Meet the Team


Stephen Kwinter 

Executive Director


Dale T. Plett

Director of Engagement, Operations and Policy

Dale proudly hails from the Fish Clan of Chippewas of Rama First Nation. She is a bookworm, enjoys a fine fountain pen and loves to laugh. She is married to Galen and together have three beautiful children: Ngwis, Takoda, and Niko Grace. She can be found watching them play all the sports and is loving this season of life their family is in. Dale is passionate about sport and believes in the power it has to transform lives.



Clay Melnike

Senior Manager of Programming

Clay completed his undergraduate and master’s early in his career and focused on sport and recreation development, marketing and business planning.  Clay is a planner, trainer, and leader who has worked for over 30 years in the two worlds about which he is most passionate: sport and youth development.  Clay is currently one of the senior managers responsible for planning and program development for the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario.  Exciting Aboriginal events Clay has recently worked on include: 2017 North American Indigenous Games, 2017 National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference and the 2018 Masters Indigenous Games.  



Keir Johnston

High Performance & Games Manager

Keir is a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. He grew up involved in a number of different sports. However, he found a passion for canoe/kayak after competing in the NAIG games in 2006. He then went on to compete nationally and internationally in the sport of canoe/kayak. Some of his highlights are winning gold at the Canada Summer Games in 2013, competing at the Pan Am Championships in Mexico as a junior, the Pan Am Championships in Puerto Rico as a senior and competing in four marathon World Championships. With his new leadership position over Aboriginal Team Ontario, he most looks forward to seeing youth from across the province experience the power of sport.



Mekwan Tulpin

High Performance 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.



Peshaunquet Shognosh

Coordinator, Protocol, and Community Outreach

Raised on Bkejwanong Unceded Territory (Walpole Island First Nation), Peshaunquet is a strong carrier of his Anishnaabe culture and traditions. His passion for Sport; namely the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, has taken him around the world while supporting Team Canada. He has witnessed the power of Sport and how it can affect, positive change in our Indigenous communities. He is excited to be a part of the ASWCO team and give back to the People.



Daniel Smith

Manager, Events & Office Operations

Growing up in Toronto, Daniel became enamoured with Sport at a very young age and pursued his passion by studying Sport Management at Brock University. After working in Sport Administration roles for the University of Toronto and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Daniel was appointed to the Host Organizing Committees for the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games. In September 2018, Daniel joined the ASWCO family full time as the Manager, Events & Office Operations, a role which he believes will allow him to continue sharing his passion and love of Sport & Recreation with Indigenous Youth across Ontario and the rest of Turtle Island.



Shawna Boyer

Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program Manager

Shawna Boyer is from Mississauga First Nation, she worked there for five years before joining the ASWCO team in the spring. She enjoyed working with the community, especially children and youth when she coordinated after-school activities.   

Shawna tries to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle by staying active, hand drumming, doing 5K races, practicing yoga, plays coed and women’s slow pitch. This summer she had the opportunity to play Fastball at the Masters Indigenous Games and the Native National Slow Pitch Tournament. She also placed 3rd in the Annual Native Volleyball Championship, in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.



Kylie Thompson 

Communications Coordinator

Kylie, a proud member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne is a recent graduate of the Advertising, Marketing, and Communications program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She’s participated in a number of tournaments and sporting events such as the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the Little NHL as a youth and is looking forward to working with ASWCO the develop sport and wellness programs for Indigenous Youth in Ontario. 



Regional Coordinators


Andy Rickard

Central Regional Coordinator & Manager of Regional Development

Andy Rickard is the Manager of Regional Development and the Central Regional Coordinator for the organization. He comes from the community of Garden River First Nation and has an extensive background and sport and recreation management. Andy has a degree in political science and has represented his community and has been a voice for youth for the last 20 years. Andy is a proud Anishnabe and Cree man with roots in both Garden River and Moose Cree.



Caroline Calverley

Southeast Regional Coordinator

Caroline is a Band Member from Rama First Nation, who has always loved working with children and youth and finding ways to include sports and games in that work. She looks forward to working together with Communities within the South East Region to provide opportunities for sport and wellness to their youth. Caroline believes that sport is a great vehicle for further enrichment in an individuals life, creating new learning opportunities that strengthen an individual and through that person, the community at large. 



Carlyn Johnston

Southwest Regional Coordinator



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.



Hillary McGregor

Regional Coordinator



Josh Carpenter

Northeast Regional Coordinator