STAFF

 

Shaunna Taylor

Executive Director 

Phone: 250-469-8854
Email: 
 staylor@pacificsport.com  
 
Shaunna brings 20+ 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 PhD and MA in (Human Kinetics) Health Sciences and is a Certified Counsellor and Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA). She is also an advocate and practitioner with the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport.

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, including support to Team Canada for 6 Major Games (Olympic and 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
Email:  jlawther@pacificsport.com

Jackie is responsible for running our Athlete and Coach Services program as well as taking on a vital role at our Canadian Sport School as the Sport School Director.

Jackie has been active in the sport community from a young age, starting with gymnastics, moving into soccer and participating in everything from track and field, volleyball, basketball, hockey and badminton. Jackie’s competitive spirit earned her a scholarship to play CIS women’s soccer at Bishops University in Quebec before moving back to her hometown in Ontario where she continued to play OCAA women’s soccer for Niagara College while completing her Sport Management Diploma.

After moving to beautiful British Columbia, Jackie worked in the sales and marketing department at Big White Ski Resort, where she was able to observe first-hand the impact sport has on Okanagan communities. Jackie is now excited to be working directly with athletes and coaches at all levels to ensure they are provided with the proper tools to reach their full potential.

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.

Matt Shay 

Marketing and Communications Lead

Phone: 250-469-8504 
Email:  mshay@pacificsport.com

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 educational 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!

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 full-time 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 his 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 (which operates the Okanagan Sun), joining the Board of Directors in 1997. He resigned from the Board in 1999 to become the Offensive Co-ordinator for the next 3 years, followed by 7 seasons as Head Coach. Jay 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. 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 has 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, as well as 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.