Interested in making a difference?

We would like to hear from you if you are interested in joining our team, participating on the Board of Directors or the Advisory Board, or volunteering in another capacity.

Please contact Heidi Bornstein for more information.

The Mindfulness Everyday Team

Heidi Bornstein
Heidi Bornstein

Founder – Executive Director
MBSR, SMART & Yoga Teacher/Facilitator

My passion for bringing mindful awareness to adults and teens comes from discovering meditation when I was a teen. It opened doors of perception, awareness and clarity that have guided me my entire life. Being able to share the mind body practices with adults through MBSR Workshops and teens through The Mindful Edge and seeing them open, soften, and connect with their own inner wisdom is incredibly inspiring.

Stephen Chadwick
Stephen Chadwick

Founder, Educational Liaison – MBSR & SMART Teacher/Facilitator

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.

Bob Buckner
Bob Buckner

Director

BOB BUCKNER is a retired executive having worked 32 years for Bank of Montreal, most recently as head of Corporate Finance for B.C. He has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from University of Victoria and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has served on a number of corporate and charitable boards and is currently involved with strategic planning for Discover Mindfulness and a Director of Mindfulness Everyday.

Christianne James
Christianne James

Director

CHRISTIANNE JAMES is an integrative manual therapist with licences for massage therapy, osteopathy and acupuncture. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with a diverse background in health care and education.

Lucy White
Lucy White

Director

LUCY WHITE is an entrepreneurial and highly effective senior executive in the not-for-profit sector, Lucy has a demonstrated ability to establish, grow and sustain organizations. She achieves superior results through a strategic, creative and consultative approach and outstanding analytical, communications, relationship management and teambuilding skills.

Marty Keltz
Marty Keltz

Director

An Emmy award-winning producer, MARTY KELTZ was the co-founder and president of Scholastic Productions, Inc. (1978-1995) and a Senior Vice-President of New Media at Scholastic Inc. He led the teams that created over 300 hours of television programming, including The Magic School Bus, Goosebumps and My Secret Identity and was an executive producer for The Indian in the Cupboard and The Baby-Sitters Club feature films.

Angela_Ventrice
Angela Ventrice, B.A. B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / Associate Mindfulness Teacher

ANGELA VENTRICE 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.

Markus Bohlmann
Markus Bohlmann

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

"I don’t believe that we need to be fixed. I believe that we have everything that we need inside us. We just forgot."

Markus is a trained teacher of MSC through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion, School of Medicine, University of San Diego. He is also certified in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through the University of Toronto and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, where he is also a faculty member.

Naomi Nurgitz
Naomi Nurgitz

MBSR & SMART Teacher/Facilitator

Mindfulness has made such a difference in my life, how could I not share it with others? Teaching mindfulness to others also benefits me because it reminds me to be mindful. It gives me such joy, as the weeks progress through a workshop cycle to watch participants' tight, stressed body language open up and the sparkle to come back into their eyes, as they realize that through mindfulness they have the power to live consciously.

Susan Meech
Susan Meech

SMART Teacher/Facilitator

It is a privilege for me to introduce people to mindfulness, knowing that mindfulness lets us see the world and ourselves with greater clarity and compassion.

Andrea Leskowsky-Grupp
Andrea Leskowsky-Grupp B.A., M.Ed.

SMART Facilitator

Andrea Leskowsky-Grupp has been a devoted movement practitioner for over 20 years, and is a certified instructor of both classical and restorative yoga. Her teachers include Jiwan Goyal of the Institute of Classical Yoga and Therapy; Pat Harada Linfoot and Scott Davis of Octopus Garden; and Andrea Peloso, a life-long student of Judith Hanson Lasater.

Angela Scott
Angela Scott, B.J., B.A., M.Ed

SMART Facilitator / 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.

Arunas Antanaitis
Arunas Antanaitis

SMART Facilitator / 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.

Carla Waites
Carla Waites OCT

SMART Facilitator / Associate Teacher, Certified Mindfulness in Schools Project 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.

Carol Arnott
Carol Arnott B.A. B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / 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.

Daphne Marsella
Daphne Marsella, B.A. B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / Associate Mindfulness Teacher

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

DAPHNE MARSELLA has been educating secondary school students in Durham Region for the past 11 years, she is also a Holy Fire II Usui Reiki Master. Prior to moving to Durham, Daphne taught Indigenous students in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Franca Battaglia
Franca Battaglia BA, B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / 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).

Helen Gault
Helen Gault, B.Sc, B.Ed

SMART Facilitator (Under Supervision)

HELEN GAULT has been a teacher for 16 years, the last 14 working with secondary students in Special Education with YRDSB. Before becoming an educator, Helen worked in the environmental field, first as a park naturalist working with school groups, teachers and the public, then as an environmental educator developing resources and facilitating workshops and outdoor programs for children and teachers.

Julia Neilson
Julia Neilson, BA, B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / 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.

Karen Davis
Karen Davis

SMART Facilitator / 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).

Lois Lorimer Nunn
Lois Lorimer Nunn, B.Ed., M.Ed.

SMART Facilitator / 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.

Natalia Fister
Natalia Fister, B.Eng., B.Ed.

SMART Facilitator / Associate Mindfulness Facilitator / Hatha Yoga Teacher

NATALIA FISTER is a retired high school teacher, with 30 years experience, and Hatha Yoga since 2002. Natalia has studied yoga and meditation locally and internationally, travelling to India several times, Kripalu in Massachusetts to continue her yoga teacher training, Nosara, Costa Rica and Lake Atitlan Guatemala to attend yoga retreats, and most recently, to Vallecitos, New Mexico to attend a 5 day silent retreat for educators.

Maryclaire Ordorico
Maryclaire Ordorico B.A. B.Ed

SMART Facilitator (Under Supervision)

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all." - Aristotle

MARYCLAIRE ODORICO is a high school teacher with over 25 years experience in education, working with students in areas of English, Italian, History and Drama studies, and working with staff in professional development.

Sara Escott
Sara Escott M.Ed, BFA

MBSR, SMART Facilitator / 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.

Sharon Babineau
Sharon Babineau

SMART Facilitator / Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

SHARON BABINEAU is a decorated military soldier (retired). She is a Corporate Wellness Facilitator, Keynote Speaker/Author/ & Mindfulness Specialist. Sharon is an instructor with the University of Toronto – Continuing Education in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certification Program.

Shawna Watson
Shawna Watson, BA, B.Ed

SMART Facilitator / 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.

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

SMART Facilitator / 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-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living

Tiina Krabi
Tiina Krabi, , B.A., M.Ed.

SMART Facilitator (Under Supervision)

What is a life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a Buffalo in the wintertime. It is the shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~ Crowfoot, Blackfoot Orator, 1899

Triti Namiranian
Triti Namiranian BA, B.Ed., RYT 200

SMART Facilitator / Associate Teacher

TRITI NAMIRANIAN is a mindfulness and yoga practitioner. She has also been an educator with the Toronto District School Board for 12 years. She discovered Mindfulness when she was at a crossroads in her life and the practice helped her, and continues to help her navigate life’s challenges.

Dr. Ameeta Dudani
Dr. Ameeta Dudani, PhD, C.Psych, RYT-200

Clinical and School Psychologist (Supervised Practice)
SMART Facilitator / Teacher ​/ practitioner​ of mindfulness meditation & yoga

British Columbia

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

DR. AMEETA DUDANI is a Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice), teacher of yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Kristin Wiens
Kristin Wiens

Inclusion Coach

British Columbia

KRSITN WIENS (@kwiens62) is an Inclusion Coach for the Sooke School District (#62) located on Southern Vancouver Island. She supports Integration Support teachers and classroom teachers from Kindergarten to grade 12.

Rena Chadwick
Rena Chadwick B.A. B.Ed

SMART Faclitator / Associate Mindfulness Facilitator

British Columbia

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.

Tyler Van Beers
Tyler Van Beers B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., RCC

Registered Clinical Counsellor, School & Family Consultant

British Columbia

Tyler has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. He works as a School and Family Consultant for School District 73 Kamloops-Thompson in BC.

Victoria Scott
Victoria Scott

SMART Educator

British Columbia

VICKI SCOTT has been an educator in the British Columbia Interior for over 20 years. Discovering mindfulness and meditation has allowed her to find her most effective self, both professionally and personally, and allows her to live her best life.

Laurie Arron
Laurie Arron

MBSR Facilitator

LAURIE ARRON has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2001. In 2002 he spent three days at Plum Village, the home of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He returned there many times, spending well over a year in total, learning how to touch life deeply simply by opening to present moment experience and to the wonders of life.

Gwen Morgan
Gwen Morgan. MSW

MBSR Facilitator

GWEN MORGAN is a Certified MBSR and MBCT teacher and Approved Mentor in both MBSR and MBCT with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the University of San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She has extensive experience offering groups in medical and community settings. Her own training began with the 7-day Intensive with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli and she has trained with many senior teachers over the years.

Sue Hutton
Sue Hutton

Social Worker, Mindful Parenting Teacher

The beautiful thing about mindfulness meditation is that there are so many layers to the practice – that blend into all the parts of our selves. It’s such a privilege and gift to share it with others. I love having conversations with everyone I work with; adults, youth, professionals- all of us on the journey - of how mindfulness helps change the way we live our lives, with a spirit of acceptance and compassion for ourselves exactly as we are.

Marni Levitt
Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., OCT, RYT

Founder Move-N-Music, Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker

The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one's influence wide is to learn to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it. -Marianne Williamson