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 experimental surgery (diabetes research/islet transplantation) from the University of Alberta
  • Health & Wellness Coordinator at Jean Coutu Pharmacy in Riverview
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer
  • Certified as a field leader in Hiking (with winter module) from the Outdoor Council of Canada
  • Self employed as a speaker, educator and wellness consultant (see webinar ‘Speak Up with Sarah Lord’ and Sarah Lord Wellness on Facebook
  • Community walking leader/mentor
  • Owner of Maritime Outdoor Adventures- Adventure Tourism Company


Second Nature

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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