Fitness Instructors / Leaders

Aaron Marchant

British Columbia

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Aaron Marchant is from Squamish Nation of Cheakamus Reserve, and is founder and manager of First Nation Snowboard Team (FNST) who have delivered and developed programming for 15 Divisions and over 250 BC and US snowboard athletes. Aaron has worked for over 12 years and continues to work with Squamish Nation Communications and Band Manager Services, he was the Four Host First Nation Coordinator for Squamish Nation leading up to and during the 2010 olympic Winter Games in Vancouver Canada, and is an active hiker, snowboarder, and enjoys, hiking and fishing at his grandfathers fish grounds.

Please visit the links below for more information on the First Nations Snowboard Team:

Fern West,

British Columbia

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Fern is the new Receptionist/Assistant for the New Vision Recovery Center. She has one boy and 3 step children with her spouse. Her and her spouse started a 60-day health challenge in April 2013, she runs the adult class and he runs the youth boys challenge. The goal was to involve the whole community and promote a drug and alcohol free life style and balance in mind body and soul. The youth especially are in need of this. The challenge involves an intense work out class that she takes part in from Monday to Saturday. They are planning to start this challenge again in September and will be making changes based on what they have learned from their first try, such as an entry fee and 1st,2nd, 3rd place prizes. They would like to involve as many of the community as possible. Fern also helped out with the slow pitch team and would like to create more programs in fitness sports and recreation for the community.

Growing Young Movers (G.Y.M.) Youth Development Inc.

Growing Young Movers (G.Y.M.) Youth Development Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children and youth through a three pillar approach: Programming, Knowledge Mobilization, and Supports. Underpinned throughout all three pillars is our commitment to research alongside youth, families, and communities.

After-School Programming
Evening Programs
Summer Camps
Micro Camps

Knowledge Mobilizations:
Open Access Website
Resource Development
Online Youth/Community Outreach

Job Skill Training
Career Mapping
Mentorship Training
Leadership Development

Who are we?

Dr. Sean Lessard is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation Treaty 6 territory. He is an Associate Professor Indigenous Education & Teacher Education at the University of Alberta and co-founder of Growing Young Movers Youth Development. He is an award winning speaker, writer, and researcher working closely with communities on a National level. Sean’s areas of interest include youth mentorship, leadership, high school completion, and transition to post-secondary/workforce strategies. He is the Pat Clifford Award Winner for Emerging Educational research as well as the 2015 Myer Horowtiz Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner.

Brian Lewis is a doctoral candidate at the University of Regina and co-founder Growing Young Movers Youth Development. He is the Program Director with G.Y.M., consultant, workshop facilitator, and resource developer in the area of physical education and physical literacy. Currently, Brian sits on the board of directors for Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada. His interests revolve around the connections between the holistic well-being of youth and it’s impact on their physical literacy journey. Brian’s doctoral research is a narrative inquiry into the experiences of urban Aboriginal youth within an after-school wellness program

Dr. Lee Schaefer is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is also the Chair of the Physical and Health Education Canada Research Council. His research is focused on teacher education, specifically, physical education teacher education, youth development through wellness and physical activity, the impact of the outdoors on youth physical activity levels and narrative inquiry. He has been recognized on a national and international level for both his research and his writing and has been invited to speak at local, national and international conferences. His passion for physical education, and providing youth purposeful, developmental, movement opportunities continues to drive his research, teaching and service commitments.

For more information on G.Y.M. and to contact them please visit:

Isabelle Aubé,


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Born and raised in Ottawa, Isabelle Aubé is Métis with Mi’kmaq, French and Algonquin heritage. With a background in both the Sport Industry (Manager of Sport/Coaching for the National Equestrian Federation) and the Fitness Industry (PRO Trainer for Canfitpro as well as working with athletes from recreational to Olympic level), she is committed to promoting health and recreation in urban and on-territory Aboriginal communities. In the past few years she has held contracts as the National Project Manager for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Coordinating and delivering First Nations, Inuit and Metis ‘Everybody Gets to Play’ Workshops across Canada, as well delivering and coordinating the “Aboriginal Women and Leadership Workshops” for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). In 2011, Isabelle started her own company called “Native Way Training Services Inc.” that specializes in creating and adapting workshops and courses for Aboriginal Populations with the intent to promote health and fitness for Aboriginal populations. 2013 marks the launch of the first nationally recognized Canfitpro Aboriginal Fitness Certification courses. These courses will be offered across Canada to community members and organizations alike in combination with Sport Development and Community Mobilization Training.

You can check out Native Way Training Services website here:

Also check out Native Way Training Services' Aboriginal Community Warrior Program

What is the Aboriginal Community Warrior™ (ACW) Program?
With staggering rates of Diabetes, Obesity and Heart disease in Aboriginal Territories across Canada, we need to intervene now if we want our future generations to prosper as they are meant to. Native Way Training Services Inc. (NWTS) has combined three valuable resources in order to train First Nations, Inuit and Metis people to become fierce community health leaders who will have the skills to promote culturally centered health practices in a knowledgeable, safe and efficient manner. If you care about your people and would like to be part of the solution, this exciting 6 day training is for you!

Click the highlighted document below to find out more information on the Aboriginal Community Warrior Program

Aboriginal Community Warrior Program.pdf

Check out these videos about the courses:

Kelly Graham

British Columbia

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Physical Literacy Programmer at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence

Qualifications: BSFL, Fundamental Movement Skills Leader Facilitator, Run Jump Throw certified, High-Five certified.

Kelly has been with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) since it opened in September 2008. PISE is located in Victoria, BC and is an independent not-for-profit organization. The institute brings together excellence in community sport, active healthy living development, sport and exercise education, sport technology research, and world-class athlete performance services.

As part of the community pillar PISE delivers physical literacy programs at 9 different locations, in 28 separate programs, reaching over 400 children/youth per week. Through programs at local recreation centers, community centers, and elementary schools PISE teaches kids the skills they need to be active for life. As the Physical Literacy Programmer, Kelly writes the lessons for all the programs and manages a staff of 15. She teaches at Tillicum Elementary, Saanich Commonwealth Place, and is the lead staff member at Craigflower Elementary.

PISE has made an effort to target at risk youth and created a partnership with Craigflower Elementary School in September of 2012. Craigflower's population is 96% Aboriginal and deemed 100% at risk youth. PISE delivers P.E. classes twice a week and a free after school program Monday-Thursday. Over the year at Craigflower, PISE has seen improvement in all the fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance and coordination. The kids are also learning social literacy skills like teamwork, emotion management, sportsmanship, sharing, and respect.

In April of 2013, Kelly (along with Andrea Carey, and Andie Pask) presented at the International Physical Literacy Conference in Banff. The topic was "The Realities of Delivering Physical Literacy Programs to At Risk Youth". In the presentation they shared their learning's from the past few years and challenged other organizations to get involved with at risk groups. PISE plans to continue their partnership with Craigflower Elementary. They would also like to create relationships with local tribal schools in the area. To learn more about PISE go to