Fitness Director

Joanne is both the OAC Fitness Director and a certified Personal Trainer through CanFit Pro.  She is energetic, highly motivated and dedicated to helping people of all ages live a healthier lifestyle.  She was born into an athletic family and has always made health and wellness a priority. Competing at the International and World level in Dragon Boat racing for over 15 years has kept her at the top of her game. She dedicated 7 of those years as Captain of an all-female Dragon Boat team who ranked 4th in the world and is now dedicated to helping others realize their dreams.  She combines enthusiasm and organizational skills with a strong work ethic to help produce outstanding results. Fluently bilingual, she takes pride in being reliable, adaptable and is totally committed to doing what she is most passionate about…helping others live a fit life.  


Personal Training Supervisor

With more than 30 years in fitness including 10 years as a personal trainer, Sheldon is a professional trainer with the knowledge and expertise to guide, motivate and support individuals toward their fitness goals. He is committed to helping his clients increase their physical vitality through strength training and proper nutrition. As a skilled and proficient mentor, Sheldon is focused on providing quality bilingual service, which includes creating customized programs that will ensure positive results.

Originally from Montreal, Sheldon’s professional credentials include certification in personal training (McGill University), PICP Levels 1 & 2 Strength Coach (Poliquin Group), membership in Can-Fit-Pro, and a certificate in Nutrition in Sport and Performance. Sheldon is also a Taekwondo Master and has trained and competed in this sport at the national level.


Bernardo is a certified personal trainer (YMCA), a Can Fit Pro certified Pre-Post Natal Fitness Specialist, is CALA Certified (Aqua) and has received his Adaptive Fitness Certification (Disabilities).  He has over 30 years of experience in training, as well as participating in and practicing different disciplines and outdoor sports.

He sees physical training as a journey of self-discovery that always leads to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. With a multicultural background, an energetic disposition and a friendly character, Bernardo is quite comfortable helping clients to reach their goals in English, French or Spanish.


Fitness has been a passion of Chris’ ever since he was young. He has been working as a certified personal trainer since 2012, shortly after graduating with a Major/Minor degree from the University of Ottawa.

Chris’ favorite clients to work with are those who are trying to build muscle and increase strength, however he also enjoys working with clients trying to lose weight and reduce fat. Helping a client hit their desired weight goal, while improving both their physical health and mental confidence is extremely rewarding.


Throughout high school Christo excelled in multiple sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and track & field. At the age of 17 he began his football career and received an athletic scholarship to Georgia State University. While playing for the Georgia State Panthers, Christo majored in Sociology, and after a stellar college career he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders. Christo also played with the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, and after retiring from professional football in 2016 he decided to pursue community outreach programs, becoming the Ottawa Community Housing ambassador, and has earned his CPR and Can-Fit Pro certifications with a view towards helping people achieve their health goals while still being involved in youth sports.


David Dallaire began his career as an exercise scientist before joining the OAC personal training team. After studying kinesiology in university and becoming an exercise physiologist he dedicated himself to helping people achieve fitness and health. His extensive experience with movement, high performance athletics, and general fitness allows him to help those from all walks of life that are looking to bring their body to the next level.


Devin is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer. He is a passionate teacher with a love for training and self-improvement. He has 11 years of experience as a Trainer and another 5 years as the Saint Mary’s University football team’s Strength and Conditioning coach.

While studying at the University of Ottawa, Devin played 5 seasons with the Gee-Gees football team and has learned from many excellent strength and speed coaches along the way. He has helped people with a variety of general fitness goals as well as many competitive athletes, including numerous university and professional football players.


Jodi is a mother of two who has been involved within the fitness industry since 1997. After completing her own body transformation in 2015 loosing 40 pounds, her longtime passion of health and fitness led her to become a certified Personal Trainer with Canfitpro, a certified Spartan Obstacle Specialist and also a National level Bikini Athlete recognized by the CBFF.

Jodi’s energetic and friendly demeanour will make you comfortable in your journey together transforming your quality of life through active participation in regular fitness activities and the integration of guided fitness programs, to make your health goals become a reality, in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment!


Tara was a senior competitive skater at the national level and has been coaching at the Minto Skating Club for 25 years. She has trained skaters of all ages from the grass roots level to the Provincial and Canadian Championships. Her personal journey towards general wellbeing (weight loss, improved energy and balance in life) which began a little over 10 years ago created a passion for fitness. She enjoys helping others achieve their goals, build confidence and seeing them simply feel good about themselves through sport and fitness – whether they are new to fitness, returning to fitness, or a young athlete.


Warren is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Warren specializes in athletic development and has trained athletes ranging from recreational sports to Olympic medalists.

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