Chris Baechler began working with the Region of Waterloo Library system in 1999. She worked at the New Hamburg Branch and Library Headquarters until 2005 when she took over as Assistant Supervisor at the Baden Branch. Chris completed her Excel Certificate in managing a small public library in 2006. She graduated from Conestoga College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 1985, and was the supervisor/ teacher of Kingsdale Participating Preschool for 7 years. Since 1998, she has also been the Healthy Start Program Coordinator at the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. This relationship skills program has been taught to young children and their families in the 4 rural townships. Chris is actively involved in her church’s Sunday School.  
  Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Graduate
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - CSCS

Clinic Director and Founder, New Hamburg Wellness Centre

Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C)

Dr. John A. Papa is the Clinic Director and Founder of the award-winning New Hamburg Wellness Centre (, which has been serving Wilmot Township and surrounding area since 2003.

Dr. Papa attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and graduated with clinical honors while receiving the prestigious Hoskins/Sommacal Clinical Proficiency Award. He is a Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical & Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C), and holds a specialty designation as a Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist. He has completed additional post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Active Release Techniques, and orthotic prescription. He is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is an approved provider of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Programs of Care for Acute Low Back, Shoulder, and Musculoskeletal Injuries. He also serves as an Independent Consultant for several Disability Management Companies.

Dr. Papa is able to offer many different treatment options for patients seeking acute and chronic pain relief, and maintenance-preventative care for their musculoskeletal health. His comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to patient-centred treatment allows him to address neck and back pain, along with many non-spinal conditions including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot injuries/complaints.

Dr. Papa has been an active contributor of health and wellness articles for the Baden Outlook since 2003. In addition, he has professionally published research case studies, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (JCCA). In his spare time, he enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle and spending time with his wife and two children.

Sport Sciences Residency Program
Active Release Technique

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner
Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Dr. Pierre Plante has been working in Baden since 2011. He is the Clinical Director and owner of Baden Integrative Health.

Dr. Plante provides patient centered care and places an emphasis on healthy and active lifestyles. He incorporates exercise and rehabilitation to return patients to work or play, safely and effectively. He treats a variety of conditions as the advanced training he has received focuses on the entire body and not just the spine. As a result he is well prepared to treat any and all body parts including but not limited to shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.

Dr. Plante received his Honours Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Masters in Science Degree in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He went on to achieve his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto with Clinical Honours. Pierre has completed additional courses in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, Active Release Techniques, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Techniques, Kinesiotaping, Selective Functional Movement Assessments, and is also certified from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Many of these are combined during treatments to provide the best possible care for individuals.

Pierre has been involved in athletics from an early age playing varsity football and lacrosse. These experiences have provided him with a strong base to work with active individuals at any age or level. He also enjoys canoeing, snowboarding, skiing, golf, and pretty much any outdoor activity. He is the proud father of two boys Lucas and Eli and values introducing Chiropractic care early on in life.

Ken Quanz is a retired educator who served as an elementary teacher as well as an Outdoor Education/Environmental Science Consultant for the intermediate and senior grades of the Waterloo Region District School Board. For twelve years he served as an executive member of The Ontario Society for Environmental Education. He also served as a member of the Wilmot Township Environmental Advisory Committee. In retirement, Ken continues to take part in the Annual Christmas Bird counts, has worked with the House of Friendship Food Hamper Programme for 14 years, and regularly hikes Ontario Trails including The Grand Valley Trail, The Avon Trail, The Maitland Trail, and The Bruce Trail (which he hopes to complete for the 8th time, end-to-end, shortly). During these hikes, Ken and his hiking companions, Wayne Buck and Fraser Gibson, keep an inventory of wildflowers, trees, ferns and birds which they have sighted. He also works with Elections Ontario and Elections Canada to facilitate and coordinate the voting process in the Kitchener-Conestoga Electoral District.


Wayne was a teacher with the Waterloo Region School Board, teaching in Baden and New Hamburg in the '70's and teaching science for his last 20 yr. at Stanley Park Sr. Public in Kitchener. Wayne and Lynda operate the Nith River Native Plant Nursery on Wilmot Easthope Rd. just west of New Hamburg.

Wayne is a naturalist with interests in all aspects of the natural world including birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants, etc. With Lynda, they have maintained a bluebird trail with 40 nest boxes for almost 30 years, raising hundreds of Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. His primary interest is plants. Over the past 20 years, Wayne and Lynda have added over 60 species of trees and shrubs, including 14 species of oak, to their small acreage which was originally fields and meadows. They have made extensive plantings of prairie grasses all of which were grown from seeds found within the Region of Waterloo near Cambridge. In addition they have introduced many native wildflowers such as trillium and Wild Ginger, many of which were rescued from farm fields about to be plowed under or from land slated for development.

Wayne is a member of Waterloo Region Nature (formerly known as K-W Field Naturalists), heading the plant group and is also a member of Waterloo Stewardship Council which is primarily, although not exclusively, dedicated to their restoration of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie the once dominated the land in the Cambridge, Paris and Brantford region.

Wayne enjoys being active in the outdoors, belonging to local trail running groups for many years. In addition he hikes the Bruce Trail on a regular basis with the other two bird column contributors for the Baden Outlook, Ken Quanz and Fraser Gibson


Fraser Gibson is a retired elementary teacher and Environmental Science/Outdoor Education Curriculum Consultant. He has been active in the community from coaching to scouting and is a former president and Honorary Life Member of both the Friends of Killarney Park and Waterloo Region Nature. Fraser served as a director of Ontario Nature for six years and helped establish KNAP-Kitchener's Natural Areas Stewardship and Education Program. He has received several awards including Ontario Nature's 2011 Richards Education Award and a 2014 Grand River Conservation Authority Watershed Award. Fraser has been interested in all things nature since youth and has participated in numerous citizen science projects involving birds, butterflies, ladybugs, reptiles and amphibians. He also leads nature walks on a number of topics such as ferns, trees, and spring wildflowers. Fraser, an avid hiker, is a Bruce Trail end to ender along with his hiking buddies Ken Quanz and Wayne Buck. While hiking they continue to learn about and appreciate the many wonders of nature.


Christine Gingerich is the founder of Optimal YOU Coaching. After her own battle with obesity and a serious health crisis, she made simple but powerful lifestyle changes and achieved total and complete healing. She is now passionate about consulting and coaching to help others achieve optimal wellness. Christine received a degree in Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University focusing on Anatomy, Physiology, Sports Medicine and Nutrition, and was certified by Can-Fit-Pro as a Personal Trainer Specialist. She was a fitness trainer and aerobics instructor for several years. She has also worked as an elementary teacher in the Waterloo Region for over 15 years.

Christine believes people are created with a unique purpose and to fulfill that purpose, each of the Four Foundations must be optimally nourished: Physically *Emotionally *Psychologically *Spiritually With a 30 year passion in the natural and preventative health fields, Christine combines her unique training, practical skills, and love for teaching to motivate, train and assist young and old to be all that they can be! Her recently published healthy living cookbook, Optimal YOU, was born out of a deep desire to help others find practical help and physical healing, and it continues to sell well in various retail locations and online. Check out her Optimal YOU appearances on Rogers Daytime and CTV.


Emma Norris, born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, is one of the assistant managers for the New Hamburg Thrift Centre. She first connected with the work of the M.C.C. back in 2002 when she participated in the International Visitor Exchange Program (IVEP) and did her one-year service in Waterloo and Toronto. She came back to reside in Kitchener in 2010 and has been working at the Thrift shop since 2012. She has seen the work of the M.C.C. first hand in Colombia and she is passionate about sharing the mission and amazing work that the organization does to bring relief, development, and peace in the name of Christ.


Helen has lived in Wilmot Township for more than 25 years. While enjoying being a stay at home Mom for her 4 children, she focused on regular exercise, fresh air and a diet of natural, wholesome and live food for the entire family. Her passion for holistic health came as a result of her own health issues which drew her to study at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in London, earning her the Registered Holistic Nutritionist R.H.N. designation.

Aside from her holistic health practice, Helen enjoys nurturing her grown family and being available to them when needed. Drawing from her experiences of 50 plus years of life, Helen has care and compassion for every person, no matter where they are at in life. She will also relish the opportunity to nurture you to great health!


Naomi Turner is a current fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo in the Honours English and Business program specializing in Rhetoric, Media, and Communication. She has recently been accepted for her Masters in Literature at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to get into a career in the field of teaching while working on creative writing in some aspect on the side.

Naomi keeps busy with her three year old daughter, Violet, and also volunteers in many facets throughout the community. Naomi is a youth sponsor for Shantz Mennonite Church in Baden, tutors for Kitchener Waterloo Family and Children’s Services and is an Arts Ambassador for the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts.

In her spare time, Naomi enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing, and being active in any way possible, especially horseback riding.