Dobrich, Emily



Job Title

Group Fitness Instructor


GoodLife Fitness

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

MEd, 2020


Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC)


Ontario, Canada

“I have always believed in listening to and following my heart and being true to myself. This has often meant following a path that might be considered uncommon. Nevertheless, I have come to realize that taking every chance, dropping every fear, and being open to learning adventures will lead to peace and fulfilment.

I completed two undergraduate degrees, concurrently, from Western University–a Bachelor of Science (Foods and Nutrition) Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Arts Major in Kinesiology. In addition, I fit in a Minor in French Studies. During this time, I became a certified group fitness instructor.

Teaching group fitness classes has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding facets of my career. It was through group fitness that I discovered my love for teaching and fused this with my passion for health and fitness and my desire to empower others by connecting through education as a community.

Wanting to foster a greater and more impactful change as an educator brought me to the Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC) program at the University of British Columbia. Through this incredible program, I was able to reflect on and come to a new understanding and appreciation of my professional experience.

The ALGC program exceeded my expectations for personal and professional growth and development and fueled my interest in the field of adult education. Through my work and learning, I identified my current research interests, which include transformative education, embodied learning, and communities of practice.

I am very excited to be continuing my graduate studies in the PhD in Adult Education and Community Development program offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.”