Congratulations to BCRPA's 2017 Fitness Leadership Award recipients, who were honoured by their peers at BCFit'17, on Saturday, September 16 in North Vancouver.


Lynn Walters of Richmond

Fitness Leader of the Year

LynnwaltersAs a long-time Richmond resident and recently retired nurse, Lynn Walters has been a change maker in her community. An avid volunteer, Lynn started a weekly running and walking group, the Richmond Spirit Runners, which is now celebrating its 20th year. She enjoys leading the warm-up for numerous annual fun and charity runs, organizing marshals for various running events, and with her exceptional choral skills, she has been known to sing the national anthem at many opening ceremonies and special events. This wife and mother of three has completed 26 Marathons, including the Boston and New York marquee events, and has presented wellness workshops at national conferences. The continued waiting lists for her immensely popular fitness classes is a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment she brings to all that she is involved with.



Debbie Cheong of Delta

Educator of the Year

DebbiecheongDebbie Cheong is a champion of older adult physical activity which manifests itself through her passion and delivery of Osteo-fit, a BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for individuals recently diagnosed with osteoporosis, low bone density or who are at risk of falls and fractures. Under her stewardship, BC has become an international leader in senior’s fitness. She is a sought after workshop presenter and facilitator throughout the province, Canada and internationally – engaging her students and conference attendees with innovative strategies that inspire and enhance retention of complex materials. Currently, Debbie organizes both the Osteofit and Get Up & Go! Programs, she co-authored three editions of the BCRPA Osteofit training manual, trains and evaluates instructors, attends Health Fairs, and organizes Osteofit programs in other languages.



Find Debbie's profile on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals website

Melanie Osmack of Vancouver

Program Manager / Director of the Year

MelanieosmackMelanie Osmack is the owner of Fit 4 Two® and an exceptional Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist (PPFS) who currently leads a motivated and engaged team of 9 franchisees and 36 instructors. Her leadership abilities and accomplishments include encouraging and motivating her team through Wellness Challenges; initiating a perinatal fitness professionals’ social networking group; and creating Pregnancy and Exercise Awareness Month to connect and interact with other PPFS Instructors and Health Care Providers. Melanie has made significant contributions to the professional credibility of the perinatal fitness specialization through her facilitation of educational courses and workshops. She also promotes ongoing professional development within her specialization through the Fit 4 Two® PPFS Conference that she produces every other year.



Find Melanie's profile on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals website