ABOUT RACQUETBALL CANADA
Racquetball Canada is the National Sport Organization for the sport of racquetball. As a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, its mission is to coordinate, govern and encourage the advancement of racquetball from the grassroots to the elite level across Canada. Our vision is to be a visible, vibrant sport enjoyed coast to coast by Canadians of all ages and abilities.
Racquetball Canada is also a proud member of the International Racquetball Federation and the Pan American Racquetball Federation. National teams compete in the Pan Am Games, Pan Am Championships and the World Games as well as the World Championships at both the junior and elite level. Racquetball Canada also partners with local organizers to host tournaments including Canadian Championships and National Team selection events.
Racquetball Canada works closely with its provincial associations and partners to offer developmental and high performance programs across Canada for athletes, coaches and officials. The association offers coaching courses are part of the National Coaching Certification Program and are designed and offered in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada.
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
To coordinate, govern and encourage the advancement of Racquetball from grassroots to elite levels across Canada
Racquetball as a visible and vibrant sport enjoyed coast to coast by Canadians of all ages and abilities
The values we believe to be instrumental in making decisions and impacting how we interact are outlined below. We believe in managing Racquetball Canada according to these values and ensuring that the Principles of True Sport are activated on the field of play.
The first letter from key words in our value statements spell TRUE integrating our values with the principles of True Sport.
|Racquetball Canada Values||Our Declaration||I/We Live Our Values By . . .|
|We believe that integrity makes True champions||Our sport builds character and teaches life lessons that extend beyond the court.
We strive to make ethical decisions and to behave in a manner that reflects our values.
We work tirelessly to create and preserve trust
|Providing leadership by adhering to our policies
Offering education and development opportunities to coaches, officials and athletes
|We foster a safe and inclusive expeRience||We respect each other and advocate for a quality sport environment.
We invite multiple perspectives to ensure fairness and dignity for everyone.
Everyone has the right to feel supported and welcomed
|Adopting safe sport guidelines
Inviting all communities to participate
|We are one, connected commUnity|| We strive to foster a fun, positive, diverse and rewarding environment where everyone has a place to learn, grow, volunteer, work and compete.We encourage everyone to stay involved for life.
We believe that everyone can benefit from our sport’s healthy lifestyle.
|We offer a variety of programs and leagues to accommodate all skill levels and ages
We are adaptable and open to new opportunities
|We are committed to Excellence||We go the extra mile to ensure quality results, effective processes and good governance.
We help everyone achieve their highest potential.
We strive to be transparent and accountable in our actions, decisions and promises.
We encourage everyone to participate, to have fun and to strive for excellence.
|We ensure that everyone has a place to participate and be challenged
We develop opportunities for meaningful competition
RACQUETBALL CANADA STAFF
Donna Harris, Executive Director
Donna Harris is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) in Athletics skilled in program development and implementation. The architect behind Athletics Canada’s coaching education program, she understands the components of performance and the steps necessary to illicit the best from everyone. Donna recently completed a Master of Arts in Kinesiology and her thesis explored the impact of passion on the performance and lives of elite coaches and their partners (i.e., World and Olympic/Paralympic coaches). The research outcomes lend insight into the requirements high performers need to be successful as well as the impact being a high performer has on the individual, their partner and their family. Before joining Racquetball Donna worked with Coaching Manitoba, Athletics Canada and Athletics Manitoba.
Geri Powell, Administrator of Sport Development & High Performance
Geri Powell is an NCCP certified Competition Introduction coach and is in training as a Competition Development coach. She was one of the key members involved in the development of the Competition Development coaching context for Racquetball and is well versed about the needs of coaches related to ongoing coach education. Prior to joining Racquetball Canada as a staff member in 2011, Geri was involved with the Racquetball Canada Board of Directors for close to a decade. Geri has worked in several staff capacities including Technical Director, High Performance Director and has been the Administrator of High Performance and Sport Development since 2013. Geri is a long-time racquetball player, taking up the sport in 1994 and is the last person to win the Canadian Wheelchair Championship title. As a volunteer, she has been awarded the Ivan Velan Award.
Cheryl Adlard, Financial Administrator
Cheryl Adlard oversees the financial accountability of Racquetball Canada, working closely with the Executive Director and President in regards to budgeting and financial reporting. She is uniquely qualified, having worked in the capacity of Executive Director of Racquetball Canada from 2012 to 2018. Cheryl’s understanding of the requirements of Racquetball Canada’s funding partners and of the not-for-profit act is invaluable. Her work with Racquetball Canada, combined with previous employment with Ringette Canada, gives her a strong knowledge of the Canadian sport system at both the provincial and national level, which is of benefit to the organization. Cheryl was the recipient of Racquetball Canada’s Susan Livingston Award in 2019 in recognition of her outstanding advocacy for women in sport, in particular those involved as athletes and in board governance.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|British Columbia||Cheryl McKeeman/Cal Smith|
|New Brunswick||Mike McCabe|
|Nova Scotia||Dan Smith|
|Prince Edward Island||Alan Meston|
|Newfoundland & Labrador|
|2012 – 2016||Jack McBride||Sherwood Park, AB|
|2010 – 2012||Ron Brown||Winnipeg, MB|
|1999 – 2010||Usher Barnoff||Calgary, AB|
|1998 – 1999||Dave Bell||Halifax, NS|
|1995 – 1998||Ron Hughes||Burnaby, BC|
|1990 – 1992||Ian McKenzie||Vancouver, BC|
|1984 – 1989||Dan Stone|
|1982 – 1984||Morris Waitzer||Montreal, QC|
|1979 – 1982||Steve Millstein|
|1977 – 1979||John Chambers|
|1975 – 1977||Ivan Velan||Montreal, QC|
|1971 – 1974||John Kempo||Edmonton, AB|