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Leza Macdonald – Art

Professional photographer for over twenty-five years and an artist for even longer. All this started as a graduate from Emily Carr, College of Art and Design.

Leza enjoys working with all ages through various art classes at Oliver Parks and Recreation.

Theresa Swift – TaeKwonDo

My name is Theresa Swift and my family and I have lived in Oliver for the past 11 years.  I have spent over 20 years working in Education with families and children and look forward to many more years!

I joined the Squamish TaeKwonDo Academy when I was 11 years old and soon began assisting and then teaching children and adult classes as well as women’s self-defense. 

I feel excited to join Parks & Rec and assist student’s to develop and grow their self-esteem, respect for self and others, and physical and mental strength!

Rosemary Sirko – Yoga

Rosemary Sirko was introduced to yoga by a treasured high school teacher. Her personal practice was guided by former clergyman and yoga teacher Al McGee at the Calgary Yoga Academy. In 2016, after a “gentle nudge” from local yoga teacher and mentor Judy Nicholas, she achieved her 200RYT certification through the South Okanagan Yoga Academy.

Rosemary offers Hatha based yoga but welcomes inspiration from varied sources. She focuses on alignment and modifications to promote a safe and accessible practice seasoned with a sense of playfulness.

Rosemary invites you to join her journey of discovery: Body, Mind and Soul.

Kendall-Leigh Beal

Kendall-Leigh Beal was born and raised in Prince Rupert BC. She has studied the martial art of Taekwondo since 1995 under the instruction of Master Paul Bozman of Prince Rupert Champion Taekwondo. She has studied and teaches under the guidelines of the World Taekwondo Federation, the globally recognized form for Taekwondo in the Olympic Games.

She  was put in Taekwondo when she was just 6 years old. Her parents thought that as a shy, uncoordinated child  it would help with her self-confidence and self esteem, with the added bonus of their young daughter learning self-defense early on.  She developed lifelong friendships  with her classmates, developed a healthy level of self-esteem and learned the value of good sportsmanship through attending tournaments, and  various summer martial arts  boot camps.  Her classmates and instructors became like a second family to her, and wouldn’t trade her experiences for the world.  She has taken the values placed on the life skills she has learned and loves that she gets to share them with her own students.

Beal received her black belt in May 2002, and is now recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation as a third degree black belt as of July 2013.  She has taught for many years and became a head instructor in 2005. Her students run from all ages, fitness levels and belt ranks.

Beal was thrilled when she had the opportunity to bring her beloved martial art to the South Okanagan area in 2012.  She welcomed the chance to introduce the children and adults of this community to Outlast Taekwondo.  It is very important to her that men and women in this area have the opportunity to learn practical, effective self-defense techniques while enjoying all the benefits of physical fitness that Taekwondo offers.  Her goal is to teach both the practical skills of self-defense, and the critical life skills of self-control and the respect for self and others.  Most importantly, she hopes to inspire confidence in the hearts of her students, and  provide  encouragement to reach their goals,  while giving them the skills to achieve excellence in every area of their lives.

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!

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.