February 16: Sherry Doiron (Canada Games here?)
And, introducing the Girls Can GroupUpdated Tuesday February 23, 2016 by Kitchener Sports Association.
PHOTO: Angela Woods and Marcia Wright have started "Girls Can Group" and are in the process of expanding it for their upcoming second season. Dinner attendees had lots of questions and suggestions. The group appears possibly require assistance - exactly what and how much are questions they're working on. Full speed ahead! (Feb 16. 2016)
Sherry has over 20 years of professional and amateur sport administration experience in the fields of event management, high-performance sport, community engagement and strategic consultation at municipal, provincial and national levels. A K-W native, she recently served the New Brunswick sport sector as a consultant for the provincial government as well as Chef de Mission for Team NB at the Canada Games. Her previous leadership positions include Director of Community Development with the Ottawa Senators, and Manager of Coach and Athlete Development for Field Hockey Canada.
In addition to being involved in the Canada Games movement, she has also represented Canada in several capacities at multiple international sport events and multisport games, including the 2007 Pan American Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts along with an MBA from the University of New Brunswick.
Sherry provided an update on the status and impact of a possible local bid (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph) for the hosting of the upcoming (2021) Canada Summer Games. Submitting a bid is a "multi-step" process with the preliminary assessments already well underway. Basically, the games will involve 19 sports, 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches, 1,000 VIPs, 6,000+ volunteers and, of considerable interest for the local economy ... 200,000 spectators. Those interested in helping work on the bid should contact Sherry.
In addition to Sherry's presentation and Q&A period, Angela Woods and Marcia Wright introduced themselves and talked about the Girls Can Group that they founded last year. It operates out of the Mill/Courtland Community Centre and targets "at risk" girls by offering them an activity, marathon running, that they can do together at no charge for eight weeks in the spring. They have lots of work ahead of them!
Patti Lehman, who recently purchased Alfran Trophies, explained that they have lots to offer local sports groups & businesses and employ brain-injured workers.
The Waterloo Region Boxing Academy representatives (Rick Cadilha and Tatianna) were on hand to present Children's Wish (Anne Boehm) with a cheque ($1,000) from the proceeds of their annual Christmas Beatings eveny held in December.
All in all, a great night with lots of discussion and a great meal! Join us next time!