For 20 years, Vera Mowat has stayed true to herself, teaching fitness and yoga in Dawson Creek, no matter what has been thrown her way. Moving to Dawson Creek from Moldova in 2001, the former nurse got her training certificates recertified, despite not speaking much English at the time, and did what she had to do to start teaching and helping women in her new community.
She was nervous at first because she was used to seeing people on the street and around town more often, and wasn’t sure if there was enough people out there interested in learning from her. However, she soon had a group of motivated, loyal women taking her classes, and some of them are still attending her boot camps today.
“I’m surprised the same people that started with me 20 years ago still come, but we’ve created a family, and the people who come to my class, we are very close, just like a team,” Mowat said.
For Mowat, it’s all about helping women be strong and fit, and removing the barriers to do that.
“I like to help women, I don’t even have to convince them, they keep wanting to come, even though I push them hard,” Mowat said.
She’s enjoyed her time in Dawson Creek so far and plans to keep doing what she’s doing as long as she can.
“I like it here and have had a good experience, there are nice people here. Even if I’m sore or not feeling good, I’ll keep doing it. These are my people,” Mowat said.
- Dillon Giancola