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. 


Nathan Reiter

Sport Performance Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-469-8855
Nathan comes to the Okanagan with a diverse background in Business and Education. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Nathan has a multi-sport background competing in swimming, soccer, badminton, basketball, cross country running, and athletics. While at university he focused on running where he competed for 5 seasons in CIS Cross Country and Track as a member of the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers.

As a coach, Nathan has experience coaching a variety of athletes ranging in age, distance, and ability. Currently he and his wife coach the UBCO Heat Cross Country program along with the Middle Distance group with the Okanagan Athletics Club. Nathan has completed his NCCP Competition-Development coaching certification and hopes to further expand his coaching experience.

As the Sport Performance Program Coordinator for PacificSport Okanagan, Nathan is responsible for providing core services and programs to carded coaches and athletes within the region. He is also involved in the planning and delivery of programs such as the Okanagan Sport Leadership Conference, Okanagan Athlete Advance, and NCCP Coaching Education.

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.

Cheryl Browne

Sport Events and Grants Coordinator 

Phone: 250-469-8852

Cheryl is responsible for the development and implementation of special events including the Okanagan Sport Leadership Conference and Community Sport Hero Awards Reception. She is also a key contributor for sustaining community grants with Athletic Excellence and KidSport Kelowna.  

After obtaining a Bachelor of Physical Education in Sport Performance at the University of Alberta, Cheryl returned to her hometown of Kelowna to pursue a career in Sport and Recreation. She began personal training work with ahletes, client rehabilitation and assisted the general population achieve their strength, health and fitness goals.

A Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Cheryl continues to provide fitness testing services to BC Paramedic Academy applicants. Since joining the team at PacificSport Okanagan in 2008, Cheryl has enjoyed the many opportunities to share her background and expertise in health, fitness, strength & conditioning with athletes and coaches in the sport community. Now, a mother of two, Cheryl enjoys the new adaptations to her training program by keeping up with the litlte ones and experiencing first-hand the "Active Start" stage of development as part of the Canadian Sport for Life model. 

Board of Directors:


Jay Christensen

Jay played professionally in the CFL from 86-95 starting with the Calgary Stampeders from 86-89. Next were the BC Lions from 90-91. With the Lions he had a 1000+ yards receiving year in 90 and in 91 he received the awards for Most Valuable Canadian, Extra Effort Player of the year and CFLPA Nominee for Man of the Year. He holds the CFL record for most 2 point conversions in a game and the Lion�s team record for most yards passing in a single season (with Doug Flutie, 6619 yards) Jay won a Grey Cup championship with the Edmonton Eskimos in 93. (He was there from 92-94) he finished his CFL career with the Ottawa RoughRiders in 95.

Jay has been a very active and productive member of the Okanagan Mainline Football Society, joining the Board of Directors (which operates the Okanagan Sun) in 1997 and resigning the board in 1999 to become the Offensive Co-ordinator for the next 3 years, followed by 7 seasons as Head Coach. He is currently holds the position of team General Manager.

Jay has been married for 26 years to his wife Cori and has two children, son Tyler and daughter Tia.  He currently works for Valley First Financial Services in Kelowna as an Investment Specialist.

Chad Douglas

Chad Douglas works in the area of sport tourism as Tourism Kelowna�s Sports & Events Sales Manager. Along with PacificSport Okanagan and the City of Kelowna, Tourism Kelowna is a founder of the Sport Kelowna partnership. Sport Kelowna is a community-based partnership committed to sport development. With experience as Program Manager with Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball Society in Edmonton and as a sports reporter with a number of BC newspapers, Chad�s career path continues to wind through the world of sport.
Chad graduated from the University of Alberta in 2006 having achieved a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree specializing in Leisure and Sport Management and Public Management. He gained valuable experience through his studies by working with ClubFit to establish the Fitness Industry Council of Canada. As a parent and volunteer, Chad coaches as part of Kelowna Minor Basketball and Westside Youth Soccer and appreciates the work of organizations such as West Kelowna Minor Hockey and Liquid Lightning Swim Club. He enjoys basketball, football, golf and tennis.

Malindi Elmore

Born and raised in Kelowna BC, Malindi Elmore�s first sporting love was soccer, and she particularly enjoyed the challenge of running as fast and hard as she could. Eventually she decided to join the Kelowna Track and Field Club and began working with coach Mike Van Tighem.  She pursued post-secondary athletics and academics at Stanford University, graduating with a degree in International Relations.  Upon graduation, Malindi decided to follow her dreams of Olympic and World Championships running and re-located to Calgary to re-unite with Coach Mike. While pursuing a Master�s Degree in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Malindi was able to achieve some of her athletic goals by qualifying for the Olympic Games and setting substantial personal bests.

Throughout her Track and Field career, Malindi has represented Canada at the World Cross Country Championships, Olympic Games, World University Games, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.  She has competed in Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and all over Europe and North America. In 2011, Malindi moved back to Kelowna, BC to pursue a career in education and is now teaching French and Social Studies at Aberdeen Preparatory School. In her free time, Malindi enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, Charlie, as well as doing triathlons.

Jim Gabriel

Jim's professional career has spent over 26 years in municipal government with a focus of building a stronger community through sport, recreation and culture. As the Divisional Director for Active Living & Culture with the City of Kelowna, the community is Jim's playing field. Through a delivery model that employs direct provision, facilitation and partnerships, Jim's team enriches community life through promoting active healthy lifestyles, building neighbourhood connections, non-profit sector capacity building, supporting a dynamic event community and enabling cultural vibrancy.

While the boundaries sometimes become grey, outside of his work life, Jim's passion has been his involvement and support for the sport system. As a founding and continued board member of PacificSport Okanagan (1998), Jim values the continued development of a sport delivery system and framework that supports athletes of all levels and abilities while building a healthier community. He has also provided provincial sport leadership as a board member of the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (2000-2010) and as current liaison from the PacificSport Regional Network to Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Jim also sits on the Sport Leadership Committee for ViaSport.

With a passion for coaching, Jim has coached athletes at the grass roots and national level and is an active course facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program. Also, as a father of 4, his volunteer time generally involves coaching or fundraising for local sport organizations.

Blain Ford   

Blain grew up in the interior of BC and moved to Calgary in 2004 to pursue a degree in Sport & Recreation Management. Upon completion of his degree, Blain went on to work for the Career Services and Recreation departments at Mount Royal University, was General Manager of a community recreation centre, and has now relocated to the Okanagan where he is a Recreation Coordinator for the City of Penticton. Blain is also former president of the Mount Royal Sport and Recreation Alumni Chapter where he helped students and alumni network and make connections within the industry. In his spare time, Blain enjoys skiing, golfing, playing hockey and triathlon training.  

Norman Hanson

Norman Hanson moved to Kelowna in 1986 after completing his degree in Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia, where he played volleyball for the Men�s Varsity Team.  He has coached volleyball, basketball and baseball at many different levels and has held the position of President for the Kelowna Volleyball Club, Volleyball BC and the Ogopogo zone of the Canadian Ski Patrol Society.  Currently, he is the Interior Health Professional Practice Leader for Physiotherapy for the Central Okanagan.

Devin Rubadeau  

Bio Coming Soon!

Steve Manuel

Steve was born and raised in Baie Ste-Anne NB.  After many years of playing, coaching and organizing volleyball, Steve moved to Kelowna in 1996 to assume the role of Regional Coach for Volleyball BC.  In 2001, he took the job of part time coach at Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan) in addition to his duties at Volleyball BC.  Since 2009, Steve has been full time at UBC Okanagan and has seen the tremendous growth in the program.  After winning back to back CCAA National Championships with the Heat, the program made the jump to CIS competition in 2011.  
The Heat Volleyball program continues to grow and in just their second season the team finished regular league play with a 15-7 record, good for a third place tie and a hosting opportunity for playoffs.  Steve was awarded the 2012-13 coach of the year award for both the Canada West Conference and the CIS as recognition for his team's amazing achievement.  
Steve and his wife Leanne have a 9 year old son, Sebastien.

Shayne Wright

Shayne Wright has been involved in community recreation for over 20 yrs. He recognized the impact of sports on youth while working as a swimming instructor and grass roots swim coach, thus leading to his interest and career in community recreation. He became involved in PacificSport to help keep local athletes involved in sports within the Okanagan and increase all children�s interest in sport.

Currently, Shayne is the Recreation Programmer for the City of Vernon and volunteers with the Greater Vernon KidSport chapter, by raising funding and awareness to get financially disadvantaged children into sports. During his free time he enjoys participating in all types of sports, but prefers running, biking and competing in Triathlon events throughout the province. 

Lance Macdonald – Revenue Generation Task Force Chair   

Lance Macdonald is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial operating his practice in Kelowna, BC.  He specializes in helping a small number of families strategically manage their financial assets.  He graduated from UBC in 1997 and holds several financial designations.

Lance was heavily involved with Alpine Skiing through the 90’s and has participated in a variety of sports including triathlon, climbing, mountaineering, and various recreational leagues.  Married and father of three, his own children are now pursuing sport actively, with both his daughters having participated in separate BC Games (Badminton and Freestyle Skiing) and the 2016 International Children’s Winter Games in Innsbruck.

Non-profit volunteer work has been a staple through Rotary International for Lance.  His is currently looking forward to hosting their seventh Rotary exchange student in the fall of 2017.  He also sits on the board of directors for his local Rotary Club and the Kelowna International Children’s Games committee.