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In Focus | Melanie Morrissette of Abstract Fitness

Melanie Morrissette is rebounding stronger than ever. After 2013 was a tough year for her personally, Melanie has found a peace and equilibrium and that is evident in her business, Abstract Fitness. Abstract makes a point of bringing fun to your fitness routine, so that you don't even notice that you are exercising. Melanie says that her clients can see a difference within a few weeks, feeling better with more energy. She hopes to pass on what she has learned through this year to help you bring balance to your life as well. Today Melanie and Abstract Fitness are In Focus.

What do you always find yourself saying?
Get back on track

If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select?
My father because we have so much fun together!

If you were to receive any existing public award, what award would you like to win?
Heroic act

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would you choose?
Einstein because he was genius

Who inspires you?
My mentors

What are 3 things on your bucket list?
|Teach yoga until my late 80's
Open my own studio
Change people's life and make feel them good about themselves

Please tell us about a defining moment in your life.
2013 after a difficult separation

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it?

If you could foresee a single day of your future in its entirety, what date would you select?
March 30, 2013 to see my aunt one more time she dies

What are you passionate about?
My job in fitness. Helping my clients reaching their goals and make them feel good. I have fun teaching with my participants; I like making them laugh.

What has been your favourite day of your life, up to this point?
When I have completed my 200 hrs of yoga training in Thailand

What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Starting my own fitness company, building my website and offering diversity to my clients and further clients: private and semi-private group personal training sessions, meditation, yoga and different classes such as Zumba, strength class, bootcamp, TRX, aquatic, etc

Where is your favourite place to dine in Kelowna?
Poppadom Indian Restaurant

What is your favourite activity or event in Kelowna?
Park alive

What is the name of your business/organization?
Abstract Fitness

What does your business/organization do?
Health and fitness

Where can people find you or your business online?

Where can people find your business on Facebook?

What is your Twitter account?

What is your mission?
Helping people to "Get back on track"

If you could achieve one thing within your field, what would it be?
Teaching yoga even in my 80's

Where do you want your business/organization to be in 5 years?
More clients, opening my yoga studio

What 3 qualities do you feel that your business/organization exemplifies?
Listening to what people want to accomplish with their fitness goals

Understanding people's challenges and difficulties

Knowledgeable to offer diversity and options to clients

What would you like to say to your employees/volunteers?
Good job! You are really helpful with our clients

How does your business/organization impact the community?
A healthier & more fit population

What makes you successful? Tell us about it.
People can tell right away that I'm not working but sharing my passion in health and fitness with them. It is important to me that everything that we do together has to be fun because then people forget that they are exercising. After a few weeks of exercising with me, my clients already feel better: With
more energy and they see a change in their bodies and they love it.

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?
Environment. I want us to ban plastic bags in Kelowna, in BC and in Canada. Accept only organic products and non-modified ones. Banish the use of pesticides. We need to protect our planet because we have only one.

If I could change 1 thing about Kelowna, it would be:
Ban plastic bags

What do you think makes Kelowna great?
Offering free activities/festivals to the population and tourists

My choice for the Kelowna In Focus spotlight is:
My friend Bob Purdy of Paddle for the Planet

Some general comments I would like to share are:
Life is good to all of us, it just depends on the way we take it. We all have karmas and challenges, it is our choice to work through them to enjoy life to the fullest or ignore them to have a miserable one. 2013 has been a journey; now I'm a happy woman who is at peace with myself. My enemies are now my friends and anger is no longer a word in my dictionary. I have decided to trust life again and live it to the fullest! Meditation and yoga have saved me and now I want to help you. Look on my website to participate in my meditation & yoga classes.

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 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. 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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