BGS (BioSci/Kines), 2006
When Monika was in her first year, she started to work as a fitness trainer and found that she enjoyed working with people and motivating them to reach their goals. Since then, health and wellness has been a strong interest of hers. Monika also enjoyed her Kinesiology courses at SFU and knew that she wanted to work in a related field where there is ongoing learning of the latest research and new developments.
In 2002, Monika incidentally passed by a cardiac rehab program at a local community centre. She was intrigued and approached the program’s Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) to inquire more. He later became Monika’s mentor and opened her eyes to the field of clinical exercise therapy. Monika immediately became a student volunteer and continued there while she completed her degree with SFU and her CES certification with American College of Sports Medicine. Shortly after graduation, Monika was hired on as an exercise specialist at Fraser Health Authority, and later was offered the lead CES position at the newly build Jim Pattison Outpatient and Surgery Centre, which is her current position. In this job, she has the opportunity to be involved with the development and standardization of the regional cardiac rehab program.
As a CES, Monika provides education and healthy lifestyle consultations to support individuals towards their goals and to empower them in making informed healthy choices. Although her rotating schedule requires her to be available on weekends and evenings, which could be challenging in balancing work and her personal life, Monika enjoys seeing clients progress through their challenges and achieve their health goals.
Submitted by: Azaria Sabrina