Instructor Bios & Class Descriptions

TOT’S GYM:

Class Description:

This class is a fun, high-energy way of getting your little one moving, shaking, singing, and playing in an active and social environment. Meant for toddlers to continue exploring movement and development of gross motor skills with games, play, and music. Give your furniture a break from your child’s jumping and running and sign up for Tot’s Gym today! Your little toddler will likely enjoy a good snooze after this class. Parent/care-giver participation is required.

Instructor Bio: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ettinger

Lizzie loves being silly and playing games with kids of all ages. She loves soccer, volleyball, and any other sport she can get involved with. Her favourite thing to do in the summer is turn up the music and dance in the backyard. She has a huge sweet tooth and is a master guru for hide and seek. Lizzie is excited to shake, sing, wiggle, and play games with the kids this spring!

PRESCHOOL GYM:

Class Description:

This class is for your preschooler with energy to burn! Children will play games, sports, sing and dance while using their imaginations. They will begin learning to work as a team and listen to directions. Parent/care-giver participation is required on the first day, but parents may wait outside the gym for subsequent classes.

Instructor Bio: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ettinger

Lizzie loves being silly and playing games with kids of all ages. She loves soccer, volleyball, and any other sport she can get involved with. Her favourite thing to do in the summer is turn up the music and dance in the backyard. She has a huge sweet tooth and is a master guru for hide and seek. Lizzie is excited to shake, sing, wiggle, and play games with the kids this spring!

TOT’S SOCCER:

Class Description:

An introduction to the game of soccer for the littlest players! We will focus on fun, development of physical literacy/general movement skills, soccer skills and hopefully practice listening and following directions (fingers crossed)! We want these little kickers to develop a love for sport that will last a lifetime. Some caregiver involvement/support may be required, depending on the individual child and total number of participants.

Instructor Bio: Alison Lackie

Alison grew up playing soccer in Saskatoon from a young age and continues to enjoy the game in Saskatoon Adult Soccer’s women’s league. Alison also served as a coach with the Eastside Youth Soccer Club from 2013 to 2018 and worked with young athletes ranging in age from 10-15 across a range of skill levels. She is excited to jump back into coaching now that her own child is ready to play! Alison works as a consulting engineer and lives in Avalon with her family.

YOUTH SOCCER:

Class Description:

Youth Soccer is a place for children to work on their soccer skills in a friendly environment. Classes build basic soccer techniques (dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting) and develop a sense of confidence on the field. Hand-Eye coordination, exercise, perseverance, and teamwork will be taught to the kids but most of all FUN!! Drills, obstacles, and scrimmages will be part of the class.

Instructor Bio: Maya Gabruch

Maya has been playing soccer since she was 3 years old. She played on the Huskie Women’s Soccer Team at the University of Saskatchewan for 6 years and was the captain from 2018 to 2021. She also played soccer on a semi-pro team in Regina in 2019. Maya has taken several coaching courses and has been coaching for the Jr. Huskies program since 2017. She has a degree in Kinesiology and is hoping to pursue medicine in the near future. Maya loves to have fun, be creative, and learn, and she can’t wait to coach kid’s soccer this spring!

TINY TOTS & BEGINNER BALLET

Class Description:

Children will learn the basic techniques of ballet while having fun to have a positive view of dance.  This class introduces basic movement using imaginative stories, props, and dancing with Mom or Dad! Parental assistance may be required in the Tiny Tots Ballet class.

Instructor Bio: Macy Boensch

I started dance in my community when I was 3 years old. From there I danced for 14 years at Kristy’s Dance Fusion, 11 of which I was a competitive dancer. Over my years of dance, I have done, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Modern dance. I’ve danced in the Disneyland parade and have taken master classes across Canada and the US.  I have also assisted all ages in dance over the past 5 years!

HOME ALONE

Class Description:

This course is for any young person (aged 10 and over) that will be spending short periods of time home alone. This course covers many issues that will help children and their parents feel more confident.

*Although this course is for ages 10+; the government of Saskatchewan recommends children do not stay at home unsupervised until age 11. However, it is up to the parent/guardian of every child to decide when their child is mentally/emotionally mature enough to stay at home on their own.

Instructor Bio: Amber Blum

I am a mom of two wonderful, chaotic children. We have been living in Avalon for 7 years, love to read, and my favourite food is dark chocolate. I have been babysitting since I was 12 years old, worked at a daycare for two years, and have been teaching Babysitting and Home Alone classes for five years. I adore children, and love to share what I’ve learned from my own experiences to students who want to take care of themselves and others.

BOOTCAMP

Class Description:

This high intensity interval training class that mixes body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. These classes are designed to push participants to always keep the body guessing.

Instructor Bio: Melanie Buchko

I was introduced to the fitness industry at a very early age, watching my mom choreograph her fitness classes and tediously create playlists on her tape deck. I remember finally being old enough to participate in classes and thinking that I wanted to provide movement to others.  Now, I instruct my own fitness classes and I am very thankful I do not have to use a tape deck for my playlists. I have been SPRA certified in Group and Aquatic Exercise since 2012 and I have completed a current Standard First Aid and CPR course. I currently teach with Lead Pilates where I utilize my Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certification and I also hold a certification in Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.  I have enjoyed teaching various classes throughout my 6 years of instruction and look forward to many more years. I believe in the importance of movement for a healthy mind and body.

YOGA

Class Description:

This class incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, supported silent meditation, and guided relaxation to support increased awareness and mindfulness of the breath and body.

Instructor Bio: Sarah Hardy

Sarah began her yoga journey in 2006 out of a sheer desire to hold on to her flexibility and gain some strength in her bendy body – little did she know how truly transforming this practice would be for the mind as well as the body! Within a few years the desire shifted from a body transformation to a way to calm the mind after a long day.  One day, in a particularly long pigeon pose, she came to the conclusion that somehow she needs to share this practice with everyone!

Her desired outcome with her classes is to support first-time yogis to kick off their yoga journeys with fascination and confidence,  help more experienced yogis find the connection between body and mind and breath, have fun  with lots of laughs along the way! 

She received her 200hr Yoga Teaching Certification in beautiful Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica in August 2016 from Passion Yoga School – Under the direction of Addison Liederbach (Adi Shakti) and her team of talented teachers.

Aside from yoga Sarah loves her admin. day job and being mom to her two kids Silas and Kaiya.

ORIENTEERING

Class Description:

In this class, coaches from the Saskatchewan Orienteering Association (SOA) will teach kids and their families how to read maps and use compasses to find the pre-placed control markers in the John Lake Park and at Avalon Park. Participants are encouraged to take the skills they learn in this class to tackle one of the other classes offered by the SOA in many of the other beautiful parks throughout Saskatchewan.

* Children under the age of 8 (eight) must have a parent or guardian attend the class with them. This parent or guardian can attend at no extra charge.

** Families must have a child at least 5 (five) years of age to register. Families larger than 4 (four) people should contact Jessica at [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Instructor Bio: The Saskatchewan Orienteering Association (SOA)

The Saskatchewan Orienteering Association (SOA) is the provincial body responsible for the organization and promotion of orienteering throughout Saskatchewan.

Vision: Saskatchewanians of all ages and abilities, from recreational participants to elite athletes, recognize and enjoy orienteering as a challenging outdoor map and compass navigational sport that leads to life-long physical and mental fitness.

Mission: To promote, encourage, co-ordinate and administer orienteering as a sport and recreation in Saskatchewan, which includes providing orienteering opportunities for all levels and abilities.

Find the SOA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrienteeringSK/

 

DISC GOLF

Class Description:

Disc Golf is a flying disc sport where players throw a disc at a target with rules similar to golf. Inclusion and equality are at the heart of Disc Golf, making it accessible to all communities, genders, social statuses and abilities. The ACA has teamed up with Saskatoon Disc Golf (SDG) Inc. to bring you a 4-Saturday clinic with some of Saskatoon’s most talented disc golfers where you will learn and practice disc golf skills. All equipment is provided. Participants are encouraged to head over to Diefenbaker Park, named one of Canada’s Top 5 Disc Golf courses in 2021, to practice the skills they learn in this class. The ACA would like to thank SDG for their collaboration and hard work to help us offer this class in our spring programming! Keep an eye on all the upcoming activities offered by SDG this summer in Saskatoon!

Win a Free Disc: All participants will be entered to win a custom dyed disc. Watch the ACA Facebook page for more information!

Instructor Bio: Saskatoon Disc Golf (SDG) Inc.

Saskatoon Disc Golf (SDG) Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to the development and growth of disc golf in the Saskatoon region.

Check out the Saskatoon Disc Golf website for all things Disc Golf in Saskatoon: https://saskatoondiscgolf.ca/

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/106618026130370/

Clinician Profile: Alex Pelletier

Alex is SDG’s Sport Development Director and the head coach of the Saskatoon Junior Disc Golf Program. He is a semi-professional player sponsored by DiscStore.com and has been playing for 7 years.

We would like to thank all these instructors and organizations for sharing their time and talents with us!