Teachers

Certified instructors of the Transcendental Meditation program for Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island:

Helen Foster-Grimmett has been practising the Transcendental 
Helen Foster-Grimmett
Certified TM Teacher
Director - Victoria TM Centre
Meditation technique since 1970, and became a teacher of the TM program in 1972. She holds a BSc.Ed. in English Education and is a member of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. Helen has taught High School English in the BC public school system, and has worked at the local, national, and international offices of the Transcendental Meditation program. In addition to leading TM Teacher Training Courses, Helen has traveled the world participating in a peace-creating task force for the reduction of crime and violence. Helen is the National Director of the Foundation for the Development of Consciousness and Director of the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Victoria, B.C. She specializes in the TM Program for women and girls, Consciousness-Based Education(CBE), programs for First Nations' communities, and volunteers in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Victoria School for Ideal Education. A lifelong educator, Helen has a passion for sharing with her students the adage: "Be the change you want to see in the world", and the action step: "Change begins within".

Garry Foster
Certified TM Teacher
Garry Foster is the President of Enlightened Communications, a speakers' bureau with public relations expertise, and the owner of Reno-Men, a residential and commercial renovations company. He holds a B.A. in Humanities. He is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and has taught TM in over 30 cities in 8 countries. Garry believes that there are an infinite number of ways we can all help society, and he chose to help improve the quality of individual life, which is the basic unit of a healthy, peaceful society. He continues his strong interest in peace-creating programs by serving the community as the National Co-Director of "Operation Warrior Wellness - Canada" – an initiative to bring the stress-reducing benefits of TM to military veterans and police with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is an avid photo journalist whose work has been published in Canada, the United States, England, and Australia.
Joe Truscott
Certified TM Teacher


Joe Truscott learned TM in 1970 and  has been meditating regularly since then.  He has been teaching Transcendental Meditation and a range of programs associated with TM as a Certified TM Teacher for 43 years, worked over a 5-year period as TM Centre Director in Vernon, Vancouver and Victoria and currently continues to teach part-time in Victoria.  He has a close association with the Victoria School For Ideal Education, teaching meditation to parents and students and is married to the school's principal, Ginny Lovick. Educated with a B.Sc. Degree in Zoology from UBC, Diploma of Technology in Environmental Health from BCIT and a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, Joe also continues with his professional career, most recently as a Project Director at a Victoria Environmental Consulting Firm (Hemmera).  Joe loves travelling, cycling, hiking, reading classics, listening to music, watching movies with Ginny, and spending time with his family.


Neil Dickie 
Certified TM Teacher

Neil Dickie has been a TM teacher for many years, and has taught over 100 public courses of instruction in the TM technique. He has also led dozens of advanced courses, including the Science of Creative Intelligence. He has extensive experience as a writer and editor, starting as a daily newspaper reporter in New Brunswick, then as a managing editor of a quarterly magazine for six years. Neil continues as a part-time freelance writer/editor [www.neildickie.com]. He holds MBA and MA degrees from Maharishi University of Management, an accredited university in Fairfield, Iowa. He received his BA in English from the University of New Brunswick. For 16 years Neil participated in a program for single men, following a routine of life designed by Maharishi to accelerate the pace of evolution and create an influence of peace in world consciousness. He has a keen interested in fitness, including strength training, swimming, and Yoga. He became a certified finiteness trainer in 2012. Neil has
extensive experience in people-helping professions, including 10 years as a telephone crisis-response/information worker and board member at Chimo Help Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is currently office manager at the Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

Fran Matkin
Certified TM Teacher
Fran Matkin was a high school teacher in Vernon, BC, when her parents telephoned saying, “Come to Victoria. We have found the truth that we have been seeking all our lives.” What they had learned was a simple technique, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, called Transcendental Meditation. Fran subsequently learned TM in 1961. Fran has a BSc in Home Economics, a BC teacher’s certificate, and a Master's degree and taught in BC high schools for six years before moving with her husband and children to Fairfield, Iowan. There she taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for seventeen years at the award-winning Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. In 2012 Fran fulfilled her 50-year dream of becoming a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and was hired to teach TM at the Victoria School for Ideal Education in Victoria. Fran says that she has now come full circle—the Transcendental Meditation technique that inspired her parents so many years ago, she now teaches.