Jan completed her BA studies in Psychology at Carleton University and is a National Level (3) certified coach. She passed her Senior Competitive Singles; Gold level in Freeskate, Figures, and Dance; as well as accredited Gold Skills. She has over 30 years of coaching experience in recreational and competitive skating, has coached from Preliminary to Gold level skaters in all disciplines, and has coached competitive skaters in singles up to the Novice level and in pairs up to PreNovice to Provincial and National events. Jan has attained a gold status in the Skate Canada Continuing Education Program, and attends many seminars to keep current.
In 2005, Jan returned to skating herself, as an adult competitor, winning the Masters events at consecutive Skate Canada Adult Championships as well as at the ISU Adult International Competitions, the top adult international skating event. Along with partner, Stephane Vachon, they won the Masters Pair events at Skate Canada Adult Championships and ISU Adult International Competitions. With partner Mark Stanford, they won the Eastern US Sectional Masters Pair title and silver at the US Adult National Competition. In 2011, Jan attended the ISU Adult International Competition to win the Masters Elite women’s event over former world champion and Olympic silver medalist Midori Ito.
In 2015 she once again returned to the competitive arena and participated in the inaugural World Figures Championships placing 4th and earning an induction into the World Figure Hall of Fame.
Marie-Josée has coached for 25 years, is a National Level Coach and has provided Mentoring for CanSkate and Primary StarSkate coaches. She also has her Level I Special Olympics and Level IV Task 6 and 11.
She has completed her Silver Interpretive Dance, Gold Dances, Rhumba, and Level III Competitive Skills. Coaches Preliminary to Gold level in freeskate and skills as well as the Diamond Dances.
She also teaches Competitive Dance and has had skaters compete at EOSIC, Sectionals, Eastern Challenge, and National Competitions. Seminars attended: Alexei Mishin, Jan Ullmark, Doug Leigh, Frank Carroll, Manon Perron, Yuka Sato, Jason Dungjen, Brian Orser, Josée Chouinard, Robert Tebby, and Erik Therrien.
As a skater, Brandi completed her Gold Freeskate, Gold Interpretive and Diamond Dances. She has taught skaters from CanSkate to Gold Level in Freestyle, Preliminary to Diamond level in Dance and Preliminary to Gold level in Skills. She has attended seminars by Brian Orser, Jan Ullmark, Frank Carroll , and Manon Perron and looks forward to attending many more seminars in the future.
Outside skating, Brandi works as a licensed sales associate at a financial planning firm.