Name: Ashley Gagnon
Position: Aquatic Coordinator – Mini U Programs
Contact: office 204-474-6508
Education/Certifications/Awards: Masters of Physical Therapy - University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Kinesiology (Athletic Therapy) - University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Arts - University of Calgary
Licensed Physiotherapist, Sport First Responder Certification with CPR Level C, Non Violent Crisis Intervention
Graduate of the Year (Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management 2008), Gord Mackie Scholarship recipient (2007).
Experience with Children:
Ashley's first joined the Mini U team in 2006 with the first of three summers as a Mini U Supervisor. Upon graduation from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and certification as an Athletic Therapist, Ashley worked as a Customer Service Representative and Customer Service Supervisor for Active Living. Ashley also led many group fitness classes at the University including her popular early morning boot camp, and in 2010 returned to Mini U as the Aquatics Coordinator. In this role Ashley developed and implemented new aquatic programs (i.e. Youth Beginner I Can Swim) as well as new integrative programming for children with special needs (Movement Camp).
In the fall of 2012 Ashley left Mini U to pursue a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. After completing the program and practicing as a Physiotherapist Ashley’s passion for promoting healthy, active living and creating opportunities for children and youth of all abilities to develop physical literacy led her to return to Mini U.
Ashley’s unique combination of educational and professional experiences have demonstrated a passion for children, leadership and health promotion through physical activity. Moving forward in this role Ashley is excited to continue to develop inclusive and integrative opportunities for children and families to be physically active.
Years with Mini U Programs: Began as a Supervisor in 2006
Favourite Camp Activities: Kinect - 4
Favourite Sport / Activites: Group fitness classes (as an instructor and participant), running, hiking, biking & white water rafting
Favourite Mini U Moment: Opening the garage door each morning for the eager campers!