2 August, 2011

Our Team



Ross MacDonald
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.


Jade Werger
Sport Development Coordinator – jadewerger[at]sportabilitybc.ca

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 is currently completing the last phase of her Master’s in Kinesiology degree at the University of British Columbia, where her thesis focuses on hockey official penalty decision making. 


Stephanie Oey

Stephanie Oey
Communications Coordinator stephanieoey[at]sportabilitybc.ca

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 is currently completing her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology degree at the University of British Columbia.


Peggy Assinck
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 is currently completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, where she studies spinal cord injury research.

Debbie Staff

Debbie Carnaby
Accounting –

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.


Shannon Sydorak
Provincial Boccia Coach –
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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

Craig Langston – Vice President/Risk Management Chair

Jane Blaine – Treasurer

Judi Cameron – Secretary

Frances Cruise – Director at Large

Todd Phillips – Director at Large

Val Poirier – Director at Large