Human Kinetics Faculty

 Wendy Wheeler
 
 
Wendy Wheeler

B.P.H.E. / B.Sc. (Queen’s), M.Sc. (McMaster), M.Ed. (USQ - Australia)
Kinesiologist (BCAK)
NCCP Sport Coach and Learning Facilitator

Wendy Wheeler has been a professor in Human Kinetics at Okanagan College since January 2007.   Wendy was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1996 to begin her career teaching at the post-secondary level.  Before making her forever-home in the Okanagan in 2003, she lived and worked in the Kootenays and the Lower Mainland.

Wendy enjoys connecting her work experiences as a kinesiologist and a volleyball coach with academic theory in the classroom.  She is a lifelong learner and is currently studying the relationships between physical activity and community/mental health; physical literacy in children and long-term athlete development.  An educator at heart, she has been developing HKIN curriculum to engage college students via multimodal communication, service learning and authentic assessment.  

What she loves about working at Okanagan College is the fun and supportive learning community that has been created at the Penticton campus.  After spending more than 20 years as a competitive athlete (track & field, basketball and volleyball), her active lifestyle now includes yoga, fitness training, golf, skiing and outdoor recreation with her family.

 


Louise_Blais 
 
Louise Blais
BSc., Applied Health Sciences from Brock University
Masters, Applied Health Sciences from Brock University
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Group Exercise Instructor
Yoga Instructor

Louise started teaching at the College in January 2013. Prior to joining Okanagan College, she managed a large, multi-purpose, upscale fitness club in Ontario. Having worked in the fitness industry extensively for over thirty years, teaching, training and certifying fitness professionals, Louise has a unique appreciation for the advantage that applied skills obtained in a college program offer a our graduates in a professional setting.

What she loves most about her position at Okanagan College are the students. She loves challenging them to become the leaders the health and fitness industry will require them to be to regain the health of Canadians. And in turn, their enthusiasm and passion for knowledge inspires Louise to continue learning as well.

Outside of work, you will almost always find Louise on a trail. She and her husband are attracted to the Okanagan for its world famous trails. They are enthusiastic dog hikers, trail runners and mountain bike competitors. She is also a cycling coach and in 2014 she founded ‘She Rides Penticton’, a women’s only road cycling group.