Shannon has vast experience teaching both youth and adults since 2000, when she first started teaching outdoor education for the Toronto District School Board. Since then, she has really honed her ability to engage students in an array of learning environments. She enjoys teaching a range of important topics related to wellness, safety awareness, physical fitness. law enforcement tactics and mental health.
Working in a male-dominated profession for 14 years and being embedded in a sport that is also predominantly male, has led Shannon to be a true advocate for gender equality in all facets of society. Stepping outside of her comfort zone to challenge stereotypes has provided her with a source of growth and a sense of empowerment. Through M Power, she wants to help the young ladies of the community achieve the same.
She has earned a Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. She has also completed her Teaching Effectiveness certificate through Humber College.
Her other professional experiences include:
Officer Safety Instructor - Toronto Police College (current)
Special Needs Counsellor- Camp Robin Hood, Markham Ontario
Physical Training Instructor- Ontario Police College
Recreation Director- Ontario Police College
Assistant Physical Education facilitator- Peel Board of Education
Outdoor Education Instructor- Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre
She has been certified by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in Road to Mental Readiness as well as qualified to teach ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and safeTALK.
For the past few years, Shannon has been involved in the Women in Motion Initiative through her police service. In 2018, she was a keynote speaker at this event, which is designed to educate women about policing and encourage them to consider a career in law enforcement.
In recent years, Shannon has earned her blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continued her love of working out. Mira has joined Shannon on the mats and has been training in jiu jitsu for the past year, earning her grey belt. Mira and Shannon both love cheering one another on at tournaments.
M Power is a member of the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce. This offers us the ability to contribute to the great work being done in our community, have a voice when it comes to decisions affecting our region and its members, and build strong partnerships in the Town of Halton Hills. As well, membership means our program is held to a higher standard and ensures a quality program for our Halton families.
Shannon currently serves as an ambassador for women in her field by taking part in women only policing initiatives, serves as the first female team lead on her training team, and helps to encourage positive relationships among women serving by hosting mentoring meetings with new female recruits.
M Power has recently moved into Stewarttown Public School to offer free empowerment programming during student breaks. This program ensures that girls in the community receive support no matter their family situation, extracurricular schedules outside of school, or ability to pay for programming.
The Town of Halton Hills Parks and Recreation Department is working with M Power to develop a portion of their summer camp curriculum to include important body image and self esteem development activities. This is an exciting new venture for M Power and the ability to positively impact youth in the community.