Shaunna Taylor

Executive Director 

Phone: 250-469-8854
Shaunna brings close to 18 years of experience working as a coach, researcher, educator, and athlete health services provider in Canada's amateur sport system, including 5 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 a Certified Counsellor and Co-Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

Shaunna is excited to contribute to athlete and coach development in her home town (Kelowna) and surrounding regions. She returned to Kelowna after two decades living in Ontario, where she had been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the national level for over 18+ years, including support to Team Canada for 6 Major Games (Olympic/Paralympic) cycles.

From an early age, Shaunna was drawn to sports like gymnastics, track & field, field hockey, basketball and soccer. Her parents supported her wide variety of sports, following the "Sport for Life" model, culminating in international competition & seeing the world as an athlete. She has dedicated her life to building a healthy sport system in Canada, working with Canadian athletes and international colleagues in Olympic/Paralympic Games since 1998. 


Jackie Lawther

Sport Performance Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-469-8855

Bio coming soon...


Carolyn Gillespie

Sport Development Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-469-8864  

Carolyn joins the PacificSport team coming from an extensive background in coaching and education. A teacher and administrator in School District #23 (Central Okanagan) since 1993, Carolyn has had many opportunities to connect with coaches, athletes and parents across many sports. She is a Master Learning Facilitator (LF) for Field Hockey Canada, as well as an NCCP LF for FMS and Introduction to Competition courses. Obtaining her BPE from the University of Alberta in Athletic Training and Conditioning before completing her PDPP in Education at UVIC has supported Carolyn's passion for sport and promoting a healthy active lifestyle. 

Carolyn is passionate about physical literacy and sport education. She is responsible for programming coach education courses, sport discovery camps and networking with educators and local sport organizations to provide greater understanding of the Canadian Sport for Life Model and how it impacts programming across all age levels. Carolyn looks forward to making connections with multiple sports organizations  and community groups throughout the Okanagan Valley.


Matt Shay 

Marketing and Communications Lead

Phone: 250-469-8504

Matt is responsible for planning and implementing marketing initiatives and content creation, as well as acting as an ambassador and communications liaison for PacificSport Okanagan.

Matt grew up in Nova Scotia, and comes from a sports family. He started skating in hockey gear at age 2, and has continued a love and passion for the game to this day. Matt also participated in basketball, tennis, track and field, golf, table tennis, and competed in baseball/softball, soccer, and of course hockey.

With an edutcational background in marketing, and applied experience developing brands, as well as a passion for youth sports and sport development, Matt looks forward to helping PacificSport Okanagan continue its mission to lead athlete, coach, and community sport services in the Okanagan!