About Us

About the Sandra Schmirler Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has raised funds to save the lives of babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

Since 2001, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation has raised almost $6 million for more than 80 hospitals, in every province and territory, to purchase life-saving equipment for thousands of premature and critically ill babies and their families. It is the only foundation that gives to Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

But the work the foundation does isn’t just about equipment and machines. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has transformed the lives of thousands of families.

Giving critically ill newborns the chance to grow up to be champions like Sandra is an important way the Sandra Schmirler Foundation ensures Sandra’s courage and character live on.

Our Team

Board of directors

Bernadette McIntyre

Chair

A resident of Regina, SK Bernadette is an active curler and volunteer. She has chaired several high-profile curling events and volunteered on several boards of directors including Curl Regina and the Canadian Curling Association and is a member of the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame. Bernadette has both a B.A. in Economics and Administration from University of Saskatchewan and has completed her corporate directors’ course and received her ICD.D. She is a principle in Scoreco Consulting specializing in business consulting.

Ian Cunningham

Past Chair

Past Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Ian has played a key role in the growth of the Foundation. Ian has had executive positions with Capital One Financial Corp., Tangerine Bank and Technisys. His skills in financial services and corporate development combined with his love of curling and technology makes him an excellent leader in driving change and pushing our limits. Ian lives in Toronto, ON.

Nick Locke

Vice Chair

Nick began his career as a Chartered Accountant before moving to work in the non-profit sector where he has focused his work for 35 years. Nick’s passion is to guide non-profits through change to achieve growth and success. His expertise is strategic planning, team building and mentoring, major gifts and campaigns, stakeholder engagement, finance and communications. In his non-profit career he has raised over $700 million! He is originally from the UK but has lived all over Canada. He is currently living in Halifax, NS.

Janet Murphy

Vice Chair

Janet is a dynamic, self-motivated individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. A resident of Mississauga, ON, Janet is the Director of Curling and Head Professional at the Mississauga Golf & Country Club. Janet’s experience as a Curling Coach includes being a Hot Shots Curling Instructor, an Adult and Youth Curling Instructor for the World Curling Federation and a Curling Competition Development Coach with Curling Canada. Janet is curling competitively as a senior.

Craig Duff

Treasurer

Craig is a Senior Financial Executive in Toronto, ON with a proven track record related to strategically leading financing and risk management activities in challenging environments. He is an effective manager of complex projects involving strategic changes.  A solid team player who effectively leads people in a global environment to meet overall company objectives.

Cathy Overton-Clapham

Spirit of Sandra Scholarship Program Mentor

Cathy “O” is one of Manitoba’s most decorated curlers and was named the fifth greatest curler in history in a TSN poll in 2019. She is a two-time world champion and five-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion. She also has 10 Grand Slam of Curling victories. Cathy has been the mentor of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation’s Spirit of Sandra Scholarship program since its inception in 2013. She is currently the head coach of USA’s Team Christensen and, along with her husband, Mike, is a business owner in Winnipeg, MB.

Lisa Weagle

Spirit of Sandra Scholarship Program Mentor

Lisa is an Olympian and a World Champion curler with strong leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills. Lisa is a three-time Scottie Tournament of Hearts Champion and 10-time Grand Slam of Curling champion. She is a skilled communicator with over a dozen years of experience working and volunteering in government, private sector and non-profit organizations. Lisa is also a certified Coach and High-Performance Coaching Consultant with Curling Canada. Lisa currently resides in Ottawa, ON.

Catherine Hughes

Catherine’s professional career focused on work at Concordia University and McGill University in Montreal, QC where she still lives. She is an avid curler and curling fan. She has held many volunteer roles supporting and growing the sport she loves locally at the Montreal West Curling Club, provincially as the Chair of the Scott Tournament of Hearts in Quebec in 1987, 2002 and 2010 and nationally as the Co-Chair of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal in 2014.

Camille Cuthill

Camille is a proven, passionate senior fundraising and management professional with a broad base of experience, including thirty-plus years working specifically in the health care, education and social services non-profit charitable sector. A native of Dorval, Quebec Camille has worked and lived in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario and is a current resident of Qualicum Beach, BC.

Julie McMullin

Kerry Galusha

Kerry was born and raised in Yellowknife and works for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Justice as a Senior Finance Officer. Kerry has represented the NWT at numerous curling national events such as juniors, mixed and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Kerry is also involved in coaching the junior program at the Yellowknife Curling Club.

Kyle Barron

Kyle is a two-time recipient of the Spirit of Sandra Scholarship and a three-time provincial champion curler in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is currently working towards his Masters of Education degree at Mount Saint Vincent University following completion of a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science in Applied Math at Memorial University. Kyle is a Math, Science and Technology teacher and lives in Stephenville, NL.

Mark Lang

Mark is recently retired from his role as the Regina Office Managing Partner of KPMG. In conjunction with his 40-year career with KPMG Mark has maintained a 40-year involvement with his community. He has previously served in various capacities including Chair on the Boards of Regina Downtown, Regina Globe Theatre, Queen City Kinsmen Club, Economic Development Regina Inc. and Wascana Country Club. He was also the Finance Chair for the 2018 Memorial Cup, the Sponsorship Chair for the 1998 Scott Tournament of Hearts and Finance Chair for Kinsmen Telemiracle, 14.

Tara Lee Popil

Sandra’s Cousin

Tara is a wife to Dean and mom to Madelyn and Emerson. Tara was born and raised in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and made Regina her home in 1993. Tara has her Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies from the University of Regina as well as the Canadian Society Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer. Tara has worked in the Public Health Sector for her entire 24-year career with 22 years as an Exercise Therapist working with children with special needs. Tara is Sandra Schmirler’s first cousin and represents a voice on behalf of Sandra’s family to the decisions made by the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Board of Directors.

Advisors

Shannon England

Chris Atchison

Theresa Breen

Steve Doty

Ambassadors

Sara and Jenna England (Sandra’s Daughters)

Honourees

Jan Betker

Third, Team Schmirler

Joan McCusker

Second, Team Schmirler

Marcia Gudereit

Lead, Team Schmirler

Atina Ford Johnston

Alternate, Team Schmirler

Anita Ford

Coach, Team Schmirler

Lindsay Sparkes

Team Leader

Vic Rauter

Sportscaster, TSN

Scott Higgins

Senior Producer, TSN

Anne Merklinger

SSF Founder

Robin Wilson

SSF Founder

SUPPort team

Brenda Gallagher

Director of Operations

Brenda has worked for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for 10 years. She has over 25 years experience working with charities and non-profit organizations including national sport organizations. Brenda is passionate about helping the Foundation reach its potential to help as babies as possible who are born too soon, too small or too sick.

Tanya Martin

Program & Financial Services Manager

Tanya has worked for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for 5 years.  She has endless volunteer experience in youth sports and educational fields while raising three children.  Tanya was previously employed at the Red Cross in their fractionation department.   Tanya was born in Biggar, SK and she feels that sharing hometowns with the Foundation’s namesake adds a special connection to an already rewarding career.

Darren McEwen

Digital Content Manager

Darren grew up in Southwestern Ontario while idolizing Sandra and her team. During the 1998 Nagano Olympics he sent Team Schmirler a note wishing them well and much to his surprise received a response from Sandra. Two decades later he began working with Sandra’s Foundation at the 2016 Telethon, live tweeting and connecting donors and followers to the important cause. Over the years his professional experience in broadcasting and marketing has led him to work with Teams Homan, Jones, Koe and Bottcher to coordinate social media. He’s a two-time Canadian Gay Curling Champion and led the Getting Started League at the Ottawa Curling Club.

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