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“Rising Above”

There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.

Pedersen has always been involved in sports.  He serves as an Infantry Sergeant Major with the Canadian Armed Forces and is a Police Sergeant with the Saskatoon Police Service. Pedersen is a positive role model not just because of his accomplishments or careers. Despite his position he believes in providing an example of what a healthy lifestyle can be.  Joel owns and operates Fitness 2J2, a professional Aboriginal Fitness Instruction and Consulting company.  A socially responsible community-based health and wellness business,

Joel’s experience in the Army has taken him to see a lot of the world including Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and lots of North America and he directly credits his training with allowing him to start his fitness business and to become a Saskatoon Police Officer. Leading two units of the Infantry, the Royal Regina Rifles and the North Saskatchewan Regiment, ironically the history of those units goes back to the resistance of 1885 through to the war in Afghanistan.

Pedersen’s high rank within the Canadian Armed Forces is matched by his humility.   

“The military trained me to do more than what is expected. To appreciate my own strengths and limitations and pursue self-improvement, seek and accept responsibility, know your people and promote their welfare and develop the leadership potential of your people.  These are some of the principals I try to use to the best of my ability each day.” said Pedersen.

A member of Fond du Lac Dene Nation, and linked to the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Pedersen intends to take what he has learned and pass it on with hopes of using fitness to empower Indigenous communities.

“In the military it does not matter what color of skin you are, that is not what separates you from others.  It is about being a soldier and putting others first, respecting yourself so that you can respect others.”

  • Principles of Leadership: Being a Leader is not the Same as being a Boss

    Let Joel share with you his knowledge and experience on Leadership thru his multi-dimensional background of Policing; Military and Fitness industry.  The importance of team building; succession planning; building capacity; progression and sustainment.

    Learn About:

    • Moral and ethical components of leadership;
    • Distributive and collaborative styles of Leadership;
    • Importance of effective communications;
    • Leadership vs Management.

    Resiliency: The Importance of a Holistic Life

    Joel’s powerful and personal story will show the benefits of a holistic lifestyle in developing and maintaining resiliency.  From being voluntarily adopted out as a child in the 60s scoop era, by a mother hoping to give her child a better life, spending a lifetime not knowing his true identity, to losing a child, Joel shares his journey of resilience and how developing a healthy and positive lifestyle helped him with recovering from sudden loss, and adapting to the unknown.

    Connecting Community: How focusing on health, wellness, and fitness creates a more connected Community

    Joel has witnessed firsthand the transformative effect of bringing health and fitness programing to communities. By helping individuals set their own wellness goals, developing future fitness instructors, and creating community programing for all levels and abilities, Joel is able to show you how to empower your own community. 

    Topics covered in this presentation:

    • Program development, ways to make it happen
    • Creating future leaders and instructors,
    • Developing leadership potential in youth through fitness and sport.
    • Sustainability of programming by empowering community.
    • Dealing with serious illness, diabetes, obesity,
    • Inclusion of all levels and ability.
  • "The presentation was great! It was refreshing that you guys were able to tailor your presentation to our line of work and go with the flow. We learned valuable tips on how to assess situations around us. We plan to use 2J2 in the future for training of our members, Thank you."

    - Marie Hjelte, Executive Assistant SRAR

    "Joel from Security 2J2 brought across safety issues in an entertaining manner and it was extremely informative. The demonstrations were also very enlightening and could be used in situations outside of work as well. The presenter also brought attention of ways to protect yourself that are simple but not something you think of offhand."

    - Myra Kirk REALTOR®, Top Producer Realty Executives Saskatoon

    "Found the presentation very worthwhile and thought provoking.  As always the interaction with other store owners is important and enlightening. Passed on the info to other storeowners, they are interested in further sessions."

    - Mr.David Grambo, DAVID’s Distinctive Men’s Apparel

    "Recently Joel came to the U of S campus to share his story and it was very powerful! Thank you for everything you do and I would highly recommend you to anyone wanting create a change in their lives!"

    - Candace Wasacase Lafferty, Saskatoon

    "Joel was patient and charismatic, adaptable, and showed an ability to explain important fitness concepts simply to students of all ages. The attendance for the evening sessions increased each day he was here, especially from FPMDS students – evidence that the students were having fun and motivated by Joel’s sessions."

    - Luke Symons, Physical Education Teacher, Father Porte Memorial Dene School

    "Excellent program, what I liked most was how he was able to get everyone involved, very well organized and knew his stuff!  I plan on using the programs for future phys. ed class’s."

    - Kyla Merasty, PE Teacher Churchill High Community School La Ronge Sask

    "The variety of activity for the students was great! Everyone tried their best and Joel did an excellent job of coaching the kids.  I plan on continuing to utilize what Joel has taught during his time with us. The Fitness 2J2 program was excellent."

    - Eric Gardiner, Phys-Ed Teacher SMVS, Lac La Ronge Indian Band

    "Shoutout to Fitness 2J2 for promoting healthy living to many communities across Saskatchewan."

    - Neechie Gear, Saskatoon

    "The program was a success with many spinoff benefits for our students and community.  I was extremely pleased with Fitness 2J2 programming and with Joel Pedersen’s contributions to our school and fitness programming."

    - Tony Barios, Principal, St.Mary’s Wellness and Education Center, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

    "Joel Pedersen did an awesome job coaching and training with every level of student and adult that he worked with. In just a few short days Joel sparked a lot of excitement with health and fitness and did and incredible job helping to prepare our NAIG athletes for the summer games." 

    - Joel Erb, Pelican Narrows First Nation, Recreation Coordinator

    "I must say that Joel did an awesome job coming into our community to teach and refresh many of the local participants with fitness. He certainly inspired many of us, especially my physical education students. I totally recommend Joel to go to your community to teach you about fitness."

    - Donna Hardlotte, Physical Education Teacher, Stanely Mission

    "I am pleased to have the chance to write a letter of support for Joel Pedersen.  Joel was invited to present to the running/fitness club at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.  From our first meeting, Joel was what one might expect from a fitness consultant: energetic, passionate, and positive without limit.  However, in the months that followed, our continued exposure to Joel and his programming made us all believers."

    - Trevor Smith, Advisor Training, BHP Billiton, Saskatoon, SK

  • Clients

    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • U of S, Aboriginal Students Center          
    • U of S Aboriginal Engagement
    • City of Saskatoon Leisure Services
    • Northern Sport Culture and Recreation District
    • Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre
    • Northlands College
    • Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
    • Brain sports
    • ITEP U of S Think Indigenous Conference
    • Pleasant Hill Community Association
    • Saskatoon Relators Association
    • Forensic Investigations Canada
    • Saskatoon Downtown Business District
    • Emergency Security Management
    • Saskatchewan Physical Educators Association Conference
    • Canadian Armed Forces
    • Saskatoon Police Service                 
    • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology
    • Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association (SFNVA)
    • Red Cross Saskatoon

    Health & Wellness, holistic lifestyles through Functional Fitness Programming presentations for the following First Nations communities:

    • La Ronge FN
    • Fond du Lac FN
    • Black Lake FN
    • Stanley Mission FN
    • Southend FN
    • Montreal Lake FN
    • Pelican Narrows FN
    • White Cap Dakota FN
    • Beardys & Okemasis FN

    Metis communities:

    • Ile ala Crosse Sask
    • Cumberland House Sask
    • Creighton Sask
    • Pine house Sask
    • Beauval Sask
    • Green lake Sask

Pedersen has always been involved in sports.  He serves as an Infantry Sergeant Major with the Canadian Armed Forces and is a Police Sergeant with the Saskatoon Police Service. Pedersen is a positive role model not just because of his accomplishments or careers. Despite his position he believes in providing an example of what a healthy lifestyle can be.  Joel owns and operates Fitness 2J2, a professional Aboriginal Fitness Instruction and Consulting company.  A socially responsible community-based health and wellness business,

Joel’s experience in the Army has taken him to see a lot of the world including Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and lots of North America and he directly credits his training with allowing him to start his fitness business and to become a Saskatoon Police Officer. Leading two units of the Infantry, the Royal Regina Rifles and the North Saskatchewan Regiment, ironically the history of those units goes back to the resistance of 1885 through to the war in Afghanistan.

Pedersen’s high rank within the Canadian Armed Forces is matched by his humility.   

“The military trained me to do more than what is expected. To appreciate my own strengths and limitations and pursue self-improvement, seek and accept responsibility, know your people and promote their welfare and develop the leadership potential of your people.  These are some of the principals I try to use to the best of my ability each day.” said Pedersen.

A member of Fond du Lac Dene Nation, and linked to the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Pedersen intends to take what he has learned and pass it on with hopes of using fitness to empower Indigenous communities.

“In the military it does not matter what color of skin you are, that is not what separates you from others.  It is about being a soldier and putting others first, respecting yourself so that you can respect others.”

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