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In Focus | Chelsea Harrison of HIITit.ca

In Focus is our gift to the community. A way for us to help show our recognition for the people, businesses and organizations that help make our city great. The team at KelownaNow.com is passionate about this community and the people that make it amazing. We want to show our friends, neighbours, family and colleagues that we notice them and the fabulous things that they do.

What is your name?
Chelsea Harrison

What do you always find yourself saying?
"Seriously!!!"

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select and why?
I'd have to say Sukhi. This is a really good friend of mine that I met when I was living in Vancouver when my husband was finishing his Interior Design degree. When I think of her I think of fun, adventure and just inspiring. I feel so grateful to have friends in my life that I can look up to and want to be more like.

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Hmmm... Is there a 'Community Impact Award' because I would take that! My goal is always to be a positive influence within our community, especially in the realm of women's fitness.

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Oh my word.... everyone says Jesus, but I'd have to say the same. I would just love to meet Him and ask so many questions. To know more about so many things and just to first hand experience being with someone so incredibly life changing.

Who inspires you?
My mom and dad. They raised me in such a way that has definitely defined me for who I am today. I feel privileged with how much they have always cared about me, and to this day show me first hand what unconditional love is. I couldn't say enough about how much I appreciate their positive influence in my life.

What are three things on your bucket list?
1. To volunteer nurse in a third world country.
2. To have a positive impact on even one person's life.
3. To go on a family vacation!!!

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
Georgia. My daughter's name.

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
My 50th wedding anniversary. I would absolutely love to see where Morgan and I are and what all has come together and we have accomplished in our life.

What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about life, my kids, fitness, our business, and truly working to empower the people around me.

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
Both days that my kids were born.

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
By far, one of my proudest accomplishments is the business, together with my partner Mel, that I have been a part of building. From just a quick idea we had two years ago, to putting together something that could take such incredible form is just beyond mind blowing.

Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna? What do you like about it?
Mad Mango!!! It's cute, welcoming and the food is the best!!! It's a family Sunday lunch tradition for us!!!

What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna? Why?
HIITit.ca Sweatfest!!! Mel and I organized this free workout, community event with the Kelowna Food Bank last year and it was so much fun!!! We are so excited to be planning this event again for June of this year. It is just awesome what all can happen when our community comes together.

What is the name of your business/organization?
HIITit.ca. We are the home of the 12 minute daily high intensity workouts!

What does your business/organization do?
Together with my business partner Mel, we record daily 12 minute workouts, upload them to YouTube, and email them out to our hundred's of subscribers first thing in the morning.

Where can people find you or your business online?
www.HIITit.ca

Where can people find your business on Facebook?
www.facebook.com/HIITit.ca

What is your Twitter account?
@HIITitKelowna

What is your mission?
To empower and change the lives of women through daily fitness.

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
To become a known household name around the world as a fitness company that is about promoting health and confidence among women, as opposed to being a fitness company that promotes "the perfect body". We are about health and feeling good, not about being any certain size.

Where do you want your business/organization to be in five years?
Again, a known name. That thousands of women would be working out with us every single day.

Who do you consider to be a forerunner within your field?
My partner Mel!!! She is somewhat new to the field of personal training, but she is truly inspirational. I love her tenacity and how she won't give up when it comes to encouraging and pushing others to meet their goals. She is strong, fun, and someone I look up to. I couldn't be more thankful then to have a business partner and best friend like her.

What three qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
1. Positivity
2. Encouraging confidence within others
3. Working hard to achieve goals

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Mel Breitkreutz is my business partner, and I really believe I could never do this business with anyone else. She is such a fun, hard worker, with so much excitement, passion and insight with what we do. Mel is a total thinker, and helps us to really take steps thoughtfully as we grow. I feel like together we are such a good team and I always hope she knows I think she is just the best partner!!

How does your business/organization impact the community?
Right from when we started our business, HIITit.ca always seems to impact women in particular. I think us being cheerleaders for women to take on a daily fitness program trickles down to change in our community. Daily activity can be so challenging to take on, but through a program like ours women are succeeding in taking on daily fitness, and in turn feeling stronger, more confident, and healthy.

If you were trapped in an elevator with several wealthy investors from any field, which field would you want them to be experts in? What would say to them/talk about?
Anyone who was an expert in promoting positive self image!!! This is a huge passion of Mel and mine, and we'd just love to know any gleam of insight on how to make our business all about this.

If I could change one thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Free Seadoos at every beach for Kelowna residents only!

What do you think makes Kelowna great?
I cannot say enough about this city. The scenery, the beach, boardwalk, the weather, restaurants, the people!!!! Also being a nurse at KGH, I have such an appreciation for the incredible hospital our city has.

My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
Tammy Wagner

Some general comments I would like to share are:
A quick note to anyone who is interested in checking out our 12 minute a day program. No matter where you're at, what fitness level you're at, if you're intimidated, unsure- whatever! We are a program that wants to join with you in supporting you and encouraging you as you take on daily fitness. The first step in signing up can be the hardest, but all I can say is you won't regret it!!! Think of a stronger, healthier you. You will not be disappointed!!! www.HIITit.ca.

We encourage you to leave your comments and words of support below, and submit your own nomination by clicking HERE. You are also welcome to submit a form of your own by clicking HERE. Thank you, Kelowna!





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