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Meet the Team

Managers

Clay Melnike,
Manager of Planning & Regional Development

Clay Melnike is a facilitator, consultant, planner, coach and published author who has worked for over 25 years in the two worlds about which he is most passionate: sport and youth. Clients and employers have included Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, Gymnastics Canada, Canadian Military, Murray McKinnon Foundation, and Curl Ontario.  Clay has been a coach and trainer for soccer and hockey for more twenty years. He was most recently Head Coach of a Girls 97 competitive soccer team for the Unionville soccer club and in four years moved them from start-up to Premier level. In his free time Clay enjoys participating in squash, curling, hockey, skiing and biking.

Email: clay.melnike@aswco.ca

Vanessa Lodge,
Engagement and Development Manager

Vanessa started with ASWCO in 2012 as the Leadership Development Coordinator. She has her Master’s of Arts from University of Ottawa with a specialization in Aboriginal peoples involvement in sport in Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Kinesiology. The main areas of focus for Vanessa include leadership development for coaches, youth, officials and volunteers. Specific programs in which she manages are the Aboriginal Coaching Modules and the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program. In addition, she engages with a range potential partners that supports ASWCO’s mandate; she manages and supports major games such as basketball, volleyball and soccer; and she works with the Regional Coordinators within the 6 regions of Ontario on their community development. 

Email: vanessa.lodge@aswco.ca

Regional Coordinators

ASWCO went out and found some of the best young minds to help execute our mandate in all regions of Ontario. Everyone on our team shares the same passion for finding ways to facilitate recreation, cultural, and wellness opportunities for all aboriginal youth in Ontario.

 

Mekwan Tulpin,
South East Regional Coordinator

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 Aboriginal organizations. Mekwan is a proud Ontarian of Mushkegowuk Cree and Belgian descent as a member of Fort Albany First Nation. She hails mainly from Simcoe in Norfolk County, but currently resides on Six Nations territory.

Email: mekwan.tulpin@aswco.ca

 

Stephen Tooshkenig,
South West Regional Coordinator

Steve has been involved with the North American Indigenous Games as a Tournament Coordinator in Denver Colorado, and a manager for golf in Regina Saskatchewan. Steve competes as a golf professional and provide golf programs for communities in North America. Steve currently resides in Walpole Island with his family.

Email: steve.tooshkenig@aswco.ca

 

Heather Collins,
North Central Regional Coordinator

Heather grew up in Northwestern Ontario, with an avid passion for sport. She went to Concordia University for Leisure Sciences, which has helped her understand all aspects of why physical activities are so important.

Email: heather.collins@aswco.ca

 

Andy Rickard,
Central Regional Coordinator

Prior to joining the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario, Andy served as the Manager of Recreation in his community for 8 years. Andy possesses a degree in Political Science and also serves as a Councillor for his community, and has since he was 19. As a life long supporter of recreation and sport, Andy has the same passion for providing opportunities for our young people

Email: andy.rickard@aswco.ca

 

Jocelyn Cheechoo,
North East Regional Coordinator

Jocelyn joins the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario bringing her strong work ethic and desire to see those around her succeed. Jocelyn attained her Bachelor of Sciences with Honors from Trent University, as well as several other certifications and is a personal trainer and fitness instructor in her home community of Moose Factory.
Email: jocelyncheechoo@gmail.com

Keir Johnston,
ASWCO NAIG Project Assistant

Keir joins the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario after successfully completing his summer student position as the Regional Sport Assistant for ASWCO. Keir is also currently in the Junior Kayak National Development Team looking to make the jump to Senior. Keir competes at a national and international level representing Chippewa of The Thames. He hopes to develop grassroots level sports at a community level as Ontario gets set to host the North American Indigenous Games in 2017.

Email: keir.johnston@aswco.ca

 

Board of Directors

Marc Laliberté – North Region dmarclaliberte@shaw.ca
Tim Archie – North Region tarchie_aswco@outlook.com
Mike Metatewabin – North Region mikemetatewabin@live.ca
Scott Haines – North Region shaines.aswco@outlook.com
Kim Wheatley – South Region wheatleykwewag@gmail.com
Austin Henry – South Region austinhenry21@hotmail.ca
Dale Plett – South Region daleplett@me.com
Lisa-Marie Naponse – Central Region lisamarienaponse@gmail.com