smartEducation (SMART) Certified Facilitators

Level 2 Certified Trainers

Heidi Bornstein
Founder Mindfulness Everyday, Director SMART Ontario,
MBSR & SMART Facilitato
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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

HEIDI BORNSTEIN is a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher, who received intensive training at the International Meditation Institute while living in India. She is a certified instructor in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Science, and Yoga Ed for Elementary Schools, High Schools, and For Working with Those At-Risk. She trained as an MBSR teacher under the direction of Roy Hintsa, MBSR Toronto, and Dr. Diane Reibel, the Director of the Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. She participated in the 7-Day Professional Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. Heidi trained in Mindfulness for Kids at Risk with Vinnie Ferraro, Street Yoga training for Kids at Risk as well as smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) with Linda Wallace. 
Heidi is the co-creator (with Heather Elson) of the Yoda-Yoga Program for kids, a program specifically designed for use in the 20 minute DPA (Daily Physical Activity) in elementary schools. Heidi is the co-creator and teacher for The Mindful Edge® – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. Heidi is on staff of Yoga Community Toronto, and is on the steering committee for Mindfulness Toronto. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in Toronto since 2002 and continues to support yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs for children, youth, teens, and adults.


Stephen Chadwick
Founder Mindfulness Everyday, Educational Liaison,
MBSR & SMART Facilitato
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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry B. Adams
Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. "The teacher is the heart of the educational system." Sidney Hook

The “stress” of education has been on academics and a full education is missing, one where a child develops socially and emotionally. 
Children are multi-faceted human beings. I believe that adults and youth need to become friends with themselves, accepting who they are and connecting with the wisdom that they have within already.  

 

STEPHEN CHADWICK is an MBSR teacher who received his training under the direction of Roy Hintsa and Dr. Diane Reibel the Director of The Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine. He received his certification as a Yoga Ed Instructor for High Schools, Working with Those At-Risk, Level II Curriculum Training of Mindful Schools, and trained in smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) with Linda Wallace. Steve is a teacher for The Mindful Edge® –Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. He has twenty seven years experience as a public school teacher with the TDSB, specializing in working with Children with Special Needs and ESL.


Level 1 Certified Trainers

 

Dianna Last
Founder Mindfulness Everyday
MBSR & SMART Facilitato
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Diana LastSeeing participants’ faces soften and their postures change, feeling their sincerity when they relate how being kinder to themselves and others has made a difference in their lives, how their moments are richer and how they are better able to relate to stress, I feel so very grateful, both as teacher and student, for being able to share in the unfolding of mindfulness.       

Program Director – Teacher/Facilitator

DIANNA LAST is an MBSR teacher who received her training under the direction of Roy Hintsa and Dr. Diane Reibel the Director of The Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine. She participated in the 7-Day Professional Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli. She studied at the International Meditation Institute in India for five years. Dianna received her certification as a Yoga Ed Instructor for Working with Those At-Risk, is trained in Mindfulness for Kids at Risk with Vinnie Ferraro, and SMARTinEducation (Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training) with Linda Wallace. Dianna is a teacher for The Mindful Edge® – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies For Teens program in high schools. She is an experienced professional photographer, who taught in the Artist in the Schools program with the TDSB. She’s exhibited at various galleries, at the Toronto Art Expo and is in many private collections worldwide.


Dr. Ameeta Dudani, PhD, C.Psych, RYT-200
Clinical and School Psychologist (Supervised Practice) 
Teacher​/practitioner​ of mindfulness meditation & yoga

"When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you." (Lao Tzu)

DR. AMEETA DUDANI is a Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice) as well as a teacher/practitioner of yoga and mindfulness meditation. Born in India, Ameeta was introduced at a young age to yoga as a form of meditation. Ameeta experienced significant transformation after taking an 8-week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction several years ago, after which she realized that mindfulness has the immense potential to heal and cultivate peace in the world. Ameeta completed her yoga teacher training in 2015 at Moksana Yoga Center in Victoria BC, and through her teachers, she understood that all yoga is a practice in mindfulness and both are a way of life. Since then, she has committed herself to developing her own regular practice in mindfulness and yoga, and solicited further training and mentorship in teaching this to others. She has taken further training in Mindfulness and Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and SMART education.  Ameeta has worked in several GTA school boards and, in her most recent position as school psychologist at the YCDSB, she also delivered several workshops and trainings in mindfulness to teachers and professional support staff. Currently, Ameeta works as a psychologist in private practice, where she provides therapeutic groups and mindfulness-based psychotherapy to children, teens and adults. She also facilitates the SMART group for educators and delivers mindfulness training to schools, parents, and mental health professionals. She holds a semi-annual weekend Mindful living retreat for educators and mental health practitioners. She also teaches hatha yoga and meditation classes in her community of Markham.  Ameeta is passionate about learning and continued personal and professional development. She practices from a strengths-based, trauma-informed and social justice framework.  Her mission is to make mindfulness accessible and help others cultivate mindfulness in their lives in a sustainable and authentic way. 


Angela Scott, B.J., B.A., M.Ed
Associate Mindfulness Teacher/Facilitator

Angela Scott has worked in private practice for 11 years as an existential therapist and life coach. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Journalism with a minor in Comparative Religion, and a Master’s in Education, with a focus on adult learning psychology. Her education and experience allow her to engage in conversations about meaning and purpose with people from a wide range of cultural and religious/non-religious backgrounds. In addition to her practice, she has worked as a college professor, and a learning consultant delivering cultural diversity and sensitivity training to police and other paramilitary groups. She was first introduced to formal meditation in 2011 when, after using all the counselling tools she had offered clients for years, these practices fell short when she experienced her own personal difficulties. Strategic and solutions-oriented by nature, she learned firsthand that sickness, death and loss come to us all regardless of our aptitude for problem solving. Angela credits a 10-day silent retreat, and the ensuing daily meditation practice that evolved from it, with saving her life. It wasn’t until 2016, that she began introducing the remarkably effective tools of mindfulness and meditation to her counselling and coaching practice. In 2017, Angela was proud to join the smartEducation and smartEveryday team as a certified teacher. Currently, Angela is in the process of launching Forest City Mindfulness, a London, Ontario based mindfulness studio which offers mindfulness classes, one-on-one mindfulness coaching, and weekly drop-in sits. In addition to Smart, she is pursuing an additional certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is so pleased to be able to take part in this most important and meaningful work. Never before have we needed mindfulness skills more than at this frenetic time in human history.

Arunas Antanaitis
Associate Mindfulness Teacher/Facilitator

As a retired teacher with 30 years experience in the classroom, I have an understanding of the issues and challenges that educators and students have. I am committed to bringing mindfulness-based programs to school communities providing a foundation for school success initiatives

ARUNAS ANTANAITIS is the co-director of Mindful Solutions for Change, delivering mindfulness-based programs for educators, organizations and individuals. Arunas is certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Specialist and Transformative Mindfulness Methods Facilitator, trained at the University of Toronto Factor Inwentash School of Social Work. He is an associate facilitator with Mindfulness Everyday and the Director of the Centre for Compassion and Wisdom, an international non-profit organization facilitating mindfulness-based programs.


Carla Waites, OCT
Associate Teacher, Certified Mindfulness in Schools Project .b Facilitator

CARLA WAITES, although retired after 30 years of teaching, considers herself to be a life-long educator and learner. Along with being a smartEducation facilitator she is also a certified Mindfulness in Schools .b Project teacher and has participated in numerous Mindfulness workshops, retreats and conferences at the U of Toronto, the Omega Institute and the Garrison Institute among others. 

The greatest satisfaction during the last several years of public school teaching was teaching Mindfulness practices to her students and colleagues. The joyfulness of the students was a continuing delight as they discovered for themselves the transformational benefits of Mindfulness.

Carla is passionate about nurturing educators by sharing Mindfulness practices and ideas with them. While it is important to focus on what is best for the students, Carla believes that it is equally as important to pay attention to and nurture the well being of our teachers. After all, their well being impacts directly on the students'.

Carol Arnott B.A. B.Ed
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator, Certification in Applied Positive Psychology

"Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others."

CAROL ARNOTT is a retired educator with 30 years of experience working with children from kindergarten to Grade 8.  Her mindfulness journey started as a means to deal with the stress of work and life changes.  Upon seeing the personal benefits of mindfulness, Carol became certified in Mindful Schools and SMART in Education in order to support student and teacher well-being. Her interest in mindfulness also led her to earning a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. Carol believes that it is important for teachers to “put on their oxygen mask first” so that they themselves are prepared to guide their students towards being kinder, more compassionate and resilient citizens of the world.


Franca Battaglia, BA, B.Ed
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator and OCT

FRANCA BATTAGLIA has been in the field of Education for over 15 years.  Her experience includes:  Career Education & Research; Lesson Planning; Employing Strategies to foster care, respect and integrity; and Coordinating Programs and Presentations with local community organizations (ie MADD Canada). Over the last year, she has enjoyed taking avocational courses and retreats in the field of Mindfulness studies, including Mindfulness in Education- Facilitator Foundational Training, MBSR 6-day Teacher Training Intensive, and a True North Insight Retreat. She participated in the smartEducation Renewal Program (smartUBC & Mindfulness Everyday) and is subsequently completing two Facilitator Certifications: Ontario SMART and MBSR Core.  
Franca's background also includes 3 years of chronic pain management, including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and Mind-Based Pain Re-patterning.  She is grateful to have found a path that nurtures greater conscious awareness, acceptance and clarity, and is looking forward to sharing mindfulness resources and with the community.


Julia Neilson, BA, B.Ed
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.”   - Hermann Hesse

JULIA NEILSON has dedicated over 20 years to elementary school students as a teacher with the Halton District School Board since 1990. She has worked with varying grade levels from Kindergarten to grade 8. Julia has completed numerous workshops and courses through Mindfulness Everyday and Mindful Schools, dedicated to bringing Mindfulness to education and youth. With five years of personal practice, Julia has learned the importance of mindfulness and the positive changes it can bring to the way we live our lives, how we feel about ourselves, and how we interact with others. I am inspired to help others learn how to incorporate mindfulness to live more consciously


Karen Davis
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

KAREN DAVIS is a dedicated educator with 30 years of experience working with children, teachers and parents. Karen recently retired to country living in her home in Muskoka. She is an instructor of smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques). Karen has been working to bring mindfulness into education by leading mindfulness workshops and retreats with educators, parents and community members. She in on the board of Discover Mindfulness and believes it to be a strong support for mindfulness in education. Karen believes that teacher wellness and self care need to be consciously nurtured in the education system in order to equip teachers with the awareness, inner strength and resilience to provide high quality social, emotional and instructional supports to their students. As a mindfulness educator, she is dedicated to building a compassionate and caring school system for educators, students and their families.


Lois Lorimer Nunn, B.Ed., M.Ed.
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

LOIS LORIMER NUNN is a retired teacher-librarian who taught for over 25 years with the Toronto District School Board at R. H. King Academy where she promoted and supported the Mindful Minute and Mindfulness curriculum for students. She received a SmartEducation certificate from the U.B.C. program developed to introduce stress management and resilience for teachers.  As part of her Master of Education degree at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Lois studied with John P. Miller, learning the importance of mindfulness and meditation practice in the classroom and for teacher self-care.  Her MBSR training was with Dianna Last. Lois has received training in the
Learning to Breathe Curriculum with Patricia C. Broderick.. In 2015, she was awarded a TDSB Award of Excellence for her work in mental health literacy, and mindful library initiatives. Lois is an experienced educator who has delivered workshops to teachers, parents and students and has observed the benefits of mindfulness for the school community.   


Mary Githumbi
Operations Manager, Mindfulness Everyday
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

"The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination." - bell hooks

MARY GITHUMBI is a University of Toronto graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree (Honors) in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science minoring in Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health. She is a mindfulness facilitator who has completed courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Dianna Last, Yoga for Trauma-informed Youth with New Leaf Foundation and  Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (UBC’s SMART) with Heidi Bornstein & Stephen Chadwick. She is a trained and certified facilitator in  UBC’s smartEducation program and The Mindful Edge (TME) Program for Teens. She incorporates the value of diversity and accessibility in her mindfulness teaching and personal mindful movement practice.

 


Rena Chadwick
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders - Lao Tzu

RENA CHADWICK is a music educator with the Peel District School Board. Since 2010, she has taught various subjects to students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and holds three years of international teaching experience. After realizing the holistic benefits of yoga, Rena began practicing in 2012. In 2015, she immersed herself in a regular mindfulness practice and obtained the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. Since then, she has completed various courses through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, such as MBSR, and has received training in areas such as Trauma Informed Yoga. She also participated in the SmartEducation program (smartUBC and Mindfulness Everyday), most recently becoming a certified SMART instructor. Rena remains an active volunteer in academic and community settings, focused on helping youth and colleagues maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit by integrating the practice of yoga and mindfulness into their daily lives.


Sharon Babineau
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

SHARON BABINEAU is a decorated military soldier (retired). She is a Corporate Wellness Facilitator, Keynote Speaker/Author/ & Mindfulness SpecialistSharon is an instructor with the University of Toronto – Continuing Education in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certification Program. She is the co-founder of Mindful Solutions for Change and presents workshops and keynotes on wellness, health and safety and work-life balance at conferences organizationsand health care providers across Canada. She is certified at University of Toronto (Factor-Inwentash) as an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist and facilitator in Transformative Mindfulness Methods and with Mindfulness Without Borders. Sharon also presents to elementary and high schools on leadership and overcoming adversity. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Sharon is the founder of Maddie’s Everlasting Wish, a not for profit started in her daughter memory and has been recognized for the charity work she has done at home and in Africa and is the recipient of many awards including – Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and YWCA Women of Distinction 2013.


Shawna Watson, BA, B.Ed
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

"We as human beings have this amazing capacity to be reborn at breakfast every day and say: this is a new day...who will I be?" Jack Kornfield

SHAWNA WATSON  has been teaching in the Toronto District School Board for 15 years. Early in her teaching career, Shawna discovered mindfulness as a way to manage the many demands of the work. Shawna spent her recent sabbatical creating art, writing, travelling, and furthering her mindfulness practice through courses, conferences and retreats. A long-time volunteer with community mindfulness groups, Shawna is on the Discover Mindfulness Steering Committee where she coordinates and facilitates Days of Mindfulness for educators. She is a facilitator in the mindfulness-based smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) program for educators. She has also trained in Learning to Breathe (a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents) and teaches the program to grade 7 and 8 students at her school. She is currently training to be a facilitator in the Stressed Teens curriculum. 


Sara Escott MEd, BFA, MBSR, SMART
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

Sara has been facilitator and educator for over 15 years. She is the co-director of In Forma Theatre, a community-based arts and education company in Toronto. Her work is grounded in the theory and practice of community-based transformation and peace-building. She facilitates mindfulness programs to adults, youth and children. Sara has a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT), and an Honours BFA in Theatre Directing (York University). Sara is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor (Centre for Mindfulness Studies & Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto) and SMART Education Instructor.


Theresa Meikle B.A., B. Ed., M. A. (T), OCT
Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

“Life only unfolds in moments. The healing power of mindfulness lies in living each of those moments as fully as we can, accepting it as it is as we open to what comes next—in the next moment of now.” 
― Jon Kabat-ZinnFull Catastrophe Living

Theresa Meikle has played diverse roles in education for over 30 years.  Her experiences include:  school administrator, Educational Officer (Ministry of Education, Ontario), curriculum consultant, facilitator, instructional coach and secondary school teacher.  Her experience working with adults and students has provided her with many opportunities for learning, both personally and professionally.  As an English and Dramatic Arts Head Teacher she fostered communities of inclusion, caring, trust and collaboration using many Tribes, Drama and Team Building activities.  As a facilitator of adult learning she continues to support teacher and administrator learning in the areas of literacy, assessment and inclusive classroom management.  In addition, she has formally trained in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.