Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba, has extensive experience working with athletes in both Canada and the United States at all levels of performance. She has attended almost every multi-sport games from the Canada Games to the Olympics and Paralympics, and has travelled extensively with a wide range of teams. In addition to her work in sport, Dr. Leslie-Toogood has worked with several other high performers including medical doctors, business leaders, and performing artists. A highly sought after speaker, she has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented numerous times at International conferences, and has been a guest for popular media sources including CJOB, CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Sun, CTV and others. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and an active member of several other professional associations. Prior to returning to Canada, she was a faculty member at Kansas State University where she was the Coordinator of the Curriculum for Student Services in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Athletic Department Liaison. She believes in empowering people to manage their humanity so they are able to maximize their human potential. She works hard to ensure that people are able to fully enjoy their entire life experience (the highs and lows) and that they are continually learning and growing both as a person and performer. Dr. Leslie-Toogood draws from several psychological theories including humanism, mindfulness and CBT. Her personal mission statement is “passion, commitment and intensity unleash a new freedom of an energetic, balanced and holistic person who is healthy for life”.
Dr. Leslie-Toogood uses an individualized approach to enhancing performance. She works hard to create a trusting relationship and utilizes critical conversations as necessary. She is available for both group and individual service delivery, and has many tools in her repertoire including bio- and neuro-feedback. Notably, most extended health care plans cover psychological services.
Individual, group, Skype and telephone consulting services available.
Donna Harris, is a Chartered Professional Coach skilled in program development and execution. Prior to moving into her current role in the wellness field, Donna was an athlete and coach in the sport of Track and Field with the University of Manitoba. A 4-time CIS (USport) medalist and All-Canadian athlete, she transitioned from athlete to coach and held concurrent roles as a Track and Field coach and sport administrator while working full time for various sport organizations including Athletics Canada.
While working in sport, Donna led the development and implementation of various national and provincial programs while in leadership roles with Athletics Canada, Athletics Manitoba and Racquetball Canada. Donna holds a Master of Arts in Kinesiology; her thesis explored the impact of passion on the performance and lives of elite coaches and their partners. The research lends insight into the elements we all require to thrive in our personal and professional lives. Donna now takes the outcomes of her research, couples it with current studies and applies it daily in her work as a wellness consultant in the private sector.
Michelle Sawatzky -Koop grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba where she attended the Steinbach Regional Secondary School and graduated in 1988. She led her volleyball team to the 1987 “AA”Provincial Championship. The starting setter on the 1989 Canada Summer Games Bronze Medalist Team, she was recruited to play with the University of Manitoba Lady Bisons from 1988 to 1993. At the University of Manitoba she was the starting setter as they won the National Championship in 1990, ’91 and ’92. Throughout her University career she garnered many personal awards – she was named CIAU Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, she was named the University of Manitoba Female Athlete of the year.
Internationally, Michelle was a member of the Junior National team in 1990 and also of two World Student Games teams in 1991 and 1992. May of 1993 marked the start of Michelle’s career as a member of the Senior National Team. In 1995, she was part of the bronze medal finish at the Pan American Games in Argentina. March of 1996 the team qualified for the Olympic Games and in July of that same year, the team finished 9th at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Volleyball is not the only facet of Michelle’s life. Music is certainly the other side of things. Michelle began to study music at the age of 4 and studied piano and voice for many year. She graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Music in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance. In 1992 and 1993, she participated in the National Music Competition and also in 1993, completed a 12-concert solo piano tour of Western Canada. As a member of the National Youth Choir in 1992 and 1993, she performed throughout Canada and at the World Symposium of Choirs.
Since the Olympics, Michelle has been a motivational speaker and has shared her story across Canada. Hers is a story of overcoming obstacles and persevering “no matter what” to reach her dream. Michelle relate’s her inspiring story of growing up in Canada and against the odds achieving her dream of making it to the Olympics on the Canadian National Team. She was constantly being underestimated by coaches and team members because her relatively short stature as a volleyball player. But her love of the game and her determination to practice,train,and work hard toward her dream allowed her to navigate the obstacles and opportunities she faced. Michelle’s accomplishments speak of the heart of a true champion.