Physical Literacy Coordinator
Qualifications: BSc Honours Sports Development & Coaching, Fundamental Movement Skills Learning Facilitator, CSIA Level 3 Instructor, CSIA Snow Park Qualified, Run Jump Throw Certified, PHCD High Five Certified, Football Association (FA) Level 1 Coach, Rugby Football League (RFL) Level 1 Coach, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Level 1 Coach, Australian Adaptive Snowsports Certification, NCCP Introduction to Competition, NCCP Aboriginal Coaching certified, NCCP Boccia certified.
After graduating from the University of Lincoln in England with a degree in Sports Development and Coaching, Chris decided to learn to ski and travel the world. After gaining his ski instructors qualifications, Chris moved to Canada permanently in 2010, where he took his knowledge of teaching children how to ski to the broader world of sports instruction through working with PISE Summer Camps. Chris has worked his way through the ranks at PISE from leader, to Summer Camp Coordinator and Community Programs Assistant to his current position as Physical Literacy Coordinator.
In his role at PISE, Chris has presented on physical literacy at various conferences and centres across Canada, including the International Physical Literacy Conference (2015 & upcoming in 2017) and National Sport for Life Summit (2016). Chris also shares his knowledge with many organisations and recreation centres around Victoria that work with children and youth with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to develop skills that lead to active lifestyles.
Physical Literacy Programmer
Qualifications: BSc Exercise Science, PHCD High Five Certified, Fundamental Movement Skills Community Leader.
Sarah studied in Montreal at Concordia University where she worked as a Fitness Monitor at PERFORM, Concordia’s research centre. There she gained experience working with a variety of populations and educating people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity to improve health through prevention. Sarah brought her passion for physical activity, sport and health to PISE where she began as a Summer Camp Leader for the Summer of 2013. Once she had completed her degree in Montreal, Sarah moved to Victoria to take on the role of the Physical Literacy Programmer in the Spring of 2014. Sarah is responsible for writing all of the lesson plans for Physical Literacy Programs as well as teaching at various schools and community centres.
Physical Literacy Leaders:
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Emily Medd - Senior Physical Literacy Leader
Qualifications: MSc. Kinesiology, Honours BSc Kinesiology, Standard First Aid, CPR Level C & AED, Certified Exercise Physiologist – CSEP, NCCP Level 2 Theory Coach, Level 1 Technical Gymnastics Coach, High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development Course.
Emily joined the PISE Physical Literacy Team in May 2016 to coordinate the PISE Summer Camps and is continuing on as a Senior PL Leader coordinating the Physical Education Teacher Mentorship Program and leading several programs. She has a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa, and recently finished her Master of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. Emily loves sharing her love of movement and sport; she has 10 years of coaching experience with kids ranging from 2 to 17 years old and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach and fitness instructor for the past 5 years. Emily plays competitive soccer, has been known to do the occasional triathlon, and finds joy in all outdoor adventure activities!
Qualifications: Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership, Diploma in Exercise and Wellness, NCCP Active Start Soccer Coach, Occupational First Aid Level 1, CPR C & AED
Hilary started off working for PISE part-time while attending Camosun College and playing for the Varsity Volleyball Team. She now has a degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership and has moved into a full-time position with the physical literacy team. Hilary enjoys getting kids involved in new activities and trying new things, she finds it to be very rewarding work. In her spare time Hilary enjoys skiing, playing volleyball, and exploring the outdoors.
Qualifications: Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C, NCCP Softball Levels 1&2, NCCP Competition Introduction & Development, NCCP Run Jump Throw
Amy has been with the PISE Physical Literacy Team for 3 years. Amy has always had a passion for sport, which lead her to earn scholarships to play collegiate softball and basketball over a span of 5 years. Amy will begin her 4th year of post-secondary education at Camosun College in September, eagerly working toward a Bachelor in Sport & Fitness Leadership with a specialization in Sport Management. Her goal is to help empower people to improve their lives through the power of sport.
Qualifications: Certified Personal Trainer- CSEP, Standard First Aid and CPR HCP Level C
Britney has completed two years in the Exercise and Wellness program at Camosun. She has been involved in a variety of sports since she was young and continues to enjoy fitness, athletics, and outdoor activities. Britney has an interest in getting people involved in sports/activities, as well as promoting healthy and active lifestyles for all ages.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Psychology, Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C, Non-Violent Crisis Prevention Intervention, the Play Tools Assessment, Inclusive Physical Literacy workshop
Sarah has a degree in Psychology with a focus in Child Development and Disability from the University of Victoria, which she finished in the Spring of 2015. Sarah has been working for the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence for almost two years with many of their adapted programs for children, teens, and adults. She also works for Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc. as a Behaviour Interventionist and Program Assistant providing one-to-one therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities and learning disabilities as well as, family support. As well, she works for the Canucks Autism Network as a support worker. In her spare time Sarah plays in the Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band as their lead tenor drummer and has been playing for 12 years. As well, she plays and coaches field hockey and has been playing for 10 years.
Qualifications: Standard First Aid, CPR level C/AED, NCCP Introduction to Competition
Donovan has been working for PISE as a Physical Literacy leader since April of 2016. He is currently enrolled in his second year of Sport Management at Camosun College. Donovan was born and raised in Campbell River, and moved to Victoria in 2015. His hobbies include playing various sports; his two favorites are basketball and golf. Donovan has experience coaching basketball, and has five years’ experience working with youth of all ages.
Qualifications: Standard First Aid and CPR C/AED
Eden began working for PISE in 2016 as a Physical Literacy Summer Camp Leader. She is currently working on completing her BA in Recreation and Health Education at the University of Victoria. Born and raised on the west coast, Eden has a love for outdoor recreation and being out in nature. She has also been cheerleading competitively for the past 4 years. Eden enjoys sharing her passion of living an active lifestyle with others, and seeing others gain confidence in various physical activities.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Sports and Fitness Leadership, First Aid, NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills, NCCP Run Jump, Throw (Wheel), NCCP Intro to Competition
Vitor is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently graduated from the Bachelor of Sports and Fitness Leadership from Camosun College and has been working with the physical literacy program at PISE since December 2015. Vitor has played volleyball for 18 years, including five years post-secondary and two years professionally in Europe. Vitor has experience with working with kids in recreational and competitive sports in three different countries, and two of his biggest passions are community and sports.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy, Certified Athletic Therapist (C), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Exercise Physiologist – CSEP
Kiersten has been working within PISE for approximately 1 year now, she began her career at PISE as a Customer Service specialist and quickly moved into work as an Athletic Therapist, Stretch and Conditioning coach, and Physical literacy Leader. Kiersten grew up in the Comox Valley and moved to Victoria 5 years ago to complete her Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy. She enjoys being a very active person by playing soccer competitively, hiking/being outdoors and working out at PISE. Kiersten is involved the community coaching soccer and working with Power to BE foundation.
Qualifications: Emergency Childcare CPR-B/AED, NCCP Run Jump Throw Wheel, High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development Course
Heather is returning to PISE as a Physical Literacy leader. Last year she took a break from school to Volunteer as an English teacher in Bali but she is now working towards becoming an elementary school teacher. Heather has been working with children for 6 years, ever since her neighbour asked her to babysit and consequently sent her down her career path.
Qualifications: Associate of Arts Diploma, Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and AED, NCCP Run Jump Throw Certified, NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills, NCCP Box Lacrosse Level 1 Coach, NCCP Box Lacrosse Introduction to Competition, NCCP Box Lacrosse Community Development, Multisport Coaching Certified
Andrew moved to Victoria from Kelowna in 2012 after completing an Associate of Arts diploma at Okanagan College. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Sports and Fitness Leadership: Sport Management, and is attending classes at Camosun College. Andrew has played lacrosse for 15 years and was drafted to the WLA’s Coquitlam Adanacs in 2014 but spent the past season with the WCSLA newest expansion team the Victoria Wolves. Andrew starting working with PISE at the end of 2015 and spent the past summer working as a Summer Camp Leader for a multitude of different programs and camps hosted both at PISE and in the community.
Qualifications: Occupational First Aid, NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills
Starting his 4th year being a Physical Literacy Leader with PISE, Wyatt is ecstatic to be a part of a community leading to aid in creating a positive environment for kids of all ages. He is an avid ultimate Frisbee player along with an up and coming music producer on the side of his work studies; Wyatt is currently enrolled in his second year of Sports Management at Camosun College.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy, Certified Athletic Therapist, Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma with Honours, CSEP Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Red Cross First Responder, CPR HCP with AED
Originally from Edmonton, AB, Mark has been a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® since 2010 and has a passion for health and fitness. He has worked with a variety of individuals from toddlers to seniors and enjoys teaching new skills and games to people of all ages. Mark is currently completing a Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy degree at Camosun College and loves biking, hiking, swimming, and anything else that gets him outside.
Qualifications: BSc Biology and Psychology, Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C
Katie is new to the PISE Physical Literacy team this year, but has volunteered with the adaptive programs for the past two years. She just completed a Bachelor of Science with a combined major in biology and psychology at the University of Victoria and is excited to start working with the community. Katie enjoys her time with family and friends and likes to run, hike, and go on adventures. After volunteering a few summers with a day camp in Courtenay, BC and volunteering with PISE, Katie is ready to have fun and get people of all ages involved in their journey to life-long activity!