I grew up in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, Canada, and lived my entire life in the Lower Mainland until 2017. I graduated from the local high school and went on to study marine biology and kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. I complete 3 years of university and then the idealism of youth wore off as I realized there were no jobs in my chosen fields. What I didn’t know was that I was just ahead of my time and it would take another 35 years for both of these fields to be career options.
So I worked in retail sales for a while, then spent 18 years in financial planning. These were jobs I did well but had no love for, so I got back to my biology roots and became a medical transcriptionist, first for the Royal Columbian Hospital and now as a self-employed medical transcriber/editor for 3 health authorities (15+ hospitals) and a neurosurgeon’s office.
The older I got, the more I realized that time was valuable and I needed to spend more time on what brings me joy. That triggered the inklings of my passion project.
After becoming an “island girl” in 2017, and moving to Parksville, a small town of 13,000 on Vancouver Island, I decided to stop dabbling in fitness and give in to my “calling” to bring fun fitness options to active older adults like myself. I went from a licensed dance fitness instructor to a fully certified group fitness specialist. It is important to note that I became a licensed Zumba® instructor and certified group fitness instructor after a total knee replacement at 50.
Over the next few years I will be retiring from my now part-time job as a medical editor and transcriptionist and concentrate on peer fitness classes for active older adults, ensuring classes are fun and accessible to everyone with consideration of the needs and safety of active older adults.
Movement and wellness boost our immunity and help us maintain our independence as we grow older.