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Our Beautiful Staff


Stephanie Glandon


Stephanie Glandon is the founder of Sunshine Aerial Fitness and has been a fitness instructor since 2011.  She started “Pole Dancing” on a whim in 2013 after seeing a pole performance at an Expo, and knew she had to learn.  Stephanie decided to start teaching Pole Fitness in 2016, and her passion for aerials quickly turned into becoming a competitive Pole Sport Athlete.  After competing in the amateur division in various Canadian competitions, she decided to compete professionally in 2019 and won double gold medals for Pole Art and Pole Sport at the Canadian Pole Sport and Art Federation (CPSAF) National Championships, which landed her a spot on Team Canada.  Stephanie then competed at POSA World Championships in December 2019 in Finland, finishing top 10 in the Women’s Masters 40+ division (beating out the USA! WHO-RA!).  Stephanie holds many fitness and aerial certifications including CPSAF Platinum certified coach.


Sammie Lee

Pole Fitness Instructor

Sammie’s pole journey started in 2018 when she took a class to try something new and became obsessed. She loves the beauty pole creates and the strength it takes. It became an expression of self love and helped her to feel more confident in her skin. Now she can’t wait to teach and see that blossom in her students. She is excited to encourage you to learn more about your self, show how strong you are and most importantly to have fun. Her strongest belief is that pole is for everyone!


Gail Carmichael

Hoop/Lyra Instructor

Ever since she was a kid, Gail has loved watching Cirque du Soleil and then pretending she could do a few circus moves. After finding pole in 2018, and then aerial hoop (aka lyra) a couple of years later, the fantasy finally feels a bit more real! Gail has loved building her strength, flexibility, and camaraderie with the aerial community, and can't wait to share that love with folks of all different shapes, sizes, and movement backgrounds.

Meanwhile, Gail's day job as a Principal Instructional Engineer at Splunk combines her background in computer science and love of learning.


Lindsay Diehl

Pole Fitness and Handstand Instructor

Lindsay has been a pole instructor for almost nine years and a proud mom of four teenagers! She taught at a studio in Cornwall Ontario where she learned a lot about the aerial arts. Lindsay is a vey athletic woman who loves to learn. One class of pole fitness and she had to learn it all! Lindsay is an avid outdoors person, who owns a hobby farm with lots of animals including horses that she has trained and ridden all of her life. She loves to compete and has done so with horse riding, throughout North America in obstacle course racing and now in Pole Fitness.

She knows what it takes to succeed; determination, passion and an open mind to always learn.

As an instructor she thrives on seeing the success of her students. Watching their confidence and strength grow with each class is empowering not only for themselves, but also the ones around them. She will always be the driving force behind a student to help them achieve their dreams.


Kristen Kouhi

Pole Fitness and Hoop/Lyra Instructor

Having trained in ballet for many years prior to moving to Ottawa, Kristen started training in pole in 2014 after attending a free introductory session and discovering she was the least coordinated person in the room!  Challenging herself to sign up for an 8-week beginner class, she moved quickly through the levels, discovering a natural athleticism and flexibility that she never knew she had, as well as a love for pushing herself to the limit to learn new skills.  She has been in love with aerial hoop since her first introduction to it in 2018, and is excited for the opportunity to share her passion and unique way of visualizing movements and skills with her students.  

Kristen also trains in doubles pole, winning gold in Doubles at the 2019 CPSAF National Pole Art Championships, her competition debut, and landing her a spot on Team Canada.  She loves the energy that comes with training and performing as a pair, and is looking forward to having an opportunity to introduce others to doubles in the future.

Kristen loves to be active, whether it is running, downhill skiing, hiking, or dancing, and spends her days working as an engineer/architect specializing in historic buildings and taking care of her daughter, who often joins her at the studio, being a budding aerialist herself.  Having spent many hours teaching a fidgety five-year-old tricks and watching her excitement as she learns and shows off her new skills, Kristen is excited to help others progress along their pole/aerials journey and find the same joy and confidence in their new abilities.


Becky Vandenberg

Fitness Instructor

Becky Vandenberg is a former professional figure skater who toured the world with Disney On Ice for 12 years before settling back home in the Ottawa area.  She has always had a passion for fitness and has been coaching individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities for over 20 years including National and Paralympic athletes.  She specializes in custom programming, corrective exercise, strength and mobility.  

Becky is a Fitness Instructor Specialist and Personal Trainer with Can Fit Pro, as well as a certified Exercise Therapist with the Exercise Therapy Association and a Fascial Stretch Therapist with the Stretch to Win Institute.  She is also a licensed ZUMBA™ and STRONG Nation™ instructor.

In her spare time Becky loves doing anything outside:  gardening, snowboarding, cross country skiing and playing with her dog.  She is always keen to learn new skills and loves helping people achieve their fitness goals.

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Hailey Turner

Silks Instructor

Hailey fell in love with aerial silks through the usual suspects - P!nk and Cirque du Soleil - and eventually realized you can pursue these things as a regular person. She then practised silks at various studios in Ottawa before moving out of the city and hibernating for a few years with the rest of the world. Finally, in her desperate search for aerials and community she landed at Sunshine Aerial Fitness and has fallen in love all over again. She is excited to work towards being certified and continue learning and grow along with her students.

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Emily Dobson

Energy Exchange - Admin

Emily’s first joined Sunshine Aerial Fitness in July 2022, immediately connecting with the energy and community she found when she walked through the doors. First joining Sunshine to find an outlet for her theatre background, she has since become a loyal student and energy exchange participant with Sunshine Aerial Fitness. "I was immediately struck by the authenticity and inclusivity I felt, and immediately knew this was something special that I NEEDED to be apart of." Emily is always happy to help, and hopes to foster the spirit of community with any and all who enter our studio’s walls. 


Brynleigh Webster

Student Volunteer

Brynleigh was introduced to pole fitness in 2019, at the age of nine.  For her, it is the perfect combination of fitness, fun and showmanship. After spending some time learning pole, she then had the opportunity to try silks and hoop/lyra (her preferred apparatus of the three).  If you ask her to do her favorite trick, she will wrap herself up high in the silks and do a waterfall drop, making you gasp!
One of the benefits for Brynleigh is that her doctor wholly supports her doing aerials and the improved core strength that this sport offers. Brynleigh has scoliosis, and improved core strength has provided her back the support it needs, thus far, avoiding surgery.
In order to spend as much time in the studio as possible, Brynleigh is volunteering her time to help organize and keep the studio clean for you!  She someday hopes to help teach some of the younger youth and to be a role model for them.


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