Ambassadors

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
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Louise Hickey
Area:  Sudbury

  • BA Physical Education (McMaster University)
  • Retired College Professor – Health Sciences and Emergency Services
  • CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist
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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
  • www.sueturner.ca
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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.
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 Barb Gormley

  • BA health & physical education (York University)
  • Certified personal trainer & group fitness instructor for 20+ years
  • Presenter on fitness, health & workplace wellness
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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
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 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
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 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
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Frieda Baldwin

  • Certified Hike Leader
  • Snowshoe and Safe Hiking instructor
  • Semi-retired trail consultant
  • Lives in Midland, ON
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 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!
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Nina Munthe-LePage
Area:  Ottawa, ON

  • Certified Nutrition Educator
  • Urban Poling Ambassador
  • Nordic Walking Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro Fitness instructor
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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
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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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Provide variety in your routine, try double poling

Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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