LEAF Youth Leader Profiles
Brianne Macpherson, Windsor ON
Brianne is in her second year of my Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. After her bachelor's degree, she plans to pursue a master's degree in dietetics. Brianne has been involved in sport her entire life starting with swimming at the age of four and progressed through a number of sports, golf and volleyball being her favourite. She is currently involved with a non-profit organization that deals with children of low-income families and looking to create more change in her community via community projects.
Jillian Lacasse, Tecumseh ON
Jillian is a 3rd year student at the University of Windsor for Kinesiology. She is a certified Personal Trainer and is involved in her local church and school community. She is an advocate of health and well-being, and has her own blog dedicated to educating others about making healthy choices for their mind, body and souls. She hopes to help create a mentorship program that educates and empowers high school girls to become health ambassadors in their schools and own communities. Her future goals involve research, blogging, educating and inspiring in the field of health and wellness.
Kyla Crocker, Toronto ON
Kyla was born and raised in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. She has a passion for helping others and is described by others as the energizer bunny! She is currently living in Toronto completing her Masters in Professional Kinesiology. Kyla volunteers her time working with a program called S.M.I.L.E., which is for children and youth with disabilities and she works one on one with participants to enhance their fundamental skills. Unsure where life is going to take her post this degree but she hopes to combine her education with her passion for health and working with children in youth. Outside of school she enjoys being outdoors, hiking and going on spontaneous adventures.
Lakota Morris, Muskrat Dam ON
Lakota is a recent graduate from Pelican Falls First Nation High School and taking a year off to work with the youth in her community before starting college either in London, Ontario or Thunder Bay, Ontario. She grew up on a small reserve named Muskrat Dam First Nation where she hunts, fishes, and cuts wood for her family. Her parents and grandparents taught her the traditional ways at a young age. She is the youth worker of Muskrat Dam, Ontario and starting a youth council for the community, and working with the Nellie Fiddler Memorial Health Centre. She has a passion for sports and has been playing from a young age. Her favourite sports are volleyball, basketball, hockey & broomball. She enjoys playing hockey with the younger kids in the community.
Mekwan Tulpin, Six Nations ON
Having participated in three North American Indigenous Games as an athlete, coach and sport manager, Mekwan sought additional leadership opportunities and certifications outside of multiple workplace settings within Indigenous organizations. Currently, she works as the Southeast Regional Coordinator at the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario. Mekwan is a proud Ontarian of Mushkegowuk Cree and Belgian descent as a member of Fort Albany First Nation. She hails mainly from Simcoe of Norfolk County, but currently resides on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She participates both recreationally and competitively in a number of sports including: Lacrosse (Box and Field), Basketball, Fastpitch/Softball, Ball Hockey and more.
Nadine Asmis, Etobicoke ON
Nadine is a Bachelor of Science graduate from McMaster University, and is currently enrolled in Humber College’s Fitness and Health Promotion program. Outside of school, she teaches Latin and ballroom dancing as well as Zumba Fitness Classes. She is passionate about getting people moving and helping them live healthier, happier lifestyles. She is in the process of starting her own fitness training and health coaching business, with the hopes of one day running a healthy living community centre where anyone can learn about fitness, nutrition, civic engagement and mental health.
Sarah Moss, Manotick ON
Sarah is a recent Brock University graduate, majoring in Child and Youth studies. Sport has always been her passion; from a very young age she has been involved in playing and volunteering in the sport world. Through her degree, she plans to encourage young girls to develop positive and healthy traits through sport. She is aspiring to work within the sport world, and further her involvement with children and youth's leadership opportunities. The LEAF project is a very exciting opportunity to being pursuing her goals!
Sarah Weaver, Chatham ON
As a public relations student at St. Clair College, Sarah is passionate about creating change in Chatham-Kent through youth development. She wants to recruit more youth who are as passionate about working to create change in her community as she is. Growing up she was involved in the usual childhood sports like soccer and hockey and wasn’t until 3rd year of high school that she realized how important athletics were. Joining the high school rugby team lit a spark in her that had burnt out after moving across the province. Since this experience, she is passionate about encouraging youth and her peers to get involved with team sports.
Toni Dayno, Pickering ON
Toni is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Science program at the University of Toronto with a background in Neuroscience and Psychology. During her time at University, she has cultivated an insatiable passion in understanding youth mental health. As an avid running enthusiast participating in a variety of recreational races ranging from 5-21.1k in length, Toni has first-hand experienced the profound joy and positive benefits running has had on her own mental health and overall well-being and aims to share these benefits with the greater community. In University, Toni led the running club at the Scarborough campus and played an integral role in a variety of campus initiatives including enacting as VP of Marketing for Women in Science and Engineering. Currently, Toni works for YMCA Durham as an Instructor for their PlayON program which models healthy lifestyle habits in children from grades 1-8. Toni strives to make meaningful impact through socially innovative projects that put recreation and physical activity at its forefront.
Young Women’s Boxing
Partner Organization: MJKO
Zeenat is currently enrolled in Humber College for Sports Management and is a first generation student. She is a first level certified coach for Fundamentals of Boxing. She finds joy from volunteering in communities and being a leader and role model for the little eyes that are always watching. She also takes great pride in being an MJKO Coach, because MJKO has helped her become a better leader, person and a better athlete. Her near future goal is to create recreational programs and promote female fitness. She loves playing sports, particularly volleyball and boxing as well as reading and working with youth. She hopes to become a better leader and promote sports amongst youth and work towards creating recreational programs for a healthy community.
Partner Organization: Orleans Tennis Club
Caroline is a student at the University of Ottawa. Her friends and family always recognize her as the “smiling one”. From a very young age, she developed a passion for sport and decided to pursue a career in this field. She plays 8 sports, but her favourite is basketball. Physical activity has always been very important to her and she strives to encourage a healthy lifestyle to everyone in her surroundings. Her career goal is to make a difference in the lives of various athletes.
Keep on Moving TO @keeponmovingTO
Partner Organization: East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club
Gabriela (Gaby) is a University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (UTSC) student in her final year completing a Bachelors Degree with a Major in Anthropology and a Double Minor in Linguistics and English. She is an advocate for women in sports and an avid athlete with a passion for soccer, running obstacle course races, long distance running, kayaking and fitness in general- sweat and mud are her favorite combination! She has a work-study position with the Department of Athletics and Recreation at UTSC as their Social Media Coordinator, plays on their Women's Tri-Campus Soccer team, holds a position on the Scarborough College Athletics Association, and is VP of the UTSC Women in Sports Committee. When not at school, you can find her on the field, either coaching or playing soccer.
Bruce Mines, ON
Get Girls Going
Partner Organization: Bruce Mines and Plummer Additional Recreation Centre
Lexie is a third year Kinesiology Concurrent Education student at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She lives in Bruce Mines which is a small town outside Sault Ste. Marie. She is the second youngest of five children and is very active in her school and community. She has always played sports growing up and still plays hockey and badminton. She currently coaches high school badminton and elementary school basketball. She has a passion for getting people active and sharing her love of sports. Upon completion of her degree at Lakehead, she hopes to become a high school physical education teacher.
Actively Engaging Females Leaders @AEFemaleLeaders
Partner Organization: Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport
Meaghan is a recent graduate of the University of Windsor, where she studied Psychology & Women’s Studies. During her time at the university, Meaghan was a member of the Track and Field and Cross Country team and a coach for the Junior Olympian Track and Field Program with the Windsor Legion. She aspires to be a teacher and hopes to spread her love for sports, healthy lifestyle, and love for life with the people that surround her and onto the world. Her dreams and goals reach far beyond her immediate grasp, which is why she strives everyday to fulfill them and make myself a better person by trying to make the world a better place for people to live. Meaghan currently works as the Program Manager for GOALS – Girls Organizing and Learning Sport. She also sits on the board LAWS – Leadership Advancement for Women in Sports.
Actively Engaging Females Leaders @AEFemaleLeaders
Partner Organization: Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport
Sara is a graduate student at the University of Windsor, in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, with hopes to continue in academia. Through her research and community involvement, her goal is to help girls and young women get motivated and moving in a healthy, positive way. She is involved with various community organizations including: Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport, Females Using Energy for Life, Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa Association, KidSport, Heart and Stroke, and Windsor-Essex County YMCA. She is driven to accomplish change, big or small, and advocate for those less fortunate.
Stephanie has completed her Bachelors in Health Studies at York University and is currently in her second undergraduate degree pursuing her Bachelors of Education. She has been an active member of the York University Women's Varsity Soccer Team and the Sports Council Committee. She is currently a lifeguard and swim instructor for the City of Toronto, helping child and adults of all ages persevere in becoming the next Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer. Stephanie also volunteers her time as an athlete speaker for FitSpirit, a non-for-profit that looks to get female youth more active.