A community of leaders and innovators
Our alumnae are women who think critically and creatively. They are women of authority, and generosity. They are women who are internationally minded and take initiative. They are women who are living out the promise of our school’s vision: Meliora Petens – Seeking Better Things.
Balmoral Hall is the great school and community it is today because of the women who have graced its halls since 1901. There are almost 7,000 women that Havergal College, Rupert’s Land College, Riverbend College, and Balmoral Hall School had the honour of shaping into young, vibrant women over the years, and we are honoured to have them as part of the BH Family.
The women of Balmoral Hall are forever connected to the school and one another, and share a unique affinity because we inspire girls to excel, to reach and to lead.
Whether she is just beginning university, or enjoying the company of granddaughters, she will always be a BH Girl.
Trio of alums find calmness, fitness, and inspiration with Moksha Yoga
At the age of seven, Ryann (Jessiman) Doucette ’97 dreamt of becoming a phys ed teacher. After studying outdoor recreation and kinesiology, then working as a personal trainer, she now owns three Moksha Yoga studios – two in Winnipeg and one in Minneapolis. As a Balmoral Hall School lifer, Ryann not only nurtured a lifelong passion for athletics, she also developed the abilities of a successful community leader as Head Girl.
She still recalls an important life lesson she learned about leadership early on in her time at Balmoral Hall.
“When I was in Grade 1 Mrs. Milner was my teacher, and she asked Mr. Russell, the headmaster at the time, to speak to our class. When she stood with him at the front of the room she said, ‘Mr. Russell is not a more important person than me …. His job is higher up than mine, but every single person is as important as another.’”
“That’s really the heart, I think, of what happens at the studios … (creating) a forum where everyone can be seen and heard and treated as an equal,” she adds.
In her role at her studios, Ryann maintains that outlook through a commitment to community, accessibility, environmental sustainability, and, of course, healthy living. With the introduction of community “karma” classes, her studios have raised more than $300,000 for regional and international causes. In fact, those attending Homecoming in a few weeks will be able to enjoy a workshop courtesy of Moksha Yoga Winnipeg. Furthermore, joining Ryann at her Winnipeg studios, Waverley and Donald, are BH alumnae Shauna Jessiman ’99 and Mika Rayter ’05, who share her dedication.
Ryann welcomed Shauna to Moksha Yoga Winnipeg a few years ago after her cousin returned home from Toronto, where she had been working in public relations and marketing. After managing both studios while completing 500 hours of training, Shauna is now the director of the Waverley studio as well as a full-time instructor.
After Mika volunteered at the Donald studio through Moksha Yoga Winnipeg’s Energy Exchange Program, Ryann offered her the opportunity to manage the studio. Since then, she has completed 200 hours of vinyasa flow training. Mika is in her final year of study in human nutritional sciences at University of Manitoba.
With shared roots, these three women continue to grow not only as empowered individuals, but as inspired leaders in the Moksha Yoga community.
July 25, 2013
Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown’s General Manager Receives Award for Top Performance
VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – Jul 25, 2013) – There’s nothing quite like receiving recognition for a job well done, and the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown is getting its due. One year after its grand opening, the general manager, Suzanne Allemeier, received the 2013 Opening General Manager of the Year Award by Residence Inn Marriott.
General Managers of hotels that opened between August 2011 and August 2012 were considered for the award, and this hotel near Vancouver International Airport fell perfectly within that timeframe: Its grand opening was in July 2012. Allemeier joined the hotel in December 2011 as its general manager, giving her less than a year to prepare for the property’s grand opening. Allemeier wasted no time in integrating the staff and fine-tuning the day-to-day operations of the hotel, from perfecting the Vancouver hotel suites, to overseeing the host of complimentary services provided by the hotel, like grocery shopping and hosted social hours. Read the rest of the article at www.marketwired.com
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