I was born August 9, 1977 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the middle of three girls. As a child, I enjoyed a variety of sports which led me to discover my love for figure skating at the age of nine. I began training before, during and after school to compete in figure skating. Because of my dedication and hard work I placed in the top three in numerous skating competitions.
My family and I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, when I was 16 years old. The lack of arenas put an end to figure skating as I was unable to train at the same level I had in Vancouver. I attended and graduated Lincoln International High School in Argentina, and at the age of 18, my family and I moved back to Vancouver. I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at The International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and received my degree to become a doctor of TCM after four years of study.
After giving up skating and becoming a mother of two beautiful children, Rory and Alexis, I was motivated to reclaim my active lifestyle. It was then when I acquired a gym membership, and on a regular basis, made working out, eating healthy and positive living a part of her new lifestyle.
In 2006, I met my wonderful, now husband, Dr. Stewart Charchuk. I moved to Calgary soon after and we were married in 2009. While a member at Goodlife Fitness, I began working with a personal trainer, Aaron Wiebe. This introduced me to the world of competitive fitness, which reinforced my love for competition. Since finding fitness, I have become a personal trainer and have remained dedicated and continued to compete when the opportunity arises. My first competition was the Alberta Fall Classic in November of 2008 where I placed first in the figure medium category and second overall. Some of my other achievements include placing second in the figure category at WBFF in 2009, third in bikini model category in FAME in 2010 and being awarded my PRO ARD in Figure at the WBFF B.C. Championships in 2011.
I feel privileged to gain new friends and supporters through my fitness network, as well as blessed to receive unconditional support from my friends and family. This is just the beginning of my fitness journey and I hope to further myself in the industry to become a role model for others. I aspire to one day obtain my Pro Card and with my dedication and hard work it will no doubt become a reality.