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Bhat Boy - Art

Bhat Boy

Art

Bhat Boy

Bhat Boy

Art


Famous for his whimsical work, Bhat Boy is a professional artist famous for painting the National Capital, both past and present. Bhat went to Mutchmor Public School and Glebe Collegiate before attending the Ontario College of Art and Design. Bhat has been teaching art at The Firehall for 4 years. His classes are fun and entertaining. He believes that anyone can learn from art, regardless of age or skill level.
Andrina Cox - Drama

Andrina Cox

Drama

Andrina Cox

Andrina Cox

Drama


Andrina Cox spends her summers running her own gardening and landscaping business and winters teaching ceramics and giving workshops in painting and ceramics. Andrina has her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University and has had the opportunity to show in London, England; Ottawa; Montreal and Berkley, California.  Her artwork has been collected and exhibited in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, London and Berkeley.  Having a multidisciplinary approach, and broad knowledge of artists and art practices, in many mediums, as a painter, bronze and ceramic sculptor, and creating and selling functional pottery wares, there is always inspiration at hand in her classes and workshops. Her deep connection to nature and community living has been a lifelong cherished experience, through this connection it is possible to set the course of creation and celebrate the love, joy, and harmony humanity is meant to achieve.  
Amanda Degrace - Little Lotus Yoga

Amanda Degrace

Little Lotus Yoga

Amanda Degrace

Amanda Degrace

Little Lotus Yoga


Amanda and her Little Lotus team have been teaching at The Firehall for over 8 years. The entire Little Lotus Teaching Team LOVES sharing their joy of yoga with expecting and new parents, as well as their young children! Little Lotus Yoga specializes in pre/postnatal and kids’ yoga classes and offers teacher training programs in Ottawa and Montreal.
Ian Dudley - The LEGO Guy

Ian Dudley

The LEGO Guy

Ian Dudley

Ian Dudley

The LEGO Guy


Ian Dudley is Ottawa’s original full-time LEGO educator, and his local business, Orange STEM Education, continues to be Ottawa's leader in LEGO education. Teaching LEGO Engineering & Robotics since 2002, Ian has taught at OSCA since 2009. As a Mechanical Engineering Technologist with a background in the semi-conductor and aviation industries, Ian creates his own engineering, mechanics, robotics and programming projects for the range of Orange STEM classes offered at OSCA and beyond.  Ian's hands-on projects use science, technology and math skills to focus on engineering principles, and it's the joy of helping kids succeed that keeps him teaching almost every day. Ian teaches LEGO and Robotics extensively in Ottawa's public and private schools, and his LEGO and Robotics birthday parties are well received. Ian's favourite memories of OSCA are from the Open House when the community visits to try out new activities. 
Rhona Einbinder-Miller - Yoga

Rhona Einbinder-Miller

Yoga

Rhona Einbinder-Miller

Rhona Einbinder-Miller

Yoga


Rhona is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in ashtanga, vinyasa power flow, yin and restorative yoga, as well as yoga for runners and athletes. Having run numerous marathons and half-marathons and studied ballet, jazz and hip-hop for more than 25 years, she brings personal experience in teaching yoga for dancers and runners. Her yoga classes are adaptable to all levels and ages, and combine active yang poses with restorative and yin asana. Rhona has been teaching at the Ottawa South Community Centre since September, 2016. As a second career (Rhona is a lawyer) she loves witnessing the physical and mental benefits that teaching yoga brings to her students. It’s extremely rewarding to see her students leaving her classes calmer and more refreshed than before they came to class.  Her best memories of the Old Ottawa South Community are of her 3 children (who are now young adults) participating in infant and toddler playgroups, after school programs and summer camps, and especially of the haunted house Halloween parties held at the old Firehall!
Joanne Hale - Fitness

Joanne Hale

Fitness

Joanne Hale

Joanne Hale

Fitness


I have been teaching at Ottawa South for several years.  My favourite memories involve watching my students change from strangers to friends with each other.  I love teaching for so many reasons but, I really love it when someone tells me that something I taught them had a positive impact. I have been working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 12 years. I teach a wide variety of programs and work with a diverse group of clients. My focus has always been on improving the knowledge and understanding of my students to improve their fitness. I am always learning new things to share with them.  Helping people find their way to fitness, while keeping a smile on their face is what I like to do.
Jocelyn Jenkins - Pottery

Jocelyn Jenkins

Pottery

Jocelyn Jenkins

Jocelyn Jenkins

Pottery


Jocelyn Jenkins is an Ottawa potter who works out of her own studio in Old Ottawa South.  She is a fixture at the Firehall Pottery Studio where she has shared her love of clay with children of all ages for many years. The projects flow fast and free from these classes: whether it’s twinkling bats for Halloween or bell children with “real” hearts for Valentine’s Day, Jocelyn creates whimsical projects that challenge her classes to pour themselves into their work. Jocelyn is also a functional potter whose work can be seen several times a year in shows and sales in the area.  Through her work she attempts to forge a connection with her audience.  Although her work is primarily functional, she attempts to create a narrative that will draw people into her world – a world where a turtle or a snail might join you for coffee, and thereby provoke a smile.
Lori Meyers - Fitness

Lori Meyers

Fitness

Lori Meyers

Lori Meyers

Fitness


Lori is passionate about teaching which has been evident since her days as a swim instructor and coach. She is an international teacher and presenter and has taught a wide variety of group fitness programs, including Spinning and Alpine Skiing. Pilates and Yoga are now her focus and have been for the last 20 years. She both actively practices and teaches in both disciplines.  Lori holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics Honours Degree. Continuing her education, she regularly participates in workshops and courses.  Students benefit from Lori’s passion, expert knowledge, sense of humour and authentic desire to see everyone develop to their full potential.  Lori’s favorite part of working at the Firehall are her clients. To her they are like family and she feels lucky to help support them through her programs and to keep the community strong.
Darcy Middaugh - Preschool

Darcy Middaugh

Preschool

Darcy Middaugh

Darcy Middaugh

Preschool


Darcy has been teaching preschool programs for over 20 years, many of which he has spent here at the Firehall. Over this time, Darcy has watched many children grow in a fun and safe environment. He continues to offer exciting programs for little ones and enjoys it as much as the children do. Although he has many fond memories of The Firehall and his programs, getting to know the people in this great community has been one of his favourites throughout his time here. 
Elyse Pion - Yoga

Elyse Pion

Yoga

Elyse Pion

Elyse Pion

Yoga


 Elyse was born and raised in Ottawa and has always enjoyed leading an active lifestyle. She chose to pursue that interest as a career path, and to expand and enrich her knowledge she took the Fitness and Lifestyle Management program at Algonquin College. She then continued along that path and completed her yoga teacher training at Adishesha in 2011.  She has been teaching in Ottawa ever since.

Elyse has continued her learning with various workshops including, but not limited to, yoga tune up with Jill Miller, yoga as therapy with Doug Keller, prenatal work, and most recently lokimotion and movnat.  She is passionate about helping people to enable their bodies to move, function better and prevent injury, so that they can get the most enjoyment out of life… and of course have some fun doing it. Her regular class at OSCA is a gentle yoga, but you will often find her teaching a strong power class or core focused class on other days, filling in or otherwise, when she is not with her young daughter exploring the world. 

Zina Richard - Fitness

Zina Richard

Fitness

Zina Richard

Zina Richard

Fitness


Zina has been teaching at OSCA for over 16 years. A combination of serious strength work, graceful dance-influenced sequences and an overall joy of movement- these are standouts of Zina's approach. As a classical ballet teacher, she places a lot of emphasis on joint alignment, beautiful posture, works on strength and elasticity of feet and ankles. Zina enjoys a light atmosphere and community feel in her classes and encourages everyone to learn about each other, talk about current topics all while participating in class.
Andrea Robertson - Fitness

Andrea Robertson

Fitness

Andrea Robertson

Andrea Robertson

Fitness


Andrea is an avid athlete with a passion for the outdoors. She spends much of her free time on the trails in the Gatineau Park enjoying mountain biking, road biking, trail running, snowboarding and skate skiing. Her specialty is Yoga For Athletes, and has been teaching for the Ottawa Senators for the past 7 years. Her intention is always to provide a fresh creative class geared specifically to her students at hand. One of her biggest passions is travelling and she leads 6 yoga wellness retreats a year both locally and internationally. Andrea has been teaching at OSCA for 12 years.  She loves being a part of the process of helping people finding balance within themselves and helping them heal both mind and body through deepening their yoga practice.
Diane Robertson - Fitness

Diane Robertson

Fitness

Diane Robertson

Diane Robertson

Fitness


Diane has had a diverse career for 25 years in the fitness industry. She became a Group Fitness and Aquafitness instructor, teaching in several locations in Ottawa. Her love of fitness led her to supplement her own workouts with yoga for several years. Twelve years ago, she completed her Yoga Certification and Yoga has become the focus of her teaching. Her passion is to help people enjoy better health through safe effective classes and to create an accepting atmosphere where participants of all levels can replenish and challenge themselves. Diane has been teaching for OSCA for the past eleven years and her greatest memories are the participants.  Their enthusiasm, friendliness and commitment has made teaching there a privilege.
Tanya Robertson - Fitness

Tanya Robertson

Fitness

Diane Robertson

Diane Robertson

Fitness


Tanya is a motivating, high-energy trainer, a fitness entrepreneur at heart and the Owner and Operator of Personalized Fitness which she started in 1999. She has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry as a Fitness Health Coordinator, Workshop Presenter and Gym Manager. She's obtained certifications as a Trainer (Group and Personal trainer), Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor and was a regular contributor to CTV‘s “Today‘s the Day” Health and Fitness television segments from 2005 – 2015.  In a business where innovation and creativity is the key to success, Tanya continues to prove she is a strong leader. Tanya has been working for OSCA for approximately 5 years. She comes back each year for the participants.  She loves motivating people to move and improve their health. 
Colin Welburn - Jiu Jitsu

Colin Welburn

Jiu Jitsu

Colin Welburn

Colin Welburn

Jiu Jitsu


Colin started learning Jiu Jitsu in 1993 at Trent University when he heard that a new sensei had flown over from the UK to a start a martial arts club.  The organization, now known as "Jitsu Canada", has grown to 20 clubs across the country. Colin earned his 

sensei status in 1999 and has been teaching Jiu Jitsu at OSCA since 2015. Colin has been a guest instructor at various clubs throughout Ontario, as well as in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Gabrielle Archer-Cork - Yoga

Gabrielle Archer-Cork

Yoga

Gabrielle Archer-Cork

Gabrielle Archer-Cork

Yoga


 Forever a teacher and forever a student, Gabrielle is a highly trained yoga teacher with an extensive background in anatomy, injury prevention, core awareness, biomechanics of proper movement, and yoga alignment. Since 2011, she has taught a variety of yoga disciplines at the Firehall and she takes pride in catering to her students’ needs. She welcomes all levels of students to class and encourages safe, creative, and playful movement.
</span><span>MICHAEL FARACH</span><span> - Fitness, Boxing and Kickboxing

MICHAEL FARACH

Fitness, Boxing and Kickboxing

Michael Farach

Michael Farach

Fitness, Boxing and Kickboxing


Michael Farach is the owner of Farach Fitness. He is a certified personal fitness trainer through the YMCA and Canfit Pro and has been providing services in Ottawa since 2012. Prior to establishing his own business in 2012, he managed and trained amateur boxers out of Final Round Boxing gym from 2009-2012. Michael was also an amateur boxer that competed for the Ottawa Beaver Boxing Club from 2000-2002. Michael graduated from Algonquin College in the Law Clerk program but made a career change after finding his passion for fitness. He is passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals through his love for boxing. Farach Fitness specializes in boxing and kickboxing workouts. Michael has been providing services in the Catholic and Public school board since 2009. He also instructs boxing and kickboxing fitness classes at various locations in the city. He started instructing classes at OSCA since the Spring of 2018 and is loving every minute of it! Web link: www.farachfitness.com Instagram: farach_fitness 
</span><span>Vanessa Coplan</span><span> - Art

Vanessa Coplan

Art

Vanessa Coplan

Vanessa Coplan

Art


Vanessa Coplan is an Ottawa based visual artist, art teacher and creative coach.  She is a graduate of OCAD, trained in drawing and painting. She also holds degrees in Anthropology (B.A.) and Art History (M.A.). Most recently Vanessa’s art has focused on working in textiles. Her work has also changed from a studio based practice to one that involves community building, collaboration and outreach. Please see Vanessa’s website to find out more about her and what she does. www.vcoplan.ca 
</span><span>Lorraine Aston</span><span> - Dance

Lorraine Aston

Dance

Lorraine Aston

Lorraine Aston

Dance


Lorraine Aston performed as an independent dance artist in Toronto for many years, and also taught dance to children and adults of all ages. More recently, she graduated from the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal and completed a master’s degree in performance psychology at the University of Ottawa. Passionate about the many health and wellbeing benefits of dance, Lorraine has facilitated dance and therapeutic dance programs in community, hospital and school settings, and has also organized workshops and site-specific dance experiences for the public. She also consults with professional and aspiring performing artists, helping them strengthen the mental skills that enhance performance, wellbeing and resilience and lead to more sustainable careers. 
</span><span>Karen Kurtzrock</span><span> - Pottery

Karen Kurtzrock

Pottery

Karen Kurtzrock

Karen Kurtzrock

Pottery


Karen studied ceramics at John Abbott College in Montreal graduating in 1979. She worked as a studio potter in Montreal, returning to school in 1984 to study occupational therapy at the University of Toronto. Throughout her career as an occupational therapist Karen attended numerous ceramic workshops and courses as well as having a home studio. Now retired, she has returned to her first love – clay. Although she would describe herself as a functional potter she likes to dabble in sculpture having attended several courses in figurative sculpture. Karen is teaching both young, old, and those in between. 
</span><span>Cas Seywerd</span><span> - Gaming

Cas Seywerd

Gaming

Cas Seywerd

Cas Seywerd

Gaming


Casimir (Cas) is a 3rd year environmental studies student at Carleton University. Cas has been living in the Ottawa Central/South area since he was born in 1999. He started working in childcare with Scouts Canada and has since moved on to the Firehall where he began as an after-care counselor in late 2016. At the Firehall, Cas runs the after-school Dungeons & Dragons program and tends to the outdoor gardens. In his free time Cas enjoys cycling, painting, and game development. 
</span><span>Antonia Roul</span><span> - Yoga

Antonia Roul

Yoga

Antonia Roul

Antonia Roul

Yoga


Antonia was born and raised in Fort-de-France, Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean. Her Yogi name is Abhaidev Kaur. She started to practice yoga when she was 5. She arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1995, where she studied in Administration at University du Quebec à Montreal (UQAM). She came to Ottawa in 2005 and discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2006 which brought balance to her body, mind and soul. Through the regular practice of exercises (kriyas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and sacred sounds (mantras), she increased her life force (prana) and embarked on an exciting new journey of self-discovery. In 2018, she became a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and started to teach this great science to help people feel happier, healthier, and more relaxed. From her basement to city parks, she helps her students boost their energy levels and enjoy greater levels of physical well-being. She is a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA), and is now happy to be part of the OSCA team and is ready to serve the community with integrity and humility. 
</span><span>Hanna Stewart</span><span> - Home Alone & Babysitting

Hanna Stewart

Home Alone & Babysitting

Hanna Stewart

Hanna Stewart

Home Alone & Babysitting


Hanna is the instructor of our special Home Alone and Babysitting Certification workshops. She is a Masters student at Carleton University in Sociology. She is a resident of Old Ottawa South and has always been involved at the Firehall whether as a camper, volunteer, or in her undergrad, an After-Four and summer camp coordinator. Presently, she instructs the Babysitter and Home Alone courses and teaches valuable safety procedures and life skills. She looks forward to meeting the local youth & fostering a sense of community. 
</span><span>Rowena Hall</span><span> - Balance & Coordination

Rowena Hall

Balance & Coordination

Rowena Hall

Rowena Hall

Balance & Coordination


Rowena is certified in Franklin Method® Educator, Level 3 and is also a Certified Pilates Teacher PMA®-CPT.

Franklin Method has completely changed the way Rowena exercises, teaches and approaches movement.  She became a certified Pilates teacher in 2002, having spent years being active and curious about how her body worked and what she could do to help herself feel better and avoid injury.  Although Pilates helped her enormously, she still sensed her body needed more.

She had been reading Eric Franklin’s books for years and started training with him in 2011.  That training has deepened her understanding of the anatomy of our bodies and the power of our minds; and provided unique tools which, combined with her Pilates training, help her create freer, dynamic, functional movement for herself and for others. She loves to watch her students discover how using simple imagery and gaining more understanding of how our bodies and minds work can instantly create positive change.  For more information, visit: https://franklinmethodinottawa.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FranklinMethodInOttawa/?ref=bookmarks 

</span><span>Amy Warr</span><span> - 123-Petits Pas

Amy Warr

123-Petits Pas

Amy Warr

Amy Warr

123-Petits Pas


Amy Warr is a certified French as a second language teacher in Ontario and the CEO of 123 Petits Pas Inc. 123 Petits Pas was founded in January 2018 when “Madame Amy”, as her students call her, saw the need for support for parents hoping to raise bilingual children. Her desire to raise her own son bilingually sparked the idea of teaching parents and young children at the same time in order to ensure that all children could have the opportunity to experience French as soon as possible! Mme Amy and her team of educators teach French to both parents and young children (ages 0-4) through song, movement, and a variety of fun and educational activities. There is no prior French knowledge required to join their classes; their goal is to include anyone and everyone, creating a supportive community of families who share the desire to raise bilingual children. 
</span><span>Katherine Boisvert</span><span> - Preschool

Katherine Boisvert

Preschool

Katherine Boisvert

Katherine Boisvert

Preschool


Katherine has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a passion for working with children of all ages and stages. She began working at the Firehall one morning a week 12 years ago in what it is now known as our Busy Kids playgroup. In November 2015 she joined our After-Four program as the coordinator of the Grade 1-3's. Her creative side can be seen in the crafts the children create in her programs. You will often catch her and a crew of children making decorations for the centre in the lobby area of the Firehall.

 

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