THEY MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN

Everyone knows it takes a village. this is ours.
 

HIROKO DEMICHELIS Co-Founder / Content Director ---------------------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a woman, a mother, a friend, a member of my community, and a kind person. I am passionate about psychology, the brain, and ways to improve psychological well-being. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the founder of Vancouver Brain Lab. LAST MEAL ON EARTH- WHAT DO YOU EAT? Steamed Italian mini-zucchini with Italian sweet olive oil & Italian stracchino cheese (did I mention I'm Italian?)  QUOTE YOU LIVE BY Slow down, you will get there faster.   








HIROKO DEMICHELIS
Co-Founder / Content Director
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a woman, a mother, a friend, a member of my community, and a kind person. I am passionate about psychology, the brain, and ways to improve psychological well-being. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the founder of Vancouver Brain Lab.

LAST MEAL ON EARTH- WHAT DO YOU EAT?
Steamed Italian mini-zucchini with Italian sweet olive oil & Italian stracchino cheese (did I mention I'm Italian?) 

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
Slow down, you will get there faster. 






 

MARYAM MOBINI MQ Specialist --------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a maker, designer, technologist with a curious mind and the goal of bringing about neuroplastic change in myself and others. I care about our well-being, both mind and body. I love going on adventures, jumping out of planes, traveling, and connecting with other cultures. I have an obsession with stationary goods and I am a cat person. THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST Manu Chao, Jovanotti, Andrea Bocelli BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ The Surrender Experiment  by Michael A. Singer

MARYAM MOBINI
MQ Specialist
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a maker, designer, technologist with a curious mind and the goal of bringing about neuroplastic change in myself and others. I care about our well-being, both mind and body. I love going on adventures, jumping out of planes, traveling, and connecting with other cultures. I have an obsession with stationary goods and I am a cat person.

THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST
Manu Chao, Jovanotti, Andrea Bocelli

BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ
The Surrender Experiment  by Michael A. Singer

ANGELA AQUINO MQ Specialist ---------------------- WHO ARE YOU I grew up in Vancouver. I work as a coordinator for a national research study on traumatic brain injury. I'ma true Gemini in that I can be quite contradictory; for example, I'm often quiet and observant, but I can also be very vocal and head strong. I'm an indoor girl who likes to do outdoorsy things. I work so I can travel. I love elephants. I'm a yogi, a neuro-scientist nerd, and a creative.  WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE I like to meditate when I"m driving. I pay attention to my breath, and notice how my hands feel on the wheel, how my feet feel in my shoes, etc.  DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS Likes fried chicken.  







ANGELA AQUINO
MQ Specialist
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WHO ARE YOU
I grew up in Vancouver. I work as a coordinator for a national research study on traumatic brain injury. I'ma true Gemini in that I can be quite contradictory; for example, I'm often quiet and observant, but I can also be very vocal and head strong. I'm an indoor girl who likes to do outdoorsy things. I work so I can travel. I love elephants. I'm a yogi, a neuro-scientist nerd, and a creative. 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
I like to meditate when I"m driving. I pay attention to my breath, and notice how my hands feel on the wheel, how my feet feel in my shoes, etc. 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Likes fried chicken.





 

ISHRA SHARIF MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- WHO ARE YOU Sometimes yin, sometimes yang. Often going left when everyone else is going right. An integrated brand marketer by trade, always up for a good sweat and a fashion girl at heart. Driven by life's learning and always evolving.  YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS Straight chillin'. Evenings are dedicated to PVR, Netflix, and bad reality TV.  BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ The Happiness Advantage- Shawn Achor

ISHRA SHARIF
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU
Sometimes yin, sometimes yang. Often going left when everyone else is going right. An integrated brand marketer by trade, always up for a good sweat and a fashion girl at heart. Driven by life's learning and always evolving. 

YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS
Straight chillin'. Evenings are dedicated to PVR, Netflix, and bad reality TV. 

BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ
The Happiness Advantage- Shawn Achor

CONNOR BURNS MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- QUOTE YOU LIVE BY Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. _Paulo Coelho DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS Loving. Humourous. Passionate THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST City and Colour, Father John Misty, Carl Cox

CONNOR BURNS
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. _Paulo Coelho

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Loving. Humourous. Passionate

THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST
City and Colour, Father John Misty, Carl Cox

ELIZABETH BAUER Studio Manager -------------------- WHO ARE YOU I'm a yogi, avid adventurer, mindful spirit practitioner. I meditate, I love to smile and laugh- and it's been compared to a cackle at times.   WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE Trafalgar Beach Park in Kitsilano, when the tide is out. I find a somewhat dry log to sit on, and watch the tide slowly inch closer to my feet.   QUOTE YOU LIVE BY:  The secret of health is not to mourn for the past, or worry about the future, but to live in the present wisely and earnestly. -Buddha.   





ELIZABETH BAUER
Studio Manager
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WHO ARE YOU
I'm a yogi, avid adventurer, mindful spirit practitioner. I meditate, I love to smile and laugh- and it's been compared to a cackle at times.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
Trafalgar Beach Park in Kitsilano, when the tide is out. I find a somewhat dry log to sit on, and watch the tide slowly inch closer to my feet.

 

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: 
The secret of health is not to mourn for the past, or worry about the future, but to live in the present wisely and earnestly. -Buddha. 





 

BLANCA BOFFI Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide --------------------  
















BLANCA BOFFI
Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide
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EVIAN MACMILLAN Co-Founder / Business & Finance Director ---------------------------------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a guy that struggles like everyone else. I'm self-conscious in some situations and confident in others. I love to foster ideas and help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition. BEST BOOK(S) YOU'VE EVER READ The Fountain Head, 5 Love Languages, and Hold Me Tight QUOTE YOU LIVE BY Limits, like fear, are often an illusion. -Michael Jordan  

EVIAN MACMILLAN
Co-Founder / Business & Finance Director
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a guy that struggles like everyone else. I'm self-conscious in some situations and confident in others. I love to foster ideas and help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition.

BEST BOOK(S) YOU'VE EVER READ
The Fountain Head, 5 Love Languages, and Hold Me Tight

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
Limits, like fear, are often an illusion. -Michael Jordan
 

COLIN BROWN Corporate Programs Manager ----------------------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a stubborn and determined individual who always has a goal in mind. QUOTE YOU LIVE BY If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes- then learn how to do it later. -Richard Branson FAVOURITE BOOK Maybe not the best book I've ever read but it's a guilty pleasure- Jack Reacher novels. (Although Tom Cruise ruined it for me.)   








COLIN BROWN
Corporate Programs Manager
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a stubborn and determined individual who always has a goal in mind.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes- then learn how to do it later. -Richard Branson

FAVOURITE BOOK
Maybe not the best book I've ever read but it's a guilty pleasure- Jack Reacher novels. (Although Tom Cruise ruined it for me.) 







 

HADLEY PEARCE MQ Specialist / MOMENT Meditation Guide ---------------------------- WHO ARE YOU? I'm a small town girl in a big city, who strives to find the balance between work and play. I'm a neuroscientist by day, artist-yogi by night, a daydreamer, a traveler, a lover of life and good conversation. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE? Early in the morning when the sun is just up and the rest of the world is still asleep. BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- I started reading only one page at a time towards the end because I didn't want to finish it!  







HADLEY PEARCE
MQ Specialist / MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU?
I'm a small town girl in a big city, who strives to find the balance between work and play. I'm a neuroscientist by day, artist-yogi by night, a daydreamer, a traveler, a lover of life and good conversation.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE?
Early in the morning when the sun is just up and the rest of the world is still asleep.

BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER READ
Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon- I started reading only one page at a time towards the end because I didn't want to finish it!





 

LYNDSEY LABONTEE MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- WHO ARE YOU Getting a bit existential are we? I'm an accountant gone rogue. I find the intersection of tech, organizational psychology, humans, and experiential learning pretty damn compelling. Some may call it "HR", I call it employee experience. Either way, it's my passion. Most importantly, I"m a dog mom. My world is dictated by a two year old border collie.   WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE? It's a toss up. Straight up cross-legged on the floor, slowly sipping in each breath OR what I like to call.... beditating. Straight up laying down in bed.   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: I am (a) rebel.    




LYNDSEY LABONTEE
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU
Getting a bit existential are we? I'm an accountant gone rogue. I find the intersection of tech, organizational psychology, humans, and experiential learning pretty damn compelling. Some may call it "HR", I call it employee experience. Either way, it's my passion. Most importantly, I"m a dog mom. My world is dictated by a two year old border collie.

 

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE?
It's a toss up. Straight up cross-legged on the floor, slowly sipping in each breath OR what I like to call.... beditating. Straight up laying down in bed.

 

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: I am (a) rebel.



 

 

SARA SCHLEGEL MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a passionate, anxious, fun-loving, self-conscious, out-going, worrywart... essentially- I am human, and I am learning to enjoy the ride.    YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS Adventuring- generally in the mountains somewhere    THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST:  Kygo, Rudemintal, and anything country. (Don't judge me!)    







SARA SCHLEGEL
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a passionate, anxious, fun-loving, self-conscious, out-going, worrywart... essentially- I am human, and I am learning to enjoy the ride. 

 

YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS
Adventuring- generally in the mountains somewhere 

 

THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST: 
Kygo, Rudemintal, and anything country. (Don't judge me!)
 





 

BROOKLYNN MACMILLAN Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide --------------------  








BROOKLYNN MACMILLAN
Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide
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ANITA CHEUNG Co-Founder / Brand & Community  Director ---------------------------------------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a solar-powered,, nap queen with a love of good design. I am also a yoga therapist by trade & have no filter.  FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE Seated somewhere comfortably (like our beautiful sun-lit studio), mid-day, 23 degrees celsius, and with a journal by my side.  WHAT THREE ARTISTS ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST Ta-Ku, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, & Chet Faker  






ANITA CHEUNG
Co-Founder / Brand & Community  Director
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WHO ARE YOU
I am a solar-powered,, nap queen with a love of good design. I am also a yoga therapist by trade & have no filter. 

FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
Seated somewhere comfortably (like our beautiful sun-lit studio), mid-day, 23 degrees celsius, and with a journal by my side. 

WHAT THREE ARTISTS ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST
Ta-Ku, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, & Chet Faker










 

MELANIE LONGRIDGE Operations & Administrative Manager ---------------------------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am a professional, wife and mother to an amazing 9 year old son and beautiful 5 year old twin daughters. LAST MEAL ON EARTH, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT? Dim Sum QUOTE YOU LIVE BY Treat others as you would like to be treated.  

MELANIE LONGRIDGE
Operations & Administrative Manager
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WHO ARE YOU

I am a professional, wife and mother to an amazing 9 year old son and beautiful 5 year old twin daughters.

LAST MEAL ON EARTH, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?
Dim Sum

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
Treat others as you would like to be treated.
 

KIM NACHTIGAL MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- QUOTE YOU LIVE BY Well, as I grow, this changes constantly; but I have recently read 10% Happier and one quote stuck- "This too shall past".  YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS A lot of food and laziness. Nap and hot tub, maybe get some groceries for the week. Netflix binge, quality time. THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST Broods, Noname, Rodriguez  







KIM NACHTIGAL
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
Well, as I grow, this changes constantly; but I have recently read 10% Happier and one quote stuck- "This too shall past". 

YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND SUNDAYS
A lot of food and laziness. Nap and hot tub, maybe get some groceries for the week. Netflix binge, quality time.

THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST
Broods, Noname, Rodriguez







 

NAOMI GIBERSON MOMENT Meditation Guide -------------------- WHO ARE YOU I'm a life enthusiast with a Maritime heart. I am a business woman built for companies that benefit health, habitat, and the human spirit. With a BSc in Neuropsychology and  Masters of Management, I live to help others find meaning in their careers and life.  FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE Outdoors, surrounded by life, with a dog at my feet.  QUOTE YOU LIVE BY The secret to having it all is realizing that you already do.   






NAOMI GIBERSON
MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU
I'm a life enthusiast with a Maritime heart. I am a business woman built for companies that benefit health, habitat, and the human spirit. With a BSc in Neuropsychology and  Masters of Management, I live to help others find meaning in their careers and life. 

FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
Outdoors, surrounded by life, with a dog at my feet. 

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
The secret to having it all is realizing that you already do. 







 

COLIN PAL Teacher Training Faculty Member -------------------- WHO ARE YOU I am the curious guy who is always up for a challenge. I stomp on two playgrounds daily. One is on studying human behaviour and teaching the art of attention. The other is on helping people grow their businesses by teaching online.   WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE Either up in the mountains early enough to catch the sunrise, or in the middle of the city during rush hour (the busier the better).  QUOTE YOU LIVE BY The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way - Marcus Aurelius    





COLIN PAL
Teacher Training Faculty Member
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WHO ARE YOU
I am the curious guy who is always up for a challenge. I stomp on two playgrounds daily. One is on studying human behaviour and teaching the art of attention. The other is on helping people grow their businesses by teaching online.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
Either up in the mountains early enough to catch the sunrise, or in the middle of the city during rush hour (the busier the better). 

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY
The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way - Marcus Aurelius




 

 

TANNER SAM-BAERGEN Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide --------------------   WHO ARE YOU Just your average stressed out teen constantly referencing movies and spontaneously bursting into song.   YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE After a stressful day, I sit on my bed and meditate with my dog (it's his favourite)   THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST:  Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Drake    







TANNER SAM-BAERGEN
Youth Advisor/ MOMENT Meditation Guide
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WHO ARE YOU
Just your average stressed out teen constantly referencing movies and spontaneously bursting into song.

 

YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO MEDITATE
After a stressful day, I sit on my bed and meditate with my dog (it's his favourite)

 

THREE ARTISTS THAT ARE ALWAYS ON YOUR PLAYLIST: 
Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Drake