Full of Life Inc. is a social enterprise that offers cultural and wellness workshops for older adults in Ottawa. Our programs and cultural events are designed to provide a sense of purpose for seniors and bring joy into their lives, no matter their socioeconomic background. We work with retirement homes, long-term care facilities,  senior centres, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Research has proven that lecture style programs promote learning and give a sense of purpose to seniors. Brain cell stimulation is key to prevent dementia and memory loss. Additionally, being socially and physically active prevents depression symptoms, improves cardiovascular functioning and muscle tone. We want our seniors to live longer independently! 

Full of Life Inc. is owned and managed by Zelena van der Leeden. She was inspired by her aging mother, who had to start over as an immigrant in Canada at 65.

Zelena has over 10 years of professional experience in Project Management and over 5 years experience teaching adults and children. She is passionate about public speaking and has a Master's degree in Communication from the University of Ottawa. She has a background in music, theatre and dance and is a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200). She loves working with older adults and wants to empower them to reach their full potential. 


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