Getting started towards a healthier and stronger version of ourselves can often be the most challenging part of a commitment to a healthy active lifestyle. Maybe you are feeling confused or intimated about where to start your fitness plan? Are you unsure of your fitness level and don’t know what class to attend? We want to help you pick the right class, meet new friends and know a little bit about our energetic instructors before you take their class.

With over 75 classes offered each week and more than 25 instructors, you can challenge yourself to try them all over time! Read on to learn more about our Fitness Instructors, their certifications, passions and perhaps even their fitness super powers.

Amber Allan, CGC Fitness & Wellness Coordinator since May 2018

amberAmber Teaches:
Aqua HIIT (Drop-In Class)
HIIT (Drop-in Class)
Cardio Combat (Drop-In Class)
Pumped (Drop-In Class)
Mindfulness and Meditation (Registered Program)

Agatsu Kettlebell
Fitness Kickbox Canada
FIS Certified, canfitpro
PTS Certified, canfitpro
Pre/Post Natal Yoga
YogaFit, Level 3
YogaFit Sweat
YogaFit Anatomy & Alignment
Zumba Certified
Aqua Aerobics

Fitness and healthy living are Amber’s passion. She loves to help people exceed their expectations and to realize they can do more than they ever thought they could.

Fitness Super Power:
To help people discover their own superpower!

“Life is only as good as your mindset.”

Adèle Poirier

adeleAdèle Teaches:
Shallow Aquafit (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Certification Land and Aquafit, YMCA
Personal Trainer Certification, canfitpro

In the fitness world, what motivates Adèle is music. She loves moving to music and grew up with Highland Dancing, so choreography is one of her passions that just comes naturally to her. She always plays fun playlists during her classes, so you can always count on hearing Thriller around the Halloween months. The members in her class always say they love her music and how hard she works them.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to give people the power to be a bit silly and let go of all their worries and responsibilities. Put a smile on their face, even if it’s just for an hour!

“Fake it ‘til you make it. In other words, don’t be afraid to try, and keep working at it until you feel confident.”

Alison Bleeker

Alison Teaches:
Zumba® Gold (Drop-In Class)
Spin (Drop-In Class)

YMCA Group Fitness (Cycling)
Resistance Training
Choreographed Group Fitness
YMCA Individual Conditioning Level 2 Trainer
Licensed Zumba® Gold Instructor

Alison has a passion for fitness and truly feels that her participants are what motivate her everyday!

Fitness Super Power:
Humour and the ability to create enjoyment for my participants

“Just do it!” – Nike

Amanda Swales

Amanda Teaches:
Drum-Fit (Registered Program)
Pumped (Drop-in Class)
Zumba® (Drop-in Class)

Aqua Zumba®
Zumba® Basic Steps, Level 1
Zumba® Kids
Zumba® Jr.

Amanda’s passion has always been dance, she loves the feeling when the music starts. Her motivation is to share this rewarding experience with others. Zumba® has allowed Amanda to express herself on the dance floor without judgement. It never feels like a workout. Amanda is also motived by the joy and happiness the world of Zumba® has given to her and the wonderful people she has been fortunate to meet along her Zumba® Journey.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to have never-ending endurance, so she could dance 24/7!

“Life is too short to sit out another dance! I have learned that we need to live life for today because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.”

Anne Brochu

Anne Teaches:
Yoga (Drop-In Class)
Yoga Express (Drop-In Class)
Pumped (Drop-In Class)
Spin (Drop-In Class)

YogaFit Certification, 200 hours
Restorative Yoga Certification
Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification
Yoga Teacher Certified, 500 hours

Anne loves working with people to help them achieve their fitness goals as well as motivating them to work hard and push themselves to their limits during group exercises.

Fitness Super Power:
Super strength and speed

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”- Jack Canfield

Aprill Denney

allisonAprill Teaches:
Adaptive Yoga (Registered Program)
Adaptive Strength (Registered Program)
Yoga (Drop-in Class)

Agatsu Kettlebell Certified Instructor
Exercise Physiologist Certified, CSEP
Functional Movement Specialist
Personal Trainer Certified, canfitpro
Yoga Teacher Certified

Aprill’s passion is to help people achieve their personal goals. She is motivated by trying new things and challenging herself.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to jump squat to infinity and beyond!

“The body achieves what the mind believes!”

Ashley Lushman

Ashley Teaches:
Fit for Life (Drop-In Class)

Group Exercise Leader + Mind & Body Leader, NSFA
Yoga Fit Level 1
Society of Russian Ballet Associate
Performing Arts Educators of Canada Jazz Associate
Sportball Leader Coach

Ashley loves dance and a good playlist! She enjoys using a variety of fun moves and music to motivate others and keep her classes exciting and fresh.

Fitness Super Power:
Super stretchy! I could correct technique from afar, catch my toddler without chasing him…there are so many possibilities.

“A true act of goodwill always sparks another.”

“The body achieves what the mind believes!”

Aya Mohamed

Aya Teaches:
Aqua HIIT (Drop-in Class)
Stroller Stamina (Registered Program)

canfitpro – Fitness Instructor Specialist
Aqua Fit
STRONG by Zumba©

Aya is motivated by the participants in her classes and loves seeing them come out to every class happy and healthy.

Fitness Super Power:
Keeping my classes fresh and fun!

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”

Bil & Wai Kam MacMullin

Bill & Wai Kam Teach:
Tai Chi (Drop-in)

Tai Chi Certified
Qi Gong Certified

Bil and Wai Kam both have a passion for studying the movements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. They started studying Tai Chi in 1982 at beginner classes in Beijing, China. Since then they have has practiced in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. They are motivated to lead classes that will benefit personal health and wish to share their knowledge with others.

Fitness Super Power: Ability to have super patience!

“Breathe, relax, and enjoy your practice.

Candice Brown, CGC Fitness Programmer since June 2018

Candice Teaches:
Aqua Yoga (Drop-in Class)
Functional Pilates (Registered Program)
Shallow Aquafit (Drop-in Class)
Yoga (Drop-in Class)

CSEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist
YTU – Yoga Tune-Up® Instructor Certification
YMCA – Aquafit, Pilates, and Aerobics Instructor
RYT – Yoga Instructor (200+ hrs)
Pre/Post Natal Fitness Instructor
NCCP – Level 1 Coach
CALA – Aquafit Instructor
Sportball – Kids Instructor

Candice is passionate about trying new things; she is motivated by learning and doing things differently.

Fitness Super Power:
To be able to teach anyone to do anything!

“Let exercise be a celebration of what your body and mind can do when they work together.”

Dennette Hanna-Shea

amberDennette Teaches:
Restorative Yoga (Registered Program)
Yoga (Drop-In Class)

Fitness Instructor Certified, canfitpro
Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio, 500 hours

Dennette has been a certified fitness instructor for 30 years. Her passion for fitness and a need for balance in her life is lead by her yoga practice. She is grateful for how seamlessly she has been able to integrate yoga into all aspects of her life and is motivated by sharing what she loves with others.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability for super authenticity. What you see, what you hear; it’s all real.

“Stay in the moment and teach from the heart.”

Dylan Cleroux

Dylan Teaches:
Youth Fit – Sport (Drop-in Class)
Kids Fit – Sport (Drop-in Class)

Group Fitness – SCW Fitness Education

Dylan loves the challenge and competition element in sport and fitness – challenging others, as well as himself. He is motivated to develop new skill sets that help in being as well-rounded as possible in fitness, and is passionate about channeling that energy into his classes.

Fitness Super Power: To never fatigue.

“The comeback is always greater than the setback.”

Erlinda Unite

adeleErlinda Teaches:
Forever Strong (Drop-In Class)
CGC Walking Club (Drop-In Class)

Group Fitness Certification, NSFA
Older Adult Fitness, YMCA
YogaFit, Level 1

Erlinda is a mother, wife and grandmother and has been leading fitness classes for over 14 years. Her personal medical history is what keeps her motivated to stay active. She has a passion for following a good diet and acquiring an acceptable level of fitness. These are the two most important things you can do in shaping your health and wellness no matter what age you are.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability for super strength and endurance during exercise!

“Quality before quantity.”

Gail Drisdelle

Gail-2016Gail Teaches:
CGC Walking Club (Drop-In Class)

Spin Certification
Group Fitness Certification, YMCA

Gail is a passionate and motivated instructor who loves to engage with her class and help people remain active. Her background in ballroom dance, anatomy and physiology have helped to enhance her teaching styles. During her program, she strives to help with proper movement and keeping participants informed about injury prevention. She has been a Group Fitness Instructor since 1984 and has worked at CGC since the doors opened in 2011.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to inspire others to enjoy all forms of fitness, especially moving to great music.

“Together we can strive for greater fitness outcomes while doing something we really enjoy.”

George Petru

George Teaches:
Spin (Drop-in Class)

Schwinn Spinning Certificate

George’s passion is biking, and he says “if you want to be fast, you have to go where fast guys are, period.” He also finds giving back to the community very rewarding.

Fitness Super Power:
To be my own best version and pushing to get better every single day.

Half of my life I spent on a bike, the other half I wasted.

Jill Anderson

Jill Teaches:
Spin 30 Express (Drop-in Class)
Spin (Drop-in Class)

Schwinn Spinning Certificate
STRONG by Zumba®
PT Level 1 Bootcamp

Jill is our newest Spin instructor, and she’s ready to lead you on your journey to health, wellness and self-love. Come sweat it out with Jill for a fast lunch-time workout in her 30-Minute Spin Express class, and leave feeling energized in body and mind.

Fitness Super Power:
Spinning as fast as “The Flash”

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Wizard of Oz 

Jim Ross

Jim Teaches:
Spin (Drop-in Class)

canfitpro Group fitness certification
Spin Certification

Jim has a Technical Degree in Cartography, an Undergrad Degree in Marine Geography, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies. His passion and motivation is getting more people on bikes.

Fitness Super Power:
No fear of hills, either going up or going down!

“He’s soft and he’s fat and he’s wearing my clothes and he’s getting too old and he was born on my birthday and I’m afraid if I stop running, he’ll catch up to me.”

Jolena Rafuse

Jolena Teaches:
Spin Gold (Drop-in Class) – SPRING 2020

Spin Instructor Certification

Jolena draws her motivation from her family. She wants to keep up with her two beautiful children and be her best self for them. “I train for life” is something she likes to say. She is also passionate about curling and lifting heavy things!

Fitness Super Power:
Unload the bar by clapping my hands = #amazing!

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” – T. Alan Armstrong

Judy Reynolds

Judy Teaches:
Zumba® (Drop-in Class)

STRONG by Zumba®
Fitness Instructor Specialist, canfitpro
Zumba® Basics
Aqua Zumba®
Zumba® Step/Zumba® Kids/Zumba® Gold
Level 1 Yoga

Teaching, whether in fitness or in education, has always been Judy’s passion. Staying healthy and meeting new people motivates her.

Fitness Super Power:
To pass on good health and fitness to others.

“Live each day…it is a gift….no one knows what tomorrow may bring!” 

Leslie Briggs

Leslie Teaches:
Cardio Combat (Drop-in Class)

Fitness Instructor Specialist, canfitpro
Les Mills SH’BAM
YogaFit Level 2

Leslie loves motivating people to move, have a positive mindset, and have fun!

Fitness Super Power: Small but mighty.

“Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we’re here, we may as well dance.” – Jeanne C. Stein

Lisa Burnie

Lisa Teaches:
HIIT (Drop-in Class)
Pumped (Drop-in Class)
Cardio Combat (Drop-in Class)

NSFA – Fitness Instructor
CanFit Pro – Personal Training Specialist
TRX Level 1, 2 & 3
Step, Kickboxing with a focus on MMA, Boot Camp

Lisa’s passion is health, vitality and feeling good from the inside out; exercise and good nutrition does this. Her mission is to affect others with this same feeling by being the most influential and motivational instructor she can be and setting a good example.

Fitness Super Power:
The ability to always bring the energy and have great music to help motivate

“Ability is what you are capable of. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

Mahshid Bustani

Mahshid Teaches:
Cardio Combat (Drop-in Class)
Athletic Step (Drop-in Class)

Les Mills BC + AIM 1
Les Mills BP + AIM 1, 2
Les Mills BJ + AIM 1, 2
Trigger Point SMRT-CORE
Trigger Point Level 1

Mahshid is motivated the most by being in the position to help people feel happier and healthier when moving their bodies and by motivating them to try something that may not feel easy or natural to do.

Fitness Super Power:
The ability to speak loudly and clearly enough to direct people in class, while also being challenged physically, is something I thrive in being good at.

“Find your comfort zone. Then leave it.”

Margaret Bowes

Margaret Teaches:
Spin (Drop-in Class)

YMCA Fitness Theory
YMCA Group Cycling Certification
Summit Beats Indoor Cycling Instructor

As a mom of four boys, Margaret is motivated to maintain an active lifestyle to give her confidence and energy. Margaret believes that exercise is huge stress reliever and wants to share that with everyone in her classes!

Fitness Super Power: Keeping four active boys fed every day!

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate” – Oprah Winfrey

Meaghan Kerman

Meaghan Teaches:
Iron Circuit (Registered Program)

Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Level 3 Personal Trainer
Kettlebell Certification
Marathon Coach Certification (England Athletics)

Meaghan’s motivation is helping others achieve their fitness goals, to teach them something new and to have fun while doing it!

Fitness Super Power: To run around the world

“Each day is a new opportunity to improve yourself; make the most of it”

Natalie Longaphy

Natalie Teaches:
Yoga (Drop-in Class)

Yoga Teacher Training Certified, 200 hours
Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 & 2
Reiki Level 1

Natalie’s motivation is her family –  her husband, 7 year old daughter, and 4 year old son. Her passion is helping and inspiring young girls to follow their dreams and create positive change in their community.

Fitness Super Power: Acrobatic powers; to be able to do flips, have amazing balance and walk on my hands!

“It’s about progress not perfection.”

Nicholas Graham

Nicholas Teaches:
Spin (Drop-in Class)

Reebok Cycling
Keiser Cycling
NSFA Stability Ball
NSFA Toning Ball

Nicholas is motivated by participants’ willingness to push themselves, and his passion is doing the same right along with them.

Fitness Super Power:
The ability to motivate the unmotivatable.

“It is better to have done and lost, than to have regretted not doing at all.”

Priyanka Kapahi

Priyanka Teaches:
Introduction to Yoga (Registered Program)
Yoga Express (Drop-in Class)

200hr. Yoga Teacher Training
30hr. Yin Yoga
IFBC Ballet Dance Instructor
Danceworks and SPIDA trained in Bollywood and Jazz Fusion

Priyanka’s motivation is to create and grow in dance and yoga. She is passionate about guiding others and learning while teaching, and playing and exploring with movement.

Fitness Super Power:
Abdominal and core strength, strong consciousness and awareness of self and my body.

“Find what feels good. Find your true self”

Raechelle Masuda

Female yoga instructor, outdoor photo on a rock

Raechelle Teaches:
Aqua Yoga (Drop-in Class)
Kids Fit & Youth Fit Yoga (Drop-in Class)
Yoga (Drop-in Class)

200 hr. Yoga Teacher Certification
Certified Kids Yoga Teacher
Certified Yin Yoga Teacher
Restorative Yoga Training
Healing Heroes – Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Raechelle loves sharing yoga with people of all ages & abilities. Yoga, meditation and breath work is rewarding and everyone can benefit from it. She is passionate about holding a nurturing and safe space for people to explore movement & honour their bodies.

Fitness Super Power:

“Ignite yourself and others will follow.”

Reena Davis

Reena Teaches:
Yoga Express (Drop-in Class)

Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT: 200 hours
Certified Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and Instructor
Certified Trigger Point Therapy
Certified Fascial Release for Structural Alignment
Certified Health Coach
Certified Mindfulness Teacher

Reena has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University and is currently working on receiving her Masters in Counseling. She is very passionate about helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle, because of her own fitness journey after being diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of 25. She understands what it takes to feel well and motivated, but also how to break through when feeling overwhelmed.

Fitness Super Power: Keepin’ it real.

“Always be willing to do one more.”

Ron Salah

Ron Teaches:
Traditional Yang Style T’ai Chi — Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Registered Programs)

32 years of experience studying and playing T’ai Chi

Ron has a Bachelor Degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s University. He is very passionate about learning because it makes him happy.

Fitness Super Power:
Patience and determination

“Success grows out of love and humility, patience and determination and faithful practice.”

Tara Roach

Tara Teaches:
Core (Drop-in Class)
HIIT (Drop-in Class)

FIS Certified, canfitpro
LM BodyPump
Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach Certification

Tara has a passion for eating healthy, and exercising. She is motivated to create a class environment that welcomes everyone, encourages everyone to challenge themselves, and maybe have a few laughs along the way! She also loves to hear success stories from her participants!

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to never get tired!…or injured!

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!” Henry Ford

Terri Roberts

Terri Teaches:
Yoga (Drop-in Class)

Group exercise Leader
Resistance Trainer (NSFA)
Mind & Body Leader (NSFA)
Bellyfit® certification

Terri Loves learning, and thinks teaching fitness is a great job for that! There is always something new to learn about and incorporate into classes.

Fitness Super Power:

“Be excellent to each other.” (from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)

Terrilee Bulger

Terrilee Teaches:
Grow My Yoga Practice (Registered Program)
Kids Fit — Yoga (Drop-in Class)

Ashtanga Primary & Intermediate Series
Yoga Therapy

Terrilee is passionate about yoga; for her, yoga is amazing and has so many health benefits. She wants to share these benefits with others.

Fitness Super Power: Levitation

“Do your practice and all is coming.” – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Tracy Cipryk

Tracy Teaches:
Dance Fusion (Drop-in Class)

Drummer Dance Certified
Master Trainer for Gymstick
Resist-a Ball, CanFitPro
Yoga Teacher Certified, 500 hours

Tracy is the Creative Director and Fitness Chair for Bust a Move for Breast Health. She has a passion for inspiring people to move and think differently about their bodies, minds and health.

Fitness Super Power:
Ability to make anybody and everybody laugh!

“Be the change you want to see in the World.”

Wanda Martin

Wanda Teaches:
Zumba® Express (Drop-in Class)

FIS Certified canfitpro
LesMills SH’BAM
Advanced Instructor Module 1
Advanced Instructor Module 2

Wanda’s motivation and passion is to help people meet their fitness goals day by day… even if it is to just make them smile!

Fitness Super Power:
If there is music, move it, MOVE IT!!

“Keep moving to your own beat!”