A woman of the wild: Persis
Looking to escape the cold, Persis moved to Kelowna from Winnipeg in 2014. Directed by her sense of adventure she was eager to move to a town that let her play outside without the risk of getting frost bite half of the year. While growing up life was more classic piano and opera lessons than rugged outdoor adventures and lifting in the gym. Persis opened up her world to athletics in her early 20’s when she was diagnosed with anxiety. Prescribed by her doctor Persis turned to boxing as her physical activity to help burn off the extra adrenaline that was causing her to have panic attacks daily. Slowly boxing led her to seek out more in the world of fitness, health and wellness. When the opportunity to go back to University came up she jumped on it knowing exactly what it was she wanted to learn. Knowing that she could potentially help others in similar situations became a big catalyst in her decision to get her degree in Kinesiology. Over the past four years Persis has been able to do just that as well as work with those who are looking to rehab injuries, improve their mental health or looking for general fitness.
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
One of her favourite memories is going out into the bush with her dad to chop wood when she was around 6 years old. They would take off first thing in the morning with the truck loaded up with snacks and dad’s tools. While her dad would fall trees, and chop them up Persis would be out trekking in the bush seeing what she could get herself into. More often than not she would find herself on the creek bed running full tilt away from attacking beavers!
- What has been your biggest struggle with work?
Persis’ biggest struggle over the past four years has been navigating her new career as a Kinesiologist without the help of a mentor. While being handed a book that outlined how life would go seems like cheating it would have been nice for her to not needed to learn so much on the fly. She feels like things would have went a lot smoother if right out the gate she was told things such as this is how you do your taxes now, this is everything you need to know about your GST #, and advertising works best this way. Instead she learnt and developed from all the brick walls she hit.
- How do you feel that you stand out from other Kinesiologists in our community?
Persis’ out doorsieness and adventure seeking ways definitely set her apart from other Kinesiologists in the community. Constantly trying new things, she likes to program build for her clients in a way that will positively affect their favourite activities outside of the gym. Personally Persis snow mobiles, goes caving, snowboards, hunts, hikes, and fishes so she knows the importance of performing well for your sport. While her work starts in the gym she would like to emphasize that her view on health and wellness is holistic. She urges those she works with to enjoy their fitness adventure and to always seek to try new things because you never know what you will fall in love with. Fitness isn’t all about how much you can lift in the gym, but also the enjoyment you get out of your movement!
- What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
In a terrific mood, Persis was walking through the large, round courtyard of the Winnipeg mall with Celine Dion bumping in her headphones. More and more people seemed to be giving her funny looks as they walked by. Turns out Persis was unknowingly giving everyone a show as she belted out “My Heart Will Go On” for all of those around her. Whoops!
- What is your favourite physical activity?
Persis’ favourite, although sometimes not so favourite when she really thinks about it is hiking. Hiking is naturally incorporated in a lot of her favourite activities like camping or hunting. She loves that the slow and steady pace let’s her take in her surroundings while experiencing areas she otherwise wouldn’t get to see. Looking back some of her favourite hiking memories have been made while she was camping and hiking in the Okanagan Mountain Park. While exploring with her friends they have found praying mantises, countless deer, mountain goats, elk, and wolves!
- If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why?
A woman of the wild, she wouldn’t go anywhere. Persis loves all that B.C. has to offer her sense of adventure! This summer she will be going caving off the coast of Vancouver Island. Heading down with an experienced team of 10, they will be taking a barge in and spending two weeks exploring the cavernous terrain!
- If you could start over again is there something that you would change about your life?
Persis wouldn’t change a thing about her life. She feels that it is important to experience all of the good things in life along with the bad as they are what makes us the way we are today. She tries to be the best version of herself every day, and live with no regrets. She sees every experience is an opportunity for learning and growth!
8. What do you work toward in your free time?
True to herself, Persis spends her free time trying to experience as much of life as she can. She wants to be as adventurous as possible, and to live life to the fullest rather than staying in the same box of daily routine. Changing it up, challenging herself and her boundaries gives her a thrill. Persis loves the feeling of coming out on the other side of an experience that frightened her confident and empowered, especially when it happens in the wild!