There is a manifold of incredible people that make the Power4Teens groups, camps, workshops and retreats varied and exciting. Whether it be a self defence class, a Zumba class, meditation, or nutritional advice all of these incredible people have dedicated themselves to the health and wellness industry.
Everyone who comes to teach, consult or advise for Power4Teens does so with the objective of helping youth and adults find balance in their lives and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices by creating knowledge, self esteem and POWER.
Power4Teens is a network of incredible people with specialised experience in fitness (Zumba, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, self defence), health and wellness industry (nutritionists, beauty therapists) and teen psychology (clinical psychologists, social workers).
No-one could ever say Charlie doesn't know how to have a good time, if there's fun to be had, she'll be there. If she wants something she'll go and get it. She's enthusiastic with boundless energy and a positive outlook on life. She doesn't take life or herself too seriously but takes living very seriously.
Charlie has an honours degree from Bristol University (England) and tax qualifications from the UK and US. She worked many years as an international tax advisor for Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Realizing her interests and skills could be put to better use, she redirected her life path and became a fitness instructor, personal trainer and certified coach practitioner. After creating Power4Teens and working with some youth who had more challenges than Power4Teens was set up for Charlie returned to school and become a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). During her studies the importance and depth of the connection between the mind, body and soul for positive mental wellness where further highlighted.
She is a dedicated athlete, adventure racer, soccer coach, wife and mother; but it is life's experiences, her rocky teenage years and profound understanding and connection with youth which led to her creating Power4Teens.
With a unique connection to youth she provides a soft place for kids to land to discuss and explore their concerns, whether it be difficult relationships, effects of divorce, stress and anxiety, peer pressure, body image, weight issues, sexuality or anorexia, Charlie effectively leads people to explore and understand themselves to help them discover the solution to their problems.
Most people discover their true power in their 30's, 40's, 50's, sometimes never. Charlie's goal is to bring this knowledge and strength to teens so they can start living a life free from fear and full of confidence right NOW. Why wait to feel fabulous?
It's difficult to describe Shyanne's "it" factor. It is more than what she does and says, it is the energy and passion she brings to it that radiates through her and onto the youth she works with. Kids leave their time spent with Shyanne feeling positive and empowered with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. Shyanne's 'it" factor was discovered when she was only 13 years old by an organization that took her on and trained her as a camp counsellor, later becoming a camp coordinator. As she watched some of her peers take less positive paths her passion for fitness and working and developing youth kept her on a path to success and ignited a fire inside her which still burns brightly. She never looked back.
Shyanne went on to receive a Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma from Humber College and became a young entrepreneur starting a number of successful businesses, most recently FITNESS4YOUTH. Shyanne's need to expand and reach more youth has led her to branch out and share her expertise by becoming co-owner of Power4Teens.
Shyanne attributes much of her strength and success to being raised by a powerful and resourceful single mother and recognizes the importance of the mentors in her life who helped her find her path. It is this gift she wants to share and pass on to other youth. Shyanne has received numerous youth work certifications including Zumba kids and High Five and is a CPR PROTRAINER through canfitpro.
Mike will be heading up the boys summer camp program. He is the founder and director of Starts With Me and a 'Mindful Schools' educator. He is a member of the TDSB mental health and well-being parent partnership committee and can be found in schools presenting his message and teaching his values of courage, hope, resilience, joy and compassion.
Mike is currently a participant at Silver City's improvisation theatre and comedy and will be bringing fun and entertainment to the boys camp with role plays and games.
Mike has a plethora of self-care practices that he draws upon to encourage youth to see how “We’re empowered by our experience, not inhibited” and to ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ – Gandhi. He pushes youth to find their dreams and goals and helps them find the obstacles that are holding them back.
Mike is the parent of two children and his passion to help youth build resilience and well-being motivate his work with Power4Teens to support that development.
Ruth is just incredible and when you meet her you'll know what we mean. She is an honours student and in her first year at Trent University where she is President of her house and just won the Rowing award (among others). With a goal to become Canada's first black prime minister and with the attitude to get her there we are so happy to have her at P4T for another year.
Whether it is dancing around the campfire or playing Big Booty she knows how to get kids, young & old(!) motivated and inspired. Her dance background, energy, compassion and positivity about life and her experience of life challenges give her the perfect balance between crazy, serious and fun that everyone can relate to and learn from.
Ruth has over ten years of summer camp experience. She took on the role of a leader in training at Camp Good News and then went on to become an overnight camp counsellor and cabin leader. Ruth has completed several leadership training programs with Toronto Parks and Recreation, Power 4 Teens, and Child Evangelism Fellowship Ontario (CEF). Ruth attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts for dance and she continues to share her dance knowledge with children in her community.
Ruth loves being in the outdoors and working with youth. Ruth’s moto is “Life is Beautiful”.
YES! we got Olivia to join P4T and we are so excited about what she'll bring to P4T in 2018.
Olivia is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bsc in Biological Science. Olivia tutors students up to High School in Science, Maths & French and has led 12-week after-school leadership programs teaching resilience, confidence and how to successfully transition into high school. These experiences sparked Olivia’s passion for empowering youth to succeed in school and in life.
Olivia is a bundle of creative energy. She is always ready for impromptu visual art projects or improvised dramatic skits with imaginary props. Her love of different cultures feeds her play with impressions, accents and mannerisms. Olivia is a firm believer in living with your heart on your sleeve and embracing your true and authentic self. She is very playful and connects with others in her favourite way; through laughter! She believes that a life full of funny faces and strange dances is a life worth living. With a role model like Jim Carrey, how could she not?
Olivia’s passion to share how self-love, mindfulness, meditation, compassion, believing in yourself and the power of positive thinking can re-train our brains and change our lives is the foundation for her tutoring business “Learning with Liv” that services the High Park community in Toronto.
The question is always, "where's Jenifer?" If she's not with Power4Teens camps and retreats she can be found anywhere on the globe, surfing, teaching yoga and spreading her essence and calm beautiful energy. Always exploring and with a heart for adventure.
Jenifer's love of board sports started on the epic hills of Ontario on her snowboard and the busy streets of Toronto on her long board. On a snowboarding road-trip adventure in B.C. a faulty bungee cord caused her to loose her snowboard. Bummed about her loss but staying true to her zen-like nature her solution was to keep heading west to Tofino to give surfing a try, with rented gear and a few pointers, Jenifer jumped into the pacific and with a little patience, caught her first wave initiating her love of surfing. On the same trip she and her friends continued south to California, where they surfed with sea lions in San Francisco and great whites in a secret hippy surf town off Highway 1. Since then her surfing travels took her to Nova Scotia, Peru, Ecuador, and in 2009 Jenifer was introduced to Paddle boarding on Lake Ontario, she has surfed the lake waves, paddled from sunrise to sunset and discovered a deep connection to the water.
Paddle boarding's balancing connection to body, breath and water compliments her Yoga roots and she looks forward to sharing early morning paddle and sun-salutations on Lake Ontario every summer.
Jenifer is a Certified Paddle Board Instructor through Paddle Canada, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, and CPR & First Aid Certified.
Jennifer is the perfect role model for young girls and an inspiration to the boys she works with. She is the founder of Kingsway boxing studio, the Founder & Executive Director of the fight to end Cancer and an Olympic boxing judge. She was recently featured on Notable.ca’s prestigious “Notable Young Entrepreneur” list.
Jennifer is the perfect combination between a pitbull and a pussycat with an indescribable amount of energy and passion for what she does. She brings her passion, spark and energy to the youth at Power4Teens teaching self defence and boxing on the Summer camps. She shares the wisdom and experiences from her youth while teaching self defence, safety and general awareness required in life. She has an amazing ability to capture her audience and also the ability to refocus kids when they are just having 'too much fun'. She means business and business means activity, fun and focusing on the task at hand.
Nothing stops this girl and if she sets a goal you can be pretty sure she'll reach it, regardless of the obstacles in the way. You'll likely not find a more compassionate and driven person. She loves everyone and everyone loves her.
Hilary is a power house of authenticity and inspiration. She brings energy, laughter, confidence and leadership skills to the students she works with. Using bucket drumming to teach the foundations of music theory, ensemble work, improvisation and musical creativity P4T girls find their confidence within and let it all out while smiling, laughing and making lots of noise! Earplugs recommended!! If you want to find the magical child that lives within, Hilary and bucket drumming will do that for you. It's like therapy for accessing your inside voice!
You would never have guessed that in her early teenage years this confident and outgoing woman struggled with who she was. Largely credited to the positive relationships in her life and her belief that she deserved better and could be better she had the strength to seek change. The help she received and the positive changes she saw in herself were so pivotal that she set out to learn more and help others achieve the same goals.
Steph is a recent graduate of Queen’s University, where she earned her honours degree in psychology. She has an extensive knowledge and understanding of self-esteem as well as a experience practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She continues to further her education in areas such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Steph's ability to relate so well and have such fun with kids has made her an important part of the summer camps, and her approachability and relatability has made her a vital resource for everyone who is a part of P4T.
Power4Teens is so fortunate to have found Masa and have her incredible enthusiasm and spirit to help lead girls to better understand themselves and deal with life issues. Masa recently completed her Business Commerce degree with a major in Entrepreneurship. At school she worked as a success facilitator with first year students, where she assisted by acquainting them with their new school, and by sharing effective learning methods.
Masa completed her Yoga Teacher Training course in 2015 and brings her wisdom and interest in self improvement to P4T teens. She is passionate about sharing the knowledge and tools she has gained over the years to help teens find their own personal mind, body, and spirit balance.
Jackie is an Ontario Certified Teacher who is currently teaching full-time in Mississauga for her fifth year. She has an abundance of experience with youth through camp counselling, tutoring and coaching youth and women’s competitive soccer teams. One of Jackie’s greatest passions is soccer, which she has been playing for as long as she can remember. It is also the reason she became involved with Power4Teens, as one of her fierce competitors was Co-Owner, Charlie Page.
Jackie is also passionate about visual arts, and has channelled her skills into practicing henna, which is a temporary tattoo-like form of body art. Crafting all of her designs free hand, she enjoys getting creative and is always open to unique requests.