Empowerment. Active Wellness. Mindful Life.
Empowerment. Active Wellness. Mindful Life.
*Life & UBU are all about adapting to change. Therefore, plans will change re: 2020's spring multi-week program because of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing. See blog post for more details.*
*Before COVID-19 shut schools down in Alberta, UBU offered programs to all genders, but for the immediate future, I'm narrowing my focus back on to girls and women, which is how UBU began. I want to direct my efforts in one direction in this time of uncertainty and will adjust again, as needed.*
UBU programs were founded and based on the learnings Michelle (UBU Founder) gathered from courses, workshops, webinars, books, and more from evidence-based resources including Ever Active Kids, Sport Australia-Physical Literacy, Canadian Women & Sport (formerly CAAWS), Sport for Life - Physical Literacy, and books like John Ratey's Spark , Gary Mack's Mind Gym , and Shawn Achor's Big Potential .
Michelle's certifications and experience are listed near the bottom of this page.
UBU: Girls A 10-week, weekly program for Gr. 6-8 girls was launched in April 2018, with a focus of empowerment, active wellness, and a mindful life. It was followed up that fall by an 8-week program with the same intent, setting the precedent for a UBU: Girls program to run during the following spring & fall seasons in Sherwood Park. (*Willing to expand into other nearby cities. If interested, please contact Michelle with ideas and requests.*)
UBU: Sports In Jan. 2020, Michelle worked with a U10 Girls SPDSA Phoenix Soccer Team to focus on courage, leadership, and positivity to encourage them to stay active and confident.
In Jan. 2020, worked with a U12B Red Deer Ringette team visiting Edmonton during a tournament. We focused on grit, leadership, and effective communication.
Over the 2019/20 indoor season, UBU: Sports worked with a U15 SPDSA Phoenix girls T3 soccer team to assist in team-building, empower individual leadership skills & help players acknowledge the role their mind has in their level of effort, endurance, and emotional regulation.
Nov. 2019: Held a workshop for a U14AA Red Deer Ringette team to help with team-building, blending a team split in half of older and younger players by building communication tools, sharing positivity, and learning some leadership techniques.
Nov. 2019: Worked with a U10 SPDSA girls Phoenix soccer team to talk about girls in sport and inspire them to make activity a lifelong choice.
"When Michelle first brought the UBU: Sports session to our attention we knew it would be a great tool for our U10 girls soccer team to bond and learn more about girls in sport. Michelle ran an incredible session. Our girls were engaged, energized, and a spark lit within them. Our session was only 60 mins but you could tell the girls wanted more. This is a testament to Michelle's commitment and hard work to the UBU Program." - Irfan Karmali, U10 Girls Sherwood Park Phoenix Soccer coach.
Oct. 2019: Worked with U14A Red Deer Ringette team to help with team-building, building communication and leadership techniques.
Worked with a Sherwood Park-based U13 Phoenix T3 girls' soccer team for a team-building workshop before the team's provincial playoffs in March 2019.
"Michelle adapted the delivery of the program to suit the type of group she was interacting with. The girls are active, competitive, and full of energy all the time. There was a good mix of activities that allowed the girls to be active and have fun but understand the lessons and tools being given to them." - Mike Tennant, U13 Girls Sherwood Park Phoenix Soccer Coach.
UBU: Schools Michelle led 2/4 scheduled hybrid program sessions of UBU: Girls/Schools sessions for 15 Ecole Michaelle-Jean Grade 7 & 8 female students between February-April 2020. The last two were cancelled due to COVID-19 and in-school instruction being cancelled for the 2019/20 school year.
Led Gr. 7 Sport Fit students at Vimy Ridge Academy through two workshops early in the 2019/20 school year encouraging increased self-awareness and determining students' "why". Why are they active? Why are they in Sport Fit? What are their goals and intentions this school year?
Worked with Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Gr. 5-8 Sport for Life students Oct-Nov. 2019 with mindful fitness.
Led an 8-week UBU: Girls/Schools hybrid program within Ecole Michaelle-Jean Oct. 2-Dec. 12, 2019 with 15 Gr. 7-9 female students during the school day.
During the 2018/19 school year, UBU: Schools worked with St. Theresa Catholic School, Hillcrest Junior High & Vimy Ridge Academy.
Sessions were held with Grade 5, 7 & 8 students in St. Theresa's Catholic School's Sport For Life program, which is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) model that exposes students to a variety of sport and recreation activities to build athletic skill and leadership qualities and help create lifelong active and healthy lifestyles.
"From my coordinating position, the reason we had you in to lead some Sport For Life classes was that you provided a unique blend of physical challenges and activities, while also providing students with an opportunity to connect socially/emotionally with each other. You provided an environment and leadership presence that allowed the students to gain physical benefits while growing as individuals, partners, and groups. We will definitely be recommending you to schools in our division." - Kurt Davison, St. Theresa Catholic School, Sport For Life Program Lead
Hillcrest Junior High welcomed UBU: Schools to lead mindfully active sessions with co-ed Gr. 8 & 9 Sports Performance classes.
UBU: Adults Led "What's Your Story?" - a 2hr mindful activity workshop on March 15, 2020 at NO MORE EXCUSES Fitness for participants to blend fitness, discussion, connection, and writing to become more self aware and blending writing with fitness to experiencing first-hand the mind-body connection.
In January 2019, led a 6-week, Women's only fitness program held in the Spark Centre for those just starting back into their fitness journey.
"I really like the fact that Michelle focuses on form over anything else. Getting the foundations right at the beginning is very important. Her approach is also very inclusive; I felt welcome in her classes, and did not have to concern myself with how I look, or what I saw in the mirror – because there were none! Although I am familiar with many of the exercises she taught, it was nice to have my form corrected – a good way to break some old habits." - Anna, participant in Jan/Feb 2019 Women's only adult 6-week session.
The founder and lead instructor of UBU programs and workshops is Michelle Lindstrom: a mom of two girls (9 and 13), wife, long-distance runner, group fitness instructor, journalist, editor, and multi-sport enthusiast, including playing junior high and high school volleyball and competitive softball from youth into adulthood.
Michelle has her HIGH FIVE Sport certification, March 2020
She gained her Mental Health First Aid certification through the Mental Rescue Society
She has her Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED through Breath for Life (First Aid Education) Inc., June 2019
Michelle earned her Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) certifications in group fitness, specifically in
Michelle is a trained journalist (SAIT print journalism diploma) with more than a decade's worth of writing about many people and topics including youth and fitness, as well as interviewing local leaders, gathering research, and editing for publications including Avenue magazine (Edmonton), YEGFitness, IMPACT, METRO Edmonton, LEAP, Heroes, Calgary Herald, and more, giving her the practical knowledge of how journaling is a useful tool and taught a Next Step Continuing Education Mindful Journaling Adult course that she applies to youth UBU programs to help them express themselves and be mindful.
Links to some articles written by Michelle include:
Michelle is also a trained Architectural Technologist (NAIT Architectural Technology diploma) with roughly 13 years experience of manual and computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD) and design for interior, exterior, commercial, and residential projects with home builders, furniture dealerships, engineering offices, and an interior design firm.
HANDS-ON VOLUNTEER COACHING/LEADING GROUPS
STRENGTHS GAINED FROM DIVERSE EXPERIENCE:
"After speaking with Michelle about what the program could offer to the girls, I was really excited about having them exposed to the ideas and tools that Michelle could bring them. We had a new team that consisted of two groups of girls coming together for the new season... . This was a great way for them not only to get to know each other better but to gain valuable insight into how to handle different personality types in general."-Mike Tennant U13 girls Phoenix soccer coach
"For many women and girls, social acceptance enhances group performance (in contrast to men and boys, for whom performance enhances social acceptance)." -Canadian Women & Sport.