Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Ann’s interest in nutrition and fitness began at 14 while playing high-level basketball and experimenting with being a vegetarian. She played university basketball in Halifax where she completed a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing. During this time, she also struggled with disordered eating and hit a low with weight, energy, stress and the inability to keep up with her team. She knew she had to make a change and she decided to start with learning about proper nutrition and changing her mindset to use food as fuel. Over the following six months, she bounced back and completed her university career racking up national credentials including Academic All-Canadian, Canadian Collegiate Athlete of the Month and a National Silver Medal. Ann is driven to help others discover how nutrition can be a powerful tool to fuel their bodies and their lives.
In 2014, after a five year career in marketing, Ann decided to make health and fitness a career and a way of life. She completed her personal training certifications and began working as a Professional Training Coach at Innovative Fitness Victoria in 2017.
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Sophia has been an island girl her whole life. Born and raised in Victoria, she attended UVic after high school and completed a degree in Psychology. During her time at UVic she was drawn to expand her boundaries and completed some of her studies in Denmark. Since graduating from university, she has leaned into her passions of travel, food and adventure.
Sophia has an amazing eye for design. Looking for an outlet for her creative flair, she completed a nail technician program in 2017 and has been working in this trade creating beautiful designs for over two years. While building her nail business, she started getting a feel for marketing through photography, communication and the presentation aspects of building a brand through an online presence.
Sophia uses these skills for all of Fettle + Food’s marketing, social media and events. She enjoys the creativity, aesthetics and positive messaging that social media marketing allows her to create. Sophia was drawn to working for a local woman-owned business that prioritizes sustainability and ethical practices. As an avid baker, she is inspired by the company to seek out healthy baking recipes. Check out some of her favourites on our Instagram page.
Photo by Haley Wanders Photography
Heather is originally from the small town of Nelson, BC, but made the move to the Island in 2003. The build-up to her decision to gain a Certified Nutritionist designation began when she started to struggle with body image in her teen years. In 2017, she competed in a fitness competition that unfortunately led to a difficult relationship with food once the season ended.
Somewhere along the line, she recognized a huge problem with rampant misinformation being spread by diet culture and chose to gain an education within the field to help demystify the world of nutrition. She quickly discovered a passion for the subject and a desire to apply her knowledge as a nutrition coach.
Heather loves being active, especially in the outdoors where she can enjoy the beauty that is British Columbia. Though in the spirit of balance, she allocates time in her busy schedule to sit back and relax on the couch to decompress. One thing that she gets excited about is cooking meals and tasting new foods–and she’s in the best business for that! Heather is looking forward to working with coaching clients to support and uplift them throughout their health and wellness journey.
We are so happy to be bringing Heather into the fold at Fettle and Food; we can tell that her skillset, determination, and holistic approach to nutrition will serve to strengthen our team by contributing to the Fettle and Food philosophy of balance and evidence-informed techniques.