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The Facilitators

Health & Wellness

HEIDI BORNSTEIN, R.P. founder and director of Mindfulness Everyday, has an extensive back- ground in mindfulness, yoga and meditation. She is the co-creator and teacher for The Mindful Edge®— Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens delivered as as part of curriculum in secondary schools. Heidi is certified in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), Hatha Yoga, Meditation, SMARTeducation – Stress Manage- ment and Resiliency Techniques for Educators (SMART) and is an Instructor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.
STEPHEN CHADWICK, M.Ed.founder of Mindfulness Everyday, is a retired public school teacher with 30 years of teaching experience with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), specializing in working with Children with Special Needs and ESL. Stephen is certified in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), SMART, Yoga Ed Instructor for Working with Those At-Risk and teaches mindfulness for Jewish Family Services.
NATALIA FISTER, M.Ed. is a retired high school teacher, with 30 year's experience. Natalia pioneered a credited yoga and mindfulness course in high school for the York Region District School Board (YRDSB): grade 11/IDC3O “Mindful Yoga and the Art of Happiness” course and a grade 12/IDC4U “Mindful Yoga and the Philosophy of Wellness” course. She is a certified facilitator for SMART.
She has facilitated numerous professional development workshops for educators and is an Instructor for University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies.
ANGELA VENTRICE, B.A. B.Ed has been an Ontario certified educator with the York Region District School Board for over 28 years, with the last 19 years being in Guidance and Career Education. She is also an instructor with the Ontario School Counsellor’s Association where she teaches continuing education courses for certified teachers.
Her experience includes a background in Special Education, as well as a Specialist in Guidance. Angela experienced the personal health benefits of mindfulness and incorporates mindfulness into her daily life and it has been a key component of her self care.
Angela has seen the positive results of mindfulness in the school community and is dedicated to bringing mindfulness to educators, children, youth and their families.

Specialist High Skills Major - SHSM Elective Certifications

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is:
"... a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
Mindfulness is an evidence based approach that supports positive health and well-being.


The program offers a variety of options as per the Ministry requirements of 3 elective certifications in the SHSM Health and Wellness Program Sector.
The program is composed the following 2.5-hour modules:


Each module actively engages the students in an experiential method that can provide students with a skill set relevant to career opportunities in the health and wellness sector.
The program uses mindfulness-based stress reduction skills and practices, including mindful movement, communication and relationship building with self and others, as well as positive psychology activities exploring well-being.
Each module is delivered in a 2.5-hour period with a 10-minute break to a maximum of 30 students, and can be customized to accommodate school schedules.


Through mindfulness practice, activities and discussion, students learn to use simple and accessible tools to:


Mindfulness training allows individuals to learn skills that are invaluable in highly pressurized working environments.

  • Mindfulness can increase personal and professional health, well-being and
    cultivate self-care, necessary for caring professionals.
  • Health-care practitioners can gradually change their relationship to challenging situations and, as a result of repeatedly applying mindfulness techniques, develop a toolbox that will enable them to keep their stress levels at bay.

    Additional SMSM Elective Program Certifications - Program Modules


    • Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (Required)
    • Leadership


    • Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (Required)
    • Behaviour Management
    • Communication
    • Leadership


    • Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (Required)
    • Leadership


    • Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques (Required)
    • Communication
    • Leadership

    Fee per Module includes:

    • Course Workbook and Handouts
    • In-class evaluation
    • Certificate of Completion