Read on to learn about our fabulous team of instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, skills, and talents with our community!
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My name is Negar and I'm a student of Business Administration at Royal Roads University. I like reading (obviously), social justice and long, deep conversations about social justice. I've been with Oaklands Community since last fall, sharing comments and insights about the bookclub's monthly reads. I look forward to connecting with enthusiastic readers!
Negar facilitates our community book club. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House. Check our website or follow us on Facebook for monthly book selection.
Sarah Bolen is a registered yoga teacher with a passion for healthy living. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2011 she taught in Ottawa before moving to the West Coast in 2013.
Sarah worked in camp environments throughout her youth and early adult years and has always been passionate about working with children. In 2014 Sarah traveled to Kripalu to complete the Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has enjoyed teaching children’s and youth yoga every since!
Sarah welcomed her first daughter in 2017 and enjoys practicing yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises with her little one! When not teaching yoga, Sarah works in digital media! You can also find her online yoga classes on YouTube!
Sarah offers Family Yoga on Sundays from 10-10:45 am at Oaklands Community Centre.
Nicole started her career in the healing arts and this year marks the twentieth year that she is practising Foot and Hand Reflexology and running her small business, Ocean Holistics ~*~ Mind Body Spirt Healing in Fernwood.
Nicole loves and enjoys many forms of therapeutic arts and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2005 and has been teaching Yoga, Pilates and various courses for twelve years. Nicole brings a fresh and fun (and funny) take on all modalities and she loves teaching Yoga-style classes at the community centre closest to her home and business. If you enjoy taking classes that are sweet and lovely then she is the teacher for you. Nicole also brings her thearaputic teachings as a Reiki master with workshops offering knowledge on the Chakra System, Reflexology, Reiki healing, crystals and spiritual readings. One Love to All, Nicole D'Agati.
Nicole offers Rejuvenation Yogalates on Thursdays from 7:15-8:30 pm and various alternative health workshops at Oaklands Community Centre.
Hi! My name is Regina Elizondo. I have been in Canada for the majority of my life, but I am originally from Mexico. When I first moved here I struggled to learn the language and found myself falling in love with the visual arts as my way of communicating. Now that I can speak English, I have transformed my passion for art into a career. In 2019, I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelors degree in Art Education. I now teach high school art in a variety of Greater Victoria and Sooke schools. I spend most of my summer time volunteering as an art teacher for various local fundraisers. My specialties are painting, drawing and weaving. Come join me in one of my art classes; you will have a blast!
Regina teaches Self-Portrait Drawing for youth and Waterolours for adults on Monday evenings at Oaklands Community Centre.
Sheila was born in the Philippines. Her mother contracted measles while Sheila was in utero and, as a result, she was born profoundly Deaf. Her family decided to move to Canada to provide Sheila with more opportunities as a Deaf person when she was 15 years old. Sheila attended the University of Victoria in the child and youth care program. Now, she's mom to four kids. Her husband and kids are hearing.
Sheila teaches American Sign Language on Thursdays from 6-7 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House
Gareth Gaudin is a cartoonist born and raised in Victoria, BC. He created the comic book series Magic Teeth, The Perogy Cat, and The Monster Sisters. He was the Artist In Residence at the Royal BC Museum and now teaches comics at Camosun College and Oaklands Community Centre. He has worked in a vintage comic book shop since 1992 and has two young daughters who give him all the inspiration he'll ever need.
Gareth teaches cartooning classes for kids on Tuesdays from 6-7 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.
Nelly was born and raised in a small village in the south of France where she spent 20 years before moving to Paris to study History and languages. She graduated in Slavic language and in social sciences and humanities from Sorbonne University. Nelly taught french classes to newcomers in Paris before moving to Moscow then Montreal where she lived and worked several years. Passionate about discovering cultures, she has traveled extensively in Asia and Oceania, volunteering with local communities on educational projects before settling down in Victoria.
Nelly teaches French for Beginners on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.
Bonnie is an avid fibre artist who has embraced life in the Fernwood neighbourhood for many years. For the past 17 years, she has taught knit and crochet lessons of all levels, and designed patterns for both handcrafts. Although she recently retired from working at the Beehive Wool Shop, you can still find Bonnie leading a class at the Shop on many days, inspiring students with her own colourful projects. She is very excited about joining the Adult Programs initiative at her local Community Centre in the Fall!
Bonnie teaches Knitting for Newbies on Saturdays in September and January from 2-3:30 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.
My name is Jeff Henderson, but feel free to call me Hendo. I was born and raised in Nova Scotia where I spent 19 years before moving to Ontario. I joined the Royal Canadian Navy and moved to Vancouver Island after my training was complete. I served for 4 years and decided I needed to leave that life behind and go after what I was truly passionate about.
Being in the military allowed me to see some interesting places that I probably never would have seen on my own. However, no matter where I went, I was always happy to come back home, to Victoria B.C. I love the lifestyle I can live while being on the island, it allows me to be active outdoors all year long.
Fitness is a passion of mine and helping people reach their health and fitness goals is such a great experience. I'm looking forward to the opportunities that lay before me and the people I get to meet along the way.
Jeff teaches Cardio Abs & Glutes from 7-8 pm and Circuit Training from 8-9 pm on Tuesdays at Oaklands Community Centre.
Jenny Hindley started yoga in 2005, with a prenatal class, and it was an instant passion. As Jenny furthered her personal practise it became evident she wanted to share her passion with others, so she set out to teach other people to strengthen their bodies while calming their minds. In 2010 Jenny was certified by BCRPA as a Group Fitness Instructor and began teaching outdoor bootcamps. In 2012 Jenny expanded her certifications and completed her yoga teacher training at Feel Good Yoga and Pilates. Jenny’s passion for yoga means she is always looking to further educate herself and explore new areas and she is now certified in mat Pilates, reformer and chair pilates! Jenny encourages her clients to focus on long term fitness goals and offers energetic classes promoting balance, core strength and muscle growth. She also understands the importance of a deep connection to your community, and loves to encourage support for one another.
Should you choose to join in for one of Jenny's classes, you will leave feeling empowered, strong, and a deeper connection to self. Each class is designed with different levels in mind, so everyone from a beginner to advanced will find something to challenge their bodies. Jenny looks forward to expanding and continuing her practise, and hopes you will join in for a life long journey to health!
Jenny offers Mom & Baby Yoga on Thursdays from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
Erica Joelle has been a yoga instructor in Victoria, BC since 2017. Passionate about the holistic healing qualities of yoga, Erica completed her 200-hour teaching certification at Brahmanda School of Yoga in 2017, and is currently completing her Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Wellness at Camosun College. Erica combines her enthusiasm for yogic philosophy with her education in human anatomy and exercise physiology to create classes focused on student safety, alignment, and a rich mind-body connection. Erica warmly welcomes students of all levels into her Hatha Yoga classes.
Erica teaches Hatha Yoga on Thursdays from 6-7 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House and on Sundays from 10-11:15 am at Oaklands Community Centre.
Thomas Jono is a social dancer in Victoria’s Latin dance community. He has been dancing Salsa, Bachata for eight years, and dancing Kizomba for two years. Thomas has a passion to share his dancing knowledge and experience with anyone who wants to learn to dance and have fun, and growing the dance community. Thomas is also a member of the Latin Dance Canada family in Victoria.
Thomas teaches Beginner Bachata on Mondays from 6-7 pm and Beginner Kizomba on Tuesdays from 6-7 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
Hi! I am Grace Khalifa and I am excited to share my knowledge of languages with you. I am a graduate of UVic with a double major in French Language and Literature and Hispanic and Italian Studies. I am a native speaker of French from Quebec and New Brunswick and will work hard sharing my love of learning languages so you achieve your goals. I am fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. I also speak German, Arabic and Portuguese. I tutor languages for travel, work, and the BC school curriculum. My passion is to seeing you succeed in whatever path you take! I believe if you think in your target language you will master it much faster. Look forward to seeing you soon!
Grace teaches a variety of beginner and intermediate language classes throughout the year at Oaklands Community Centre & Neighbourhood House.
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Melanie offers Pilates on Wednesdays from 6-7 pm and Bellyfit Flow on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
Corinne has experienced a lifelong passion for dance: ballet and modern jazz at a young age, growing into fitness, Caribbean, Haitian, and African styles. Becoming a Zumba® instructor is the latest dance/fitness style she has pursued.
Zumba and Zumba Gold certified in 2017, Corinne has subbed for a number of
teachers in Victoria and has been teaching her own classes at Dance Victoria, Fernwood Community Centre, and Oaklands Community Centre. These one-hour classes incorporate Latin rhythms, world beats, and a variety of popular tunes. Her style is warm, welcoming, encouraging, and fun!
Corinne is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor and an advanced teacher of therapeutic yoga (Yoga Alliance RYT500).
Corinne offers Zumba on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
Yoga has been a part of my life for 20 years. In 2015, I completed my RYT200 training at Ajna Yoga in Victoria. My Hatha/Flow classes will strengthen your body and nurture your mind and soul. With the goal in mind that as you step off the mat you will feel refreshed, nourished and balanced.
PreNatal Yoga is a passion of mine. I received my PreNatal certification from Ajna Yoga. You don’t need to be a practicing Yogini to reap the benefits of PreNatal Yoga. This practice will help you build strength and flexibility preparing your body for birth. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other moms-to-be in your community who are enjoying the same journey as you!
Angela teaches Prenatal Yoga on Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:45 pm at Oaklands Community Centre and Postnatal Yoga on Saturdays from 10:30-11:45 am at Oaklands Neighbourhood House
Rejan is a Holistic Nutritionist in beautiful Victoria, BC where she loves sharing her passion for food, nutrition, and wellness, and helping others achieve their best health through whole foods and a nourishing lifestyle. She works one on one with clients, hosts regular wellness workshops, gives corporate Lunch & Learn talks, and runs the blog Whole Harmony. Follow Rejan on social media for recipes, wellness tips, and links to new articles and upcoming events. IG: @whole.harmony.health FB: @wholeharmonynutrition
Rejan teaches a variety of nutritional workshops throughout the year at Oaklands Community Centre.
I started working out when my son, Judah, was old enough to interact at the local YMCA kid care. 20 lbs. overweight I learned that through a good solid exercise program and healthy eating I could achieve my goals. I knew I wanted to teach others how powerful strength training and exercise could be. I decided to go beyond just personal training to Exercise Physiology so I could work with the people who really needed help. It gives me a great sense of purpose to know I have helped so many people achieve their fitness goals, weight loss goals, strength, and mobility and increase their overall quality of life. I keep it fun, and challenging and always creative!
If I can decrease a woman’s chance of hip fractures, allow a grandparent to pick up their grandchildren, help an injured runner race again or a gardener bend down to plant a seed again then I know I have purpose and it gives the term PERSONAL TRAINER meaning!
Whatever your goals, I can help to motivate, strengthen, educate and provide the support to get there and beyond. Form, function and fun!
Denise offers High Intensity Interval Training classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
Alexandra Pony and Will Dean lead nutrition and fermentation workshops across North America. Advocates for empowering people to take their health in their hands, Alexandra and Will are passionate about educating people to nourish their bodies from the inside out.
Alexandra & Will teach various fermentation workshops at Oaklands Neighbourhood House throughout the year.
Ashley sees yoga as moving meditation, a tool for both reflection and self discovery. Her teaching methodology is informed by a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her classes explore the intersections of physiology and psychology through movement. She credits her teachers, and her teachers' teachers, for her love of the practice. Find her on Instagram as @ashleypungente
Ashley teaches Yin & Yoga Nidra on Wednesdays from 7:45-9 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.
My name is Jessica Rancourt. I love art, cats, and travelling. I have been working with children for many years in many different environments. I started out as an activity leader for elementary age children while studying fine art at Uvic and it was during this time I knew that I wanted to combine my love of art with my love of working with children. After graduation I moved to Toronto where I taught art to children at an art school, but I missed the island and decided to move back to Victoria. I am currently working as a preschool teacher, an activity leader in various childcare programs, and as a drop-in art instructor.
Jessica teaches our parent & child drop-in art class on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 am at Oaklands Community Centre.
Tanya Gita Roberts has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. Her practice began as a way to manage stress and anxiety and now influences all aspects of her life. Tanya completed her 200 hour training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga in 2011 and 500 hour training at the Mount Madonna Centre in 2014. She is in the process of completing her 800 hour Yoga Therapy (IAYT) certification. Tanya’s teaching style draws on her background in Classical Ashtanga, Hatha, and Yoga Therapy. She is passionate about creating a safe, inclusive space that welcomes every body. Her gentle approach links movement, meditation, and breath to cultivate deep inner connection and overall well-being. Her classes are grounding, relaxing, and rejuvenating for body, mind, and spirit. Tanya lives in Oaklands with her husband Brent and their two hounds.
Tanya offers Bedtime Yoga on Mondays from 7:45-9 pm, Gentle Yoga on Mondays from 12:15-1:30 pm and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:45 am, Chair Yoga on Fridays from 11:15 am-12:15 pm, and various yoga workshops throughout the year at Oaklands Community Centre.
Lubaba Saleh is an early childhood educator, a translator and an active member in her community. She has worked with newcomers in Victoria as an Interpreter and a Community Connections Volunteer and has worked on several community projects to welcome immigrants and refugees as well. She has a background in Human Sciences and Language Studies from Dubai and has experience teaching language studies through group classes, private tutoring sessions and community programs. She is always very excited about making new connections and learning from her students. Lubaba is passionate about hiking, exploring beautiful Vancouver Island and traveling with her husband and 9 month old son.
Lubaba teaches Arabic for Beginners on Mondays from 7-8 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.
An avid multi-instrumentalist teacher & studio musician, Nick Stecz also tours behind the drumkit internationally with folk troubador Leeroy Stagger. His unique approach to drumming has given him the opportunity to work with Hannah Georgas, Daniel Huscroft, JJ Shiplett, Wanting, Colleen Brown, Dave Vertesi, Nat Jay, among many other artists on Canadian airwaves.
Studying at Queen’s, Nick has honed his craft on many instruments, facilitating private and group classes for 17 years. He actively teaches drumming & ukulele in Victoria.
On ukulele, his dynamic teaching philosophy includes a happy balance of ear training, chords, scales and technique within rhythmic exploration and song-study.
Nick offers Uke 101 for adults on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House and Drumming for Tots on Fridays from 10-10:45 am at Oaklands Community Centre.
I combine international and Canadian work experience in public school education and tertiary education and love it.
In January 2015, I have completed my PhD program at the University of Waterloo. For the past fourteen years, I have taught a variety of German language and culture classes at the University of Victoria and the Victoria German School. I am also a Speech and Language Pathologist and this has not only sparked my interest in vocabulary acquisition and led to an MA at the University of Victoria… I also like using the fun aspects of it to teach German pronunciation…yes…it can be done.
Gerlinde teaches German for Beginners on Thursdays from 7-8 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.
Oaklands Community Centre
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#1-2827 Belmont Avenue
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Oaklands Neighbourhood House
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Victoria, BC V8R 4E3
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Oaklands Community Association