We believe in the power of girls.
We believe that girls are changing the world and there is no limit to what they will accomplish - all it takes is one positive thought.
We believe in their strength, their persistence and their brilliance, their voices and their ability to love others and themselves, unconditionally.
We believe in true inclusion; ensuring that every girl experiences a strong sense of belonging, inside and outside of our classes.
We believe that representation matters.
We believe in holding space for ALL girls, meeting them wherever they are.
We believe in kindness and respect, in loving whole-heartedly, no matter what.
We believe that our thoughts create our reality - every word and every action count.
We believe that striving to be the best versions of ourselves does not take away from or diminish who we already are, or who we once were.
We believe in feeling free to apologize less and fail more – that taking a risk, is a wonderful opportunity. Our mistakes are meant to guide us and are meant to be shared, to inspire others.
We believe in moving everyday – simply because it makes us happy.
We believe in celebrating everyone and everything.
When Shelby was 14, she met Grace, who was only 2 years old at the time. For 10 years, they lived on the same street and at first, Shelby was Gracie’s babysitter. Thirteen years and counting, they are certainly more like sisters!
When Shelby was in high school, she began training for races and triathlons and she also joined the rowing team while obtaining her degree at McMaster University. Very quickly, Shelby began to notice that Grace took an interest in track and field as well and they started training together. Shelby saw herself in Grace and thought, “What if I had someone to guide me during those adolescent years, with the perspective and experience that I have now? Someone to guide me when it comes to body image, self confidence, self awareness and staying true to myself?” Three years of brainstorming followed by a whole lot of courage, Shelby marched over to Grace’s house to share the news that she would be starting a company that empowered girls through movement and it would be named after Grace. Were there tears? Absolutely!
gracie’s gals is inspired by Grace and is derived from all of Shelby’s experiences growing up – that’s right, ALL OF THEM! Shelby’s main goal is to be who she needed, when she was younger and she lives into this through her role as Founder and Head Coach at gg’s each day.
These two dog obsessed, french-fry loving gals are constantly laughing till they cry or crying till they laugh and there is certainly no stopping them when it comes to crushing goals – especially the ones that they set together!
Founder & Head Coach
Three years ago, I decided to act on what I thought was a little idea that would help connect girls in my community who were feeling alone, or like they didn't 'fit in.' I saw a need and I wanted to fill it with something meaningful. That's how gracie's gals was born!
At gracie's gals, we remind girls that they are not alone.
I created gracie's gals to show our girls that it is ok to make mistakes, that no one needs to be 'fixed' and that we can be who we are and celebrate our authentic selves and our bodies and we can take back movement. Our girls are more than their abilities, bodies, accomplishments, failures, successes and possessions. They matter because they exist. Everything else that happens along their journey is growth and we celebrate it.
Growing up is hard - but I don't need to tell you that. So we're here to be REAL. To tell them the truth. That's what our girls need more than anything.
Let's make sure our girls know how much they matter and let's show them that being exactly who they are, is enough - who's with me?!
Chief Inspiration Officer
My role as CIO at gracie’s gals is very important to me! To me, it means that I have a responsibility to be a role model for all of the gals who join us - but I'm still finding my way too!
I want girls at gg’s to know that being who they are is enough. I want them to be confident and proud of who they are and most importantly; I want them to LOVE who they are! It takes work, but we're in it together. My wish for all of the girls that come to gg's is that they know they are welcome here and that we've got their back!