Rhonda Tkachuk ECE, BCR, MEd (Teaching since 1999)
Rhonda has been a certified Red Cross instructor and an Authorized Provider with Red Cross since the founding of Certified First Aid in 1999. Her formal education consists of Early Childhood Education Diploma, Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation Degree and a Masters in Education. In addition to teaching through Certified First Aid, she presently is an Instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT.) She teaches Communications and Presentation Skills at SAIT with the Center of Academic Learners which goes hand-in-hand with her interactive style of teaching First Aid & CPR/AED courses.
Rhonda’s energy and passion for teaching is readily apparent. Rhonda has designed the courses to ensure participants are comfortable and attain the knowledge to feel confident in offering assistance in an emergency situation. The knowledge that Rhonda teaches and shares is relevant, applicable, and ultimately, could save a life.
When Rhonda isn't teaching First Aid or at SAIT, Rhonda is continuous seen cheering her 4 sons on at their never ending sporting events... from hockey to baseball to football to rugby to school sports. Rhonda continues to balance it all and be as supportive to her sons as she is in the classroom.
Kendra Gray BA, BEd (Teaching since 2008)
Kendra has been a Certified Red Cross Instructor since 2008. She is no stranger to the teaching profession, having spent 10 years as a Physical Education and Mathematics high school teacher. Teaching in the high school setting has taught Kendra to be adaptable and flexible, having experienced a variety of situations in her years in the classroom.Kendra completed her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge and began her teaching career in Rockyview School Division. She brings her knowledge and expertise of the teaching profession to Certified First Aid.
Kendra shares her excitement for learning and provides participants with the knowledge and skills to feel confident in an emergency situation.
Kareene Gagnon (Teaching since 2009)
As a Flight Attendant, Kareene has had the amazing opportunity to discover diverse cultures from around the world. Her travels extend from the South Pacific to Eastern Europe. Due to her flying career, Kareene has been fortunate to have lived in many cities throughout Canada and appreciates what our beautiful country has to offer. She now makes Calgary home with her husband and two sons. Kareene has embarked on a new career path which is teaching First Aid. Her zest and passion for life transcends while teaching these courses. She truly believes in the importance of life saving skills and enjoys teaching these valuable skills to others.
Meghan Bell DC (Teaching since 2013)
Meghan is our Edmonton based Certified First Aid Instructor. Her formal education consists of a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, and a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College. Meghan worked as a chiropractor for 6 years in the Chicago area, until she was expecting her second child and decided to move her family back home to Alberta. She is now practicing just outside of Edmonton in Spruce Grove at Back on Track. Her interest in the human body has led her to study First Aid and CPR. Meghan enjoys teaching others about healthy living, and that included how to help in the case of an emergency, and giving people the confidence to SAVE LIVES!
Vanessa Bradley BSc Bio, BSc PT, CAFCI (Teaching since 2014)
Vanessa has been an instructor since January 2014. Vanessa is a physiotherapist working in Calgary presently specializing in hand injuries but she has many years of experience working in hospitals with the elderly, trauma and neurological patients. She is also certified in acupuncture.
McKinley Isely Advanced Care Paramedic (Teaching since 2014)
McKinley Isely has been an instructor since 2014. Growing up in a family full of firefighters and medics it has always been a passion of mine to help others. Following in the footsteps of my family, I as well went to school to become a Firefighter/Paramedic and have over 15 years of experience in Emergency Services. I have since let the fire side go however I remain a registered Paramedic here in Calgary with Alberta Health Services. I look forward to working with others so they too will have the confidence and knowledge on how to handle any emergency situation they may potentially be faced with.
Amy Shafer (Teaching since 2015)
Amy has been a valuable Certified First Aid instructor since 2015. After obtaining her business diploma in Marketing, Amy worked in the oil field services industry for 10 years in investor relations, before taking a hiatus to have a family. After obtaining her Instructor Certificate with the Red Cross, she was excited to take on a position with the Certified First Aid Team. The instructional methods and interactive techniques used to teach life saving skills were exactly what she was looking for in this new chapter of her life. Amy is friendly and enthusiastic, and passionate about teaching others to be confident in their life saving skills!
Kendal Bury (Teaching since 2017)
Kendal has been teaching with Certified First Aid since 2017.
She graduated with a diploma in Law Enforcement from Bow Valley College in 2016. Her passion for providing care in emergency situations has led her to a career with Red Cross. Kendal strongly believes in the importance of teaching others and giving them the confidence and skills to save lives.
Alexa is a new member to the Certified First Aid team, helping out Rhonda with data entry and any personal needs that may need some extra help. Alexa has known Rhonda and the Certified First Aid company for 10+ years. She is currently in her 2nd year of University at the University of Calgary pursuing a Psychology undergraduate degree and hoping to continue her education through medicine school in future. Alexa is so excited to be involved in such an amazing company and thrilled to be able to provide knowledge and confidence to all those around her regarding CPR & First Aid.
Erika Kuprash B.Sc. OT (c). (Teaching since 2018)
Erika completed her Red Cross Instructor certification in 2018, and was excited to start her new venture with Certified First Aid. Erika has been working as an Occupational Therapist (OT) for the past 17 years, and brings a vast knowledge base of medical conditions. She has worked with adults and children in the hospital, community and school settings. Erika’s hospital experience has been primarily focused in functional rehabilitation. She is excited to shift her focus from rehab, to teaching valuable life saving skills!! Erika brings excitement and passion to our team!
When Erika is not working, she is busy with her family. She enjoys watching her children participate in the sports they love, hockey and gymnastics. In the summer her family enjoys spending time outdoors and camping.
Jackie Bisgrove (Teaching since 2018)
Jackie is a new instructor joining Certified First Aid in 2018. She has worked professionally as a CPA for 18 years and has taken a break from the finance world to spend more time with family. She’s always had an interest in the healthcare sector, so the opportunity to join the Certified First Aid team was a welcome change. She loves the scheduling flexibility along with working with diverse groups of people and learning environments. Her personal life is all about being active with her family, including 2 kids, and soaking up summers at the lake.
Jackie is excited to empower people to act with confidence is an emergency situation.
Amanda Leonard (Teaching since 2018)
Amanda is has been teaching since 2005 as a high school science teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, after which she followed her dreams to Virginia to complete her honors in Forensic Science. Family and her love of teaching brought her back to Calgary where she then completed the Master of Education degree. Teaching First Aid & CPR has allowed her to be at home with her busy family of five, while at the same still getting the fulfillment of being in the classroom.
Hannah is new to the Certified First Aid team and excited to start this new venture. Hannah has been an Emergency Communications Officer and Dispatcher for Calgary Police for over 13 years and recently became certified on the EMS and FIRE side as well. Hannah is chalked full of knowledge in regards to how accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and recognizes the importance of certification for everyone.
When not working, she loves watching her two busy daughters (17 and 13) playing soccer or riding horses, or hanging out with her three dogs.
Ashley completed her Red Cross Instructor Certification in 2019 and was excited to start a new venture with Certified First Aid. Ashley has worked the past 12 years in the Oil and Gas Industry and most recently taken a few years off to raise her three young children. Ashley started to shift her interest with Rhonda in First Aid in early 2018 and has been focused on building her knowledge and experience with Certified First Aid.
When Ashley isn’t working, she is busy with her family; her children; son 12 years, daughters 3 and 11 months, which keep her busy with hockey and family activities.