Board of Directors
|FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||SPORT|
|Erin||Willson||Artistic Swimming (President)|
|Neville||Wright||Bobsleigh / Athletics|
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Notice of Extension: 2022 Annual General Meeting
In accordance with subsection 160(2) of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, notice is hereby given to the membership of AthletesCAN – Athletes’ Association of Canada Corporation #283874-5, to extend the time for calling the Annual Meeting of members for the financial year ending March 31, 2022 from September 30, to November 30, 2022 for the reasons outlined below.
The Board of Directors will continue to monitor the recommended precautions of the federal and provincial governments as the organization proceeds in finalizing the annual general meeting for the Fall of 2022. All meeting formats will be considered in the event that an in-person meeting is not appropriate due to potential continued public health risks of large public gatherings.
The audited financial statements for the year 2021-2022 will be sent to membership within six months of the previous financial year end (March 31, 2022) as contemplated by section 175(1) of the CNCA. Furthermore, detailed financial reports can be made available to the membership upon request.
The secretary of the organization is confident that these measures are sufficient in eliminating any potential source of prejudice to members as it pertains to the provision of audited financial statements in a timely manner.
Erin is a retired artistic swimmer, representing Canada for seven years. While part of Team Canada, her team won gold at the World Trophy in 2009, bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup, and was part of the team that placed fourth at the London 2012 Olympics.
Since retiring from her sport, Erin has focused her attention on academics. She completed a Masters at the University of Toronto, focusing specifically on abuse in sport and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same topic. She is passionate about ensuring athletes have a safe and inclusive environment while pursuing performance excellence.
Robert 'Bo' Hedges
Robert ‘Bo’ Hedges is an active member of the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, first making the team in 2007. Since then, Bo has competed in three Parapan American Games in 2007, 2011 and 2015, winning a bronze and two silver medals; and four Paralympic Games winning gold in London 2012 and silver in Beijing 2008.
He began playing competitively in 1996 and competed for Canada in 1997, winning the first of two gold medals with the Canadian Junior Mens team. Two Canada Winter Games experiences while playing for British Columbia in 1999 and 2003 helped prepare Bo for the next stage of his international career.
Attending the University of Northern British Columbia, Bo completed a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing. In preparation for the London 2012 Games, he moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and began training at the University of Alabama where he received a Masters in Sport Management.
In addition to the AthletesCAN board, he is currently serving as chair on the Board of Directors for the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, where he has been a director since 2007.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, B.C., Allison began her competitive ski career at 5 years of age. Progressing quickly up the ranks and qualifying for the National Team at 17, she then competed exclusively on the World Cup Circuit of Alpine for 11 years. She is an eight-time Canadian Champion, has 5 World Cup podiums, and earned a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2003.
After retiring in 2008 after her second Olympics, and due to injury, Allison worked for lululemon in the field of brand and marketing for 10 years. Her passion for athletics and athlete advocacy has now launched her in to a career of training, coaching, and brand consulting in Toronto, Ont. Most recently Allison has come forward to speak up about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her National Team coach and is committed to being instrumental in seeing change in the realm of athlete safety in sport so all athletes have a safe, healthy sport environment as they strive to achieve their goals.
Hollie Duncan is a two-time U SPORTS (Canadian university) national curling champion and silver medalist at the 2009 FISU World University Games. Her team won the 2018 provincials and represented Ontario at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She continues to compete on the World Curling Tour and is the skip of Team Duncan, a team that represents the Royal Canadian Curling Club in Toronto.
Off the ice, Hollie completed her Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University and her law degree at Western University. She is currently a Decision Writer at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Hollie has volunteered with various charity curling bonspiels, clinics and camps. In addition to the AthletesCAN board, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilfrid Laurier Hall of Fame.
Celina Toth began diving at the age of 12 after retiring from competitive gymnastics. Her transition from one sport to the next occurred in only a handful of days – she quickly found herself at the pool five times a week.
A national team member for the last decade, Toth won her first international medal in 2015, when she finished third in the 10m at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid. She also excelled at many FISU Games, winning four medals at the 2015 Games in Gwangju, South Korea and 2017 Games in Taipei. Celina won her first international competition at the 2019 FINA Rostock Grand Prix in Germany, adding her name to the many diving greats who have won this prestigious event.
Along with pursuing her athletic goals, Toth recently graduated in June of 2019 after nine years of completing an undergraduate degree in psychology. She wishes to pursue a career in child and sport psychology when her athletic career is complete.
As a leader in sport, Celina joined Diving Canada’s Athletes Committee in 2016 and attended her first AthletesCAN Forum which sparked her passion to create a better environment in sport and ensure that future generations of athletes have wonderful experiences in sport. Toth attended FISU’s Volunteer Leaders Academy in the summer of 2018 and was a top ten leader of many participants from across the world. Her dedication to improve sport and inspire athletes reaches all corners of the world and she wishes to continue to push her reach by joining the AthletesCAN Board.
Camille Bérubé is an active Para swimming national team member who competed at the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Some of the best results of her career include a sixth-place finish at the 2019 Allianz World Para Swimming Championships, claiming ninth at the Rio Games, and being a three-time medalist at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto. One of the highlights of her career was to act as Team Captain for the Canadian swimming team at Toronto 2015. She loves to carry her leadership skills with her in and out of the swimming community.
Out of the water, Camille has a B.A. with a specialization in Organizational Communications with a minor in Women and Disability Studies from the University of Ottawa. She has been actively involved with Swimming Canada’s Athlete Advisory Council since 2013 and now acts as Co-chair of the council. Between 2018 and 2019, she worked at the Canadian Paralympic Committee on a project that aimed to enhance women’s participation in sport leadership positions across the Americas region. She also has multiple years of experience in public speaking and has hosted multiple workshops in the field of diversity and inclusion.
As a Board member of AthletesCAN, Camille hopes to bring an intersectional approach to issues in sport. Her perspective and knowledge as a queer woman living with a disability makes her particularly aware and sensitive to the challenges that the disability and LGBTQI2S+ communities may face. Thanks to her knowledge of the communications world, Camille values the importance of the proper use of language as a place to start on a path to reducing the negative effects of various interlocking systems of oppression.
Rob Law has been a part of the Bowls Canada High Performance Program since 2015, joining the senior squad in 2018. During his time with the program, he has competed in two North America Challenges, three U25 World Championships, the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, and the Multi-Nations Championship. He received two bronze medals at the Asia Pacific Championships in the pairs and fours disciplines. Rob was also part of the team winning eight of nine trophies at the 2016 North American Challenge.
Off the green, Rob has completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law.
Rob is passionate about improving the sport of bowls in Canada and was part of the team bringing the first Lawn Summer Nights to Winnipeg for Cystic Fibrosis Canada in 2019. After attending his first AthletesCAN Forum, he felt inspired to empower athletes within the broader Canadian sports community and looks forward to being a part of the collective voice as a board member.
Despite her late start in rowing at the age of 27, Andrea and her team won gold in the women’s Coxed Eight during her Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020 Games. She is also a two-time World Cup medalist and has represented Canada internationally in both sweeping and sculling disciplines.
Drawing on her past experience advocating for athlete interests as a athlete representative and her career in business as a Hotel Manager, Andrea is passionate about moving forward Safe Sport issues and encouraging young women across Canada to get involved in sport. Her joy of rowing is shared with underfunded classrooms across North America as a volunteer with the non-profit organization Classroom Champions. She has also expanded her skills as a corporate speaker, sharing her story of perseverance and determination with companies worldwide.
Bobsleigh / Athletics
Neville Wright joined the Canadian bobsleigh team in 2009 after a successful track and field career where he was a two-time All-Canadian in university. He has competed in two World University Games winning a bronze medal in the 100m, six World Championships and three Olympics. He currently serves as the Chair of AthletesCAN’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee and is part of the Safe Sport Working Group.
Outside of competition, Neville is a speed and power coach, motivational speaker and a manual and rehabilitation therapist.
Neville holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Sport Performance & Nutrition) from the University of Alberta, and a Diploma with Distinction in Remedial Massage therapy.
Natasha Watcham-Roy is a retired Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens athlete. Her passion for rugby was kindled when playing for her high school team in Gatineau, Que. She played at the varsity level for the University of Ottawa for five years, and at the FISU Women’s Sevens Series on three occasions, before making her debut with national team during the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens Series. She has helped Canada remain Top 3 in the event, along with winning gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games and bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Since retiring in 2018, Natasha has worked for lululemon and has completed a Master of Arts in Leadership, which focused on Psychological Safety in High Performance Sport. She is passionate about supporting organizational change within the sport system to ensure all athletes have a safe space and voice throughout their careers. AthleteCAN’s mission, vision and values align with her continued dedication to creating sport a safe space for all athletes.
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Any Workplace Party who believes that they have been subjected to behaviour that violates this Policy may immediately report the matter to the Executive Director of AthletesCAN. If the Workplace Party is not comfortable reporting the matter to the Executive Director, or in the event that the matter concerns the Executive Director, they may report the incident to a member of the Board of Directors. Consistent with the Red Deer Declaration for the Preventing of Harassment, Abuse, and Discrimination in Sport, AthletesCAN is committed to providing members of AthletesCAN, as well as all other Workplace Parties, access to a third party mechanism for reporting incidents of abuse, harassment, discrimination and/or maltreatment. As such, AthletesCAN has identified the following independent third-party that serves as an independent point of contact to which members may report allegations:
Gretchen Kerr, Ph.D.
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