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Meet the TQ Spirit Team

Phoenix Hawkins – General Manager

Phoenix is the General Manager of the TQSpirit and has been managing all the behind the scenes business since it started in 2008. Whether it is accounting, schedules, special events, new technologies, helping with setting up, tearing down, student relations and administration, or end-of-year party plans, Phoenix helps to get all the jobs done so that it is as seamless as possible for all our students. 

Louise Wunderlich – Organizational Assistant

After starting her study and practice of Tai Chi and Qigong at the North Shore Neighbourhood House, Louise Wunderlich volunteered her administrative and organizational skills to help Instructors Josie Loehrich and (the late) Lynne Cove manage their classes at this location. Louise went on to also assist at Highlands United Church in a similar capacity.

When Covid hit, Louise’s responsibilities expanded to the job of Organizational Assistant for both Zoom and In-Person classes at all locations. Louise has become an invaluable part of North Shore Tai Chi Spirit’s weekly, year-round internal and external operations.

Louise has become a keen practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong believing this practice improves health, physical balance, flexibility and strength, happiness, and longevity. Her love of Tai Chi and Qigong has led her to be an occasional substitute instructor, conducting group and private training when needed, as well as administrating registrations and attendance and being one of the key organizers of special events.

Louise believes that being part of the TQSpirit is not only about learning the lifetime practice of Tai Chi and Qigong but also about enriching her life while forming long term relationships within a large community of like-minded individuals. 

VOLUNTEERS OF THE TQ SPIRIT

This organization is thriving because of its Student Members and the dedication they put into coming to class each week. As a result, we have remained a thriving community despite the challenges that Covid brings.

Many of the students participate with TQSpirit in a variety of other ways throughout the year. Their assistance makes these classes possible. Many help us set-up and take-down the equipment that is required for our Zoom and In-Person classes. The help of our Student Volunteers has allowed us to come together in the safest way possible. Thanks to all who participated in making it happen every week this past year.

TQSpirit helps to also raise awareness for a number of non-profit organizations. As a result, many of our students provide their great spirit, expertise and help by volunteering their time and energy to a variety of Charities, which includes the Saturday Lunch Program and the Shelter to Home Organization

ADDITIONAL IN-PERSON ASSISTANT

Every TQ Spirit class requires the assistance of many to make it happen. We have volunteers to help load-in and loud-out our audio-visual-computer equipment. We have volunteers to help set up tables and chairs when and where required. Volunteers take attendance for us.

In particular, I would like to thank the following Volunteer Leaders at each of these locations:

At Lions Bay Community Hall:

Founding Organizational Leaders of the LBSSC: Pippa Phillips, John Phillips and Carole Conlin and Louis Peterson, and Tony Cox. They have been overseeing the community classes out at Lions Bay since its inception in 2016!

At St. Andrews, St. Stephens Presbyterian Church (SASS):

Organizational Assistant: Laurel Whatley. Laurel is joined by our Set Up and Tear Down heavy lifters: Bob Gribling, Kathryn Mochizuki, and Doug Bevan.

At North Shore Neighbourhood House:

Leaders: Debbie Tremblay, Jean McCorquodale and North Shore Neighbourhood House Program Coordinator: Christine Poole.

At Highlands United Church:

Organizational Assistant: Louise Wunderlich. Louise is joined by by our Wednesday Night Tear Down Crew: Leader: Phyllis Lai, along with Ai Lee, Christine, Glennys, Jen, Ken, Liz and Lorraine. Louise is also joined on Saturday mornings by our Set Up and Tear Down Crew: Phyllis Lai and Ikuko.

ADDITIONAL LIVE-ON-ZOOM ASSISTANCE

While our Instructor is teaching, to make it all happen on Zoom TQSpirit relies on the additional support that Louise provides in all our Zoom classes. Louise provides technical expertise to students when required in how to use Zoom, helps students “get in” when they are having Zoom issues, and is at the Zoom helm throughout all the classes. We continue to have support on Zoom with Jessica Motherwell McFarlane and Glennys Pedersen.

After years of being On-Zoom students are becoming more and more comfortable with this platform. The learning curve has been steep for some but students like Louise, Jessica and Phyllis are very patient and willing to help Zoomer Newbies navigate being online. Without their guidance many would certainly have given up out of frustration!

2022 PARTY COMMITTEE

Pippa and John

Faye and Wayne

Paul and Glennys

Louise and Ken and Teddy

Lorraine and Christine

Ai Lee and Jen

Every year we have an end-of-year party. We celebrate how much effort, determination, and fun it takes to attend Tai Chi and Qigong classes each week, 11 months out of the year, by coming together in December. This party has also become a major fund-raiser for the Saturday Lunch Program, an organization that we have been supporting since 2009.

Pre-Covid, in 2019, our End-of-Year Party was huge, with up to 200 people attending and sharing coffee, tea, treats, and enjoying tai chi and qigong demonstrations. This last December, 2021, we had an online Zoom party. But that didn’t mean the organizational crew had any less work to do! In 2022 we have chosen to return to a No-Frills Version. It’ll be just as fun, just not as fancy!

In years past it would take an army to put together the event. Well over 40 people would contribute their time to help set up, decorate, register, sell tickets, close down and clean up. All the students brought yummy treats to share with the crowd, brought family and friends and dared to perform, sometimes for the first time ever, in front of the large group!

Our 2022 Team consists of a wonderfully dedicated group of Party Planners: Christine M, Faye M, Laurel W., Lorraine L, Louise W, Glennys P, Wayne H, Phoenix H, Ken P. (photographer), and quite a team of volunteers!

Thanks to you all – your efforts are always hugely appreciated. You enhanced the SPIRIT in our North Shore Tai Chi Qigong Community which is why we are all still here and thriving despite Covid obstacles.

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      Refund Policies – Video Policies – In-Person Covid Policies – On-Zoom Policies – Waiver 2022

      REFUND POLICIES
      1) Requests must be submitted in writing by email and is effective the date of the email.
      2) Refunds will not be given after the 3rd class unless it is for medical reasons.
      3) If you must stop class because you have contracted Covid 19 please contact us immediately.
      4) Refunds provided will be calculated in the following manner – Classes already taken will be converted to a Drop-In Rate of $15.00/class, plus an added administration fee of $10.00. The balance will be refunded and sent to you by Interac or by mail.
      5) Please note that if locations close due to Covid restrictions then all classes will continue on Zoom.
      6) Some In-Person locations have special event days where all classes will either be On-Zoom or In-Person at an alternate location. No credit for class missed will be provided.

      VIDEO POLICIES
      Whether On-Zoom or In-Person the registered student understands that the North Shore Tai Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong organization has a strict no-video-of-the-Instructor or the Assistants without express written consent. Additionally, all students agree that any videos sent to them by the Instructor are for “your eyes only” and should never be shared with any other person or posted, in full or in part, on the Internet.

      IN-PERSON COVID POLICIES (as of April 2022)
      North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit & Chinese Health Qigong wants to create a safe place for indoor tai chi and qigong group practice. Many of our classes are both In-Person and On-Zoom at the same time.

      In accordance with the Provincial Health Authority wearing a mask will be a personal choice at this time. However, we will continue to require that all In-Person students practice social distancing.

      If a shut-down to all In-Person classes is mandated by the Provincial Health Authority, then all classes will continue on Zoom. No credit will be given to students unless they do not have adequate access to the Internet.

      ON-ZOOM POLICIES

      IN-PERSON OPTIONS FOR ZOOM
      Anyone signing up for In-Person classes will always have the option to be on Zoom where that option is available at that location. Some classes do not have the Zoom option.

      Any In-Person registration means that you are guaranteed a spot in the class. When and if the need arises: if you are not feeling well , if you are out-of-town, or if you are running late; On-Zoom is an option for you.

      WAIVER FOR ALL STUDENTS
      Thank you for your registration.
      In registering for this class our Instructor assumes you have talked to your doctor before starting this health and fitness regime. If you have any medical conditions or physical concerns please participate at your own pace and also let your Instructor know by emailing taichispirit@shaw.ca.

      Agreement of Release and Waiver of Liability:
      I (referring to the student, the undersigned) voluntarily supply my contact information so that representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit (& Chinese Health Qigong) can contact me regarding class changes, cancellations, course updates, and tuition reminders, and special event updates. Participation in tai chi & qigong classes involves exercise. Exercise can result in accidents or injuries. I assume the risk connected with participation in tai chi & qigong classes and represent that I am insufficiently good health and condition and do not suffer from any physical or mental impairment which would put me or anyone at risk of injury while receiving tai chi & qigong instruction from representatives of the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit. I understand that North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit is a management company only. All Instructors represent themselves. I specifically agree that the North Shore Tai-Chi Spirit, the general manager, volunteers, and instructor(s) of any In-Person or Zoom classes I am participating in, and/or his associates, shall not be held liable for any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind, resulting from or related to my use of the facilities or instruction.

      I have read the above release and waiver of liability, as well as the refund policies, On-Zoom policies, In-Person policies, Covid policies, and fully understand their contents. I voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions stated above. I verify that all answers in my Registration are true.