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Current Fitness Leadership Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 2016 Fitness Leadership Award Recipients!
Recipients of the BCRPA's 2016 Fitness Leadership Awards were honoured at BCFit® '16, on Saturday, September 10 in Burnaby.
The 2016 Fitness Leadership Award recipients are:
Gillian Goerzen of Nanaimo
Fitness Leader of the Year
As the owner of Super You with over 15 years of teaching experience, Gillian has a very inspirational teaching style that enables participants to find their strengths and challenge themselves.
One of two keynote presenters at the BCRPA’s BCFit®’16 fitness conference, she is a sought-after leader both for her motivational words of wisdom and as a fitness dynamo. Gillian has also been one of the BCRPA MEND instructors. The MEND program (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) teaches children and their families how to make positive lifestyle choices by eating healthy and exercising regularly.
An avid volunteer in her community, Gillian offers a free weekly running group, leads the warm-up for the annual Terry Fox Run, and is currently organizing a fitness charity event for the Haven Society, an emergency shelter offering emotional support, counselling and advocacy for women, children and families.
Aaron Tews of Surrey
Educator of the Year
Aaron has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and is the current president and owner of two facilities focused on active rehabilitation, personal training and fitness education called Kinesiologists.ca.
Since 1995, he has been a BCRPA Registered Trainer of Fitness Leaders for Fitness Theory and Personal Trainer Courses, as well as Weight Training and Group Fitness Specialty Modules. An author of two published books, he also wrote the first provincially accepted correspondence course for Weight Training in the province. Highly regarded as a workshop presenter and writer for many publications, including BCRPA’s FitLifeBC magazine, Aaron’s exuberant personality and infectious energy bring praise from his colleagues, clients, and Douglas College students.
Sharon Taylor of Richmond
Program Manager / Director of the Year
Sharon is the Fitness Coordinator at the South Arm Community Centre in Richmond. A motivational mentor, Sharon is a highly regarded fitness coordinator in the city of Richmond. She has championed Fitness Instructor wage increases, led innovative team meetings, and encouraged staff to reach their own personal goals. She regularly provides incentives to staff to further develop their professional skills and explore new opportunities, including free Continuing Education Credit classes. Sharon developed unique and creative programs like “Start Me Up” training for those unsure of how to begin a fitness program, a Youth Orientation program, and Tough Mudder Training for those interested in participating in this annual event.
A believer in giving back to her community, she has spearheaded the annual Heart & Stroke Fitness Fundraiser and her “Drop-in/Drop-off” event resulted in 800 items being donated to three Richmond shelters.