Mandy & Diana
Co-directors Mandy Shintani and Diana Oliver are women at different stages of life with very different professional backgrounds, yet they share a dream – to help others realize the many benefits Urban Poling has given to them.
Mandy is an occupational therapist with a Master’s Degree and the founder of Urban Poling. Her mission is to inspire all Canadians toward active living and wellness through innovative pole designs and education. As an avid proponent of life long fitness, she has experienced herself how Urban Poling fuels a healthy and fun lifestyle that leads into using poles with other exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing, hiking and adventure travel that she is passionate about. As a therapist, her design of our ACTIVATOR poles was rooted in her desire to create a tool that would revolutionize mobility and rehabilitation programs. She is considered to be one of the leading experts on this activity and was a finalist with the YWCA Women of Distinction in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Mandy trekking in Patagonia with our Adventure Poles!
Diana is a dynamic business professional with a extensive background in marketing, sales and fitness. She has a passion for promoting the many health benefits of Urban Poling, which stems from her personal experience. Diana combined Urban Poling with other positive lifestyle choices to regain a healthy weight and improve her cardiovascular health following two strenuous pregnancies. Her positive recovery has instilled a drive to help change the face of health care in Canada. In 2012 she became a certified urban poling instructor and taught classes in her own Pilates business. In 2014 became a partner in Urban Poling Inc.
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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