For over 20 years the NWTRPA Awards Program has been celebrating and recognizing recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. This feature of Inemesit Graham is the first in a series of profiles of the 2020 NWTRPA Award Winners. Inemesit is the 2020 winner of the Innovation Award for her work in Sǫ̀mba K’è / Yellowknife, NT
Inemesit Graham is a fitness trainer, and a Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach as well as a mother to three young sons. Her business, Mummy Fitness, offers personal training for new mothers, focusing on rebuilding the pelvic floor and helping with diastasis recti. She’s also a Personal Trainer at the Yellowknife Racquet Club. And Inemesit regularly volunteers her expertise elsewhere and in accessible ways, such as offering free online fitness courses or daily inspiration and information about fitness and health on her Instagram, @mummy_fitness.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Inemesit has offered free workouts on Facebook Live to encourage staying active while still staying socially distant. She volunteered to teach a postpartum fitness class to new moms at post-natal classes held in partnership by Public Health and Moms, Boobs and Babies when Public Health had to cancel in-person classes.
Inemesit has been very involved in helping empower new mothers in the NWT to safely return to active choices. During post-natal classes, she demonstrates safe exercises and answers all questions. Inemesit has demonstrated commitment through her years of volunteering and her positive messages to encourage new parents to become active with their babies.
“This is a demographic that can often struggle to participate in physical activity, so it’s very meaningful to have someone who is a champion for them,” wrote Toni Anderson in her nomination for Inemesit to win the Innovation Award.
What is your background in the recreation and parks and on the land sector? I am a fitness trainer and coach who specializes in pre and postnatal fitness and strength training for women of all ages.
Why is recreation important to you? It is healing for the body and for the mind.
What are your favourite ways to stay active? I enjoy lifting weights and attending fitness classes.
What is one random fact about yourself? My name means happiness.
What do you envision for the future of recreation in your community (or the NWT)? Access to better training information for all women.
What would be the hardest thing for you to give up for a week? Chocolate.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Invisibility.