CIRA Ontario Executive
Chris is an elementary physical education teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board with 27 years experience in kindergarten to grade 12. During that time, he was the President of the PhysEd Association and wrote Board Curriculum. He has been a member of CIRA Ontario since his first year of teaching and an executive member for over 10 years. He is also a course director and course coordinator for the Ontario Education Leadership Centre in intermediate athletics programming. Chris has written or co-written 10 resources for CIRA Ontario, including TGFU Invasion Territory Games, Extraordinary Games and DPA the CIRA Way. Chris has run over 150 workshops across Canada and into the United States on fun active participation for all. He has a passion for spirit days and student leadership within the school setting.
Andy has been an active member of the CIRA executive for over 20 years, and is finishing his teaching career of 34 years, at Erin Centre M.S. in Mississauga. He is also an instructional leader for York in their HPE additional qualifications program, and is a part-time lecturer at Redeemer University College in Hamilton. Andy has authored or co-authored twelve resources for CIRA, including World's Greatest Dodgeball Games, Counting on Sum Fun, Ready Set Relay and A Round of Circle Games. Andy has presented on behalf of CIRA over 300 times and is regarded as an engaging and energetic leader, ready to learn and eager to share.
Aviva has been a Health and Physical Education specialist with the Peel District School Board for over ten years. She is a three time recipient of PDSB Award of Distinction. Aviva is a CIRA Ontario Lifetime Member and received the CIRA Ontario Doyle-Harkness Honorary Award in 2016. She infuses CIRA activities into her daily program, loves to coach cross country running and track & field and believes in healthy active living.
Michelle is known for her upbeat, “make-it-easy” approach to healthy and active living, and she “walks her talk” as an active role model at work, with her family and with her friends and teammates. Michelle is a full-time Professor in the School of Sport and Recreation at Canadore College and a practical instructor in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University. She volunteers and facilitates for various provincial, regional and local groups specializing in physical activity promotion. Teachers rave about her ability to connect with both students and teachers in a fun and meaningful way.
Robert Matheson teaches elementary physical education at a French immersion school in Eastern Ontario. He has been a member of the Upper Canada District's School Board's Physical Literacy team since it began. He has presented physical education workshops at local, provincial and national conferences. As a member of CIRA's executive, he has co-authored two books on Fundamental Movement Skills and two other CIRA resources. Mr. Matheson has served on two Physical and Health Education Canada committees and piloted some of its resources. He has written material for the Ottawa Senators and Skate Canada online educational programs. He teaches coaches and refs basketball during the winter and teaches tennis during the summer.
Monica is the K-12 Physical Education and Healthy Schools Consultant in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. She has been teaching, coaching and running intramurals for 28 years. Monica has presented PE workshops at local, provincial and national conferences. She is the recipient of several professional awards and is a ball hockey fanatic.
Kirstin has been an elementary HPE teacher in the Peel District School Board for over 15 years. In 2002, Kirstin received Peel’s Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to public education. Kirstin holds a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Master of Arts in Psychology of Sport. Kirstin is passionate about helping children to lead active, healthy lives and provides many opportunities for her students to engage in physical activities both at school and in the community. She was the coordinator of Morton Way Public School’s “Walk and Roll” program which won the International Walk to School Award in 2005. Kirstin has contributed to the writing of several CIRA Ontario resources and is the co-author of "Perfect Practice: Learn to Play" Functional Fitness Charts produced by Thompson Educational Publishing. She is a regular workshop presenter. As an alpine ski coach, Kirstin has been involved in dryland and on-snow training for over 30 years. In the last 10 years, Kirstin has developed a passion for long-distance running and has completed many half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon with her husband and son.
Stephanie Burt currently works in the Parks & Recreation Department for the Corporation of the Town of Hanover in the area of Aquatics. She is an occasional teacher for the Bluewater District School Board. Steph graduated from Redeemer University College in 2017. She served as the CIRA Ontario Intern and Summer Student in 2016 and as the Assistant Coordinator for the Ontario Physical Literacy Conference in 2016. Steph has a great passion for getting all ages moving and allowing them to experience the holistic benefits of physical activity.
David Inglis is a Health and Physical Education teacher at H.B. Beal SS and former Learning Co-ordinator for Health and Physical Education in the Thames Valley District School Board. He has been a teacher, department head, athletic director, coach and intramural advocate for 32 years. David presently serves as an active member of the Canadian Intramural and Recreation Association (CIRA), and is an active member of the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Educators, presently serving as co-President. David is also a member of Ophea’s Curriculum Advisory Committee and has contributed to the development of the 2015 secondary health and physical education curriculum. David has a passion for physical activity, health and physical eductation curriculum development and engaging staff and students in all types of play.
Peter is an elementary physical education teacher for the Halton District School Board with 25 years experience in kindergarten to grade 10. During that time, he has been recognized for his contributions to education with the OASPHE Advocacy Award for Teacher Leadership and the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement award in 2013. Peter is President of the Mountain Volleyball Club and Vice-president of the Hamilton Beach Volleyball Club and has been coaching club volleyball for the past 15 years. He was recognized by the Ontario Volleyball Association this season receiving the OVA Developmental Coach of the year. In addition Peter volunteers his time as a Rep Coach with the Burlington Force Basketall Club. He is also a course director for the Ontario Education Leadership Centre (OELC) in intermediate athletics for the past 20 years. Peter has a strong passion for empowering students to believe in themselves and lead by example. Peter co-wrote the TGFU Invasion Territory Games for CIRA Ontario, and has run several workshops for CIRA over the past several years.