Sole Girls Licensee / Calgary, AB
All people, big and small, encounter challenges throughout our life journey. Learning the tools to help us face those challenges and what we learn from them are what allows us to move forward as stronger, more courageous individuals. I love that SOLE is about building a community of support and developing an attitude of strength, empowerment and positivity to help youth to be as resilient as they can be.
I have been involved in sports since I was a young girl. I began with competitive swimming and continued with that into my early 20’s when I began to coach young swimmers and adult triathletes in the pool. In elementary school, with the encouragement of my parents, I began running cross-country. I can’t say it was ‘love at first run’ but it stuck with me and I continued running throughout school. In time, and again with the encouragement of my family, I combined my strengths in running and swimming and began to compete in triathlons where I eventually earned the opportunity to compete on Canada’s Junior National Team. These days, I still love to run but I also enjoy lots of other activities – walking with my dog, hiking, mountain biking, water skiing and yoga to name a few. Whatever makes my body and my mind feel good is what I do!
My happy pace has changed over the years. In the past, I was very competitive and always strived to improve my personal record. In recent years, I don’t compete as much and I take great enjoyment from my time out running and being active with friends. I love the great conversations that come up on a group run! Now, my physical activity is more about taking care of myself and enjoying life instead of competition. My happy pace is what feels good in the moment and having fun doing it. I love the people I meet and the experiences I have along the way!
Working with children and youth as a teacher has taught me many things but one thing for sure is that their world is always so dynamic! I’ve gained some incredible lessons from the young people I’ve had the privilege to work with. Sole YYC is no exception! Every time I get to spend time with a group of kids, I am reminded that there are always multiple ways to see & experience the world and just as many ways that we can enhance and positively impact another person’s life experience. The Mentors who have joined my team and generously given their time to Sole YYC have been an amazing inspiration to me and I am grateful to each person who shares my dream of making a positive impact for youth in Calgary. My goal is to be able to reach as many young people in Calgary as possible and to impact them in a way that has a lasting and positive effect on their journey through adolescence and into adulthood.