Our Team

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Jamie Conroy

        ORENDA Co-Founder 

MENTOR. Activator. ADVOCATE. Yogi.

Jamie is a devoted yoga practitioner and teacher, committed to empowering youth to awaken to their innate gifts and abilities. Her enthusiasm, grace, and humour create a relatable and unique experience for those on the mat. Jamie guides her students to develop their mind, body, and spirit, bringing everyone together by diminishing separation. She uses yoga as a transformative tool to live an authentic and meaningful life. Jamie has worked with youth through a variety of programs and projects including: The Inspired Youth School Project, The Calgary School System, The Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and Breathe Hot Yoga. Most recently Jamie became certified as a Kids Life Coach recognized by the International Coaching Federation, and GIRLVANA trained youth yoga teacher. 

 

Heather Molina

ORENDA CO-Founder

Mentor. Advocate. Visionary. Yogi.

Heather is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher. She is passionate about empowering youth through yoga by supporting individuals to discover their unique skills and abilities. Heather’s “dream big” mentality is infused throughout her teaching and mentorship to encourage students to fulfill their personal aspirations. As a seasoned yoga teacher, she has developed youth programming for a number of organizations including: The Alberta Children’s Hospital, Kids Cancer Care: Camp Kindle, Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

 
"I really like the Orenda team!" - Grade 7 Student, Calgary Board of Education
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LISA MCMANES

Orenda DIRECTOR
EDUCATOR. MENTOR.
VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE. CONNECTOR.

Lisa strongly believes in providing children with a safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate environment. Lisa places confidence in in guiding children to listen to their inner truth and encourages them to always let their light shine. Lisa taught youth in the classroom for six years before leaving to have three wonderful children of her own. Lisa has volunteered at the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter, and currently supports the education system with her time. Most recently Lisa completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training, and became certified as a Kids Life Coach recognized by the International Coaching Federation. 

Maddi Hermann

Mermaid. Yogi. Hula-Hoop Queen. Visionary.

Maddi (aka mermaid Maddi) is a real-life mermaid and lover of all things fit & fun! Madeline currently teaches Yoga, Kids Yoga, Antigravity Fitness & Aerial Yoga, Barre, Surfset Fitness, and Spin around Calgary at various studios. Additionally, Madeline teaches dance hula hoop fitness to kids, teens, and adults! Her journey to teaching yoga & group fitness began with stepping onto a yoga mat as a teenager and feeling empowered to be her best self. Madeline is very excited to share her love for fitness and specifically hoop dance, as a meditative and self-expressive art form at the BEAM summer camp(s).

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GINA PERRAULT

MOTIVATOR. MOVEMENT EDUCATOR. LEADER. VISIONARY. YOGI.

Gina has been practicing sports physiotherapy for over 10 years and has recently founded her own practice, Restorative Sports Therapy, which encompasses both a mind and body wellness approach to treating injury. By finding a mind-body connection through movement, one can balance physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Gina focuses on preventative rather than reactive treatments. Her daughter and 11 nieces and nephews, have motivated her to seek avenues to promote and advocate for youth mental health. Gina has recently completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and plans to use it to inspire a young generation to start a new movement revolution!

ERICA MCDONALD

WEB DEVELOPER. WRITER. EXPLORER. YOGI.

Erica believes strongly in the importance of developing youth to be strong individuals, with the internal awareness and confidence to lead self-directed lives. A yogi with her 200-hour YTT certification, Erica is also a proponent of meditation. As a former model, Erica co-founded BodyThoughts, an organization that aims to shift the body image conversation through art and reflection in order for people (and youth) to lead happy lives. Understanding that self-awareness is the most important ingredient for a fulfilling life, she is an avid proponent of Orenda. Acting as the web developer and graphic designer for the team, she supports Orenda with their marketing and website needs!

Stacey Fleming

GODDESS. VISIONARY. DREAM WEAVER. YOGI.

Stacy is passionate about health and movement in all forms. She has been an RMT for over 10 years and a Yoga Instructor since 2012. Nourishing her more playful side she fell in love with the practice of Acro Yoga in 2013. Acro Yoga allows Stacy more freedom and ignites her creativity. She enjoys the deeper sense of connection and community Acro evokes. It’s a complete practice! Filled with stretching, strengthening, laughter, play, healthy communication, and support. You learn how to ask for what you need and how to listen to others. She has just recently completed her 80hr Acro Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver with Vancity Acro and is so excited to share all of the new inspiration with those who dare to break free and fly. 

 

Mackenzie Scurfield

artist. social worker. BFA. BSW. RSW.

Mackenzie is a passionate artist and social worker, that believes in exploring the world and self through creative practices. Her radiant attitude in the studio encourages others to use their senses and thoughtful mind in conjunction with artistic materials to dive into a realm of personal understanding and being. Mackenzie has worked with youth and families through a number of organizations including Alberta Health Services, Assure Community Services, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, and North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre. She also runs a small creative community space called Bulyea Studio.

Karen Snodgrass

Visionary. Goddess. Mentor. Yogi.

My journey with yoga began in 2009 while attending a weekend for women. At the time I did not know it, but my life was about to change. I immersed myself into a wonderful community of yogi's and followed my passion! In 2011, I opened Inspirit Studio. Since then I have obtained a number of certifications including: 200 Hour Real Evolution Yoga Teacher, 50 Hour Yin Yoga and Chakra Teacher, 30 Hour Inspired Youth Yoga Teacher and Life Coach, Inspired Youth Foundation Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner, Higher Priestess Practitioner Level 2 - Goddess Healing Matrix System TMGirlTribe Ambassador.

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Chelsie Deschamps 

Creator. Motivator. Boss Babe.  

Chelsie Deschamps is the founder of Lava Lily Designs; creating Mala Gratitude Bracelets and Mala’s with the intention to breathe and be grateful.  The start up of Lava Lily Designs was fostered through her own personal journey exploring a meditation practice and manifesting gratitude in day to day life, as a reminder of intentional living. Chelsie believes that creating involves having the courage to put yourself out there, being vulnerable, and true to yourself. Lava Lily Designs partnership with the Orenda team offers unique experiences for youth to make their own mala creations, to serve as a reminder of their own intentions for self-care, a reminder to breathe, be grateful, and connect

Natalie Cousins

 CONNECTOR. LOVER OF NATURE. ADVOCATE.

Natalie found yoga, meditation and mindfulness through her own personal journey to help her create a life of gratitude, passion and purpose. Natalie has completed her 200-hour YTT along with Mindful Meditation and Mindful Self-Compassion courses. Natalie recently completed the Kids Coaching Connection Program, endorsed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is now a life coach for children. Natalie is currently completing the Mediation Program through Mount Royal University to become a certified Mediator. Natalie volunteered for Peer Mediation and Skills Training (PMAST), an organization working with youth, families and communities to empower them to effectively manage conflict in their own lives.