A long-time resident of Victoria, Joe has been enjoying the many benefits from regularly practicing Transcendental Meditation since 1970, and has been teaching TM since 1974. He has directed a number of TM Centres in BC, and is currently Co-Director of the Victoria TM Centre. Joe has a close association with the long-standing Victoria School For Ideal Education (VSIE), teaching TM to parents and students, and is married to VSIE's Principal, Ginny Lovick. They have three grown children.
Joe holds a B.Sc. Degree in Zoology (UBC), Diploma of Technology in Environmental Health (BCIT) and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management (Simon Fraser University). In addition to teaching TM, Joe has enjoyed an over 40 year-long career in government and the private sector, much of it as a Professional Biologist (RPBio), and is currently a Project Director for an environmental consulting company, Hemmera Envirochem Inc. In addition to having taught many people the practice of TM, Joe has extensive experience as an aquatic field biologist, natural resource planner, community engagement and consultation practitioner, and specialist in the environmental assessment and management of major resource development projects. For 14 years Joe also taught post graduate and senior undergraduate university courses in resource management.
Helen Foster-Grimmett has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1970, and became a teacher of the TM program in 1972. She holds a B.Ed. in English Education and a Ph.D. in World Peace Studies and is a member of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. Helen has taught high school English in the BC public school system and has worked at the local, national, and international offices of the Transcendental Meditation Program. In addition to leading TM Teacher Training Courses, Helen has traveled the world participating in a peace-creating task force for the reduction of crime and violence. Helen is the National Director of the Foundation for the Development of Consciousness and is on the National Management Board of the TM Program for Women and Girls in Canada. She volunteers in the community in outreach programs for women in high stress professions—including policing, the military, and first responders—and women and girls at risk for substance misuse. A lifelong educator, Helen has a passion for sharing with her students the adage: "Be the change you want to see in the world", and the action step: "Change begins within".
Garry Foster is the President of Enlightened Communications, a speakers' bureau with public relations expertise. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and a Ph.D. in World Peace Studies. He is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and has taught TM in over 30 cities in 8 countries. Garry believes that there are an infinite number of ways we can all help society, and he chose to help improve the quality of individual life, which is the basic unit of a healthy, peaceful society. He continues his strong interest in peace-creating programs by serving the community as the National Co-Director of "Operation Warrior Wellness - Canada" – an initiative to bring the stress-reducing benefits of TM to military veterans and police with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is an avid photo journalist whose work has been published in Canada, the United States, England, and Australia.
Neil Dickie became a TM teacher in 1977 and has taught over 100 public courses of instruction in the TM technique. He has also led dozens of advanced courses, including the Science of Creative Intelligence.
Neil holds MBA and MA degrees from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), an accredited university in Fairfield, Iowa. He received his BA in English from the University of New Brunswick. He has extensive experience as a writer and editor, starting as a daily newspaper reporter in New Brunswick, then as managing editor of the quarterly magazine and other major publications of MUM for six years. He continues as a part-time freelance writer/editor.
For 16 years he was a member of the Purusha program, a group of single men following a routine of life designed by Maharishi to accelerate the pace of evolution and create a influence of peace in world consciousness. He is keenly interested in fitness, including strength training, swimming, and yoga. He became a certified fitness trainer in 2012.
Neil has extensive experience in people-helping professions, including 10 years as a telephone crisis-response/information worker and board member at Chimo Help Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is currently office manager at the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.
Elliott Willis grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, learned Transcendental Meditation in 1970 as an art student in Rhode Island and became a TM teacher in 1972, teaching in Greenwich, Salt Lake City and Portland.
She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Study / Vedic Study from Maharishi International University (MIU, now Maharishi University of Management, MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa. She served as a university administrator there for 5 years, enjoying the opportunity to live in a strong creative community of like minded people, to be of service and to participate in the twice daily large group meditations, which are amazingly powerful.
After completing an MA in Education at MIU she was assistant director for the Maharishi School in Silver Spring, Maryland for 2 years, working with the preschool children and parents, who were thrilled with the advantages practicing TM in the classroom gave their children academically, intellectually, physically and socially.
Moving to Canada in 1988 when her daughter was born, Elliott taught TM in Nanaimo, BC, took a diploma in Interior Design in 1996 and is currently owner of EJ Interior Design in Victoria, BC doing residential, commercial and healthcare design work. Her personal interests include First Nations ceremony, permaculture, intentional community, natural building, and home design.
"For 46 years TM has been my mainstay, a saving grace, giving me calmness inside amid the busyness of life, and the ever-changing circumstances that can seem so overwhelming."
Fran Matkin was a high school teacher in Vernon, BC, when her parents telephoned saying, "Come to Victoria. We have found the truth that we have been seeking all our lives." What they had learned was a simple technique, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, called Transcendental Meditation. Fran subsequently learned TM in 1961.
Fran has a BSc in Home Economics, a BC teacher's certificate, and a Master's degree and taught in BC high schools for six years before moving with her husband and children to Fairfield, Iowa. There she taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for seventeen years at the award-winning Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
In 2012 Fran fulfilled her 50-year dream of becoming a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and was hired to teach TM at the Victoria School for Ideal Education in Victoria. Fran says that she has now come full circle—the Transcendental Meditation technique that inspired her parents so many years ago, she now teaches.
For Those Already Practicing Transcendental Meditation
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation
"Transcendental Meditation is that one simple procedure to enliven the most basic level of life and thereby raise every individual and every society to its full dignity."