Lambton College grad helping to change lives one at a time

Martha Trepanier is working to reverse the growing youth obesity issue in Ontario, one student at a time.

She is one of two ‘On the Move Provincial Champion Trainers’ in Southwestern Ontario through the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women Sport.

Trepanier is a champion for youth. The Lambton College graduate is a healthy living advocate who works tirelessly to ensure she engages every young female she meets to live a healthier lifestyle.

A physical and health teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board, Trepanier has launched several successful initiatives promoting active living to teenage girls.

“This is a legitimate concern. We have had a real problem with youth inactivity,” she says.

As a provincial On The Move Trainer, Trepanier designs and provides workshops for communities that are aimed at engaging females between the ages of 9-18 to adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle.

She teaches community partners the best strategies and practices to address the growing obesity and inactivity epidemic impacting school-age girls. Statistics indicate that just 4% of Ontario’s teenage girls meet recommended daily activity standards.

She works with youth to create programs that not only keep them active, but ones that they’ll enjoy, including dance and yoga.

“If they enjoy the activity, they’re more likely to be engaged and continue it on their own,” she says.

She also coaches girls’ volleyball, basketball, and track and field and runs her school’s Smart Risk Program that encourages teenagers to make positive, informed choices and avoid needless risks.

Trepanier also hosts sports leadership camps, developed a female athlete of the month award, and is a Regional Leader for the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association.

She credits Lambton College with giving her the confidence and self-esteem to pursue her dreams to become a teacher and ultimately work to engage young girls to become more active.

Trepanier was recognized on the Dean’s List and graduated from Lambton’s Sports Facilities and Recreation Administration program in 2001. She then continued her studies at University of Windsor, earning a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree. She followed that up by earning a Bachelor of Education degree from Windsor, a Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers and Special Education training from Lakehead University.

Had she not attended Lambton College, Martha says she would not have developed the confidence to upgrade her education. She admits she struggled in high school and was told that attending university was a pipe dream.

“Lambton changed all that. It made me focus and the faculty was great. It taught me how to work and study hard and gave me the skill set I needed in order to be successful in university and in my career,” she says.

Lambton College instilled in her the values of hard work, determination and commitment. She works to pass those same life skills on to her students.

Martha Trepanier was nominated by Lambton College for the 2012 Premier’s Award in the Community Services category. 

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