ABC Music Studio owner and instructor Alison Edgar has plenty of musical talent of her own—she has a B.A. in music—but developing it in others is where her real passion lies. After earning a graduate degree in education from McGill University, she served on its faculty for four years while also racking up experience working with younger students. Her career has taken her through stints directing children’s choirs and high-school bands and working as a music specialist at the elementary level, and through it all she’s built up a 20-year resumé of private lessons. Edgar is open to working in any style toward any of the student’s goals, whether it’s to play recorder in a student talent show or to found a platinum-selling recorder band.
Rory and Sara Kerrigan both have backgrounds in competitive gymnastics—Sara even represented Canada at the 1991 World Championships. Today, the two have a 3-year-old son and are focused on helping kids like him develop mentally and physically through the sport. Within Kerrigan Gymnastics Academy's 10,000-square-foot facility, their staff aims to foster a lasting love for physical activity through age-appropriate classes. For the youngest students, classes focus on developing confidence and coordination while older kids learn to tumble, vault, and fly across the uneven bars. Parents are always welcome to observe in the spectator area, complete with a TV and WiFi access that lets them connect to work or hack the International Space Station while their kids are in class. :m]]
At 67 years old, most people have their eye on retirement, if they haven't already dropped out of the rat race. However, Gulie Ajania was just getting started. Though she has practiced various yoga methods since the ?60s, it's only much later in life that she decided to open Bikram Yoga Tri-City. Now, nearly a decade later, Ajania, at 77 years old, is still at the helm of the spacious studio, which also features a retail section where visitors can stock up on eco-friendly mats, towels, and other gear.
BC Eldercare Massage alleviates the ailments that accompany age with soothing chair massages designed for senior citizens. Specially trained elder care massage providers travel to nursing homes, hospice care centres, and other offsite locations to assuage aching muscles, joints, and tendons as patients relax in ergonomically correct chairs. The company also trains students with courses in massage technique.