STAFF

 

Shaunna Taylor

Executive Director 

Phone: 250-469-8854
Email: 
 staylor@pacificsport.com   
 
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. 

 

Megan Pinske

Sport Performance Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-469-8855

Email: mpinske@pacificsport.com 
 

Megan comes with an impressive record as an athlete and coach. Originally from Coquitlam, Megan played for UBC Thunderbirds and Western Washington U and completed her Masters in Coaching at the University of Alberta. She competed for the Women’s National Basketball team for 6 years. A member of the Coaching Association of Canada and CAAWS’ National Team Apprenticeship Program, Megan comes to us after spending the last 3 years as an assistant coach at the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball program, coaching under Olympic Coach, Lisa Thomaidis.

Megan has a passion for holistic athlete, coach and sport program development, as well as for creating safe, welcoming spaces in sport.

Carolyn Gillespie

Sport Development Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-469-8864  
Email: cgillespie@pacificsport.com     

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
Email: cbrowne@pacificsport.com

Cheryl is responsible for the development and implementation of special events including the Okanagan Sport Leadership Conference and Community Sport Hero Awards Reception.

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. A Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Cheryl began personal training work with ahletes, client rehabilitation and assisted the general population achieve their strength, health and fitness goals.

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:

 

Devin Rubadeau - Chair Person

Devin is a Chartered Professional Coach with over 25 years of coaching experience.  A level 4/5 windsurfing and sailing coach and a MLF for a variety of NCCP multi-sport and sailing modules, he has been an active part of sport and coach development in the Okanagan for the past two decades.  He has focused much of his energy on developing elite and pre-elite athletes and coaches and helping sport organizations create sustainable delivery practices.  Devin splits his time between Okanagan College where he teaches as a fulltime business professor, and the Central Okanagan Sailing Association where he is the Sailing Director and Head Coach.  He holds an Honours MBA and he is currently conducting research towards my PhD in business and leadership.  Devin holds a number of coaching related qualifications, and actively contracts his services to viaSport, CABC, CAC, Sail Canada, and other national sport bodies.

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.

Malindi Elmore

Born and raised in Kelowna BC, Malindi'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.

Grace Manders

Grace is an aspiring accountant, pursuing her CPA designation while articling with Crowe MacKay, a local accounting firm. Her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Victoria was earned alongside many extracurricular accomplishments, including being President of UVic’s accounting club and participating in volleyball. Grace has a love of sports, including volleyball, soccer, basketball and kickboxing, and she enjoys working hard towards her career goals while being a member of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Kelowna Chapter. Grace has strong family ties to the Okanagan, growing up on a cherry orchard in Summerland, and she looks forward to using her passion and skills to advance sports and their many benefits in the Valley.  

Shelagh Turner

Shelagh has held leadership roles in the non-profit sector for almost 30 years, holding the position of Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna since 2005.  She earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Economics from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in urban and human geography. She is passionate about organizations and organizational behavior, particularly the interconnections of people and place and the influence of systems. Her approach is typically described as collaborative, practical, strategic and forward thinking.  Shelagh’s focus as an organizational leader has been on articulating a vision, mission and values; creating and supporting a strong and effective Board and staff team; excellence in financial management and accountability in service delivery. Shelagh has a love of sport and the powerful connection between mind and body.  

Norman Hanson

Norman 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.

Michelle Webster

A member of the Namgis First Nation, Michelle was raised in the Okanagan.  Michelle is a graduate from Kansas Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. While in Kansas, Michelle was a catcher for the KWU Coyotes Women’s Softball Team, continuing on as an Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach.  She continues to coach softball, recently coaching Team BC to a gold medal win at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Michelle is in a new role as a Regional Coordinator for Sport and Physical Activity for the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity Recreation Council (iSPARC). She is the Technical Director for Kelowna Minor Fastball as well as a volunteer for the Pulling Together Canoe Society’s Board of Directors and the BC Games Society Board of Directors.  Michelle believes in the power of sport and is passionate about providing new opportunities for young people.

Jock Tyre

Jock makes a return to the PacificSport Board of Directors, having been an active Board member in various capacities through to 2012. Jock works as the General Manager of the Kelowna Curling Club, where he has held that leadership role since 1992. A multiple Curl BC Coaching award winner, Jock been a high performance team leader in curling in multiple international events, and he continues to coach, currently supporting a Team Germany rink vying for a 2018 Olympic berth. Jock brings his background in sport and athlete development, sport performance services, and business operations, and is passionate about sport development and the role of sport in building community.

Wendy Wheeler

Wendy has been a professor in Human Kinetics at Okanagan College since January 2007.   Wendy was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1996 to begin her career teaching at the post-secondary level.  Wendy enjoys connecting her work experiences as a kinesiologist and a volleyball coach with academic theory in the classroom.  She is a lifelong learner and is currently studying the relationships between physical activity and community/mental health; physical literacy in children and long-term athlete development.  An educator at heart, she has been developing HKIN curriculum to engage college students via multimodal communication, service learning and authentic assessment. After spending more than 20 years as a competitive athlete (track & field, basketball and volleyball), her active lifestyle now includes yoga, fitness training, golf, skiing and outdoor recreation with her family.