Board of Directors

The current 8-member Board of Directors brings decades of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal sport, physical activity, and recreation priorities and issues in urban, rural, and on-reserve contexts across the country, as well as extensive experience in Indigenous research and policy development and evaluation at the local, regional, and national levels.


President
Vacant

Janice Forsyth
Vice-President

Janice Forsyth, member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation, is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Western University, where she is also the Director of Indigenous Studies. As the former Director of the world-renown International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western, she is well informed about the mainstream sport system, from the community level to the highest levels of world organizing. She has extensive volunteer experience in the non-profit sport and physical education sector in Canada. You can read more about her work here: https://janiceforsyth.ca

Rob Newman
Director

Rob is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Rob learned the importance of sport and volunteerism.

His focus on volunteerism started early as a board member for Saskatoon Youth Soccer. This then continued as he assumed a role as a board member and then President of Saskatchewan Soccer. From here, he then served on the board of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) for 9 years. With CSA, he was the vice president responsible for governance, which led to the changes that are still in place today.

He is currently the CEO of Sport BC. In addition, Rob also sits on the national boards of KidSport Canada and The National Sport Trust Fund.

He believes that sport can help build happier and healthier communities. While at the same time, provide important life lessons to children and youth.

Tara Wardle
Director

Tara has been involved in sport and recreation her entire life. Whether it has been as a coach, mentor, athlete, organizer or parent, Tara has been there. She has witnessed the positive impact sport can have on Indigenous youth in urban centres and isolated rural communities.

She has worked with Indigenous organizations to promote healthy living and to provide support for events. In 2017, she was the Chef De Mission for Team Yukon. In 2019, she was the Chair of Culture and Ceremonies for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. She is slated to be the Vice President Culture, Protocol and First Nations Engagement for the Arctic Winter Games in 2020.

Cheryl McCallum
Director

Cheryl devotes her time to inclusive initiatives, which focus on children and youth development. She is currently an active volunteer board member for a number of organizations. These include the Aboriginal Sport Circle, KidSport Canada, and Orchestra's Canada.

Dale Tamara Plett
Director

Dale is a proud member of the Fish Clan from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. She is happily married, raising three children with her husband on Williams Treaty Territory, Ontario.

Dale loves sport and the power it has to transform lives. She is passionate about seeing more meaningful implementation of the TRC Calls to Action within sport and ensuring safe care and access to sport for Indigenous children within the foster care systems within Canada.

Dale was elected as the first female President of the North American Indigenous Games Council in October 2018, and like many, learned the complexities of navigating the rough waters of a global pandemic during a Games year.

Brendon Smithson
Director

Bio coming soon.

Edward (Sonny) Albert
Director

Edward Albert, also known as Sonny, is a proud member of Norway House Cree Nation located in northern Manitoba, Treaty 5 territory.

Sonny's passion for sports and recreation developed at a young age as he watched his father provide recreational opportunities in his remote northern community.

This led Sonny to pursue an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management which he attained from the University of Manitoba and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Sport and Recreation from the University of Alberta.

His experience includes providing recreation management at the grassroots level and at the provincial level.

Sonny's enthusiasm and leadership have led his drive to increase the holistic perspective and bring Indigenous ways of life to modern sport and recreation. He seeks to create complete communities through holistic models and practices.