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Certified Chair Yoga instructor
Founder & Director
After completing her Bachelor's degree with specialization in Therapeutic Recreation at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) in 2010, along with a variety of other sports and fitness certifications, Tania has since gained great experience in helping individuals reach their health goals and therefore enhancing their overall quality of life by offering accessible and inclusive fitness and recreation opportunities.
Tania founded Bloom Therapeutic Recreation & Fitness in 2018 out of passion for inclusiveness in sports and recreation. She has been teaching seated yoga (chair yoga) since 2018 with a variety of populations such as older adults, post-stroke patients, individuals with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and developmental disabilities.
Also a military spouse, Tania has had the opportunity to live in different cities across Canada while supporting her husband in his military career. Practicing her profession and working in different provinces, allowed her to strengthen her experience with various clienteles, from older adults living in long term care facilities to grassroots para-ski programs, as well as community based resource centers.
*Note that the Recreation therapist is a professional member of Therapeutic recreation Ontario (TRO) as well as the Canadian Therapeutic recreation association (CTRA).
Adaptive Physical Activity Specialist
Kelsey Completed her B.Sc. in Human Kinetics from St-Francis-Xavier University and an International Masters of Adaptive Physical activity from the University of Leuven in Belgium. She has been involved with a variety of programs involving individuals of all abilities in adaptive sports around the world, including with the International Paralympic committee.
Kelsey also instructed different sports classes adapted for all kinds of disability, such as low-organized games for manual wheelchair users, Boccia for electric wheelchair users, Zumba for people who have visual impairments and movement disorders, as well as a square-dancing class opened for everyone at the Leuven adaptive sports camp.
She is a young professional who is filled with passion and kindness, and she is without a doubt an essential part of our team!
*Note that the Adaptive physical activity specialist is also a candidate for Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology certificate.
Recreation Therapist Aide
Jessica recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology, and she will be beginning a nursing degree come fall 2020.
She has gained valuable experience working in a 1 year Mission program with Net Canada and involved as a volunteer at the Civic Hospital and CHEO working once a week with children diagnosed with cancer who have been admitted to the hospital.
She is a dedicated, intelligent, hardworking student looking to use her knowledge obtained from her physiology degree to make a difference in the medical and health field.
Natalie Fraser Recreation Therapy Consultant
Chair yoga Instructor
Natalie graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, and just recently graduated from the Therapeutic Recreation Post Graduate Diploma program at Algonquin College in August 2020.
Natalie has obtained experience working in a variety of settings with many different populations throughout her time as a student. She has worked with children and individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in recreation and dance settings, and older adults and individuals experiencing various mental health illnesses through virtual group and 1:1 programming during her school placement.
She is a compassionate, genuine, and dedicated young professional who is looking forward to working with Bloom and expanding her experience working in the field of Therapeutic Recreation!
Recreation Therapy Consultant
200 YTT certified Yoga instructor
After graduating from her BSc in Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) from St. Francis Xavier University in 2018, Bethany knew she wanted to have a career where she could help people achieve their best lives. She then completed a Post-Grad certificate program in Therapeutic Recreation from Algonquin College. During her studies in Therapeutic Recreation, Bethany also completed her 200HR YTT to fulfill her dream of becoming a certified yoga instructor.
Bethany is passionate about achieving a fulfilled life by focusing on both physical and mental health. Through her studies, she has worked with a variety of populations with unique needs. During her placement for the Therapeutic Recreation program, Bethany was one of the students who embarked on the first ever virtual Therapeutic Recreation programming where they offered their services to 75+ individuals, all virtually.
Overall, Bethany is eager to share her passion about yoga, movement, mindfulness and other leisure pursuits as a largely contributing factor to a well-rounded and fulfilling life.