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Anthony De Laurentis
Community Recreation Programmer, City of Toronto
Facilitating 1A: Train to Retain: Retention of Recreation Staff
Working in After-School recreation care for over 15 years, Anthony is a sought after trainer in recreation for his experience in managing and motivating staff. He is a HIGH FIVE trainer and a Professor at Humber College, in the Recreation and Leisure Studies program, teaching the "Customer Service Excellence and Quality Management” course. He has presented at the PRO Forum and the PRO Aquatics conference, always bringing his excellent presentation skills and good sense of humour to each session.

Ashley Arruda
Recreation Programmer, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
Facilitating 1B: My Two Scents; Creating Sensory Aware Environments in Recreational Settings
Ashley is a graduate from the Centennial College of the Recreation and Leisure Services Program and has subsequently worked in multiple municipalities in York Region, predominantly in relation to inclusion and programming for special needs population. Ashley has presented training on the topics of inclusion and diversity for many municipality staff teams as well as in the aquatic environment at the YRAC Spring Thing, PRO Educational Forum, PRO ONference and the PRO Aquatics conference.

Cheryl Hurst
Inclusion Coordinator, City of Hamilton
Facilitating 2A: The evolution of best practices to develop your inclusion staff from summer to year-round
Cheryl has a Honour Bachelor in Outdoor Recreation, Park and Tourism, a Degree in Geography and a minor in Gerontology. Over the last 25 years Cheryl has worked in both non-profit and municipal environments working to enhance inclusive programming both during camp (day and overnight) programs and year round programming for all ages.

Courtney Bryl
Supervisor – Inclusion, City of Hamilton
Facilitating 2A: The evolution of best practices to develop your inclusion staff from summer to year-round
Courtney has a degree in Child and Youth Care and diploma in Recreation and Leisure. She has been working in Inclusive Recreation services in the not for profit and municipal recreation environments for the last 15 years. Courtney was recognized provincially as a 10th Anniversary AODA Champion for her work in developing and implementing inclusion initiatives for the community and staff.

Jamie Fenton
Programs & Services Manager, London Children’s Museum
Facilitating 2B: Beyond Behaviour Management: Individualized Strategies to Support Children
Jamie is the Programs & Services Manager at the London Children's Museum (CM) and is responsible for managing museum programs as well as the hiring, supervising, coaching and training of front-line staff. Using a child-responsive approach, Jamie has led the CM staff team to implement individualized behaviour management techniques that create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment. Prior to working at the CM, Jamie was a long-time counsellor and camp coordinator, and has owned and operated her own art studio and nature/art-based day camps. She is a confident public speaker, enthusiastic group motivator and effective facilitator. Jamie is well versed in the CM’s play-based, hands-on, child-centred approach to engaging with children and families.

Jennifer Harrison
Director, Rainbow Day Camp
Facilitating 3A: Turn Surviving into Thriving! Strategies for creating an amazing team culture
Jennifer was the Director of Rainbow Day Camp for 10 years, engaging and supporting a staff team of approximately 20 people each summer. She is a HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Trainer and incorporates their values into her supervision and supporting of the team. Jennifer has been a hockey coach, president of a PTA and involved in community events.

Tiffany Fagan
Supporting Kids in Camp Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association
Facilitating 3A: Turn Surviving into Thriving! Strategies for creating an amazing team culture
Tiffany is the coordinator of Supporting Kids in Camp for the past 10 years working for the Canadian Mental Health Association, hiring and supporting a team of 10-12 staff each summer. She works collaboratively with a wide variety of camp programs in the community to help promote and support engagement and inclusion. She is also a HIGH FIVE Strengthening Children's Mental Health trainer and promotes the HIGH FIVE principles throughout her daily work.

Amy Sinclair
Inclusion Support Services Coordinator, City of Oshawa
Facilitating 3B: Behaviour Management Systems Training for Inclusion Camp Staff

Meaghan MacDonald
Program Coordinator-Recreation, City of Oshawa
Facilitating 3B: Behaviour Management Systems Training for Inclusion Camp Staff

Sarah Gallsworthy
Project Coordinator & Master Trainer, HIGH FIVE
Facilitating 4A: Keeping Girls in Sport: Creating a fun and inclusive environment for girls
Sarah has been involved with sport and recreation for more than 20 years. She began her career in Recreation for the City of Victoria, BC., then moved East to develop a grass roots program for a Provincial Sport Organization and then injury prevention at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Sarah is a sport and recreation consultant, a learning facilitator for NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills, a Physical Literacy master learning facilitator for Sport for Life, she is a master trainer with HIGH FIVE and teaches in the Fitness Health Promotion and Recreation Program at Seneca College.

Lacey Smith
Recreation Programmer, Township of Wilmot
Facilitating 4B: Youth Volunteer Leaders: An Asset for Camps
Lacey is the Recreation Programmer for the Township of Wilmot, overseeing everything from program delivery, to day camp, to facilitating the Youth Action Council. She is also active with youth as a member of the Youth Engagement Project Advisory Team, and as the leader of her communities Youth Friendly Community application. Lacey is passionate about working with youth and helping them to develop as strong leaders. Throughout her own youth she was given ample opportunities to learn and grow as both a person and a leader, and she feels that it is now her time to give back.