By Mckenzie Swanson
When it comes to being active and involved within the tri community, Jen Telfer is an incredibly lively role model. Growing up participating in sports, Jen learned to love teaching others about being active and creating good environments for kids. Eventually, she even turned this passion of hers into a career being a wellness supervisor at the Tri Leisure.
Defining herself as both “an athlete and a coach,” Jen loves to support our region with educating others on wellness, such as healthy eating and how to stay active. On a daily routine, Jen works hard to oversee many substantial activities and services involved within her job. Along with managing operations and connecting with Community Partners and Program Coordinators, Jen is always looking for new ways to improve our community.
When Jen isn’t working or coaching, however, she enjoys a very relaxing day off. She also has a dog that she loves to go on runs or walks with near chickakoo on the trails or sometimes in the river valley in Edmonton. Jen loves to put in time for herself and make it a full on self-loving all about Jen day.
When we asked her about what inspired this mindset, she gave most credit to her loving parents for always supporting her in everything she did. However, one big inspiration that hit home for us was the supportive actions of her former volleyball coach, Laurie Eisler.
“It took me a while to really be confident as an athlete and I think she really made me feel like it was okay to be who I was,” Jen states about her volleyball instructor whom truly inspired her to keep being involved as a coach and to foster that into the kids she is teaching now.
As a great quote I once heard said, “the biggest challenge of life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.”
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