Who Are April and Bill Janzen?
April and Bill have had the privilege of growing up in the Niagara Region. They live in St. Catharines with their three children and have been married for almost 15 years. April and Bill are always looking for adventure, so they are excited to be embarking on a new journey as the owners of YBS!
April has been a long-term member at YBS, starting as a client in prenatal yoga 9 years ago. With the busy responsibilities of being a working mom, April took a break from her yoga practice and picked up again 4 years ago after the birth of their third child. Since then, it was love at first sun salutation!
Being a social worker in the field for almost 15 years, April started to see a need for body based trauma treatment. She began to see the value in merging the benefits of yoga with traditional treatment for trauma, anxiety and depression. This ignited her desire to pursue her training as a yoga teacher. Wanting to incorporate her Christian faith into her yoga practice, April sought out training with Holy Yoga, a large non-profit Yoga Teacher Training Program based in Arizona. She has completed 500 hours of training with Holy Yoga and recently completed a 20 hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Centre in Boston. Her future plans include a 300 hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification with the Trauma Centre next year. Most of April’s free time outside of yoga is spent being a mom and a friend. However, she is passionate about international community development and has been involved with numerous organizations in the past in this regard.
Bill is a passionate entrepreneur who loves new challenges and finding creative solutions to move businesses forward. Bill is the owner of Future Access, a web development and digital marketing firm based in St. Catharines. He started Future Access over 22 years ago as a high school project, and their dedicated team of over 20 people now actively serves hundreds of clients across Niagara and beyond. While he’s still learning about the yoga world, Bill is looking forward to the new adventure of partnering with April in the ownership of YBS.
As someone who loves all things techy, spreadsheets and the challenge of entrepreneurism, Bill will be the person behind the scenes making sure the website works and the bills are paid. Bill is actively involved in the community, serving on the boards of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Bethesda Community Services, and he is also a member of the Wise Guys Charity committee. In his spare time Bill loves to swim, play hockey, and take long bike rides on the trails of the Niagara Region.
Both Bill and April love spending time with their children, their extended family and friends. They enjoy being actively involved in their church, Bethany Community Church. Both are passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. So far they have had the opportunity to explore parts of Europe, Africa and South America and they look forward to where might be next!