Executive Director –
Ross has been at SportAbility for the last ten years. He came to us as a Douglas College Coaching and General Studies graduate. Ross has already achieved a great deal: he is a two-time Canadian Wheelchair Basketball National Team member, and has been on the Canadian National Soccer Team for four years running.
Sport Development Coordinator –
Jade joined the SportAbility team in February 2017 as the Sport Development Coordinator. She graduated from Castleton University in 2013 with a B.A. in Health Psychology and a minor in Fitness and Sport Science. While attending Castleton, Jade was a member of the Women’s Varsity Hockey Team. Jade holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis focused on hockey official penalty decision making.
Communications Coordinator –
Stephanie joined the SportAbility team as a summer intern in May 2015, and has since stayed with the organization as Communications Coordinator. Her involvement in communications stemmed from a personal interest in social media and graphic design, and she finds the internet itself to be her best source for design inspiration and technical skills training. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, and is currently studying to complete her Master’s of Digital Media at Simon Fraser University.
Coach: Learn: Play Coordinator –
Peggy joined our team in September 2016 as the Coach: Learn: Play Coordinator. Peggy has been playing sledge hockey for over 20 years and currently plays on the Canadian Women’s National Sledge Hockey Team and the BC Provincial Sledge Hockey Team. She has also been involved in facilitating several development sledge hockey programs in both Ontario and Quebec, and will work towards growing new programs in BC. Peggy has recently completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia, where she studied spinal cord injury research.
Boccia Outreach Programmer –
Jasmine joined our team in September 2017 as the Boccia Outreach Programmer. She is currently a student at Douglas College and is working towards completing her undergraduate degree with a major in Social Sciences and a minor in Special Education. Jasmine has a passion for instructing sports programs and has coached athletes in adapted baseball and boccia for the past three years with various organizations in the Lower Mainland. Jasmine is keen to apply her experience as a coach to the development and growth of Boccia.
Debbie has been with SportAbility for the last nine years. She was a Kwantlen Bookkeeping graduate. She was and also still is an employee at BC Wheelchair Sports. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys camping and is a member of the board for her daughter’s Synchronized Ice Skating team for which she also enjoys volunteering. Her aspiration is to get to a point in her life where she can be completely at peace with, and enjoy, the world around her.
Provincial Boccia Coach
Shannon has been developing the sport Boccia for over the last four years, and has been the Provincial Boccia coach for the past two years. Shannon not only has experience in the sport of Boccia, but also as a sport assistant to three-time Paralympic athlete Allison Kabush. Shannon is currently working and training towards becoming a fully certified coach, developing high performance athletes, as well as recruiting new athletes to the sport Boccia.
Board of Directors
Chris Duehrsen – President
Jane Blaine – Treasurer
Judi Cameron – Secretary
Brianna Collis – Director
Val Poirier – Director
Frances Cruise – Director