Founded in 1976, SportAbility is a registered charity (1982) which provides physical activity programs for individuals with a disability across British Columbia, Canada.
History and Background
SportAbility offers programs in four sports including Sledge Hockey, Boccia, Power Soccer, and CP/Para Soccer at both recreational and competitive levels.
SportAbility is a non-profit, volunteer-driven association whose goal is to create a fun and safe social environment for athletes with a disability, who are either being introduced to an activity for the first time, or competing at an international level.
A collaborative and inclusive sport community that fosters lifelong participation.
SportAbility promotes participation in sport for people in British Columbia with physical disabilities.
Collaboration – we work with others to develop and grow
Inclusion – we learn and adapt to serve people’s intersectional identities and diverse needs
Community – we promote health and wellbeing through a safe and welcoming environment
Integrity – we operate ethically with intentionality and transparency
Excellence – We strive to excel, in participation, competition and as an organization.
Donna has been involved in sport for her whole life — first as an athlete (ice hockey, soccer, softball, field hockey) and then as a volunteer, employee, coach, and researcher. She is passionate about developing sport opportunities for individuals and groups who face barriers to access.
Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Kinesiology with a focus on women in hockey leadership. She has worked and volunteered in the sport sector in various capacities for the past 10 years (PSO, NSO, LSO and community organizations), including at Field Hockey BC, viaSport, and as a researcher at a prosthetics clinic, focused on community participation for individuals with limb differences.
When she’s not working, Donna enjoys playing hockey, travelling, and exploring in the mountains. She is excited to use her sport sector experience and research background to build capacity and develop innovative sport opportunities for current and future SportAbility members!
Sport Development Coordinator
Justine graduated from Queen’s University with a B.ScH specializing in Kinesiology and a certificate in Disability in Physical Activity. She is originally from Toronto, ON and has just recently relocated to Vancouver.
Justine enjoys spending time outdoors in the mountains, both skiing and hiking, doing landscape photography, and exploring her new city! With a background primarily in Support Work and Rehabilitation throughout Ontario, she’s enthusiastic about merging her previous experiences with her passion for sports at SportAbility.
Steph joined the SportAbility team as a summer intern in May 2015, and has since stayed with the organization as Communications Coordinator. Her work with SportAbility allows her to combine her widespread background and interests in sport and digital media. Steph holds a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology and a Master’s of Digital Media.
Jade Werger [on Maternity Leave]
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 UBC, where her thesis focused on hockey official penalty decision making.
Board of Directors
Judi Cameron – President
Carol Martin – Vice President
Jane Blaine – Treasurer
Aidan Battley – Secretary
Terrie Moore – Director
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