Welcome

 

Read on to learn about our fabulous team of instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, skills, and talents with the community! 

 

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Instructor Bios

Negar Abedi

 

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.

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Gareth Gaudin

 

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.

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Bonnie Groening

 

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..

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Celine Hall

 

Music has always been a large part of my life both in dance and playing a instruments. Being physically active has also been important to me. For motivation, I incorporate dance (Ballroom, Cab Jazz, Pop Culture, Latin) into my exercise routine. Latin dance is my favourite because the music inspires me. ZUMBA® adds perfect balance to my life. I am licensed to teach all Zumba® specialties ie. Zumba®, Zumba® Gold, Aqua Zumba®, Strong by Zumba®, Zumba® Step, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Kids, and Zumbini® for kids 0 - 3 years and their parent(s).

Over the years, I've raised my children, partnered in a motorcycle dealership, completed a computer science diploma and while working full-time, achieved a BCom degree majoring in Entrepreneurial Management. I've been a ZUMBA® instructor since October 2010 and love to share the joy that ZUMBA® brings with others. My classes are jam packed with both beginners and rock stars dancing to the exotic rhythms that Zumba Fitness® offers. I am committed to helping people stay invigorated and motivated through their fitness journey.

Ditch the workout!® Come join the party® for the most fun you ever thought you could have. - Live - Love - Dance - Zumba!

Celine teaches Zumba on Mondays from 6:15-7:15 pm at Oaklands Community Centre.

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Hendo

 

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

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Jenny Hindley

 

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.

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Erica Joelle

 

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.

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Thomas Jono

 

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.

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Grace Khalifa

 

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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Angela McMillan

 

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.

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Rejan Magee

 

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 (wholeharmony.ca). 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.

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Alexandra Pony & Will Dean

 

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 lead various fermentation workshops at Oaklands Neighbourhood House throughout the year. 

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Ashley Pungente

 

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.

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Jessica Rancourt

 

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.

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Tanya Roberts

 

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. She offers a 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.

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Nick Stecz

 

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. He 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.

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Shamin Zahabioun

 

Shamin Zahabioun is an Interdisciplinary Visual Artist. With more than a decade of experience in Drawing and Painting, Shamin has been providing her community with her art practices for five years. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2017, and continues exploring the world of art through her career as an art educator. Her most recent classes are designed to elevate artistic perceptions for advancing individual life experiences.

Shamin teaches a variety of art classes for children, youth, and adults throughout the year. She offers drawing for youth on Mondays from 6-7:15 pm and watercolours for adults on Mondays from 7:15-8:30 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House.

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