The biggest change Carl Chambers sees in his students is a surge in their self-confidence—a feeling that prompts many of them to say, "I never thought I could do that." Carl knows the feeling. His father passed when he was 8, leaving him as the youngest son of four with a mother who didn't have time for much discipline. He finally found the discipline he craved by enlisting with the British Army. By training to be a sniper and honing escape and evasion techniques, Carl learned to feel at home in the outdoors during deployments that took him from Kenya to Norway and many destinations in between. When a motorcycle accident led to his discharge in 2006, Carl moved to Canada, whose rugged wilderness had kindled his imagination since his first visit 7 years previous. Today, Carl and his fellow instructors share this passion for the outdoors in wilderness courses that range from single-day workshops to immersive, multiday training camps. These courses acquaint both youth and adult students to basic outdoor and bushcraft skills—such as how to start a fire, build shelter, and whittle a log into a working telephone—as well as hone the expertise of experienced outdoorsmen. With this training, students have gone from having no outdoor experience to embarking on adventure trips in Greenland and the Yukon. As someone who also once suffered a disability due to a motorcycle accident, Carl also culls from his own experience to teach other individuals with disabilities how to enjoy the outdoors.
Certified groomer and foreign-trained veterinary technician Sam Gerges loves animals so much that, in addition to caring for their health, he'll also put them up for the night. As the owner of pet daycare and dog-boarding facility Winston and Friendz, he leads a team of well-trained staff who supervise as pets spend the night in a private room or frolic in a fenced-in play area. The daycare center also keep its four-legged visitors fueled for play with a selection of homemade treats and dog cakes.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Rather than focusing solely on weight-loss pills and strict diets that ignore potential health risks, Yolo Advanced Weight Loss makes health and wellness its top priorities, with weight loss as an added bonus. The center’s comprehensive programs promote longer and healthier lives with nutritional coaching paired with body-contouring treatments. To speed up the weight-loss process, Yolo’s whole-body-vibration sessions stimulate rapid-fire muscle contractions to quickly strengthen bodies, while Yolo Curve laser treatments combine both visible and infrared laser light to stimulate inch loss, reduce joint pain, and service Troll dolls' belly diamonds. Yolo also guides clients to slimmer silhouettes with lifestyle counselling and body-composition analyses, which both ensure clients continue to build lean muscle mass and reduce fat throughout the duration of their weight-loss programs.