New Board of Directors Elected

Announcing a Newly Elected Board of Directors of Cheerleading Canada Inc.
We are pleased to announce with the Special Meeting of the Members of Cheerleading Canada Inc. on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 that Cheer Canada has a newly elected Board of Directors. The following eleven individuals from across the country have been elected, taking a leadership role in governance of the sport of cheerleading in Canada.

 

Lilly Demers (Quebec) – East Regional Director

Tanya Doerr (Ontario) – Director at Large

Krista Gerlich-Fitzgerald (British Columbia) – Vice-President & Director at Large

Jim Greenough (Alberta) – President & Pacific Regional Director

Jennifer Guiney (Alberta) – Secretary & Director at Large

Katie Kovacs (Ontario) – Athlete Rep Director

Michelle Laflamme (Quebec) – Director at Large

Ashley Markwart (Saskatchewan) – Director at Large

Erica Royal (Nova Scotia) – Treasurer & Atlantic Regional Director

Tara Savoie (Ontario) – Central Regional Director

Alissa Stewart (Saskatchewan) – West Regional Director

 

We want to thank a number of individuals for the roles they have played in helping develop Cheer Canada to where it is today. First of all, Chuck Holland, Patti McNeill and Mishayla Kapell, original Board members at Cheer Canada’s inception have contributed greatly to the sport in this country. To Lisa Aucoin for being a positive catalyst in bringing our country together over the past 2-1/2 years. To Doug Martin for taking leadership in the organization of Team Canada, our country’s elite athletes. And, thanks to Don Moffatt’s seasoned leadership over the past 13 months; guiding us all to this position of solidarity through collaboration.

With Cheer Canada recently revising its By-laws with the input and support of the International Cheer Union (ICU) and with cheerleading being recognized by the IOC as a provisional sport in the Olympics, our Cheer Canada Board of Directors is excited to lead the development of best in class sport governance in Cheerleading. “With the amazing depth of knowledge and passion for our sport that exists from coast to coast, the future of our sport is bright”, said Jim Greenough, President.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments.

 

View the official release –  Cheerleading Canada – News Release – October 11, 2017

Notice of Special Meeting of the Members of Cheerleading Canada – October 11th, 2017

NOTICE of Special Meeting of the Members of Cheerleading Canada Inc.

Notice date: September 7, 2017

TO:        All Members of Cheerleading Canada Inc. (“CCI”), Chuck Holland, Patti McNeill and Mishayla Kapell

FROM:  British Columbia Cheerleading Association, Alberta Cheerleading Association, Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association, Manitoba Association of Cheerleading, Manitoba Cheerleading Federation, Ontario Cheerleading Federation, the Fédération de Cheerleading du Québec, Cheer Nova Scotia, Cheer New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador Cheerleading Association, all referred to as the “Notice Members”

cc:        Don Moffatt, Chair, Members Nominating committee
Laura Mar and Lorna Holland, members of the Nominating Committee
Lisa Aucoin, participant of the Members By-Law committee
Leanne Charlton, President, New Brunswick Cheer Association


In accordance with Article III of the By-Laws of Cheerleading Canada Inc., Notice is hereby provided of a Special Meeting of the Members of CCI to be held:

DATE:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TIME:   7:00 pm (EDT) / 4:00pm (Pacific) / 8:00 pm (Atlantic)

PLACE: Meeting to be held electronically, via conference call.  All members have been sent this call-in information.

PURPOSE: 
Whereas the Members unanimously approved revised By-Laws at a Special Meeting of Cheerleading Canada Inc. held on June 26, 2017, and

Whereas the Members are required to elect Directors to the Board of Directors of CCI, and

Whereas a Nominating Committee was appointed by the Members to seek Nominations for  Directors of the Board of CCI, and

Whereas  the deadline to receive nominations to be considered as a Director has passed, and

Whereas all Regions have elected their Regional Directors, and

Whereas a separate committee of organizers and coaches of Team Canada has selected a Nominee for the position of Athlete Director,

The Notice Members hereby agree that the Special Meeting shall have the following Agenda, with items to be voted upon, as applicable:

  1. to accept and ratify the Regional Directors to the Board of Cheerleading Canada Inc.,
  2. to accept and ratify the Athlete Board Member as selected by a committee of Team Canada representatives,
  3. to elect up to five (5) At-Large Directors of Cheerleading Canada Inc.,
  4. to allow the new Board of Directors to select their recommended Officers,
  5. to accept and elect the recommended Officers or to ask the Board of Directors to revise their list of recommended Officers and re-submit such revisions to the Members, and
  6. once the Officers are accepted and elected by the Members, there will be some closing comments and the meeting will be adjourned.

For purposes of the Special Meeting hereby called, the Notice Members have asked Mr. Don Moffatt to chair the Special Meeting and Mishayla Kapell to be the scrutineer.

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE SPECIAL MEETING OF MEMBERS?

Voting Delegates of Members (in good standing) of Cheerleading Canada may participate in the Special Meeting.  Names of Delegates of each Member must be provided to Mishayla Kapell (info@cheerleadingcanadainc.com) no later than Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.

All Director Nominees, including those already elected as Regional or Athlete Directors will also attend the Special Meeting (but have no vote). Once fully elected by the Members, all Directors will immediately meet to select Officers.

THIS NOTICE IS ACKNOWLEDGED AND APPROVED BY THE UNDERSIGNED MEMBERS of CCI:

British Columbia Cheerleading Association, Alberta Cheerleading Association, Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association, Manitoba Association of Cheerleading, Manitoba Cheerleading Federation, Ontario Cheerleading Federation, the  Fédération de Cheerleading du Québec, Cheer Nova Scotia, Cheer New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador Cheerleading Association.

ELECTION & NOMINEE INFORMATION

On or before September 6th, 2017, the Regional Directors were elected by their region members and the Athlete Director was selected.

The elected Regional Directors are:

  1. Pacific Region – Jim Greenough
  2. West Region – Alissa Stewart
  3. Central Region – Tara Savoie
  4. Eastern Region – Lilly Demers
  5. Atlantic Region – Erica Royal

The selected Athlete Director is Katie Kovacs

The individuals nominated for up to 5 At Large Board position (to be voted on during the October 11th, 2017 meeting) are:

  1. Ali Moffatt
  2. Ashley Markwart
  3. Cheryl Hoskin
  4. Chris McLeod
  5. Chuck Holland
  6. Corby Anderson
  7. David Master
  8. Jennifer Guiney
  9. Jenny Sych
  10. Krista Gerlich-Fitzgerald
  11. Lisa Aucoin
  12. Marcy Kuzemchak
  13. Mia Heitland
  14. Michelle LaFlamme
  15. Rachel Guenther
  16. Rolton Edwards
  17. Sonja-Lucia Aquila
  18. Spencer Weisensel
  19. Stephen Mills
  20. Tanya Doerr

 

For more information, please contact Mishayla Kapell – info@cheerleadingcanadainc.com.

Olympics Update

We’re excited to pass along an update from Karl Olson on the Olympics front:

I wanted to pass along some very good news on Cheerleading international recognition.  Overall, there have been some recent significant developments within the International Sport Authority Community, and last month – the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board voted to provisionally recognize ICU’s umbrella group of International Sport Federations (IFs) within SportAccord – the IF umbrella group called ”AIMS” (Association of Independent Recognized Members of Sport). The ICU has been a member of AIMS (and SportAccord) since May 2013, and therefore; ICU is now under the umbrella of this IOC provisional recognition- which is a significant step for our Sport. 

Although this is a very important milestone for the International Cheer Union (ICU) and for our Sport of Cheerleading, the ICU will also continue to pursue independent sport recognition by the IOC, which has been underway since December 2010 – and the ICU continues to be in ongoing discussions with the IOC regarding this process. As developments arise, we will continue to update the membership.

In the meantime – we trust enclosed IOC provisional recognition of ICU’s umbrella group of International Sport Federations- AIMS – should prove helpful to all recognition efforts. Listed below are a few letters (one important one was provided this past Friday 8 January 2016) to further explain this, so we encourage you to use any of these letters to assist with any recognition efforts- as needed.

1.  IOC Provisional Recognition of AIMS -Alliance of Independent of Recognized Members of Sport
http://cheerunion.org.ismmedia.com/…/2015-12-14-LE-MrStepha…

2 AIMS Recognition of International Cheer Union (ICU) as an AIMS Member since May 2013
http://cheerunion.org.ismmedia.com/…/2015_APNAIMS_3039_ICU.…

3. AIMS President to AIMS Membership confirming the decision of the IOCProvisional Recognition of AIMS

http://cheerunion.org.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/docs/2015_PO_AIMS_1412.pdf

 

Calling All Volunteers

We need the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country—from you! We are calling on experienced volunteers who would be willing to contribute in the following areas. If you are interested in helping, please email the listed committee chairperson. Please spread the word—if you know of someone who would be a great asset to one of the committees below, please forward this information to them!
Coaches’ Training & Certification—coaches@cheercanada.net
Judges’ Training & Certification—judges@cheercanada.net
Rules & Regulations—rules@cheercanada.net
Insurance—insurance@cheercanada.net
Funding, Membership & Sponsorships—funding@cheercanada.net

September 14th, 2011 Update

If you haven’t already heard, on January 29th, 2011, provincial cheerleading body representatives, two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and a certified sports agent gathered together for an inaugural meeting to start the development of a national sport organization for cheerleading in Canada – Cheer Canada! Some of the driving forces behind this effort include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

Committees were struck and volunteers were summoned to work on the areas that required priority attention and development. We’re excited to announce the progress that has been made so far:

Coaches’ Training & Certification – Preliminary analysis is currently underway. The committee is reviewing and analyzing the various programs from across the country. Their goal is to pull together the strengths from this collection of programs into a high quality, national program.

Judges’ Training & Certification – The initial requirements have been identified for a consistent, national training program. Also, three preliminary sets of score sheets and corresponding skill grids for use by organizations and producers across Canada are in the process of being finalized. The three sets include all-star score sheets and school score sheets (both with and without a cheer requirement). They will be released in both category scoring formats and “one sheet” versions. The finalized score sheet sets will be posted on our website and will be ready for trial this season with several bodies intending to implement them.

Rules & Regulations – Analysis and discussions are wrapping up on the route to take in regards to rules and regulations for both school and all-star teams – whether it’s best for Canada to have its own set of rules or align with an existing rule set (and if so, which one…NFHS? AACCA? USASF?)

Communication – The cheercanada.net domain has been secured and all official documents and communications will appear here. A Cheer Canada twitter account (@cheercanada) and Facebook accounts have been established. Upon the completion of committee work, these avenues will be used to communicate our progress.

Insurance – The committee is working with an insurance representative to discuss the various benefits, challenges, costs, and administrative requirements for offering an insurance policy to athletes across Canada.

Funding, Membership & Sponsorship – Initial analysis is in progress, but the committee is awaiting progress from other committee before proceeding.

National Competition – The 3rd annual Canadian Cheerleading Championship will once again be hosted by the Fédération de cheerleading du Québec from May 19-20, 2012. FCQ has done a great job hosting this event for the past few years and we’re excited to have them hosting again. Registration information will be posted on our website. Consider attending and supporting Cheer Canada!

We require and welcome the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country! If you are interested in helping out in any of the areas listed above, please head to the Contact section of this site. Thank-you to all those volunteers who have already contributed countless hours to this valuable and worthwhile movement!

Welcome to Cheer Canada!

The initiative for a Canadian governing body for cheerleading began in 2005 with the Alberta Cheerleading Association initiating a rudimentary and preliminary set of bylaws. They distributed this document to other cheerleading provincial governing bodies and received positive feedback and a lot of interest. The name ‘Cheer Canada’ was adapted from the trend of other National Sport Organizations by using the name of the sport followed by our country’s name—Hockey Canada, Football Canada, and Cheer Canada. Chuck Holland with the Ontario Cheerleading Federation took the reins of this initiative 2 years later and continued to move the effort forward and in the past year, other provincial associations starting conversing and decided it was time to come together.
Inaugural Meeting
On January 29th, 2011, the effort paid off with an inaugural meeting between provincial body representatives who were joined by two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and suppliers for added perspective. Some of the driving forces behind the effort to establish a national sport organization for cheerleading include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

 

The following mission and vision were developed by meeting members to encompass all aspects of cheerleading in Canada.
Mission
Cheer Canada in partnership with its members will lead, support, and promote cheerleading in Canada.

Vision

  • To provide opportunities to all recreational and competitive members for safe participation appropriate to their abilities through the development of training and certification programs.
  • To encourage positive life values and fair play in all aspects of cheerleading.
  • To be recognized within the local, provincial, national, and international cheerleading and sporting communities.

Join us in the Cheer Canada effort!

Inaugural Meeting – January 29th, 2011

Introduction

The initiative for a Canadian governing body for cheerleading began in 2005 with the Alberta Cheerleading Association initiating a rudimentary and preliminary set of bylaws. Leanne Livingston (with the ACA) distributed this document to other cheerleading provincial governing bodies and received positive feedback and a lot of interest. The name ‘Cheer Canada’ was adapted from the trend of other National Sport Organizations by using the name of the sport followed by our country’s name—Hockey Canada, Football Canada, and Cheer Canada. Chuck Holland with th Ontario Cheerleading Federation took the reins of this initiative 2 years later and continued to move the effort forward and in the past year, other provincial associations starting conversing and decided it was time to come together.

Inaugural Meeting

On January 29th, 2011, the effort paid off with an inaugural meeting between provincial body representatives who were joined by two respected Canadian based cheer event producers and suppliers for added perspective. Some of the driving forces behind the effort to establish a national sport organization for cheerleading include the need for:

  • A consistent rule set to promote and ease travel between provinces/territories
  • A national coaches’ training & certification program
  • A national judges’ training & certification program that not only provides quality education, but enables the use of judges from across Canada
  • Affordable and comprehensive insurance for athletes & coaches
  • Eligibility and access to funding for teams
  • Support for the provincial sport organizations

Meeting Facilitator—Steven J. Indig, BRec, LLB, Center for Sport and Law

Steven is based in Toronto and is also a certified sports agent representing professional athletes. Steven has worked with numerous national and provincial sport organizations providing consulting services relating to governance, contracts, policies, disputes, investigations, and privacy. Steven facilitated this meeting as a neutral body to ensure that we achieved our objectives such as developing a mission and vision, and establishing committee leaders for the tasks and programs needed.

The following mission and vision were developed by meeting members to encompass all aspects of cheerleading in Canada.

Mission

Cheer Canada in partnership with its members will lead, support, and promote cheerleading in Canada.

Vision

  • To provide opportunities to all recreational and competitive members for safe participation appropriate to their abilities through the development of training and certification programs.
  • To encourage positive life values and fair play in all aspects of cheerleading.
  • To be recognized within the local, provincial, national, and international cheerleading and sporting communities.

Program Development & Call for Volunteers

With Steven’s help, we were able to indentify some priority areas that we need to develop through committees. We have established committee chairpersons to help recruit committee members and develop these respective areas. This cannot be achieved by a small group of people alone—we need the knowledge, effort, and expertise from experienced individuals across the country—from you! We are calling on experienced volunteers who would be willing to contribute in the following areas. If you are interested in helping, please email the listed committee chairperson. Please spread the word—if you know of someone who would be a great asset to one of the committees below, please forward this information to them!

Coaches’ Training & Certification — Laura Mar (coaches@cheercanada.net)
Judging Training & Certification — Sanaa El-Rassi (judges@cheercanada.net)
Rules & Regulations — Jeny Bailot (rules@cheercanada.net)
Communication — Mishayla Potts (info@cheercanada.net)
Insurance — Dawn Silver (insurance@cheercanada.net)
Funding, Membership & Sponsorships — Stephanie Kennedy (funding@cheercanada.net)

Cheer Canada Logo

Cheer Canada’s logo was developed through the consultation of 400–500 cheer and non-cheer concepts. The logo reflects strength, a coast to coast tie with water reflection and our place in the world. The CHEER colours reflect the colours of the Olympic rings and the upper and lower bodies of the human are formed with two C’s representing the name Cheer Canada.

Conclusion

We’ve only taken the first few steps and with your help we can navigate through this extensive process and develop the future of cheerleading in our country for generations to come. You can help the development of Cheer Canada through the above committees, join our mailing list to help spread the word, or let us know of any other ideas you may have. We understand the importance and need for everyone’s help and development of all areas of this initiative. Please contact us about anything regarding this initiative at info@cheercanada.net.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can shape the future of cheerleading in Canada! Read this press release in English or French.