Dana was born and raised in Czechoslovakia, where her culture has always been based on following nature’s cycles and living organically from the land. Her family’s meals were made from scratch, included kneading dough by hand and making preserves and condiments harvested from their yard. They used herbs in cooking, in medicinal recipes, and in herbal bitters. Dana’s fondest memory of those years is of making vino – her feet in a barrel and all! She has always recalled those memories with fondness, and has continued to develop an interest in nature and healing. Whenever possible, she uses natural sources to restore and improve health: she looks for clean cosmetics for her family, and wholesome products for her two little boys.
Originally a trained dance-theatre artist, Dana enjoyed a successful fifteen year career in performing arts. After earning a Masters in Economics, she travelled through Europe and North America, eventually settling in BC. Raising her own family now takes her back to her upbringing and reminds her that the best things come in the simplest form. Dana is proud to be part of the Crystal Hills team, bringing nature’s best to you. Crystal Hills is a brand that delivers beyond your expectations.
Sharon was born and raised in Vancouver, yet her path in life has taken her to live in places as unique as Los Angeles, the Peace River Country, and the South Cariboo Region of British Columbia. Presently, Sharon has come to call the Okanagan Valley her home, where she spends time soaking in the sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors with her loving husband, young son, and chocolate lab. Having spent over fifteen years in her pharmacy career, Sharon has gained a broad spectrum of experience in both retail and hospital pharmacies. She has worked in a women’s correctional facility, and has taught professionals at a community college.
Although Sharon is a first-generation Canadian, her parents came from India with simple, yet deeply rooted, cultural and spiritual beliefs. Growing up, it was instilled in her that living a natural, organic, vegetarian lifestyle and using Homeopathic remedies, Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga, and meditation can all provide positive health benefits. Alongside her apothecary background, her training in Reiki has fortified a balance between East and West to improve physical health, spiritual growth, and emotional well-being.
Renee Altman Holistic Nutritionist
Renee was raised in small town Kaslo in the West Kootenays. After graduating, she pursued a health and lifestyle path by enrolling in the Human Kinetics program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. While attending university, she found her passion not only to be fitness, but also nutrition. In 2012, Renee attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Nanaimo, where she specialized in holistic nutrition. She then returned to the Okanagan where she now resides.
Renée’s strong belief in healthy practices such as fitness, nutrition, and emotional well-being fit well with the principles of holistic nutrition. Renee’s method is to ditch the diet and switch to a lifestyle where incorporating nourishing food everyday will have you feeling empowered and revitalized. Her plan will have you forgetting about trendy diets that leave you feeling hungry, irritable, and tired, and instead incorporating natural, alive, and good quality whole foods. Visit her website for more information: www.veritynutrition.com
Ed Barone Guest Blogger
Ed was born in Italy and immigrated to Edmonton as a young child. He always had a penchant for science, and followed his interest to the University of Alberta, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduating, he worked in a couple of laboratories before finding his passion for teaching at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).
Ed instructed in Introductory, Analytical, and Instrumental Chemistry for over thirty years. He found it an honour and privilege to assist so many young and vibrant students in finding fulfillment in their ambitions. After retiring, Ed relocated to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. He now spends most of time keeping fit (riding his bike, walking by the ocean, taking fitness classes), and still loves to learn about the world, science, and health.
Nicole Lachance Bella Vita Beauty Blogger
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, with a major in French Language and Literature and a minor in Italian Language. She then continued her education at McGill University, earning her Bachelor of Common Law and Bachelor of Civil Law, where she was selected as class valedictorian. Nicole works as a prosecutor with Alberta Justice and writes the Bella Vita Beauty Blog for Crystal Hills Organics.
Nicole enjoys being active with her husband and three small children. She also enjoys traveling, playing tennis, ballet, cooking, baking, and experimenting with skin care and makeup. With too little sleep and a very exciting and hectic life as a mother of three young children, Nicole can appreciate the value and importance of implementing a skin care regimen composed of products containing quality ingredients. She also believes in the power of positive energy, and recognizes the benefits of using essential oils and other natural elements to create at-home beauty treatments. She would like to share this passion with Crystal Hills Organics followers, and would enjoy hearing your feedback and ideas.