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.

Lynn Lavallee
President

Lynn is an Anishinaabek Qwe registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is currently a professor and strategic lead for Indigenous resurgence at Ryerson University.

Her research has involved Indigenous sport, recreation, physical activity and traditional ceremony. Her research focus has centered on diabetes, health, traditional ceremony and healing.

Brittanee Laverdure
Vice-President

Brittanee is a proud member of Liard First Nation in the Yukon Territory. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Calgary Law Program. In 2013, she was called to the Alberta Law Society and 2016 in the Yukon. Brittanee is an accomplished athlete who has represented Canada in freestyle wrestling. She was a Team Canada Olympic alternate in 2008 and 2012.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won a silver medal in the 55 kg weight class. In 2012, she placed 5th in the world and in 2010 she earned a world university championship. In 2008, Brittanee won a bronze medal at the world championships. 2007 also saw more success for Brittanee as she once again placed 5th in the world.

In 2005, she was also the proud regional winner of the Tom Longboat Award for the Yukon.

Brittanee spent her varsity career as a member of the University of Calgary Dinos. And in 2006, she received the University of Calgary Female Athlete of the Year award.

Jason (JJ) Johnston
Director

Jason or JJ has over 25 years of experience in sport, culture, and recreation. He is an accomplished coach, athlete, and administrator. JJ applies a holistic approach to his leadership, management and learning.

A seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience, JJ has worn many hats in his career. He has been a faculty member and executive within the regional college system. While with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations he was an administrator.

JJ brings valuable sport event planning experience to the Board as well. He has been a member of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Bid Committee. He was also part of the NAIG Council and has also contributed as a Consultant for the games.

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.

Janice Forsyth
Director

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