A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. ~Rudolf Steiner, Austrian Philosopher and Scientist
I am passionately committed to being engaged in communities and giving back. It is through the continuous giving and support of others that any of us advances in life. None of us has gotten to where we are today without the help of another. I believe there is excellence that awaits each and every one of us, and sometimes the help of another is needed to put us on that path. Physical activity and sports, health and education are powerful tenants in advancing communities, and are areas I enjoy supporting. Some of the organizations I am involved in include:
Katerva is a charity that recognizes, awards and accelerates ingenious ideas which enhance the world to have a positive and sustainable planet. As a research member I review and assess the merits of nominees to be considered for this magnanimous award. Katerva Challenge is a new initiative, with a long-term goal of becoming as prestigious as the Nobel Peace Prize, while inspiring others to make the world a better place.
Sports Day in Canadais a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country. Sports Day in Canadais presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport and is guided by a committee of national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.
Canadian Olympic Committee, Athletes’ Commission
The Athletes’ Commission represents the voice of athletes to the Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors and is instrumental in presenting Canadian athletes’ perspectives on policy and program decisions, such as Olympic Team selection, athlete funding and other matters concerning high performance sport in Canada.
The COC Membership is comprised of more than 3,500 members and is constructed to represent the various stakeholder groups representing the Olympic Movement inCanada, including all Olympic athletes and coaches. The Membership is to act as a body of knowledge in the strategic consultation process of the COC and as a resource to the COC Session/Board and Management.
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, Athlete Advisory Council, Athlete Advisory Council Member
The TO2015 Athlete Advisory Council supports and represents the views and interests of world-class athletes to help ensure best performances at the Toronto 2015 Games. Comprised of representation from Olympic, Paralympic, Pan Am and Parapan Am athletes, the Council will also help shape programs to enhance the athlete experience, encourage community engagement and create and intimate and authentic Games experience.
Currently I sit on the Planning Committee as the athlete representative, and from 2007 until 2009 I was the athlete representative for Athletics from 2007 until 2009 and was involved with the Finance Committee, Competition Committee. As athlete representative my objective was to bridge the gap between athletes and the federation; by ensuring the needs of athletes were heard, creating solutions to identified problems and promoting excellence. As athlete representative, I initiated an Athlete Council, supported and endorsed by Athletics Canada.
AthletesCAN is the voice for all Canadian national team athletes who ensure an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.
KidsCAN School Day is an opportunity for school children to meet national team athletes, try a variety of sports and learn about the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. AthletesCAN’s KidsCAN School Day events have enabled over 160 national team athletes including Olympians and Paralympians, to reach over 17,500 with messages of inspiration and determination
One in three families cannot afford the cost of having their kids in sports. Sport offers a multitude of benefits, and I emphatically believe no child should be denied this opportunity. Providing the opportunity to participate in sports we are positively changing the future and culture of Canada! The Canadian Tires Jumpstart program is dedicated to affording the opportunity to participate in sports for all youths. This is truly a remarkable program in place!
Kidsport Ontario, Athlete Ambassador
KidSport™Canadais a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. KidSport Canada believes in the values and benefits of kids playing organized sports and knows that sport will provide them with the opportunity to become physically active, improve their self-esteem and self-confidence, learn life-long skills, improve their academic performance. make new friends and share and celebrate their culture.
Trillium Gift of Life Network was created to help save and enhance lives by maximizing organ and tissue donations for transplantation. Organ donation from one individual can help up to eight others. Tissue donation from one individual can help up to 75 others. And living donation is becoming an increasingly important source of organs for transplant.
UNITED WAY – Embridge CN Tower Stairclimb, Team Leader
Going on my third year, I have managed to create and engage a team of Canadian National Athletes to scale the 1,776 stairs in the Embridge CN Tower Stariclimb for United Way. “Every day, Canada’s United Ways – Centraides (UW-Cs) work locally to change living conditions for the better. The issues they face may vary, but the values and purpose that drive them are the same: to strengthen their communities and improve quality of life for Canadians.“
As an Olympian participating in the Adopt an Athlete program, I’ve engaged classes in getting active, while also raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, through Jump Rope for Heart. Through skipping and fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Jump Rope for Heart teaches children the importance of healthy living and social responsibility.
Provide interactive presentations and teachings to schools inspiring youths to have the courage to achieve what they want to do in life. Topics include positive attitude, setting and achieving goals, understanding & accepting triumph and failure, persistence, taking responsibility for your decisions, overcoming obstacles and positive friends.