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See Ya Later Alligator … We’ll Miss You Julane! 

As the Spring approaches we say goodbye to one of our valued Instructors as she sets out on a new adventure! Julane is freeing up her schedule in order to pursue her dreams within the massage therapy world. The biggest part of this dream: to work towards being hired on with a sports team! To learn more about Julane’s next steps and a heartfelt goodbye, keep reading! 

What is your next adventure?

No imminent adventure, but definitely some big dreams! At the moment I will be using my spare time to train for my upcoming duathlon… and maybe for another bobsled combine! I am filling up my calendar by completing my last year of university for my degree in health sciences online, courses to fulfill some curiosities, complete some upgrades and to better my skills in massage, Pilates and business!

I also intend to send in some resumes to professional sports teams. I  have completed a season as the trainer for the Panthers, semi pro baseball team, and three seasons as the massage therapist with the Kitchener Rangers. I would love to have a more prominent role!

Will massage be your sole focus?

I will be adding some massage hours to continue building my practice as well as focusing on some self improvement (see above)!

What was your favourite part about working at KW Art of Fitness?

Definitely the people! I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by a better group of clients and coworkers! I have loved working here over the last decade thanks to you truly wonderful people.

You guys have helped me learn and laugh every day and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my life! It is tremendously hard to say goodbye because I feel like I have a special bond with every single one of you; but I am leaving you in good hands!

What is your official last day?

Thursday March 22nd! 

The Murray Story

I was first introduced to Murray at KW Art of Fitness. On Monday mornings, diligently at 9:30 a small group of us show up to be “finessed” into fitness. Our group was followed by a one-on-one training session between our Instructor, the Amazing Steph (her words, not ours…), and the even more amazing, Murray.

I don’t remember when it started to happen, but one day, at 10:15 as the door opened to the studio, we all exclaimed: “Hurray! Murray’s here!!!!” It meant our torture (aka Pilates Class) was nearly over. It was a good ego stroke for Murray who, is to me humble and kind by nature. Each week, Murray would saunter in…peek in our studio room and slyly quip, “Well, ladies….just remember: Drink Water, Drive On.” It became a “thing”. Us rejoicing in Murray’s arrival! The creak of the door, his jovial saunter followed by the inevitable line and so it all began. Our relationship with Murray – this little boy inside a “larger than life” persona.

Eventually, we decided we should have t-shirts made with this saying and surprise him with them. He was dumbstruck (I suspect this didn’t happen with Murray very often) when he showed up one Monday morning with us all wearing our bright pink t-shirts in honour of his arrival. We had a green one we presented him with and – according to Steph, he was pleased. In retrospect, I think he was shocked we did it – but that’s the kind of thing that happens in that studio – lots of little acts of kindness and humanity. We intended to have our picture taken all together – us in pink and him in green – and we joked with him that he would have to come up with some different lines. Where did “Drink Water. Drive on.” Come from anyway??? Apparently, according to Murray, it is an old army phrase.

Well….Murray….ever up for a challenge, went home and each week regaled us with a new phrase to catch us off guard. Later, Steph told us, he would run some of them by her for filtering (bad move…Steph has no filter 😊). He also checked in with her a few times to make sure he was not annoying to us. Anything but….in the few minutes we spent with Murray each week, we could tell that he had a heart of gold and a genuine love for life.

We were all shocked when we heard of Murray’s passing. He touched us, and, although we each really only spent about 15 minutes a week in his presence, we still feel a great loss.

We had planned back in the summer to make a calendar with the Murray-isms we heard each week – we’ve picked out our favourites to share here and Murray, always up for some fun, had even sent a list of the prospective ones to Steph who has graciously captured them in her artwork. We know Murray would be proud of this collection – of his finest “one-liners” – and would be happy to know that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale of this calendar will be going to support The Bello Project at the Home Hospice Association.

Murray, you travel with us in our minds….and we share a piece of that for others to enjoy your love of life and laughter xo

The 9:30 Ladies, KW Art of Fitness