Instructors

There are many different programs available through the Bridgeport Community Association. Here are the amazing instructors that allow BCA to hold these programs. 

Do you have skills that you would like to teach people? Please send us an e-mail with your program ideas as well as any experience you have that is relevant. 

 
 
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Jenn Martin

Jenn Martin has been dabbling in scrap-booking and card-making for over 15 years. It's a passion of hers and she loves to share this passion with others.

 
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Michael Offak

Michael Offak is a pianist, piano teacher, choir director, composer, and singer. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has earned Grade 9 piano and Intermediate Harmony (Theory) through the Western Conservatory of Music. Mike has been teaching piano for over ten years privately and with a music academy throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. He enjoys enriching the minds of young children with the love of music and the joy it brings to all. Mike has performed all over North America with his bands "Golden Keys" winning KWO Awards and the D.K.K. Heritage Award. Mike has produced and engineered 3 albums with the band composing three original pieces. Along with piano and singing, Mike has learned to play the clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and accordion. Mike has directed the Schwaben Club Choir for nine years in Kitchener.

 
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Angela Hammar-Schmit

Angela Hammar-Schmit instructs for Kinder Rhythm Rockers, Youth Beginner Recorder, Recorder for Adults and the Celtic Music Ensemble. Angela holds an Honors Degree in Music from WLU, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music), and a Bachelor of Education Degree from U of T. She has worked with children and adults in music for over twenty years, as a private studio teacher, as an educator and a guest artist in the classroom, and as a faculty member of summer programs in throughout Ontario. She has performed with choirs, orchestras and changer groups through Ontario and currently performs with the Celtic folk band, House of Good Cheer, and in a variety of chamber and folk ensembles. 

 
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Cezary Cybulski

My name is Cezary Cybulski and I have the pleasure of teaching Ballroom and Latin American Dance classes. My adventure with ballroom dancing started almost 40 years ago in Poland. I signed up for dance classes in my teens with the sole intention of meeting some pretty girls. I quickly realized that I actually enjoyed dancing and from there I went on to become a competitive ballroom dancer. After our marriage, my lovely wife Marg and I arrive in Canada. We competed only for a brief period, since private lessons and travelling for competitions were hard to find time for while adjusting to life in a new country. At that point, we hung up our dancing shoes. Fast forward to almost 10 years ago when I was asked by some friends if I could run dance classes for their teenagers who were interested in learning how to dance. Shortly after "Dancing with the Stars" had become a popular show, my teenage group quickly grew to include all ages; teenagers and their parents alike. From then on, the sizes of our classes have continued to grow as the students continue to excel. To polish up my teaching skills, I studied and trained with one of the best teachers in Ontario, Ivy Le Maguer, whom I am grateful for helping me become the teacher I am today. When the BCA asked me to run dance classes there, I was sure it would be a perfect fit. We have been running this program for 5 years now with great success. 

 
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Tracey Despres

Meet Tracey. Her passion for yoga began 18 years ago when she moved to Kitchener-Waterloo. Tracey has taken her love of health and fitness to a new level having completed a program with Canadian School of Natural Nutrition becoming a Registered Nutritionist. It is her personal goal to inspire, educate and teach participants the positive value and amazing benefits of a Yoga and Pilates practice. She creates fun and empowering classes that everyone will enjoy and feel successful. She will teach you how to manage your stress through physical exercise, mindful meditation and relaxation techniques.

 
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Janice Carroll

My passion for gardens began at a very early age. I started with tomato plants at the age of nine. I would like to tell you I have been successful at everything, but the truth is I learn from all my failures and successes! Gardening is for everyone! I like to share and learn. I have taken horticulture courses and I am certified in floral design. I owned my own garden store and had the pleasure of working for a family run nursery. My gardens were a feature of a horticulture tour.

 
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Carlos Niebles

Meet Carlos Niebles. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Columbia - a city about 15 minutes away from the beach. Carlos attended the University of Atlántico where he received a BA in Modern Languages with emphasis in linguistics. He earned a specialist degree in language teaching methodology from Universidad del Norte and he also graduated from Conestoga College as a Teacher of English as a second language. Teaching in his passion and his calling, Carlos has spent over 20 years teaching Spanish in various countries. He has had the chance to work with students from diverse backgrounds since 1994. When not teaching Carlos enjoys playing and watching soccer, listening to music and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. 

 
 

Ann Diebel

 

I am an accredited design judge of the Garden Clubs of Ontario. I served two terms as president of the Garden Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, a past president of the Garden Clubs of Ontario.  I have chaired three flower shows for the Garden Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and chaired the triennial flower show of the Garden Clubs of Ontario.

I have exhibited locally and internationally. I represented Garden Clubs of Ontario at the 1400th anniversary of the celebration of Christianity in the Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral in 1997.  Four of my designs have appeared in photographic print 

I have a great love of nature, grow my own annuals and perennials and probably arranged by first flowers at the age of 3.

 
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Dani Guse

Dani Guse has lived in several cities in Germany, Berne/ Switzerland and San Francisco/ California. Since 2010, she calls Kitchener home. She has a Master Degree in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Education. Therefore, the love of making things from scratch as well as telling other people about it. If she doesn’t teach baking, cooking or soap making classes, she writes mystery books and works freelance for different educational publishers.

 
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Dave Hoover

Dave Hoover is a certified Level III Tai Chi and Niei Chi instructor with over 20 years of dedicated martial arts training. He is the head instructor at White Heron Martial Arts. In addition to his passion for Tai Chi, Dave holds a fifth degree blackbelt in Goju-ryu Karate and a forth degree black belt in Kobudo.  

 
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Emmanuel Silva

Emmanuel Silva has a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate-Do & 1st Degree in Aiki-Jujitsu.He has attended/managed several successful seminars, Karate tournaments and similar events, including:

  • Master Pan Training Camps, Hollywood celebrity & professor at Hunan Shaolin Temple
  • Master Allain Sailly Boot Camps, 5th Dan in Jiu-Jitsu, Charleville, France
  • Master Scott Hogarth, Actor and U.S Karate Champion
  • Presently, senior student of Shian Kan Arefi, 7th Dan Shito-Ryu Karate

His professional awards include:

  • Black Belt member of the Shaolin Academy of Martial Arts
  • Member of the Federation of All-Japan Karate Organization
  • Member of the Federation of All-Japan Shito-Ryu Shito-Kai Canada
  • Black Belt member of the World Federation of Shito-Ryu Karate
  • Member of Ontario Karate
 
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Hanna Nowak

Hanna works in a local flower shop and has 14 years of experience in the floral industry, however to teach a class and pass on the joy of creating your own arrangement is her passion.

 
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Ingrid Hicks

I fell in love with Zumba 4 years ago on my quest to lose weight and feel good about myself again. At the time, I weighed 230 lbs and had all sorts of health issues which according to Doctors could only be treated with anti-depressants and physio, I was 36, but felt much older. And then it hit me, I was overweight, not depressed, my bones hurt because I was heavy and if I continued this unhealthy path, things would get a lot worse. So I said no the meds/treatments and started walking, and little by little increasing speed/distance and within 3 months I was down nearly 30 lbs. As winter approached I had to figure something out to continue exercising but I knew a gym membership was not the answer because of the various times I started and failed before. That’s when I discovered Zumba and fast forward 3 years later, 100 lbs lighter and 8 dress sizes smaller I decided I wanted to share my story and help others do the same. I'm a certified Zumba instructor and I can't wait to party the calories off with you!! My classes are very diverse and fun, it doesn't matter if you don't pick up the steps first time just smile and enjoy yourself, you will wonder why you didn't try it sooner!
Expect high energy, expect to sweat!!

See you in class!

 
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Lynda Hayward

Lynda grew up in a home surrounded by crafts.  She continues the tradition of teaching basket weaving started by her mother, and also teaches a variety of crafts. However, her passion is pottery.  She has been an active member of the Waterloo Potters Workshop for 44 years.  As a member, she has taught children's classes and an adult hand building workshop. She also volunteered her pottery expertise at Bridgeport Public School when her children were young.  For the last couple of years, she has focused on teaching children's classes at the Bridgeport Community Centre, and is adding a short adult mini course.

 
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Steve Rose

Steve has extensive playing and teaching experience. Several years of playing throughout Southern Ontario in bands, and nearly two decades of teaching private and group lessons. He is currently operating his own studio in Kitchener with a satellite in Elmira, teaching for a studio in Waterloo, and teaching courses at a number of local community centers.

 
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Carlos Siri

Carlos was born in Argentina, where he grew up listening to tango. He started taking tango lessons at the University of Rosario, Argentina in 1996, after graduating there as an electronic engineer. He has coached adults and juniors in table tennis for 17 years. Carlos came to Canada in 2000 and has been promoting the development of the tango community in the tri-cities area since 2005, by organizing dances, performances, tango workshops and teaching. He is a volunteer at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph where he demonstrates tango dance to patients. Carlos is the organizer of a monthly dance and tango class called Milonga La Yumba and has been nominated for the Mentor Award at the Annual Arts Awards Waterloo Region. He travels regularly to Argentina to learn from tango masters to help improve the tango level of K-W community.