Joan Minnery - The little engine that CAN -- 5 Feet 2 inches of peppy dynamite!!!
Nominated for the 2017 & 2018 Order of Ontario for Community Activism & Volunteerism.
Recipient of the 2017 Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award for Community Service.
Recipient of the 2018 -- 150 Canada Medal for 150 Outstanding Canadians.
Joan Minnery is a one woman force of inspiration. She is a genuine go-getter with an indomitable spark plug of contagious effervescence. The pint-sized energizer bunny is a beacon of energy as she instructs her fitness classes and entertains crowds all over North America.
Joan wears many hats as a Mother, Music Educator, Motivational Speaker, Zumba Instructor,
Professional Entertainer, Dance Teacher, Weight Management Consultant, Drama Coach
and Health Journalist. Joan is also the author of WALKING MY WAY BACK TO ME,
her personal transformation autobiography.
Joan runs the Brantford Cabaret, the Starr Sensations Music Studio, the SIVLE rock band, MOJO In Motion Line Dance troupe and is the CEO of Joan Minnery Enterprises. Joan has been nominated 5 times for the Brantford Citizen of the Year. She is the recipient of both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for Community Volunteerism, Health Advocacy and Leading Young Children towards Music. She won the Tourism Ambassador Award in 2004. Joan is the winner of the 2017 People's Choice Awards as Brantford's Best Local Author and Best Dance Instructor and is the 2016 winner as Best Motivational Speaker, Best Dance Instructor and Best Weight Loss Group. In 2013 she also won Best Professional Entertainer and Best Fitness Instructor in both 2012/2013.
Born in February 1966, Joan has enjoyed a lucrative amazing career in the entertainment industry and continues to foster a bounty of aspiring singers and actors onto her stages.
She is affectionately known as the “Elvis Lady” for her impassioned musical quest to keep the memories of Elvis alive, along with the songs of yesteryear. Joan is the founding director of the Brantford Elvis Festival, which won the 2004 Tourism Awards for BEST Festival/Event. She is also an award winning coordinator of several Elvis and Oldies tribute groups.
Embarking on a courageous battle to save the life of her son’s mom due to staggering health issues; Joan’s weight loss story has inspired thousands through her very real, raw, relatable and honest journey of how she successfully transformed her once poisoned body into an award winning adventure novel. Joan’s journey to a healthier life style has inspired a community; transforming her personal story into a weight loss revolution.
Joan shows no signs of slowing down. The highly sought after Motivational Speaker and Entertainer tours across Canada and the United States delivering her echoing message of "PUT DOWN THE FORK & GET MOVING" as she invigorates her audiences about the I AM power of SELF-LOVE and following the three (3) M's; MOTIVATION, MOVEMENT & MUSIC!!!
Joan Minnery happily hails from Brantford Ontario Canada. She is the daughter of Bill and Elsie, the youngest sister of John, Anne and Bob, and the boastful mother of Bill (BJ).
Joan can be spotted at most events escorted by her life partner, Keith Curley.