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Caroline Whyte

I received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and have been working with children of all ages and abilities since 2001.

Then in 2011, I acquired my Creating Landscapes Certificate from the University of Guelph.

My teaching style encourages open ended learning, self-expression, problem solving, team building, and using the outdoors as another classroom.

In my spare time I can be found photographing nature, gardening, hiking, fishing, baking up new recipes, and learning to knit!

I look forward to being involved with programs at Oliver Parks and Rec.

Tanja Kranz

Tanja Kranz has worked as a costume, fashion and wardrobe designer for over 15 years alongside working in the outdoor industry as a gear developer, ski patroller, first aid instructor and in sales.

She moved to Oliver in 2007 to become a Paramedic and Ski Patroller and is currently a volunteer member of Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue.

Since moving to Oliver she has developed a passion for being able to make things from scratch, everything from home-made soaps to soda pop. She enjoys having the skills to make things and loves to teach others.

She has been teaching Mini Chefs and Craft Corner throughout the last few months and looks forward to teaching a few week-long Day Camps this summer: Mini Chefs, Craft Corner and a new Sewing Camp, for those little future designers!

Jorg Mardian

jorgJorg Mardian is a Certified Fitness Trainer and Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Kinesiology Specialist, Certified Sports injury Specialist and Muay Thai Fitness Instructor. He has a combined 26 years of experience in competitive power lifting, martial arts, amateur wresting and boxing.

These specialties allow Jorg to design fitness classes and treatment protocols which correct muscle imbalances and muscle recruitment patterns to effectively regain motion and reduce pain levels. Jorg also undertakes one-on-one training with clients for fat loss, weight reduction, increased range of motion, strength and improved overall health.

Lori Ashe

loriLori moved to Oliver in 2011 from Victoria B.C. where she worked as a head trainer for twelve years, at one of Vancouver Island’s largest gyms. Lori is a proud mother of her two sons, Kody, 24, and Dylan, 26 and is happily married to Jeff Ashe, Owner of CANADAFIT.

Starting as a lifeguard at 14, she has been active in the fitness industry for over 30 years. Lori is a ‘registered certified BCRPA personal trainer’ and a ‘registered certified Zumba instructor.’ She also holds other certifications with BCRPA/YMCA/CFES pertaining to sports and nutrition, individual conditioning, weight training and core conditioning and fitness theory.

Lori’s clients have included people of all ages and fitness backgrounds. She looks forward to bringing some fun and productive classes to the Oliver Community and is very proud to have the opportunity to work with Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.

Mike Riplinger

Mike Riplinger has been living in Oliver since 1986. He is the owner / operator of Gallagher Lake Autobody and has two children. Mike has been training since 1989 and obtained his 1st degree Black Belt in 2000 in Kyokuki Karate. His other hobbies include drag racing, mountain biking and staying active by training in Kyokushin Karate and jogging. Mike can be contacted at 250-498-8883 for further information.

Judy Nicholas – Yoga

yogaJudy has lived in the Okanagan Valley for many years. She grew up in New Westminster and Langley and she worked for 20 years in her profession as a Medical Lab Technologist at South Okanagan General Hospital.

Judy first taught Yoga for Okanagan College in the latter part of the 1970’s and was a member of the Hatha Yoga Teachers Association of BC. More recently, Judy has completed a 2 years certification program with the South Okanagan Yoga Academy. She is also certified with the American Yoga Alliance which is the main  American Yoga Association. Judy has attended many workshops and has taught Yoga for Oliver Parks and Recreation for the past 10 years. Over the years Judy has continued to upgrade her skills and knowledge as a highly competent instructor whose classes are a fusion of Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates Yoga.