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MEET THE TIRF TEAM

Leadership Team

Amanda Neale-Robinson Communications Officer

Amanda Neale-Robinson
Executive Director


Amplifying impact

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.

Cassie Collins
Program Manager


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.

Josh Fernandes
Program & Outreach Coordinator


Making Rugby Everyone’s Game

As Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Josh is responsible for organizing and delivering the rugby and professional development programs for youth. With a Bachelors of Sport Management from Brock University, Josh thought he could only turn to professional sport once completing university. Being apart of the TIRF Summer Dream Team in 2017, he realized the power of sport for development. He loved TIRF so much he came back in 2018 where he then became a TIRF Scholarship recipient. Since then, Josh has spent time with the Botswana National Olympic Committee working on policy development.

Josh’s love for sport is only topped by his love for hot sauce. He hopes to be knighted by the Hot Sauce royals as Sir Racha.

Community Rugby Program Staff

These inspiring peer-leaders are the driving force behind TIRF’s Community Rugby Program.

Selena

Youth Program Supervisor

Evan

Youth Program Supervisor

Kara

Rugby to Reading Coordinator

Sultan

Youth Program Supervisor

Nana

Youth Program Supervisor

Zulfi

Rugby Facilitator

Pippi

Rugby Facilitator

Abyan

Rugby Facilitator