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In January 2004, Mary-Jo Fetterly, broke her back in a tragic ski accident, leaving her paralyzed. Mary-Jo was back teaching yoga only three months after her accident, now from her wheelchair, with a whole new understanding of the physical form and the essence of Yoga. As a mother of two daughters, an equestrian horse back rider, an accomplished chef and a body worker, Mary Jo is a pillar of strength in our community. She has been an active member in the Yoga community for twenty years and is now an active member in the Spinal Cord Research movement. Currently she is the President of Trinity Yoga, a board member of Yoga Outreach, an advisor to both the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Strategy Group and the Yoga Association of British Columbia, a senior teacher of Yoga Association of BC, and a member of the Federation of Ontario Yoga Teachers.

Mary-Jo is also the founder of Trinity Yoga, a yoga system and yoga teacher training program developed in 2000 in British Columbia. Since that time, Trinity has trained hundresd of students across Canada, authored three teacher training manuals, and acquired international certification as a Yoga Teacher Training Institute. As Trinity continues to expand the Teacher Training program across Canada, the company remains true to it旧 mission statement, 荘o make yoga accessible to people of all walks of life, to bring the essence of yoga to the world.

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I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.