How long have you lived in Maple Ridge?
8 years now. We moved here when we were expecting our first child.

What makes you proud to call it home?
I feel lucky and proud to raise my kids in a great family-oriented community. Everywhere we go, we will run into some familiar faces and that is a great feeling.

What inspires you to give?
As a brand new Mom in a new city, with no family or friends nearby, it was hard for me. I went from a dark place to a bright place, all thanks to music, dance and fitness. I had the opportunity to share my background and passion with this community. What was my happy place is now a happy place for many. That’s how I like to inspire and give to my community.

Who is your hero?
Without a doubt, my Mom is my hero. She sets huge examples of values, patience, strength. She is the one person I want to spend as much time with as possible, though that doesn’t happen as often as I wish as she lives in Mexico.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
Going to church is important in my family. I love long walks, hikes and biking with my kids and husband. Doing Zumba is my happiness and passion. Now and then, I like to volunteer with the city and throw outdoor events, so we can be healthy together and meet more wonderful people.

Do you have a favourite local hangout?
The stores along 224th Street are awesome. I like to support local stores. North Beach during the summer is one of my favourite places to suntan and swim with family and friends. I know there is so much more exploring we need to do yet! A&W Thursdays classic car shows are a family favourite, too.

What is the nicest thing someone has done for you lately?
Just recently I was asked to write an article about myself and how I have changed lives in a positive, healthy way with fitness at my Zumba studio in Maple Ridge. For that I feel honoured and happy. With thanks to this great community, who inspires me to give. I want to give as long as I can.

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