Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Kristy Van Hoven

Name: Kristy Van Hoven
Occupation: PhD Candidate (University of Leicester) and Artistic Director (Guthrie School of Dance)
Age: Knees of a 90-year-old, Humor of a 12-year-old
Lifestyle: The world is my stage…

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Coffee, tunes, dance, and some writing, but mostly coffee!

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Seizing opportunities to make a positive change in people’s lives. I may have a crazy hectic schedule but my family and friends are always on my mind. I work to create opportunities for people to connect with their history, remember their past, and have a well balanced future, both emotionally and physically.

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); High Rise Straight Crop Jeans – Normandie by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Tote in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

You’re currently doing your PhD and exploring the positive impact of museums on the memory and cognitive health of visitors with Alzheimer’s. Could you tell us a little bit about your work and how you chose this focus?

 

This could be a novel in and of itself :)

 

I used to be the curator of collections at a world class hospital where I would routinely meet patients and have meaningful discussions about their cultural background, how their previous lives play a role in their healthcare and how important museums are in providing a place of solitude and a safe space to find acceptance or process grief.

 

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After completing my Master’s I developed an object-based hospital program for oncology patients, which provided an opportunity for patients to connect with each other and the history of the hospital. Upon completion of the weekly program, patients felt more relaxed and able to face the next stages of their treatment.

 

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In many cases, patients returned to the program regularly as they faced new challenges associated with their diagnosis and treatments. There are a few instances where family members came back to the museum to tell me how their ill family member had spoken fondly of the museum and program throughout their treatment, and despite the terminal diagnosis, they were happiest when participating in the museum program.

 

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All the while I was acting as a caregiver to my grandmother who was starting to show signs of dementia. My PhD was born.

 

When I moved to Toronto a couple years ago I connected with a hospital that specializes in brain health who had developed a similar model for helping their patients to object based programs.

 

Together we built a solid program for their memory care patients, which led to some tremendous results around reactivating memories and physical abilities during object-based programs.

 

 Black Tropical Floral Kensington Aline Dress by Toronto label FunkD; Handcrafted necklace by Toronto jewelry label burfurtART

 

The future is bright for Museum Therapy and I look forward to starting my consultancy RxMuse upon the defense of my dissertation in 2018. 

 

You’ve been a Scottish Highland dancer for quite some time and seem very dedicated to this tradition. When did you discover your passion for dance and what kind of role does it play in your life?

 

Scotland is in my blood and after years of classical ballet training I traveled to Scotland to meet family. When I was there I was introduced to Highland and Ceilidh dancing and fell in love with it.

 

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A passion for this athletic art form was born and I started in highland dance at 13. I competed throughout North America and Scotland regularly and eventually competed at the World Highland Dance Championships in Cowal, Scotland at the “old age” of 21 (Highland dancers used to retire from competitive dancing between 18 and 22). 

 

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Once I returned to the States I sat the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance membership exam and passed on my first try! Shortly there after I opened Guthrie School of Dance.  My primary mission has always been to create classes and a school that provide a welcoming atmosphere for dancers of any age or ability. 

 

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Like many elite sports, most top coaches and teachers focus on competitively driven students, but I wanted to create a space for others to unlock their potential.  When I started teaching I very quickly had a whole class of students who faced challenges in regular classrooms and extra-curricular activities. 

 

Parents were desperately looking for a unique opportunity for their children and hoped that dance would be the answer. 

 

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In class I would explore academic topics like math and science, history, social studies and encourage story telling, both by having the student learn the traditional stories behind our competitive dance roster, and by allowing students to create their own dances and stories which we would show case at summer farmer’s markets and cultural fairs throughout the area. 

 

Shortly after the word of success of these classes got out, adults and retired dancers came calling, looking for a place to dance. 

 

Original sleeveless top by Toronto designer Yasmine Louis (available in stores only); High Rise Straight Crop Jeans – Normandie by Montreal label Yoga Jeans; Sylvia Tote in Blue by Markham label Pixie Mood

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Ah, legacies are a weird thing… I hope each of my students and patients remembers the fun we had and the trips we have taken together (through walks down “memory lane” in a museum, or traveling to highland games and shows).

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion is an expression of who you are, and where you are going. It’s one of the easiest risks to take and one of the most fun!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

The vibe in the store is amazing, the products are all so wearable and well… penguin clutches… you can never go wrong with penguins!

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?  (We have a large audience to share your project with- go on and shamelessly self-promote!

 

I’d like to promote the Guthrie School of Dance! It has always provided multiple classes for dancers who have outgrown the competitive highland scene but look to dance (and highland especially) for their weekly exercise and social time.

 

Did you know you burn more calories in an hour of Highland class than you would in a game of soccer?  Today, Guthrie School of Dance as students in three countries and helps develop competitions and special events for dancers of any age and ability. 

 

Our focus is on learning about dance and movement, our shared Scottish history (or interest… you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy a good Highland Fling!) and developing lifelong healthy habits and friends.

 

More information about the school, our shows, classes and how to bring Scottish dance to your next event are all listed on our website www.guthriedance.ca.

 

The summer is a great time to try out Scottish dance classes, get fit, have some fun and make new friends! We are also available for cultural festivals, fundraisers, weddings and other family get-togethers.

 

Where can people find you on social media?
Facebook: @Guthriedance

 

Instagram: @GuthrieSchoolofDance

 

RxMuse coming in 2018

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Caroline Cook

Names: Caroline Cook and Swiss the dog

Occupation: Teacher/Paddler and Retired Hearing Dog Owner

Ages: 25 and 12 1/2

Lifestyle: Always seeking tropical paddling destinations in Stand Up Paddleboard, Surfski, Dragon Boat and Sprint Kayak!

 

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What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I just graduated from teacher’s college, which means I am absolutely elated to be able to spend more time paddling on the water. My new schedule will sound a little something like this:

 

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Wake up, go to the gym, appreciate the beauty of the sunrise on the beach. Volunteer teaching at elementary schools. Play with my dog Swiss (she loves chasing after the ball). Paddling and coaching Dragon Boat.

 

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What in your life is really important to you?

 

Paddling and my retired Hearing Dog, Swiss.

 

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What would you like to be remembered for?

 

I would like to be remembered for being a strong advocate for adults and children with hearing loss as well as promoting Dog Guides.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

There is something about wearing the perfect outfit that makes me feel confident and ready for anything. I feel my best when I’m wearing something that is comfortable and edgy.

 

Bosco Dress in Grey by Quebec label Cameleon; Water Repellant Arabella Stretch Cotton Spring Jacket in Black by Montreal’s Soia and Kyo

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I love the style of the clothes, it feels so laid back, stylish and cute! The fact that they are made by Canadian designers is a huge bonus (Go Canada Go!).

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Tell us a bit about your guide dog, Swiss!

 

Swiss is my hearing dog and best friend. I wear two cochlear implants and I cannot hear anything without them.

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Having Swiss lets me sleep soundly at night knowing that if the smoke detector went off, she would wake me up. When I lived on residence at Glendon College Swiss woke me up at 3am because the smoke detector had gone off.

 

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Swiss alerts me to other sounds like: the toaster oven, someone calling my name and the microwave. Swiss is older now so she is retired but she still tries to work for me even though I am discouraging it.

 

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What are some interesting things most people might not know about living with a guide dog, or guide dogs in general?

 

Dog Guides are so important to their owners, we depend on them with our lives and love them dearly. Having a Dog Guide is like having a permanent best friend who can go anywhere with you, even on a plane!

 

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Swiss was given to me by Dog Guides of Canada for free. It costs $25,000 to raise and train a Dog Guide but Dog Guides of Canada does not receive any federal funding, they rely solely on donations.

 

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What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I want to promote The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. My goal is to raise $2000 for the Toronto West-High Park Walk on May 26 where I will be speaking about the importance of Dog Guides.

 

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To donate click on the link to my walk page:

 

https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walker.cfm?ID=5284&EventID=851

 

Any amount is greatly appreciated and a tax receipt is issued immediately from the organization!

 

What are some things you look forward to in the next few months / years?

 

I look forward to paddling and getting a permanent teaching job as a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing.

 

Bunnies Print Rosie Dress (also available in Owls Print and Foxes Print) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas-based designer Curious Oddities

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I was born deaf, wore hearing aids until I was 17 and then made the switch over to cochlear implants. Receiving the cochlear implants was life-changing, birds actually sound GOOD now!

 

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Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: caroline.cook.739

 

Instagram: 1sweet._.caroline

 

Style Profile – The Beaches Village: Rebecca Naylor

Name: Rebecca Naylor
Occupation: Holistic Health Coach, Founder of Chronically Well Club, Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women, and Teacher/Guidance Counsellor with TDSB
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Choose your own adventure! I have the word Create tattooed on my left forearm to remind me daily that I am responsible for creating the life of my dreams through my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions.

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What’s a typical day like for you?

Varied! I strive for some combination of time in nature, making music, journaling, personal growth reading, meditating, visualizing, affirming, moving my body intuitively, cooking and consuming delicious and nourishing food, and connecting with community.

insta bannerThat said, I am a new puppy mama to a brilliant and boisterous 7-month old Miniature Poodle named Benjamin Zenz! My time and attention often goes to him first, though our time together is a core part of my self-care.

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What in your life is really important to you?

My life purpose is to educate and empower you to discover your body’s innate power to heal. I was challenged with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis at age 17, and have spent the last 20 years studying, experimenting, and developing my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

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I remain fully in remission! The complexities of chronic illness can so easily be shifted to chronic wellness through lifestyle changes, functional medicine, and a more holistic approach (with a great coach)!

StepUp BannerI am also committed to empowering women to build authentic and inspiring relationships. I am proud to be a Trailblazer with Happy Healthy Women, organizing Chronically Well Club events for this phenomenal group in both East and West Toronto.

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My second family and loving community is The Centre for Spiritual Living Toronto. It is an amazing place, multi-faith, open to anyone who wants to experience more love and joy, and connect more deeply spiritually. Motivational talks. Free meditations. Fantastic music. Hugs all around. I wish more people knew about this gem! Check it out. I’d be happy to introduce you.

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What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for smiling, inspiring, contributing and creating.

And for being real. I always admit that I don’t know what I don’t know, and I always ask for help when needed. Even coaches need coaches!

Black Stripe Sailor Tee by Montreal label Cameleon; Handmade necklace by Toronto designer Torched Studio

What role does fashion play in your life?

In university, I actually majored in Costume Design! I love to assemble new outfits each day to reflect my mood, activities, and intentions.

I look for beautiful colours, unique patterns, and soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics.

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What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

Soft, comfortable, sensual fabrics! I also love to shop locally in my Beaches neighbourhood, as well as to support Canadian designers.

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What do you have that you want to promote?  

As a Holistic Health Coach, I specialize in the treatment and prevention of chronic illness and autoimmunity.

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I offer individual coaching, by phone or in person at my home office, focusing on seven key areas:

1. Diet and Nutrition
2. Reduction of Toxic Load
3. Immune System and Gut Health
4. Body Awareness and Movement
5. Organizational Systems and Design
6. Emotional Regulation and Communication Skills
7. Mindset and Belief

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I also offer Home Health Audits, which are designed to help you identify and understand the toxic foods, chemicals, products and systems that could be negatively impacting you and your family.

I teach you how to replace, upgrade and redesign to improve your overall health and wellness. You will shift your priorities to become a more educated shopper and conscious consumer.

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My value comes from my ability to truly empathize and lead by example. I get it. I live it. I continuously heal myself, and I love to help others discover their own body’s innate power to heal.

For more information, check out my website at www.chronicallywell.club. You can read my blog, and sign up for my newsletter to hear about local events!

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Professionally, I have worked in public education as a high school teacher and counsellor for the past 14 years. I have three Honour Specialist qualifications, in Music, Drama and Special Education.

I love to meet new people and hear their stories. And I’m single! ;)

Where can people find you on social media?

You can find me on facebook @rebeccasnaylor and @chronicallywellclub. Let’s connect!

Thanks for reading, and be well. :)