda Baldwin
Area: Midland, Parry Sound, Wasaga Beach, Orillia

  • Certified Hike Leader
  • Snowshoe and Safe Hiking instructor
  • Semi-retired trail consultant
  • Lives in Midland, ON
Tanya Tremblay
Area: London Ontario & SW Ontario

  • 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 Master Trainer and Ambassador
  • Nordic Walking Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified Personal Trainer
  • Heart Wise trained instructor
Jaqueline (Jackie) Murdoch
Area:  GTA

  • 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
Area: Kingston, Ontario

  • 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
Sarah Lord
Area: New Brunswick

  • Ph.D. in diabetes research (islet transplantation) University of Alberta
  • Diabetes clinics coordination 
  • Lead of community walking programs
  • Hike leader with the Outdoor Council of Canada



Maintaining Proper Posture

Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward.  Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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