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OutSport Toronto Board of Directors

OUTSPORT TORONTO is governed by a nine-person board of directors who are either nominated and endorsed by their member organisation to stand for election as a director, or who have been selected from the broader community as individuals who support the mission statement of OUTSPORT TORONTO, wish to contribute to that mission, and are themselves actively involved in sport.

Looking for Directors!

OUTSPORT TORONTO currently has one vacant director position, and we're looking for good candidates to help govern the organisation and move OUTSPORT TORONTO forward. If you're interested in getting involved at the board level, you can either complete the volunteering form found here making sure to check off that you're interested in becoming a director, or eMail info@OutSportToronto.org, stating your interest in serving on the board. One of our executive will get back to you. For a list of board positions and descriptions, cllick here.

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Beth Beattie
Secretary

Beth Beattie was born and raised in Toronto.  She has enjoyed playing sports all of her life.  She has participated in Pink Turf soccer and Rainbow Hoops.  The past few years she has been swimming with the Downtown Swim Club.  Her passion over the past four years has been playing water polo with the Toronto Tirggerfish. 

Beth has a masters of law in alternative dispute resolution and enjoys getting to the root of matters.  She is very interested in exploring issues around women in sport in the LGBT community.

beth.beattie@OutSportToronto.org
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David Carter
Treasurer

David Carter was attracted to OUTSPORT TORONTO's mission, vision, and values, and decided he wanted to get involved.  Active in swimming, cycling, running, and rollerblading, David has also been a contributor to the LGBT community volunteering for Fife House, and has many fond memories of being a 'Friendly Visitor' for Cabbagetown's Central Neighbourhood House, as well as fulfilling duties with its board.

OUTSPORT TORONTO is delighted to have David as Secretary Treasurer, as he is licensed in Canada as a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and in the US as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  David also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. 

As a seasoned executive, David is President of Canada Film Capital ('CFC') which is Canada's leading film and television tax incentive financing and administration company serving productions from coast to coast. CFC's client base includes the major American film and television studios as well as many of the US and foreign independent studios which come to Canada to produce film and TV projects.  He is also Executive Vice President of CFC's sister company, Entertainment Partners (EP) Canada.

david.carter@OutSportToronto.org
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Darlene Homonko
Vice Chair, Chair of Partnership and Advocacy Committee

An athlete, lifelong competitor and fitness geek, Darlene Homonko started her athletic career playing basketball with the Quebec Basketball Federation in their junior and senior programs, rising to Captain of the Quebec team in the summer of 1980 and Vanier College in 1980-81.  Having acquired a scholarship to play Division1 in the USA, she left Canada in 1981 to play the next four years at the University of Rhode Island.  Lettering in three out of her four years where she was a swing guard and shooting forward, she helped a talented and determined WRAMS team upset Rutgers in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship semi-final in 1984.  Following her time in Rhode Island, Darlene assisted Dalhousie University as an Assistant Coach for the varsity basketball team in 1986-87.

A passionate Montreal Canadiens fan, Darlene has a love of hockey that goes back to when she was a very little girl.  She finally had her opportunity to play the game when she moved back to Toronto in 1989.  Over the next 23 years she played competitive hockey in Toronto, making it up to the A level and double BB where she played center and wing for a variety of teams in the GTA.  A gifted goal scorer and unselfish play maker, she continues to play at the recreational level.  While not playing hockey in the summer she developed a love for golf and as a competitive golfer regularly competed in the Toronto Star Amateur, Ontario Amateur and other GAO Team events during the period of 1998-2012.  She currently is a member of the Trafalgar Golf and Country Club in Milton, Ontario.

In 2012, Darlene placed her fitness commitment and training ethic to the challenge of completing her first marathon which she did in Toronto last October.  She is now planning to run her second one in Chicago in October 2013 and knows this may be a permanent thing.

"Sport has always been and continues to be such an important part of my life.  Sport has helped me become the person that I am and the people I have met have helped shape my life and helped me realise my gifts.  I believe we are meant to share those gifts and give back to the community that helped us get where we are and who still inspire us to go further and accomplish what we dare to dream."

Professionally, Darlene has over fifteen years experience in life sciences commercialisation.  She is a Senior Business Development Officer for the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario where she is actively engaged in commercialising new medical technologies.  She began her career as a key member of Milestone Medica Corporation, an early stage Canadian Biomedical Venture Fund and has held senior management posts at the University of Toronto and at the Golden Horseshoe Bioscience Network where she was Executive Director and spearheaded the formation of a vibrant bioscience cluster.  A natural at engaging people and developing partnerships, she has a strong background in intellectual property management, technology evaluation and business development for start-up companies and small businesses.  Darlene holds a Ph.D., Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Sciences; a M.Sc., Kinesiology from Dalhousie University; and a B.Sc., Physical Education, Health, General Science from the University of Rhode Island.

darlene.homonko@OutSportToronto.org
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Adam McNair
Director, Community Outreach

Adam McNair began figure skating at age two in small-town Saskatchewan, eventually earning a silver medal at the Saskatchewan Provincial Winter Games at the age of 12.

Years later, while finishing his BFA in Dance and Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Adam and a friend formed a dance company together; she the choreographer, he the solo dancer.  This quickly led to Canadian touring dates in Montreal, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, and Toronto, and culminated in a performance in New York City at the International Dance Festival.

While finishing school, working full time, dancing and touring, Adam also took up springboard diving and earned a bronze medal at the first World Outgames in Montreal.  Adam is a vocal advocate for multisport games and looks forward to Gay Games 9 in Cleveland in 2014, and the World Outgames in Miami Beach in 2017.

Adam has been playing for three years in the Toronto Gay Football League, and enjoys the company of the many new friends made in the TGFL.  Previously, Adam played in the Cabbagetown Group Softball League for two years.  Outside of organised sports, Adam enjoys training in Parkour, and survived the Tough Mudder.

Adam believes in the power of sport to help people and communities build trust, self-confidence, and meaningful connection, and the ability of the equal playing field to break down perceptions of difference.  Joining the board of OUTSPORT TORONTO, Adam seeks to bring the qualities of character developed on the field through fun, mutual respect, mentoring, and coaching to the portfolio of Community Outreach.

adam.mcnair@OutSportToronto.org
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Catherine Meade
Director, Games

Catherine Meade is the Director, Multi-Sport Games for the City of Toronto.  In this role, she leads the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division’s 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Branch and has ultimate oversight over the 2012 Ontario Summer Games.  She earned a B.P.E. degree from McMaster University; an M.A. degree focused on sport administration and management from the University of Alberta; and an LL.B. degree, cum laude, from the University of Ottawa.

Catherine has a long history of involvement in the LGBT movement.  She was the President of Womonspace, a lesbian social and recreational organisation in Edmonton in the early 1990’s.  She attended the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Gay Games.  As well, she led city teams preparing for each of those Gay Games and was a member of Toronto’s Bid Team to host the 2002 Gay Games. 

In 2004, Catherine became a founding board member and Co-President of the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Organization (GLISA).  As such, she oversaw the delivery of the 2006 World Outgames in Montreal, the 2005 North American Outgames in Calgary and the 2008 Asia-Pacific Outgames in Melbourne.  In addition, Catherine served on the Site Selection Committee for the 2009 World Outgames in Copenhagen.

Catherine also has an extensive volunteer background in mainstream sport, the highlights of which include working with the 1993 World University Games, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 and 2011 Canada Winter Games.  

Through the years, Catherine has served on the boards of the National Association of Women & Law, the Metropolitan Community Church Toronto, the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, and numerous other community organisations such as women’s shelters and the Black Educators’ Association.

Before commencing her law degree, Catherine worked as a human rights/equity professional for eight years with organisations such as: the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

catherine.meade@OutSportToronto.org
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James Scott
Director, Membership and Member Services

James graduated from McMaster University with a commerce degree, and joined the Hudson's Bay Company upon graduation. It was this, his current job, that was the original impetus for a move to Toronto in 2007, however, he was soon able solidify his roots in the city, by way of becoming involved in the LGBT sport community.

Joining the Cabbagetown Group Softball League introduced James to Toronto's best kept secret - a thriving, inclusive, and healthy community of LGBT-friendly athletes. Through friends he made on his softball team, he took up curling as a winter sport. He became involved in an informal football "pick-up" game in 2009, and then with a team of committed volunteers, took up the task of establishing the Toronto Gay Football League. As assistant commissioner, he saw the league launch in 2010 with +75 players and five teams, and is looking forward to starting year two with upwards of 100 players and 2 to 3 additional teams.

James has a great appreciation for the power of sport to create a community of inclusiveness and healthy living. He is thrilled to be apart of the OutSport Toronto board, as director of membership and member services.

james.scott@OutSportToronto.org
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Shawn Sheridan
Chair

Shawn Sheridan has been involved in sport in various capacities for more than 25 years. He spent over 15 years actively involved in aquatics as an instructor, lifeguard, swimmer, and examiner for the National Lifeguard Service, over ten years as an avid rock climber, seven years as a horseman, picked up cross-country skiing a couple of years ago, is a sailor, and has dabbled in running, squash, and other sports activities.  As the representative of Crag Crux Climbers (the former LGBT climbing group), he was involved in the formation of OUTSPORT TORONTO as a member of the governance committee, and was appointed its Chair in June of 2010.

Outside of sport, Shawn has held a number of executive-level information technology positions with national and international financial services firms, and has worked as well in consumer packaged goods, retail, insurance, and consulting industries, and runs his own web delivery and information technology company.  He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.Math in Computer Science.

shawn.sheridan@OutSportToronto.org
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Gerlinde Weger
Director, Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations

Gerlinde Weger is an Organisation Change Management professional who specialises in the design, development and overall implementation of company-wide Strategic Change initiatives.  Having started her career in international advertising - working in Canada, Germany and Hong Kong - Gerlinde then joined a ground breaking Internet development company where she lead teams that created first full service online banking site in Europe and the first personalised, data-base driven banking site in the United States.

With a passion for social contribution, Gerlinde has served on the boards of, and consulted to grass roots and national volunteer associations.

Gerlinde.Weger@OutSportToronto.org
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OUTSPORT TORONTO is generously funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

OUTSPORT TORONTO is a member of the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association.