Stephen Kwinter 

Executive Director

Clay Melnike

Senior Manager of Programming

Clay completed his undergraduate and master’s early in his career and focused on sport and recreation development, marketing and business planning.  Clay is a planner, trainer, and leader who has worked for over 30 years in the two worlds about which he is most passionate: sport and youth development.  Clay is currently one of the senior managers responsible for planning and program development for the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario.  Exciting Aboriginal events Clay has recently worked on include: 2017 North American Indigenous Games, 2017 National Aboriginal Physical Activity & Wellness Conference and the 2018 Masters Indigenous Games.

Mekwan Tulpin

High Performance Coordinator

Having participated in three North American Indigenous Games as an athlete, coach and sport manager, Mekwan sought additional leadership opportunities and certifications outside of multiple workplace settings within Aboriginal organizations. Mekwan is a proud Ontarian of Mushkegowuk Cree and Belgian descent as a member of Fort Albany First Nation. She hails mainly from Simcoe in Norfolk County, but currently resides on Six Nations territory.

Daniel Smith

Manager, Events & Office Operations

Growing up in Toronto, Daniel became enamoured with Sport at a very young age and pursued his passion by studying Sport Management at Brock University. After working in Sport Administration roles for the University of Toronto and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Daniel was appointed to the Host Organizing Committees for the 2016 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games. In September 2018, Daniel joined the ISWO family full time as the Manager, Events & Office Operations, a role which he believes will allow him to continue sharing his passion and love of Sport & Recreation with Indigenous Youth across Ontario and the rest of Turtle Island.

Regional Coordinators

Carlyn Johnston

Southwest Regional Coordinator

Carlyn Johnston is a member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Community, currently working in the role of Southwest Regional Coordinator for the Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario, on a part-time basis. Carlyn is very passionate about sport and recreation, having grown up playing hockey and soccer, and participating and competing in swimming, snowboarding, cross country skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Johnston studied Kinesiology at Western University, has competed as a part of Team Canada, and competed at the World Championships for Marathon Kayaking. As a youth, she’s competed as a swimmer at NAIG in Winnipeg and Denver, and since then has become a coach for the Team Ontario Canoe/Kayak Team for NAIG Regina and Toronto.

Hannah Leaf

Southeast Regional Coordinator

Hannah is a proud Mohawk woman from Akwesasne, raising four daughters, and leading a healthy active life as a mom, coach and athlete. She is currently working towards completing her certification as a Competitive Box Lacrosse Coach, and coaches and plays lacrosse at many different levels. Hannah is also the Head Coach for the U19 Women’s Aboriginal Team Ontario for the upcoming NAIG. She looks forward to leading and promoting positive sport and recreation programs with Indigenous youth, families and communities within her region.

Josh Carpenter

Northeast Regional Coordinator

Joshua Carpenter was born in Peterborough, Ontario. His mother is a Seneca women from Six Nations of the Grand River and his father is an Anishinabe man from Curve Lake. Joshua currently lives about an hour east of Sudbury, Ontario. Joshua has been involved in sports and mental wellness programming his entire life.

Joshua was a member of five high school city basketball championships and four NOSSA basketball championships at Lasalle Secondary in Sudbury, Ontario; he also played basketball at Acadia University, located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Helping Indigenous youth improve their skills in basketball has been a passion of Joshua’s for the last 10 years.  He applies this same passion for sport and wellness in his position as the North East Regional Coordinator.

Justin Sackaney

Northeast Regional Coordinator

Justin’s lineage is mainly from 3 communities on the James Bay Coast, namely Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Fort Albany.  He calls Fort Albany home.  Justin relocated to Fort Albany in 2006 after completing his first University degree in Psychology.  Upon experiencing a busy active life outside of school while growing up in Timmins, he noticed a gap in programming at Fort Albany’s gymnasium during the evenings. Justin developed a basketball program and spent numerous hours in the evenings playing sports with Fort Albany’s young people for 12 years. This experience helped him develop skills for fostering youth leadership, and saw first-hand the benefits of what sport can do for one’s development.

Justin has participated in numerous ISWO sporting events, first as a youth and then as an adult, playing basketball.  Recently he has been involved in sharing the joys of participating in sport events as a coach/mentor, with the community of Fort Albany.

Justin is excited to connect with other communities in the Northeast region who are looking for ways to engage youth.

Bailey Meawasige

Northcentral Regional Coordinator

Bailey Meawasige is 27 years old and a member of Fort William First Nation. She is a graduate of the Police Foundations Program at Sault College and did her first year at Confederation College. She achieved a GPA of 3.8 in both years of Police Foundations and has recently been accepted into Lakehead University where she would like to complete a Degree in Psychology. Bailey is a Team Ontario alumni who played in two National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and has been apart of the Team Ontario Coaching Staff for the last two seasons. Bailey’s career goals are to continue to work closely with communities and eventually work in the Police force.

Hillary McGregor

Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program Coordinator

Hillary McGregor is a 22yr-old Anishnaabe youth from Whitefish River First Nation. Hillary received an Advanced Diploma in Sport Management from Humber College in 2017 and has continued his studies in Anishnaabemowin and Program Development at Georgian College.

Hillary is a youth leadership coordinator for the Standing Bear Indigenous Youth Leadership Program at Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario. Through his work, Hillary was a youth lead in consulting just over 500 Indigenous youth from across North America on leadership, mental health, sport, and wellness.

Hillary is passionate about sport for development and the positive impact of sport and recreation on Indigenous youth. Further, Hillary prides himself on being an advocate for Indigenous youth in Ontario.

Tania Cameron

Northwest Regional Coordinator