Episode #30: Jayme Menzies
February 15, 2021
Jayme Menzies is proud of her Metis heritage. She loves her family and enjoys speaking of her parents’ unconditional support throughout her entire life journey. She played 5 years of post-secondary volleyball at the University of Winnipeg; she is presently the head coach of the Canadian Mennonite University women’s volleyball team, has been the head coach of the 19U Female North American Indigenous Games provincial team since 2012, assistant coached Team ‘Toba to Canada Games gold in 2017, has coached numerous school and club teams, she’s the founder and a head coach for Agoojin Volleyball Club AND most recently, was named the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council’s Female Coach of the DECADE!
And we haven’t even begun to talk about her journey through education, her adventure of working for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits OR the fact that she is “Mom” to a beautiful, 2-year-old boy, Kona Salix.
It’s a lot to take in, but after hearing Jayme share her story, you will find that it’s pretty simple for her. She is on a mission to bring equal opportunity to Indigenous people, celebrate her Metis heritage as an example for others to do the same, and bring her “whole self” to everything she does.
No question, Jayme Menzies is a “Hero in our Midst,” and we hope you enjoy our conversation with her.
“…over the course of the past 15 years I’ve worked really hard to actually make that idea a practice and to make it a part of my coaching every day. And not only to bring my whole self but to allow space for my athletes’ whole selves.”