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Instructors A-F

Adagio Club

Adagio Club offers a comprehensive introductory rhythmic gymnastics class for beginners, including a structured warm up, body technique sequences, and apparatus skills training that culminate in a choreographed group routine to music.

Ali Sepahi

Ali Sepahi is a retired University Professor with a Ph.D. from McGill University. He is an active Member of the FCA and has won four awards. He has had art shows and has presented workshops in palette knife painting, acrylic and watercolor at Community Centers.

Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris has had a lifelong involvement with gymnastics at both the recreational and competitive levels and began coaching in 1986. Amanda began the program at the West End in 2004. Amanda is certified Level 2 instructor. Her commitment is to provide fun and fitness for all ages.

Ania Shandler

Ania Shandler has taught yoga for over 7 years. She completed her teacher training and received an Advanced Yoga Studies certificate. Ania has also been certified as a Seven Spiritual Laws Yoga Instructor. Yoga is her passion and journey to healing and transformation, which she likes to share with her students.

Astor Tsang

Astor Tsang has been teaching beginners how to knit for almost a decade. With the experience of teaching hundreds of beginners she developed a Nothing Is Obvious philosophy. Astor’s published work includes her beginner knitting book called “A Simple-to-Use Guide to Creating Hip Knits” and her Knitty.com knitted wig with curlers.

Cheryl Theilade

Cheryl Theilade has been teaching classes on natural skincare for over thirteen years for various Lower Mainland Continuing Education Programs and Community Centres. She shares her knowledge on using ingredients from nature to create affordable, healthy body care products with enthusiasm, spirit and good sense of humour.

Czarina Mirandilla

Czarina Mirandilla is a producer and director of theatre dance shows. She is a very passionate instructor who has been teaching for the past seven years. She brings over 20 years of experience in performing Polynesian, Latin, interpretive and Belly Dance which gives her style a world fusion flare.

Dominique Francoeur

Dominique Francoeur is an artist, businessman and teacher who has lived for many years in China and S Korea. During his time in Korea, he had the opportunity to teach languages, display his art in exhibits and create short movies. Dominique’s classes focus on communicating and teaching with simplicity so that his students can have fun while they explore their creativity. Most recently, Dominique can be found entertaining the community with his lively presentations of his travels at the WECC in the Armchair Traveller program.


Instructors G-L

Gayle Dobson

Gayle Dobson and Gordon Cheng are “Open Ranked” tennis players who are certified tennis instructors. They have many years of coaching experience and have participated in numerous tennis tournaments.

Homa Ghafar Zadeh

Homa Ghafar Zadeh is a well known and acclaimed artist from Tehran. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, receiving top prizes.

Inna Makarova

Inna Makarova is an experienced teacher from Belarus who holds MA in Russian language and literature as well as PhD in English literature. Inna has been teaching Russian at the West End Community Centre for 3 years. She appreciates sharing her passion and knowledge with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Jeanne Krabbendam

Jeanne Krabbendam, a local mixed media painter with formal training in European art tradition, has broad exhibition and teaching experience both in Canada and Europe. Her enthusiasm and creative ideas are inspiring and contagious to her students. See www.jeannekrabbendam.com for more info.

Linda Shedden

Linda Shedden was a client of the CALLANETICS EDINBURGH STUDIO in Scotland for 3 years before she moved to Vancouver in February 2006. She missed the classes and the affect on her body shape so much, that she decided to train as a CALLANETICS teacher herself! Linda was the first certified Callanetics teacher in BC.

Linda Short

Linda Short’s experience consists of over 20 years of teaching, performing and competing in a variety of dance forms throughout North America. Linda has also demonstrated skill and enthusiasm in choreography and teaching all levels of students from beginner to advanced.


Instructors: M-R

Manto Nakamura

Manto Nakamura started coaching soccer in high school Japan. He has his Youth Soccer Coaching Certification from the Canadian Soccer Association and has been teaching soccer skills at Coal Harbour Community Centre since 2001. He will help your child develop skills in a cooperative and fun way!

Melanie Osmack

Melanie Osmack began Fit 4 Two in 2003 out of a passion to help women enjoy active pregnancies. She is a certified Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist and BCRPA Registered Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer.  When not teaching, Melanie can be found chasing her preschooler and toddler around the park.

Michael St. Germain

Michael St. Germain (4th Dan) began and continues his Aikido studies with Kawahara Shihan (Technical Director, Canadian Aikido Federation). Sensei is Chief Instructor of English Bay Aikikai (formerly Granville Aikikai) and gathering Place Aikikai. He has taugh in Vancouver for 18 years.

Rene Hugo Sanchez

Rene Hugo Sanchez started touring at age 8. He has collected and learned more then 100 instruments. He holds a Bachelor degree from Cusco Institute of Music, Teacher’s degree, and a Diploma. Rene has 6 recordings and 4 books of Guitar. Rene has won awards locally and internationally.

Rahma (Gail) Haddad

Internationally known ‘Rahma’ has an innate sense of the music and dance as part of her Lebanese heritage, she has a Bach. of PE, a background in modern, folk dance, Afro-jazz and gymnastics, and over 30 years experience in bellydance.

Roxanne Gagnon

Roxanne Gagnon is a practising artist and educator who has exhibited in Vancouver and Australia and has done many private commissions. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2001. Passionate about a variety of forms, she works with mixed media.


Instructors S-Z

Shinobu Preston

Shinobu Preston comes to Vancouver via Osaka, Japan and brings her love of stage acting and martial arts to the Coal Harbour community center’s many children’s programs. Her energetic enthusiasm paired with her passion for teaching children has made her a favorite with kids and parents alike. Whether teaching Aikido, hosting “Genki!” Japanese performing arts, or preschool program in Little Tot Fun, Shinobu brings her special brand of fun to kids of all ages.

Sandra Leigh

Sandra Leigh E-RYT is a member of the Canadian Yoga Alliance. She has also been accredited with the highest level of study with the Yoga Alliance USA, achieving the Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) designation. Sandra is also registered with Yoga Association of BC as a Senior Teacher. See www.natureofyoga.ca for more info.

Sonja Bakker

Sonja Bakker has over 26 years experience as an Actor, Teacher, TV Host/Producer and Casting Director. Her credits include hundreds of commercials for Ford (USA) BCTV, Expo and cartoons. Movie roles have included Intersection, Cousins, and Final Destination.