Lead Facilitator

Nora Head shotNora Sheffe, ON – Nora is a Certified Professional Facilitator who has run her own consulting firm for over 20 years.  Early in her career, Nora was invited by CAAWS to assist with the development, piloting and delivery of the various CAAWS leadership workshops.  She has enjoyed contributing to the content development, updates and training of trainers in communities across Canada. Nora has also had the privilege of adapting and delivering the workshops in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.


British Columbia

Jennifer Fenton HeadshotJennifer Fenton - Jennifer Fenton has been a consultant in the physical activity and health education field for thirty years. Jennifer is the Past Chair for ProMOTION Plus- the BC Organization for Girls and Women in Physical Activity and Sport, and for the Orienteering Association of BC, and is the current Chair of the Active North Shore Network. She is also a former CAAWS Board member. Jennifer has a BA in Leisure Studies from UVic and a Masters from UBC examining grade four girls’ experiences in physical education in a low-income multicultural city.



Shannon Foster - Shannon’s journey began at the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. She assisted multi-faceted research teams in FASD, addictions, trauma, and women’s health. Since then she has contributed thousands of hours advocating for gender equity with provincial and national sport organizations and leading work on gender participation and retention in soccer. Shannon is a past club president, District Chair and Board of Director with BC Soccer and sat on various committees with Canada Soccer, ProMOTION Plus and viaSport.


Meredith_HeadshotMeredith Gardner - Meredith is a two-time World Aerials Champion in Freestyle Skiing. She worked as a television host and producer for CTV, Sportsnet and Black Diamond Television. She was previously the Director of Sport Development Freestyle Canada (2007-2017). Meredith’s volunteer roles include being President of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Board of Directors and a member of the Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Advisory Council. She is the founder/leader of “Count Me In”.


Rochelle GraysonRochelle Grayson - Rochelle holds an MBA in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago and is a Digital Strategy and Social Media Consultant. She teaches Social Media Bootcamps and Strategy Sessions and presents globally on how to leverage social media to achieve organizational goals. Rochelle has worked with the YWCA, Canadian Women in Communications and Women in Film (Vancouver and Germany). Rochelle has been on Boards with global non-profit organizations, national industry associations, and world-class education institutions.


Gail Hamamoto HeadshotGail Hamamoto - Gail has influenced provincial and national policy and has served on national and international committees and boards. She is the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair sports Association, Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and serves on the board of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation. She has been involved as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer, and administrator. Gail is an active participant in many sports, including ice hockey, skiing and downhill mountain biking.



Niki_HeadshotNiki Remesz - Niki is the founder and owner of Uniquely Inspired Marketing. The recipient of the City of Kamloops’ 2013 Distinguished Service Award, Niki is an avid supporter of arts, culture, and education. Niki served as the President of the 2018 BC Winter Games, is the past Chair of the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Alumni & Friends Association, mentors TRU business students, and currently sits as the Vice Chair of the Kamloops Arts Commission.



IMG_9980Fannie Smith - Fannie is the Athletic & Communications Manager at BC Adaptive Snowsports. She has served as Mission Staff for the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) at the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Summer Games and the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games. She is part of the High Performance and Games Operations Advisory Committee with the CPC and the Sport Leadership Committee with ViaSport. She previously served as chair on the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Board of Directors.


Lucinda Jagger - As a graduate from the University of Victoria (MEd) and the University of Calgary (BPE), for the past 30 years Lucinda has had the opportunity to work at every level in the Canadian sport system in a variety of sport leadership and coaching roles including her current role as Vice President, Sport at the Whistler Sport Legacies. Her most memorable achievement is supporting and driving the 2006 Chinese Olympic Aerial team towards the achievement of China’s first snow sport gold medal and first gold medal achieved by a Chinese man at the Winter Olympic Games.

Bryna Kopelow - Bryna is a member of JW Sports: Health, Physical Activity and Sport Education Consultants. She is responsible for the development and implementation of Action Schools! BC and the Premier’s Sport Awards Program. Bryna is a past Chair of CAAWS and Promotion Plus and a past board member of Sport BC and the BC Recreation and Parks Association. She is a current Board Member of BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, Be the Change Earth Alliance and Motivate Canada, and a member of viaSport’s Girls and Women Advisory Group.

Shaunna Taylor - Shaunna has 20 years of experience working as a coach, researcher, educator, and athlete health services provider in Canada’s amateur sport system, including five years at the Coaching Association of Canada as a coaching consultant. Shaunna has a Ph.D. and M.A. in (Human Kinetics) Health Sciences and is currently the Executive Director for PacificSport Okanagan. She is a Certified Counsellor, Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and an Adjunct professor at UBC’s High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership Program. She sits as the Chair of viaSport BC’s Girls and Women in Sport Advisory Board.

Emmy Blouin

Carolyn Gillespie

Jodi Hawley

Megan Hunder

Ingrid Liepa

Kristina Macdonald

Irene Schell

Joanne Stygall Lotz


1_HEADSHOTDrDinCari Din - Dr. Cari Din holds a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Leadership Behaviour.  She is an Olympic silver medallist, coach, NCCP Master Coach Developer and member of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology.  Cari teaches leadership that enables positive human development – with a specific focus on physical activity.  She is deeply committed to creating environments that enable meaningful learning for participants.  Cari lives in Calgary with her family and appreciates the mountains nearby.


Lea Wiens - Lea Wiens, BsC, BPE, CSEP-CEP, established one of the first Sport for Life Community projects in Cochrane, AB and led the RBC Learn to Play Community Mentorship on behalf of the Sport for Life Society. Lea is a Mentor for the Physical Literacy for Communities – BC project, works closely with the Be Fit for Life Network, EverActive Schools and Alberta Sport Connection/NCCP to advance Physical Literacy and Quality Sport Initiatives, and has been integral to the development of PLAY (Physical Literacy and You) Groups.

Karen Melnyk


HEADSHOTS-Michelle Dezell Game Plan SummitMichelle Dezell - Michelle is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Physical Education. She is the Manager of Athlete Services for the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan and Manager of High Performance for Sask Sport. Michelle has worked as an administrator, official, volunteer and athlete for a variety of sports.




Carla NichollsCarla Nicholls - Carla holds a BSc in nursing, is a three-time Olympic Team Coach/Member and was Head Coach of the World Youth Championships, World Junior Championships and ParaPan Am Games. Previously the Athletics Canada National lead for Olympic Development, Carla is now the Lead of the High-Performance Para Program. She has served as Head coach at University of Regina and as a writer of the New NCCP Manual for Athletics. She was Lead Writer and Project Director for the Qatar Olympic Committee “Qatar Long Term Athlete Development” text books.


Sue Schmidt – Sue is a Learning Facilitator for the NCCP multisport/theory modules and has been appointed a Master Learning Facilitator. She has been a CAAWS facilitator since September 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Adult Education. Sue has served as a volunteer board member on Sask Sport Inc., Swim Sask, Past President of Tennis Saskatchewan, Past President of Masters Swim Canada, and Past President of Masters Swim Saskatchewan. She is presently serving as Vice Chair of Coaches Association of Saskatchewan.


Megan FosterMegan Foster - Megan Foster has been facilitating workshops both locally and nationally for more than 10 years and has participated on many boards. She enjoys the challenge of continually refreshing and renewing educational and professional development workshop content. She graduated from Brandon University with her Bachelor of Arts and will be completing her Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University in December 2018. She is currently living and loving life in Brandon MB!



10.26.15-RogersTalksWinnipeg-sscatliff@mymts.net3941Shawnee Scatliff - Shawnee is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a Sport Consultant with over 30 years experience in Canada Games, Drugs in Sport, Women in Sport and Sports Event Planning. She works with SS Consulting, which offers consulting services and seminars. Seminars include the Women in Leadership series from CAAWS and Drug Education and Performance Enhancement with topics covered including drug testing, nutrition and nutraceuticals, sleep patterns, and effects of alcohol and other recreational drugs on performance.



Dina Head Shot 2015Dina Bell-Laroche - Dina is an Integral Master Coach with Integral Coaching Canada TM and is certified with the International Coach Federation. She has been working in sport for over 25 years as an executive director, communications specialist, and sport consultant. She is co-owner of the Sport Law & Strategy Group. Dina has participated in international events, including 5 Olympic Games and 3 Pan-American Games. Dina volunteers with SchoolBOX, the West Ottawa Soccer Club, the Bridlewood Community Association, and Tracy’s Hope Legacy Fund.


Sheilagh CroxonSheilagh Croxon - Sheilagh is a past board member of Synchro Canada, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and the High Performance Advisory Committee for Commonwealth Games Canada, a consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program (2004-2012), Past Chair of the Coaches Association of Ontario and a Canadian member of the FINA Coaches Commission. As a chartered professional Synchronized Swimming coach, Sheilagh has dozens of podium successes and coaching awards. She mentors other coaches through leadership workshops and clinics.


Sue_HeadshotSue Holloway - Sue was a double threat Olympic athlete, competing in both cross-country skiing and kayaking.  She was the first woman in the world to accomplish this feat in 1976. She is a silver and bronze Olympic kayak medalist. For 17 years Sue worked for the Canadian Olympic Committee creating the athlete services portfolio. More recently she has moved into motivational speaking and event planning. She continues to take on sport leadership roles with the International Dragon Boat Federation as well as important national sports initiatives.


Patricia Howes - Patricia is one of two female Maître d’armes (Fencing Masters) in Canada. She is Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Teams and Fencing Program Coordinator for the Royal Military College of Canada, Head Coach for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) CISM program, past coach for the Canadian National Team High Performance Program. She coached at five Canada Games as well as international events. She is Chair of the Coaching Development Committee and a Fencing Learning Facilitator for the Ontario Fencing Association (OFA).

Isabelle Cayer

Shelley Coolidge

Wendy Dobbin

Kathy Hare

Marg McGregor

Anna Mees

Sydney Millar

Jasmine Northcott

Patsy Pyke

Annette Wildgoose


Guylaine Demers_FSEGuylaine Demers - Guylaine is a professor at Laval University. She takes particular interest in issues of women in sport and LGBT-phobia in sport. She is the Chair of Egale Action. Guylaine made the CAAWS list of Most Influential Women in 2007, 2010, and 2015. She organized Conversation 2015, an event dedicated to fostering solutions to bettering the experiences of women in the Canadian sport system. She is organizing another Conversation in June 2020.


Aline LafreniereAline Lafrenière - Trilingual (English, French, Spanish) media, public relations and communication specialist with extensive experience successfully managing a diverse range of communication projects in private sector and Government. This includes working at the Rio Olympic Games for CBC / Radio-Canada as Head of Athlete Coordination services, as well as at Canada Olympic House during the Sochi and London Olympic Games, and working as a press Attaché with Team Canada at Vancouver and Beijing Olympic Games.

Sylvie Béliveau

Andrea J. Woodburn

Stéphanie Simard

Nova Scotia

Gabrielle Gallagher_HeadshotGabrielle Gallagher - Gabrielle is a Recreation Consultant with the Nova Scotia Government, and past Project Manager of a provincial non-profit, the Women Active Nova Scotia Association (WANSA).  She has spent the past 12 years in municipal government working within the realm of Active Living and Health Promotion in Nova Scotia.  Gabrielle has a background in strategy development and implementation, innovative collaborative projects, and supporting practitioners and networks.



Donna-White_HeadshotDonna White - Donna holds a BACS, Dip. SIM, M.Ad.Ed., MBA and CPHR. She is a NCCP Learning Facilitator, High Five Instructor and St. John’s Ambulance Instructor. Her passions include Inclusive Sport for All, Special Olympics and Sport Injury Management. She is currently the Academic Chair, School of Health & Human Services at the Marconi Campus of Nova Scotia Community College.

Natalie d’Entremont

Nora Dickson

Ann Dodge

Rae Gunn

Lori Welsh

Lainie Wintrup

New Brunswick

MeaghanDWies Headshot May 2018Meaghan Donahue Wies - A resident of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Meaghan works as Athlete Services and Game Plan Manager for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating support services for NB’s performance athletes and coaches, as well as planning and implementing performance programming throughout the province. She also manages Game Plan, Canada’s total athlete wellness program, for Atlantic Canada. She has been a facilitator for CAAWS’ Women and Leadership Program since 2014.


manon headshot 2Manon Ouellette - Manon has been the Executive Director of Coach NB since June of 2006. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of Skate Canada New Brunswick. Manon has been involved in the sport of figure skating as an athlete, coach, and volunteer. She has had the opportunity to be part of the Canada Games team’s mission staff in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, along with being an assistant chef at the North American Indigenous Games for 2017. She has been a Coaching Association of Canada Board member since 2013.


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Prince Edward Island

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Jill Brewer

Sharon Karn