Meet Our Staff

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Name: Jay Gamey

Position: Director – Mini U Programs

Contact: office 204-474-6584 | jay.gamey@umanitoba.ca

Education/Certifications/Awards: Bachelor of Physical Education – University of Manitoba, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Emergency First Aide and CPR Level C, National Coaching Certification, Grey Cup Legacy Coaching Award Recipient, Mini U Leader of the Year 2004, UM Intramural Supervisor of the Year 2005, Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year 2008, University of Manitoba Outreach Award 2011.

Experience with Children:
Jay has been working with children and youth of all ages since 2001 and brings a wide range of experience related to leadership, recreation and sport to the programs.

While studying at the University of Manitoba, he began his career working with children as a basketball coach at local community centres, junior high, high schools and the Junior Bison Basketball Club in Winnipeg. During this time, he lead two teams to Provincial Basketball Championships and was named the Junior High Men’s Coach of the Year by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association. From there Jay became an entrepreneur in the basketball community starting the One on One Athletic Camps and One on One Stars Basketball Club. The program was targeted for elite basketball players and provided individualized instruction from University level athletes. In just 3 year’s the program grew to have over one hundred athletes, some continuing on to become local college/university level athletes. As a student Jay also spent time teaching teens sport management through ‘Career Trek’ – a program designed for young people to reach their full career and educational potential.

Jay began his career at the University of Manitoba as a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and Leader for the Mini U Programs. His passion for children and leadership guided him to seek out Supervisory roles both at Mini U and with the UM Intramural program. His experience with Faculty based programming and in sport brought him to the Sport Program Coordinator position where he implemented successful programs such as Steve Nash Youth Basketball, Goalie Training, Skateboarding and Active Gamers. After three years in this position, Jay was named the Director of the programs where he provides leadership to the Aquatic, Special Interest, Sport, Leadership & Community program areas. As the Director he has developed specific learning outcomes for all programs, programming designed for children with special needs, a research fund targeted to assist studies related to children’s physical activity, programming for indigenous youth and has established new leadership development positions within the department. The University recognized Jay as an Outreach Award recipient in this position for his programming for Indigenous youth who were evacuated due to flooding in 2011.

Moving forward Jay envisions building leadership development through physical activity as the focus of the Mini U Programs, creating more programs for indigenous peoples and for children with special needs.

Years with Mini U Programs: Began as a Leader in 2002.

Favorite Camp Activities: Kinect-4 & Pinguard

Favorite Sports / Activities: Football, hockey, beach volleyball & basketball. Also running with my dog Wrigley.

Favorite Mini U Moment: Every time a child jumps off the high diving board for the first time.