Clay Melnike, MA

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Clay is a highly passionate and visionary leader, consultant and coach who is focused on helping organizations to change while building capacity, and developing and sustaining internal resources. He has worked for more than 25 years with all levels of government, not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector. He believes that the key to a healthy non-profit organization is a progressive, sustainable and visionary Board of Directors.

For the past several years Clay has worked with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) to create a new sport pathway and to facilitate the development of sport and wellness in indigenous communities across the province of Ontario. As the leader of a team of Regional Co-ordinators and head office staff, Clay has been instrumental in a variety of initiatives across the province including: local sport and culture camps, the Ontario Indigenous Games, and the North American Indigenous Games (2017). Working to meet the enormous needs in the far north has been a particularly challenging and rewarding part of his work. Clay and his team are now in high gear for their most challenging initiative to date: the World Indigenous Masters Games (2018).

Clay is a Masters-prepared (Marketing Communications) consultant and is National trainer for the Canadian Sport for Life. After completing the training for coaching (Coaches Training Institute), Clay developed a comprehensive program for coaching and empowering at-risk youth which was adopted for extensive use by the Murray McKinnon Foundation.

In addition to ASWCO, current and past clients/contracts include: Humber College, Activate Aurora (Older Adults), Canadian Military, Curling Ontario and Canada Curling, Women’s Hockey Ontario, City of Calgary, YMCA, John Howard Society, Judo Ontario, Canadian Gymnastics, Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, Kufstein Tirol University of Applied Science (Kufstein, Austria) and Community Sports Council of Ontario.

Working with aging baby boomers and their desire for a new definition of aging is a growing area of interest for Diane and Clay. Those currently over age 55 are focused on “non-retirement” or “semi-retirement”, they want an active, healthy and involved lifestyle, and they want to make contributions to their communities. They seek to develop navigational intelligence, which is the ability to explore, find and use all of the resources to create their best life in “non-retirement”.  In 2014/2015 Clay was part of a research team who identified 8 factors to successful aging and published Durable by Design, Active for Life.  Diane and Clay welcome the opportunity to contribute in this area through facilitation, coaching and Masters Games.

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Diane Whittaker, MA, ACC

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Diane is an experienced consultant, coach, facilitator (classroom, on-line and blended), and instructional designer who has been helping organizations and their leaders be more effective for more than 25 years. She works in collaboration with client partners across many sectors: information technology, transportation, automotive, health care, financial services, government, retirement homes and social services.

As a coach, Diane believes that everyone has the capacity to live their best life, both professionally and personally. Coaching helps clients set goals, identify barriers, make sustainable changes, and be accountable to themselves and those around them. As a facilitator, she believes that experiential learning is the best way for all learners to make tangible and sustainable change; learning is more than a set of power point slides.

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