David Paetkau, currently starring in the television series Flashpoint, started acting in Vancouver in 1998. Some of his film and television credits include; the Emmy Award winning series Dexter, CSI: Miami, LAX, and Whistler, along with the films, Final Destination 2 and Snow Day.
David started practicing yoga in 2002 as a compliment to playing hockey and working out at the gym. In Vancouver he studied Vijnana with Tracy Groshak, in Los Angeles Vinyasa Flow with Andrea Marcum, and in Toronto he's currently enjoying Hot Yoga.
David's family has a long history with arthritis. His grandfather suffered in his hands and legs with constant joint aches and, unfortunately, his mom has the same conditions. David believes, without a doubt, that practicing yoga improves joint alignment, increases strength and flexibility, and is an ideal form of exercise to prevent the onset of arthritis as well as helping to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Farah Nasser anchors CP24's Live at 5 and Live at 5:30, bringing Toronto a look at their city and the day's events. Farah has reported in the GTA since she was 18 years old and more than a decade later she feels lucky to work as a journalist calling it "a front row seat to history" both in our local Toronto communities and events taking place around the world. In February 2010, Farah joined the CP24 team. Off-air Farah spends considerable time volunteering in her community. She sits on the York Regional Police's Crime Prevention council and often acts as emcee for the force's events. Farah helps raise awareness and funds for the University Health Network's Arthritis and Autoimmune Research Centre Foundation (AARC). She dedicates time to the Aga Khan Foundation, a charity that provides sustainable solutions for the underprivileged in Asia and Africa. Farah was the emcee for the 2010 Power of Movement, in Toronto and is excited about joining us again for the 2011 event. Farah lives in the GTA with her husband. On a day off what she enjoys most is just exploring her city, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Bouchard Boles
Nicole Bouchard Boles, an expert in no- and low-cost philanthropy, consults with companies and individuals on the best ways to incorporate giving into their everyday lives.
Nicole is the author of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist (Workman, 2009), offering more than 300 ideas for low and no-cost ways to make a difference in your home, community, and world. (An Amazon.com bestseller)
She has been featured in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times and heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Breakfast TV & CBC
Nicole's work has received accolades from President Jimmy Carter and Mary J. Blige. Nicole is currently publishing a children's book.
Philanthropy means way more than just writing a cheque to your local charity once a year. It encompasses everything from donating your talents (be it hairdressing, cooking, bookkeeping or anything else) to an organization that needs them, to donating your old eyeglasses or sleeping bags to third world countries, to shopping in a socially conscious way, to volunteering, social activism, virtual activism and of course, taking part in the Power of Movement. Most of us lead busy, hectic lives, but these are ways we can give back, within our normal activities of daily life.
Nicole Bouchard Boles
In her illustrious 20 year stage career, Ms. Goh was a much sought-after international guest artist and has appeared with numerous companies throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. In 2005, Ms. Goh received the New Pioneers Arts Award for her contributions to dance in Canada. Her autobiography Beyond the Dance, A Ballerina's Life was a finalist nominee for the 2003 Norma Fleck Award and the 2005 Rocky Mountain Book Award. Ms. Goh is the founder of PRINCIPAL by Chan Hon Goh Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of ballet footwear. PRINCIPAL received the ACCE Innovation Award for the Diamond Pointe Shoes. www.principalshoes.com and www.chanhongoh.com
On May 31st 2009, Ms Goh danced her farewell performance as Giselle to a sold out house at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario.
Most recently, Ms. Goh received the 2010 Mandarin Profile Female Entrepreneur Award and became the only Canadian Recipient of the National Association of Asian American Professionals 100 award (NAAAP) for her tireless contributions and commitment to a multitude of projects benefiting the Arts communities. She has also been honoured with the 2010 FMA Vancouver Art Achievement Award for her contributions towards enhancing the identity of Canadian Art and Dance. And also, in October 2010, the Vancouver Sun named Ms Goh as British Columbia's 100 of Influence.
Currently, Ms. Goh directs all aspects of operations for the Goh Ballet. She also will play a key role as Executive Director for the Goh Ballet's critically acclaimed The Nutcracker.
Ms. Goh has been an Honourary Patron of the Arthritis Research Foundation since 2001 and she is excited about becoming an Ambassador for the Power of Movement as the issues surrounding arthritis and musculoskeletal health remain significantly important.
Beth Shaw, E-RYT, BS, CMT, is the president and founder of YogaFit Training Systems Inc. The leader in mind-body education, YogaFit has trained more than 100,000 fitness instructors on six continents. Shaw is an internationally known fitness expert and the author of Beth Shaw's YogaFit (Human Kinetics, 2009, $17.95) and the publisher of Angles magazine, which is distributed to yoga fitness enthusiasts and instructors. Shaw and her company have been showcased in numerous fitness magazines as well as Oprah's O magazine, Time, More, Entrepreneur, Yoga Journal, Glamour, Self and USA Today. She has also been featured on CNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, E Style, Channel, Showtime, and Donny Deutsch's Big Idea.
Ms. Shaw is the innovative educator, entrepreneur, and visionary responsible for YogaFit as well as YogaButt, YogaStrength, YogaCore, YogaLean, and countless other yoga fitness combinations. She has more than 30 DVDs and CDs on the market and is widely recognized as the premier yoga fitness trainer in the industry.
She is also known for her community service initiatives. As an animal rights activist, Shaw serves on the National Council for the Humane Society and is involved in Animal Alliance, Downtown Dog Rescue and supports Spay/Neuter initiatives. Her nonprofit organization, Visionary Women in Fitness, awards scholarships and grants women in need. She is extremely excited about adding Power of Movement to her list of Philanthropic endeavors!
Trish Stratus is a fitness icon, TV personality and entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the top sports entertainment athletes in the world through her achievements as a seven-time WWE Women's Champion. Over the last decade, Stratus has dedicated her life to health and fitness, and has parlayed her success and passion into a recognized lifestyle brand. Stratusphere was officially launched with the opening of her yoga studio, the largest in Canada. Stratusphere Living, a yoga fitness product line created by Trish launched nationally fall 2011 with the release of her first workout DVD 'Stratusphere Yoga' all of which reflect her core philosophy of achieving wellness through balanced living. Trish is excited about being involved with Power of Movement. For more information please visit www.trishstratus.com or follow @trishstratuscom
Traci Melchor ETALK Reporter Beloved for her outgoing and lively personality, Traci Melchor has been an icon on the Toronto entertainment scene for more than a decade. "I live for Tinseltown gossip and music," says Melchor. Vibrant and witty, this Pickering native always puts a fresh spin on today's hottest entertainment headlines. It comes from years of experience interviewing hundreds of stars, including Diddy, Denzel Washington, Mariah Carey, Madonna, John Travolta, Paris Hilton and Janet Jackson.
Before joining CTV's ETALK (Canada's most-watched entertainment newsmagazine which airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV) as an entertainment reporter in 2008, Melchor contributed to ETALK's "T'N'T Report" with Tanya Kim, covering the OSCARS®, SuperBowl and co-hosting one of the biggest events of 2007 - CTV's coverage of LIVE EARTH from London's Wembley Stadium. Delivering daily entertainment news hits on CP24, Melchor was also named one of National Post's Worthy 30 for her contribution to the television industry. Melchor also contributes regularly to CTV News Channel and CHUM FM.
Melchor kicked off her career as host of the legendary RAPCITY on MuchMusic, followed by a move to Citytv Toronto as the station's Entertainment Specialist. From 2000-2005, Traci thrived in L.A.'s celebrity scene, guest starring on hit series CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGSTION and LIZZIE MCGUIRE, and reporting from countless red carpets as the Hollywood Correspondent for Star!. Melchor also hosted weekly F.Y.E. - FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, celebrity profiler EXTREME CLOSE UP, and STYLE VIP. A seasoned writer, Melchor has contributed entertainment stories to magazines such as Elle, Essence, and Source. During L'Oréal Fashion Week 2009, Melchor walked in the closing night show, Dare To Wear Love, in support of The Steven Lewis Foundation.
Melchor returned to Canada from Hollywood in 2005 to host MuchMoreMusic, a move that kept her in the celebrity spotlight and plugged into multi-platinum superstars like INXS, Sheryl Crow and Shakira. Melchor also spoke one-on-one with multi-award-winning music icon Madonna in NYC for the primetime TV special MADONNA: CONFESSIONS.
Off camera, the graduate of Seneca College's Radio and Television Program spends most of her time with her twins Phoenix and Phoebe. "I love balancing being a mom and covering the business. From the hair salon, to fashion shows, to reading the latest kids book and driving the twins to karate and ballet class, my days are hectic. But I wouldn't have it any other way." A true renaissance woman, Melchor supports various charitable organizations and events including Covenant House, Sick Kids Hospital, Fashion Cares and Power of Movement.