Girls Play Strong Signature Multi-Sport Class

Dia Syed has been involved in sports, teaching, and business for a large part of her professional career. She is the founder and CEO of Girls In Sports Alberta and one of the founding partners in Play Strong Canada. She has extensive experience in program development, implementation, marketing, sales, and management. Her prior professional history includes serving as an Account Manager for Northern Alberta for Enterprise Holding after having returned to school to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Kinesiology. Dia also prides herself on being a trained and certified Volleyball Coach,  gaining invaluable experience at a club in Spruce Grove for 8 years. Currently, Dia is also the Youth Program Director for the Edmonton Ultimate Players Association where she has successfully grown their youth program and has served over 100 schools since September sharing her love of the game.

Through her work with Girls In Sports Alberta, Dia has had the opportunity to speak on the disparity within girls sports and has been on multiple podcasts, an interview with CTV Edmonton, and featured in the Calgary Journal. Dia’s vision is to help grow girls' confidence - to be change-makers and barrier breakers of the future through physical activity and sport. She is excited to join Barb and Sara in bringing this vision to Play Strong Canada.


According to Dia, “I think the key to being an effective change-maker is the motivation to do everything you possibly can to set girls up to be successful in all aspects of their life. The next generation will always be the key to the future success of our nation. It’s our responsibility to set them up with the proper skills to navigate this changing world. Growing girls' confidence through sport, I believe will help them become well-rounded so they can participate in any type of physical activity and bring lifelong success in whatever future career they decide to pursue. I want to be able to give girls the knowledge and confidence that they need to carry on into adulthood in order to engage in a healthy and active lifestyle.”


Revive and Renew Yoga & Meditation.

Hi, I am Lisa and my yoga journey began in drama class in high school. Our teacher incorporated movements throughout and at the end of every class was the relaxation (aka savasana) – My favorite!

In 2016, I gathered the courage to sign up for my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Sara Cueva at the Wellness Within. And in 2017, I became a certified 200-hour Lifestyle Meditation teacher taught by Mandy Trapp. This training was the glue that connected all my other training together. During my training, I discovered that I resonated with connecting movement with breath and with the power of stillness.

In 2019 I decided to go back to University to do a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies (focusing on Eastern Religions, Modern & History of Yoga and Meditation, and Sanksrit). By using my passion for being a teacher and a student my intention is to provide an all-rounded, safe experience.

Yoga and meditation connected to my heart and in my life’s peaks and valleys, it was there for me, sometimes in the background and sometimes right beside me. I aspire to show others how to find this connection.

To me, yoga and meditation  is a way of coming home, a way of connecting to my true self, and I am humbled by being able to help others peel back the layers so that they too can find inner peace and home.

I look forward to connecting with you, much love xo


High Fitness

I grew up involved in sports, and now, as a busy young mother struggling to find time for myself, HIGH Fitness has renewed my love of being active and strengthening myself physically and mentally. Through first attending classes and eventually teaching, I have realized that there are many people feeling the same way. I'm so happy to share what I have found within the High Fitness community with others.



Mat Pilates

Since I started, in 2002, my first certificate of Pilates, I knew that was the perfect workout for me. I became an enthusiastic fan of the method. So, I embraced Pilates not only to get fit and strong, but also as an invigorating way of living. When you introduce Pilates in your routine of workout, and its principles, you are connecting your body and mind, which promotes you into a deeply knowledge of your body and emotions managing situations of stress in your daily life or just to find a relaxing night of sleep easily.


Puddle of Mud Productions

Truus Verkley is the artistic director of Puddle of Mud Productions and has been teaching students of all ages for more than 17 years. Truus has created and implemented arts education programs in schools (K-12), daycares, community centers and community programs in both Calgary and Edmonton and often works as an artist in residence with students. Creativity is very important to her and the programs she creates, and this what she builds the foundation of Puddle of Mud's 'fun-first' programs on.



I brought Sportball to Edmonton in 2008 and have loved it from the start. I have coached Sportball and ran the company since 2008. I have worked for NBC Basketball camps for 20 years and have been directing camps in Edmonton since 2009. My mission is to have every child who I lead feel loved and encouraged. I want them to be confident in who they are and be excited to attack life with an adventurous outlook. I do this by delivering excellent educational instruction that builds their confidence and by giving them constant encouragement.



Karate instructor with over 25 years of karate experience. I have my second-degree black belt, getting ready for my third. My goal is to spread the spirit, history, culture, and techniques of karate aswell  educate students in the traditional  Kyokushin style, ultimately training their hearts and bodies to become equally strong fighters and peaceful individuals.

Everyone has the potential to learn and practice karate. We have fun from time to time, the training is pretty rigorous and strict, starting with the most basic technique and gradually evolving towards learning the advanced ones while strengthening the mind and body.