Team ISWO

Stephen Kwinter 

Executive Director

Dale T. Plett

Director of Engagement, Operations and Policy

Dale.Plett@iswo.ca

Dale proudly hails from the Fish Clan of Chippewas of Rama First Nation. She is a bookworm, enjoys a fine fountain pen and loves to laugh. She is married to Galen and together have three beautiful children: Ngwis, Takoda, and Niko Grace. She can be found watching them play all the sports and is loving this season of life their family is in. Dale is passionate about sport and believes in the power it has to transform lives.

Clay Melnike

Senior Manager of Programming

Clay.Melnike@iswo.ca

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.

Keir Johnston

High Performance & Games Manager

Keir.Johnston@iswo.ca

Keir is a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. He grew up involved in a number of different sports. However, he found a passion for canoe/kayak after competing in the NAIG games in 2006. He then went on to compete nationally and internationally in the sport of canoe/kayak. Some of his highlights are winning gold at the Canada Summer Games in 2013, competing at the Pan Am Championships in Mexico as a junior, the Pan Am Championships in Puerto Rico as a senior and competing in four marathon World Championships. With his new leadership position with Team Ontario, he most looks forward to seeing youth from across the province experience the power of sport.

Mekwan Tulpin

High Performance Coordinator

Mekwan.Tulpin@iswo.ca

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

Daniel.Smith@iswo.ca

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.

Shawna Boyer

Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program Manager

Shawna.Boyer@iswo.ca

Shawna Boyer is from Mississauga First Nation, she worked there for five years before joining the ISWO team in the spring. She enjoyed working with the community, especially children and youth when she coordinated after-school activities.
Shawna tries to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle by staying active, hand drumming, doing 5K races, practicing yoga, plays coed and women’s slow pitch. This summer she had the opportunity to play Fastball at the Masters Indigenous Games and the Native National Slow Pitch Tournament. She also placed 3rd in the Annual Native Volleyball Championship, in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Kylie Thompson

Communications Coordinator

Kylie.Thompson@iswo.ca

Kylie, a proud member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne is a recent graduate of the Advertising, Marketing, and Communications Management program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She’s participated in a number of tournaments and sporting events such as the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the Little NHL as a youth and is looking forward to working with ISWO the develop sport and wellness programs for Indigenous Youth in Ontario.

Megan Logeman

Research Assistant

Megan.Logeman@iswo.ca

Megan’s bio is coming soon!

Regional Coordinators

Caroline Calverley

Southeast Regional Coordinator

Caroline.Calverley@iswo.ca

Caroline is a Band Member from Rama First Nation, who has always loved working with children and youth and finding ways to include sports and games in that work. She looks forward to working together with Communities within the South East Region to provide opportunities for sport and wellness to their youth. Caroline believes that sport is a great vehicle for further enrichment in an individuals life, creating new learning opportunities that strengthen an individual and through that person, the community at large.

Carlyn Johnston

Southwest Regional Coordinator

Carlyn.Johnston@iswo.ca

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.

Heather Collins

North Central Regional Coordinator

Heather.Collins@iswo.ca

Heather grew up in Northwestern Ontario, with an avid passion for sport. She went to Concordia University for Leisure Sciences, which has helped her understand all aspects of why physical activities are so important.

Josh Carpenter

Northeast Regional Coordinator

Josh.Carpenter@iswo.ca

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.

Mike Luby

Northwest Regional Coordinator

Mike.Luby@iswo.ca

Mike Luby comes from Kenora, Ont.  He was the first person from Kenora to ever sign a NCAA D1 scholarship but decided to play Junior college at Salt Lake Community College.  After an injury there he moved back to Canada and finished playing at Brock University in 2012-2013.  After the season he entered the NBL draft and was a first-round draft pick in 2013 to the Saint John Millrats.  After getting hit with another injury he decided to move back to Kenora; to give back the knowledge he learned in his playing days.  Mike has already helped three youth make it to college and is very excited to join the ISWO team.  The future is looking bright for the North.

Hillary McGregor

Standing Bear Youth Leadership Program Coordinator

Hillary.McGregor@iswo.ca

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.