The Team

  • All
  • Board of Directors
  • CEO
  • Coordinators
  • Directors
  • Managers
  • Dr. Mary Bluechardt
    Dr. Mary Bluechardt
    Board Member
  • John Ross
    John Ross
    Board Member
  • Roger Smolnicky
    Roger Smolnicky
    Board Member
  • Jacquelyn Novak
    Jacquelyn Novak
    Board Member
  • Nathan Wong
    Nathan Wong
    Board Member
  • Ram Nayyar
    Ram Nayyar
    Board Member
  • Sylvie Béliveau
    Sylvie Béliveau
    Board Member
  • Wendy Pattenden
    Wendy Pattenden
    Board Member
  • Richard Way
    Richard Way
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Carolyn Trono
    Carolyn Trono
    Director of Quality Sport Development
  • Drew Mitchell
    Drew Mitchell
    Director of Physical Literacy
  • Tom Jones
    Tom Jones
    Director of International and Partnerships
  • Alex Wilson
    Alex Wilson
    Senior Manager of Education and Evaluation
  • Elisa Maruzzo
    Elisa Maruzzo
    Manager of Engagement
  • Emily Rand
    Emily Rand
    Manager of Special Projects
  • Greg Henhawk
    Greg Henhawk
    Manager of Indigenous Projects
  • Jane Fothergill
    Jane Fothergill
    Manager of Finance
  • Jessica Waterman
    Jessica Waterman
    Physical Literacy Content and Delivery Specialist
  • Kabir Hosein
    Kabir Hosein
    Senior Manager of Operations
  • Lea Wiens
    Lea Wiens
    Manager of ISC Project / PL4C Community Mentor
  • Mark Verbeek
    Mark Verbeek
    Manager of Innovation
  • Sarah Blézy
    Sarah Blézy
    Manager of International Projects
  • Tyler Laing
    Tyler Laing
    Manager of Communications and Marketing
  • Annie Lau
    Annie Lau
    Coordinator of Operations
  • Billie Tes
    Billie Tes
    Coordinator of Digital Services
  • Claudine Gilbert
    Claudine Gilbert
    Coordinator of Conferences
  • Francesca Jackman
    Francesca Jackman
    Coordinator of Executive Services
  • Nicola Hestnes
    Nicola Hestnes
    Technician of Layout and Graphics
  • Nick Hastie
    Nick Hastie
    Coordinator of Physical Literacy
  • Renée Lozeau
    Renée Lozeau
    Coordinator of Design
  • Will Johnson
    Will Johnson
    Content creator and storyteller
  • Zoran Stojkovic
    Zoran Stojkovic
    Coordinator of Quality Sport
Dr. Mary Bluechardt
Board Member

Mary is the president and vice president of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mary has an extensive background in applied health research and education, and came to Grenfell from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa. Her last post was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOIT. Mary served as director of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University, and has held positions as national director for coach development at Special Olympics Canada and as a professor at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan in both the faculties of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Education, among other professional activities.

Mary has received numerous awards for her impact on health, physical activity and sports, and was named as one of the most influential women in sports and physical activity in 2008. Mary was a member of the Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development Expert Group for six years, serving as the lead on the inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities in the development of various sports’ Long-Term Athlete Development plans. In addition, she was very influential in the development of the Special Olympics Canada Long-Term Athlete Development framework.

mary@sportforlife.ca

John Ross
Board Member

John Ross is the retired former Owner and Operator of a large national marketing and sales agency in Toronto. He built the Agency over 40 years to annual sales of over $70 million and more than 50 employees across Canada. John has been an Alpine Skiing Race Crew Chief for 18 years, training and supervising a crew of 20 volunteers while working closely with coaches, team managers, parents and other officials. He is also a certified Para-Alpine ski coach on both the Ontario team as well as the “next gen” national development team. He worked as an Alpine Race Crew member for International Alpine events including Sochi Paralympics, Vancouver Winter Olympics, World Cups at Lake Louise, and many more.  In addition to his Board work for S4L and PL4L he is the Vice Chair for the the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS).

John is well known for leading people, building a great team, building relationships, negotiating and achieving results. He has managed, mentored, supported and enthusiastically promoted staff and co-workers in a team environment. He is a strong communicator; confident public speaker and presenter; and accomplished in verbal, written and face-to-face communication.

john@sportforlife.ca

Roger Smolnicky
Board Member

After 35 years in municipal recreation and sports in Alberta, Roger has recently retired but continues to be involved in a consultant role. During his time he assisted in hosting the Alberta games in various capacities.  Most recently, the first-ever Alberta Masters Games were hosted. He was also vice President for Jasper in 1995 for the Canada Winter Games. He also was the project manager on three Premier recreation centers in the province, the largest being the Leduc Recreation Center at 320,000 square feet. As a sports enthusiast, he has participated in a variety of sports such as curling, skiing, luge, basketball and others at the local, provincial and national level. He is also a past president of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and Vice Chair of the Recreation for Life Foundation. Roger truly believes in Sport for Life, and believes that keeping people involved in sport will help them lead healthy lifestyles.

roger@sportforlife.ca

Jacquelyn Novak
Board Member

Jacquelyn is one of our newest additions to the Board of Directors, bringing expertise in strategy, program management and strategic talent. Jacquelyn has straddled the world of high performance sport as an athlete and coach in the sport of softball, while managing a fast-paced career with Deloitte as a management consultant specializing in Public Sector, Sport and Tourism.  Jacquelyn left Deloitte to pursue a Masters Degree in Sport Management from AISTS in the heart of the Olympic Movement - Lausanne, Switzerland.

Focusing on program development, commercial strategy in sport and sport for development (with programs led by the United Nations), Jacquelyn worked in Switzerland for organizations like European Athletics and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). She returned to Canada with Rowing Canada Aviron, focused on coach development and education. 

Jacquelyn presently wears a number of hats in the not-for-profit and sport industries. She works as the Director of Ecosystem Talent & Strategy for VIATEC - the industry association for tech in Victoria. She is a Director with Toa Consulting focused on sport, tourism and not-for-profit industries.  Jacquelyn is a newly-appointed instructor in the Sport Management program at Camosun College focusing on sport technology, innovation and sport marketing.  And on the athlete and coach development side, she acts as a Coach Developer for Softball BC and is a member of the coaching staff for the Czech Women's National Softball team.

Nathan Wong
Board Member

Nathan Wong joins our Board as a financial leader in the not-for-profit sector and former competitive athlete (archery); he specializes in strategic financial management, process improvements, and building effective teams. Nathan worked in high-performance sport for over a decade, most recently as the Director of Finance and Administration at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, before a career shift into social services. He is currently the Senior Director of Finance at PLEA Community Services, where he leads the vision and strategic direction of the agency in the areas of Financial Operations, Budgeting and Reporting, and Information Technology.

Along with his career in not-for-profit, Nathan also held academic roles such as guest lecturing at the University of British Columbia where he helped co-authored the course, “Business of High-Performance Sport in Canada”. He is also a former Facilitator for the CPA Western School of Business, enhancing CPA candidates’ learning experience and their potential for success in the CPA professional education program.

Nathan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University. He also graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in economics.

Ram Nayyar
Board Member

Ram is the founder of Fearlessness Consulting Inc., a company dealing in personal and corporate performance strategies. Clients from all walks of life have worked with Ram's approach to achieve real performance improvements across multiple domains in their lives and businesses. 

Currently, he is the head coach for the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton club with previous experience as  High-Performance Director, National Head Coach, National Para Badminton Head Coach. He has worked in every area possible within his chosen sport, most notably coaching Canada to it’s best ever Olympic Games finish in 2012. 

Ram has traveled to over 90 countries globally and has coached at every major sporting event in the world. Best-selling author of The Sport of Life and a Level 5 Chartered Professional Coach, Ram has received multiple awards in the field of coaching and believes that sport is a metaphor for life.   

ram@sportforlife.ca

Sylvie Béliveau
Board Member

Sylvie Béliveau is an important female figure in soccer at the Canadian and International levels and in the sport world in general. She has coached teams at all levels including the Canadian Senior Women’s National Soccer Team. For several years, Sylvie has given her technical expertise and time to many different sport organizations, including the Quebec Soccer Federation, Canada Soccer, FIFA, CAAWS and others. 

Sylvie’s knowledge of developmental principles especially LTD (Long Term Development), coach development and training, and sport administration, has contributed towards her in-depth knowledge of the Canadian Sport System.

Sylvie has played a significant role as a Board Member of CAAWS. She is also a founding member and presently Vice President of Egale Action, an organization that promotes the participation, retention and advancement of women in sport in the province of Quebec.  Sylvie is now the Senior Advisor, Varsity Program, at McGill University for The Women in Sport Initiative.

Wendy Pattenden
Board Member

Wendy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. The Canadian Sport Institute, in partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Institutes and the British Columbia (BC) network of PacificSport Centres, delivers sport performance programs and services to provide athletes and coaches living in BC with every advantage to win medals for Canada.

Wendy completed her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2004 at Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, culminating in her MBA thesis, “An Integrated Performance System for British Columbia”. In 2005 Wendy was asked to Chair the Integrated Performance Planning Workgroup and authored a final report for 2010 Legacies Now, “Performance Priorities in BC”. This report served as the framework used to launch a new Integrated Performance System (IPS). Wendy authored a follow-up report, “Integrated Performance System Evaluation Report” in 2008. British Columbia has seen steady improvement with performance results at the national and international level since the IPS was put in place in 2005.

Wendy is a former world-ranked professional tennis player (top 100 in the world), 12-time national tennis champion and Female Athlete of the Year (City of Greater Victoria). Wendy was inducted to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Prior to taking on the challenge of starting the Canadian Sport Institute in 1999, Wendy served double duty as the Director of Athlete Development and Head National Team Coach/Olympic Coach for Tennis Canada, a post she held for 13 years. Wendy is married and has three children, all actively involved in competitive sport.

wendy@sportforlife.ca

Richard Way
Chief Executive Officer

Richard is the CEO of the Sport for Life Society and an architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework. Richard has facilitated the use of Long-Term Athlete Development for over 30 sports in more than 50 countries, and co-authored the book, Long-Term Athlete Development, with Istvan Balyi and Colin Higgs. Richard serves on the faculty of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. A thought leader on physical literacy, Richard is a founding member of the International Physical Literacy Association. Additionally, he was the Director of Sport for Vancouver’s successful 2010 Winter Olympic Games Bid Corporation, a former commission member of the International Luge Federation, and former executive of the Canadian Luge Association. Richard represented Canada in nine Luge World Championships and was an All-Canadian West soccer star for the University of Calgary.

Carolyn Trono
Director of Quality Sport Development

Carolyn is the Director of  Quality Sport Development for the Sport for Life Society. She has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level in the areas of strategic planning, Canadian Sport for Life implementation and coach education. In the past she has worked with Rowing Canada Aviron, Special Olympics Canada, Canadian Bowling Federation, Canadian Broomball Federation, and Tennis Canada in the development of their Long-Term Athlete Development frameworks. Carolyn filled the role of Director of Coach Education for Rowing Canada for 15 years. As a Director for Sport for Life, she works extensively with national and multi-sport organizations as they move toward integration of Long-Term Athlete Development into their culture and programs. Carolyn has collaborated with a number of organizations on their competition review and restructuring.

carolyn@sportforlife.ca

Drew Mitchell
Director of Physical Literacy

Drew is the Director of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society and works as a consultant focused on the development of physical literacy at the community level and promoting the Canadian Sport for Life Movement. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Drew has worked extensively in the sport system as an educator and developer of programs for the past 19 years. He managed Sport Technical and Performance Services for viaSport BC and was the Manager of Science & Medicine programs for SportMedBC where he worked with over 50 different sports at the local, provincial and national level. He is also a past member of the Canadian National Canoeing Team and the former Health & Lifestyle Coordinator at the Downtown Vancouver YMCA. Drew has been involved in sport and fitness for over 40 years as an athlete, coach, administrator, volunteer, developer and manager.

drew@sportforlife.ca

Tom Jones
Director of International and Partnerships

Tom is the Director of International and Partnerships for the Sport for Life Society. A long-time member of the Canadian sport community, Tom has served as the CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada and Athletes CAN in Ottawa, as well as Manager of Sport, Excellence and Wellness at the Richmond Olympic Oval. He spent three years working in the Australian sport system as Executive Director of a state sporting organization (Melbourne) and Operations Manager for the volleyball competition at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A graduate of UBC, Tom holds an MBA from the University of Calgary and is currently Principal of Jones & Associates Sport and Management Consulting in Vancouver. Tom competed internationally for Canada in the sport of volleyball, and was a bronze medalist at the 1979 Pan Am Games, silver medalist at the 1983 World Student Games and semifinalist of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. He spent seven years in Europe as a professional athlete and more recently competed in the World Masters Games, winning gold in Edmonton 2005.

tom@sportforlife.ca

Alex Wilson
Senior Manager of Education and Evaluation

Alex is the Senior Manager of Education and Evaluation for the Sport for Life Society. Alex monitors the progress of projects and builds educational connections for the Sport for Life movement.  She earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  Alex has been involved with a variety of projects supporting and encouraging physical literacy and a healthy lifestyle including Action Schools! BC, BC Wheelchair Sports Association and research projects in both education and health settings.  Alex enjoys being an active part of her community and volunteers regularly with the Take a Hike Foundation and Alpine Club of Canada.  She is an outdoor enthusiast who can frequently be found biking, hiking, paddling, and skiing to maximize her time in nature.

alex@sportforlife.ca

Elisa Maruzzo
Manager of Engagement

As the Engagement Manager for Western Canada & International Partnerships, Elisa manages a portfolio of international projects, Physical Literacy for Communities, sponsorship, fundraisers, and the 60 Minute Kids’ Club program. Growing up playing a wide variety of sports and activities led her to study kinesiology at UBC with a focus on business and exercise science. Having worked with people at every stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, Elisa puts a focus on training leaders to progress people through the various stages using physical literacy as a foundation for being active for life. With strengths coordinating community engagement strategies and delivering workshops for service providers, Elisa puts an emphasis on implementation strategies to embed healthy habits and physical literacy best practices into curriculum, at home, and throughout the community.

elisa@sportforlife.ca

Emily Rand
Manager of Special Projects

Emily is the Manager of Special Projects for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She previously worked at Cancer Care Ontario in the Primary Care Engagement unit, and has also done extensive work as a health promotion researcher in the area of children’s physical activity and nutrition. She is passionate about movement and is excited to increase health knowledge and skill development in a variety of diverse populations through the special projects at Sport for Life. Emily loves to travel and explore the great outdoors, and has always been involved in a wide range of sports and activities, which now include running, biking, snowboarding, volleyball, CrossFit and yoga.

emily@sportforlife.ca

Greg Henhawk
Manager of Indigenous Projects
Jane Fothergill
Manager of Finance

Jane is the Manager of Finance for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Thompson Rivers University and brings over 15 years’ experience in accounting, financial reporting, and treasury management in both the private and charitable sectors. Her background also includes website management and professional dance training. In her spare time, she enjoys Flamenco dancing and practicing yoga.

jane@sportforlife.ca

Jessica Waterman
Physical Literacy Content and Delivery Specialist

Jessica Waterman is the Physical Literacy Content and Delivery Specialist for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a BPE, a B.Ed, and an MA in Physical Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Jessica taught physical education for nine years to students from kindergarten to grade 12, and has coached a wide range of activities. Recently, she worked as a physical literacy leader with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence where a large part of her role was mentoring PE teachers. Jessica’s active lifestyle includes running and hiking along with a variety of recreational sports like hockey, basketball, football, and dragon boating.

jessica@sportforlife.ca

Kabir Hosein
Senior Manager of Operations

Kabir Hosein is the Senior Manager of Operations at Sport for Life Society. He is a sport administration specialist with over a decade of experience. Hailing from the tropical twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, he was previously employed as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Athletics Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He was also team lead for the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) initiative, where he worked to develop long term athlete development frameworks and introduce physical literacy initiatives. Added to his academic credentials in business and sports administration, he brings experience in the financial services sector of the Caribbean with a specialization in project management, project development and strategic planning. He is a former Trinidad and Tobago National Junior athlete and enjoys spending quality time with his family, volunteering as a coach and traveling to new places.

Lea Wiens
Manager of ISC Project / PL4C Community Mentor

Lea works with community leaders across multiple sectors, developing knowledge and capacity to deliver physical literacy and quality sport enriched programs and services. After establishing one of the first Sport for Life Community projects in her home town of Cochrane, AB, Lea went on to lead the RBC Learn to Play Community Mentorship on behalf of the Sport for Life Society. Currently, Lea is the project manager supporting physical literacy and quality sport in Indigenous schools and communities as well as working as a Mentor for the Physical Literacy for Communities – BC project

lea@sportforlife.ca

Mark Verbeek
Manager of Innovation

Mark is passionate and proactive about the enhancement of physical literacy in health, education, recreation and sport. His experiences include 20 years as an educator and consultant in Physical Education and Health, curriculum writer, university strength and conditioning coach, and various university and volunteer coaching positions.  His athletic pursuits included five years as a professional athlete in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Edmonton Eskimos and more recently amateur endurance athlete.   His love of physical education and sport has solidified his belief that physical literacy is the vehicle that leads to lifelong movement and optimal health.

His largest physical literacy project thus far has been the collaboration of multiple sectors and the successful launch of the Hamilton Physical Literacy Summit, currently going into its sixth year as the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit involving over 2000 participants.  He is currently the K-8 Physical Education Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Director at Hillfield Strathallan College and Sport for Life’s Manager of Innovation.  He looks forward to continuing his work on the ground with students and applying those learnings at physical literacy conferences, workshops across the sectors and solidifying physical literacy as the backbone of an active and healthy Canada!

Mark is an innovative and lifelong learner who has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Honours Specialist in Health and Physical Education from Queen’s University, as well as a Specialist in Special Education from Queen’s University.  He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Fitness Instructor for National Exercise and Sport Trainers Association.

mark@sportforlife.ca

Sarah Blézy
Manager of International Projects

Sarah is the Manager of International Projects for the Sport for Life Society and an Associate Mentor for the Physical Literacy for Communities BC project. She holds a Masters Degree from Brussels School of International Studies in theories of development, analysis and collaboration and a certificate in Project Management from the Inter-American Development Bank. Sarah is interested in health and well-being, particularly in creating healthy and sustainable communities. She has worked with many community development organizations and social impact businesses throughout Latin America, Canada, and Switzerland helping them to achieve their goals by implementing project and organizational planning and management processes. Sarah is also an outdoor enthusiast and can regularly be found climbing, hiking, cross country skiing and snowboarding.

sarah@sportforlife.ca

Tyler Laing
Manager of Communications and Marketing

Tyler is the Manager of Communications and Marketing for the Sport for Life Society. He is interested in all aspects of sport, and wants to see more children with the opportunity to develop physical literacy through multi-sport and multi-activity involvement. A graduate of the University of Victoria’s Writing Program, Tyler manages Sport for Life’s social media, communications, and web content. He is eager to share stories that outline successful implementation of Long-Term Athlete Development, or that showcase physical literacy integration throughout communities and programs from across the sport, recreation, health and education sectors.

tyler@sportforlife.ca

Annie Lau
Coordinator of Operations

Annie Lau is the Coordinator of Operations for the Sport for Life Society. Annie manages resources and orders, merchandising and promotion, contact databases, and external requests, as well as other business operations. She also takes up roles outside her specialty including communications, website and graphic designing, and IT support. Annie graduated from George Brown College in Toronto with a diploma of Business Administration with Co-op, and completed courses in the Fitness & Lifestyle Management Program. While at school, she played Varsity Women’s Volleyball for four years and then managed the Varsity Men’s team in her final year. Annie competed for Deaf Team Canada at the 2012 Pan American Games for the Deaf in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. She competed in the 2016 Deaf Pan American Games Qualifier and World Deaf Volleyball Championships, both in Washington DC. Annie also looks forward to working and developing at a growing company.

annie@sportforlife.ca

Billie Tes
Coordinator of Digital Services

Billie Tes is the Coordinator of Digital Services for the Sport for Life Society. Billie oversees the creation, implementation, and progression of our digital services as well as manages all inbound and outbound client relationships that pertain to them. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Intercultural Education and Training. Billie was a Student-Athlete in Athletics, some of her accomplishments are running for Canada in the 4x100m Junior Pan American games and at the Harry Jerome Classic. Her passion for Athletics translated into her passion for coaching, facilitating and instructing. Billie is a certified Personal Training Specialist with the Canadian Fitness Professionals and also works in various communities as a Physical Literacy leader through PISE. Billie has also worked in financial services where she primarily was an account portfolio coordinator for small businesses, not-for-profits and commercial clients in the Greater Victoria area for five years, specifically in digital channels, business development, marketing, and administration at Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union. Billie volunteers with the Victoria Sexual Assault Center as a Support Worker and has a personal passion for supporting marginalized communities to reach their full potential. She can be found hiking, exercising in local parks or rec centers, reading, building community and spending time with her loved ones.

Claudine Gilbert
Coordinator of Conferences

Claudine Gilbert is the Coordinator of Conferences for the Sport for Life Society. She has completed her Bachelor of Sexology with a Minor in Sports at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She completed a sport management program at the Columbia University of New York. Prior to joining Sport for Life team, she worked as the team manager of the International UCI men’s team Silber Pro Cycling and as Webmaster and Social Media Manager at Argon 18 Bikes. She also volunteered for 12 years at the Tour de Beauce, an international cycling race in her hometown. As an avid volunteer, Claudine is leading the SHE Cycling Program, which celebrates the achievements and triumphs of Canadian female cycling athletes, both on and off the bike, and fights to lower the many barriers facing women and girls in sport. She is passionate in extreme cycling sports and she is a downhill/cross-country mountain biker, but BMX is her passion.

claudine@sportforlife.ca

Francesca Jackman
Coordinator of Executive Services

As the Coordinator of Executive Services at Sport for Life Society, Francesca provides communication and coordination support to the CEO and Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, having double majored in Journalism and French, and completed her Master’s degree in French Language and Culture at the University of Victoria in the fall of 2019. Prior to joining Sport for Life, Francesca has served as a Communications Assistant to a federal Member of Parliament, an External Communications Coordinator at the Ministry of Education, and as the Book Marketing Program Manager at Tellwell - an assisted self-publishing company. Francesca also volunteered at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a Press Tribune Team Member in the indoor track cycling Velodrome. An avid long-distance runner, Francesca is passionate about using her administrative and bilingual communications skills to serve Canada’s sport community. 

Nicola Hestnes
Technician of Layout and Graphics

Nicola is the Layout and Graphics Technician at Sport for Life Society. She has a diploma in Graphic Media Design from Pacific Design Academy in Victoria B.C. and graduated in 2016. Nicola is responsible for graphic design and video production.

Outside of work, Nicola enjoys hiking, exercising at the gym, trampolines, rock climbing and playing music on the guitar and mandolin.

nicola@sportforlife.ca

Nick Hastie
Coordinator of Physical Literacy

Nick is the Coordinator of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society. As an accomplished endurance athlete in triathlon, Nick has adopted a passion for all things activity related and strives to instill this appreciation in others. With vast involvement in event coordination and activity programing, Nick brings a comprehensive approach to elevate both the organizer and participant experience. In his time away from Sport for Life, Nick commits his vitality to cooking, cocktailing, triathlon training and his newfound amusements of springboard / platform diving and rowing alike.

nick@sportforlife.ca

Renée Lozeau
Coordinator of Design

As the Design Coordinator at Sport for Life Society, Renée is responsible for branding, layout, graphic design, and coordination of our numerous resources, documents and promotional materials. 

In 2002, she earned a diploma in Digital Art and Design in the two-year intensive program offered by Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Then prior to joining the Sport for Life team in 2019, Renée gained a wealth of graphic design experience which included 17 years of print design, 11 years of web design, 10 years of publication and advertising design/layout, and seven years of sign/decal/logo design. She has developed complete branding strategies including corporate materials, websites, signage, publication design, advertising, point of sale and other promotional materials for clients in a broad range of industries.

Will Johnson
Content creator and storyteller

Will Johnson is a content creator and storyteller for the Sport for Life Society. His passion for physical literacy began with his years as a competitive swimmer, and continued into his career as a swimming instructor and whitewater rafting guide. With both a bachelor's and a master's degree in creative writing, from UVic and UBC, Will worked in book publishing and journalism before joining the team. He aims to engage Canadians of all ages with enticing content that will help them learn the benefits of embracing an active lifestyle.

Zoran Stojkovic
Coordinator of Quality Sport

Zoran Stojkovic is the Coordinator of Quality Sport at the Sport for Life Society. His primary role is to establish effective and efficient processes that enable service to the sport community. Zoran has an MSc degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology, is a Mental Performance Consultant certified by the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, and a high-performance tennis coach. His love for coaching and human performance development led him to study how elite performers prepare for competition. He created Kizo Performance, a service that conditions and trains the minds of athletes while helping them to unlock their peak performance.

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