As Executive Director, Amanda is eager to foster even more opportunities to help support the development of healthy, vibrant young people. In her role, Amanda works in partnership with governing bodies, rugby clubs and the education, private, and public sectors to build stronger communities. Amanda brings 18 years of integrated marketing communications experience in addition to nearly a decade of experience focused on building capacity for youth-serving organizations. Prior to joining TIRF, Amanda worked in broadcasting, sponsorship, event planning, and non-profit consulting. She currently serves on the board of directors at Netball Ontario and continues to support grassroots projects through her work with The ReDesign Group.
Amanda is selfless with her time, but is not very good sharing her chocolates.
Bridging needs and opportunity
As the Program Manager, Cassie is responsible for developing and delivering the rugby and professional development programs targeted towards youth and caring adults. With an Honours BSc Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Fitness Science from York University, Cassie initially started her career as an exercise physiologist. Cassie has since run an after-school multi-sport program in a Cree Community in Northern Quebec, managed the Adventure Running Kids program and an Adventure Running Race Series, and has coordinated girls physical activity offers across the GTA, and developed training programs for program leaders across Canada.
Cassie, had the patience and drive to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, but has no patience or drive to wait for the TTC.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coach of Youth Rugby and Belonging
Establishing safe spaces
As Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coach of Youth Rugby and Belonging, Spencer is responsible for expanding on the delivery of TIRF’s youth and high-school aged programming in both high performance and community rugby areas, through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. In his role, Spencer will be working directly with youth aged 12 to 19, caring adults, and partners-in-play to increase the engagement, and stewardship of, self-identifying BIPOC youth athletes onto, and through, the rugby player pathway. Spencer brings over 30 years of coaching experience where he led sevens and 15’s programs at the local, regional, provincial, and national team levels in both men’s and women’s rugby. His extensive knowledge of the sport has brought him all around the world where he has coached various teams and introduced the game of rugby to many youth.
Program & Outreach Coordinator
Making Rugby Everyone’s Game
As Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Evan is responsible for organizing and delivering the rugby and professional development programs for youth. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s in Geography, Evan strived to find a way to combine his love for sport and rugby with his passion for social development. As a member of the TIRF Summer Dream Team in 2019, he was able to witness first-hand how two of his greatest passions could work together to inspire and transform the lives of youth. Since then, he has worked closely with TIRF to increase engagement and recruitment in priority neighbourhoods.
Evan’s passion for the game of rugby can only be matched by his love of the Toronto Maple Leafs. That is, when they finally make it past the first round of the playoffs.
These inspiring peer-leaders are the driving force behind TIRF’s Community Rugby Program.