Well as most of you know by now,my name is Olga Munari Assaly. I was born in Montreal, Québec on December 3rd, 1963. My dad is Italian and my mom is Canadian. I come from a family of 3, my brother Mario is 2 years older and my sister Anna is 10 years younger.I grew up in a small town called Outremont and my mother tongue is French. Learned English as I grew up in school with friends.
After my school years, I worked in retail. I adored it, leaving and breathing it until the very end. The buying aspect of it invigorated me, and I cherished the camaraderie I had with my clients.
I have always loved people but yet was very shy. Being buyer and a supervisor helped me overcome my shyness.
As a child, I enjoyed being active. I loved figured skating, playing hockey with my brother, and going on bike rides to the park. I was one of those rare individuals who really enjoyed school. I always wanted to be a teacher. Today, I like to volunteer at my children’s school (not quite like being a teacher but still within the realm of giving back).
Still as active now as I was then, as an adult, I enjoy exercising, dancing, waterskiing, scuba diving, cooking and I love to entertain. These are my hobbies. Our family loves traveling and I am fortunate enough that I am able to travel at will. We have been to Italy, Africa, Barbados, Arizona, West Coast, Mexico, Las Vegas and many islands from going on cruise ships. Going to Barbados, to my home away from home, is where I relax and rejuvenate. I also love to volunteer. It is another one of my hobbies I would say , the best hobby as I am helping others I love to fundraise and organize events. Little bit of an organized freek… some think that I can be a bit OCD!!!
After my cancer treatments were done, I had to get back into shape, get strong and healthy again. Once I accomplished this for myself I decided to take a course in order to help others get back into shape. I am now a certified personal trainer with a nutrition certification. After have completed those courses and putting what I learned into practice, I still felt that I wanted to do more to help others. Cancer had exposed me to public speaking, which is my new passion. I have always had a passion for teaching. I taught figure skating at a young age. So I’ve married my passion for public speaking with my love of helping others and am privileged to be moving about the world speaking and inspiring others that are going through cancer.
In a nutshell, if it can be helpful to others – sign me up!