Mary Neto is what I like to refer to as a master-class teacher, currently captivating young minds at Walnut Park, for SD54. Last year my son had the privilege to be in Mary’s class and it was such an enriching experience for him (and me!)  No feeling was too big, or too small – Mary encouraged the students to practice mindfulness, kindness, and created a very safe environment where my son flourished.

I am grateful for teachers like Mary, who are so much more than teachers. She embodies kindness and gentleness in a way that is inspiring.  Her passion for teaching is catching – there was a moment a number of years ago where I considered becoming a teacher and even went so far as to enroll in a few university classes and briefly tried to upgrade Math 11. Alas, teaching is not for me but like I said – passion is catching.  I think we all desire to be around people that inspire us to be better, and to try harder.  Mary is like that.

She can also be found inspiring men and women to live their best, healthy lives by teaching boot camp and sharing her health and fitness journey. She is a warm, lovely woman with a bright smile and a welcoming heart.

It’s such an honour to have her here …

Welcome to the table, Mary!

How long have you called the Bulkley Valley home? 

Oh, this Valley… it captured the heart of my family when we moved here in 1981, so I grew up with the lakes, rivers and mountains as my backdrop!  After leaving for a number of years, I returned to the Bulkley Valley in 2008 – this time with my own family so that we could raise our children in this small community in which our whole family can embrace a balanced lifestyle of meaningful work and active recreation.

What is one thing you’ve learned about community? 

Community is a cornerstone of wellbeing.  It provides us with a sense of place and belonging that enrich our lives as we support one another. 

What is one area you are growing in?

I love this question!  Always, I try to learn or improve some aspect of my life – this creates joy and purposeful living! I am currently transitioning into a new stage of life as our children are preparing to leave home, so I am focusing on grounding into my present self and aligning with how I want to live and feel now.

What is one thing you would say to your younger self?

“You can.  You will.” 

This relates to what I know to be true!

Who inspires you and why?

My mum and my daughter.  To be related to these strong and capable women reminds me of the strength within.

What do you know is true, and how do you carry that day to day? 

Go & do hard things. You WILL become more confident.

And this confidence creates motivation to do more hard things.

… and the cycle continues.

There is no limit to the confidence that you can create for yourself.

Each day, I challenge myself with small goals that give me the confidence and motivation to reach for larger goals.