Our spirited, high energy, super fit Mom: Dawn!
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan our spirited, high energy Dawn grew up on a farm 30 minutes outside of the city! Due to her farm life up bringing she played very few sports growing up. Herself and her siblings were expected to lend a helping hand anytime they weren’t in school as farm life goes! That combined with the small country school they attended not having a proper gymnasium they found other ways to be active. They created their own fun using the great Saskatchewan outdoors by cross country skiing, playing softball, and lots of walking and running in the fields away from the mosquitoes!
- What made you get into group fitness?
After getting my BScN (nursing) from U of S, I headed to Edmonton, and took my first step class at a local gym. Hated it. I kept going though, and started to enjoy it more & more. At 27 years of age, I decided to become a fitness instructor. 10 years later, after the birth of my two daughters, I got into personal training and bodybuilding. Another 10 plus years later, I still love this industry. Fitness is now a way of life for me, it’s a journey rather than a destination.
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
I have 3 siblings and a big extended family who I treasure. Farm life was tough, we never took a vacation but it gave us all an incredible work ethic and appreciation for the simple things in life.
- What is your biggest struggle with life or work?
I have a really strong moral compass so when things become political or petty, I take issue with that. Honesty, integrity, humility and kindness are qualities I value above all else. I become frustrated when these basic human qualities become lost or overlooked in the quest for achievement.
- 4. What is your favourite physical activity?
I absolutely LOVE tennis. I started playing about 5 years ago, proceeded to tear an ACL on the court (had already tore an ACL on the other leg while skiing), so that slowed me down a bit. The last couple of years I have become increasingly passionate about the game. I would play every day if I could but my mid-life body won’t allow it!
- What is something about you that not very many people know about?
I used to be quite shy and I can still revert back in certain situations… I come across as an extrovert when I’m teaching classes, but I think that is due to being in the business for so long. I have to work every day at building myself up, overcoming sensitivity and going confidently out into the world.
- Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
My husband of almost 18 years and our girls, Brooklynn (16) and Adrianna (15). They are my safe haven. They love me unconditionally in spite of it all…the good, the bad and the ugly.
- Where or how would you like to see positive change in Kelowna?
Kelowna has changed a bit since we moved here from Alberta 10 years ago. I completely understand the attraction to this great city; however, my hope is that the people of this incredible paradise continue to be respectful and considerate to each other within the environment that supports us. Statistically, with greater population comes greater disregard for others. I hope Kelowna can continue to grow in numbers while maintaining all the goodness that made it what it is today.
- If you could be granted one wish what would it be?
Peace, baby…PEACE! Can we all just try to get along in spite of our differences?! It makes me crazy sometimes watching the things people & countries fight over.
As cliché as this might sound, my top priority is always working to be the best mom I can be. Two teenage girls means we have our fair share of drama and Dad works in Alberta during the week so I get to play good & bad cop! I also love doing almost anything active…. golf, cycling, swimming & hiking.
- What is your go to karaoke song?
Some people know I have a ‘secret’ crush on Enrique Iglesias…. sigh! So, when the mood strikes, I’m likely to be singing one of his songs or something really loud & obnoxious from the 80s…. maybe Photograph by Def Leppard, Doesn’t Really Matter by Platinum Blonde or Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett…so many choices! And, at my age, I’m starting to lose my filter….so I have very little shame!! It’s very freeing actually …I highly recommend it!