Our team

Richard Monette: lead of AfL

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

Everything. A professor once called me a “renaissance man”. It’s a great description of my perspective on school and learning in general.

What’s your favourite family tradition and why?

We dress up to watch the Academy Award or “Oscars”. My wife wears her wedding dress every year!

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned during your time with Active for Life?

Unfortunately, our society has changed so much in such a short period of time when it comes to children’s level of play and physical activity. The change has been so sudden from active play outside to inactive play inside that parents have a hard time grasping the situation.

Sara Smeaton: content, social media

What’s your favourite childhood memory and why?

Playing “tree school” in the backyard with my brother.

What’s your favourite time of day and why?

Definitely morning. I use the hours in the early morning before everyone else is awake to work out, write, create, and be still. This gives me lots of energy for the day… until around 9 p.m. when I am the first to crash.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned during your time with Active for Life?

Active for Life has been like a multi-disciplinary graduate program for me. And I am most grateful for all of my teachers.

Jim Grove: content, professional resources, social media

What’s your favourite way to be active and why?

Playing soccer and hiking. Through soccer, I experience social connection, fun, fitness, and a never-ending brain puzzle in the actual playing of the game – the brain part is very important to me. Through hiking, I reconnect with nature on a regular basis and find my “source”.

What’s your favourite time of year and why?

I like every season, but summer probably wins by a nose. I just about live outdoors between gardening, hiking, camping, coaching, and playing soccer.

Do you have a nickname?

The Professor, or simply Professor. I’ve been repeatedly given this name in different school, work, and social settings by completely unrelated friends and colleagues since I was about 10 years old.

Dingo Hart: design

What’s your favourite time of day and why?

Right before bed. I love to sleep.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned during your time with Active for Life?

How to use my time wisely.

Do you have a nickname?

Yes. Darryl Sometimes.

Michael Brynjolfson: production

What’s your favourite way to be active and why?

Triathalons – it works your whole body and is the epitome of what physical literacy is about – variety of sport.

What’s your favourite time of year and why?

Summer – riding your mountain bike, running a trail, or swimming in the ocean … those things aren’t as fun in winter.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned during your time with Active for Life?

That Physical literacy is for everyone everywhere and is the most important thing to improve quality of life.

Émilie Roy: French content, social media

What’s your favourite way to be active and why?

I do intensive training in road cycling, but since I’m not an Olympic athlete, my coach included my little pleasures in my training plan, such as ice hockey, ball hockey, the golf, etc.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

When I was little, I loved school and I would have a hard time choosing a subject. Physical education absolutely, mathematics, and art to express myself.

What’s your favourite vacation spot and why?

Cuba, without a doubt … and Tucson, Arizona! Cuba for the people – so loving, warm – and for the simplicity and beauty of the landscapes, and Arizona for the dry climate and the most beautiful places to ride a bike!

Liz Smeaton: partnerships/outreach

What’s your favourite vacation spot and why?

Anywhere where good food, family, and friends are hanging.

What’s your favourite childhood memory and why?

Playing Lucy in the production of “Charlie Brown”; my world opened up to the possibility of being involved in the arts.

What’s your favourite time of day and why?

My favourite time of day is evening. Time with family and checking in on how the day unfolded. I always ask the questions: “Did you laugh today and how was lunch”?

Lynn Jobe: partnerships/alliance

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I loved biology as well as anatomy and physiology. Learning about how my body works was always interesting to me!

What is your favourite vacation spot and why?

Australia was a family trip that we’ll never forget. From the beaches of the Gold Coast to snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef to soaring in a glider above Mount Buffalo National Park, the trip was filled with exciting adventures. Returning to Australia or perhaps heading to New Zealand is on my wish list.

What is your favourite family tradition and why?

When we lived in Ontario, a family hike was our Thanksgiving weekend tradition. We would gather as many members of our extended family as possible and typically we would hike along the Bruce Trail. Hiking along the limestone cliffs somewhere up the Bruce Peninsula overlooking a mottled canvas of trees with their fall colours with Georgian Bay as a backdrop made every hike special.

Jaime Neefs: content, social media

What’s your favourite way to be active and why?

I love to play, coach and referee soccer! Each role lets me experience a different part of the game in an active way. I’ve also been practicing my frisbee skills, but that’s still a work in progress.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

After I took Introductory Psychology in my first year at University I was hooked! I took almost every psychology course offered at my school and my favourite was Positive Psychology – the science of happy people!

What is your favourite family tradition and why?

My family loves sports and when I was younger we used to play “mini sticks” every night after dinner. I was the goalie and my Dad’s shoes were the net. Nowadays, my Dad and I take the ferry to Michigan and eat at our favourite pizza place. I dream about that pizza.

Sarah Parker: content

What’s your favourite way to be active and why?

I love to ski. It’s something I’ve done my whole life and has been a big part of my social life as most of my friends ski too. My husband has also been a lifelong skier and snowboarder, so we can’t wait to get our young daughter out on the slopes and start taking family vacations!

What’s your favourite time of year and why?

September. I love the light at that time of year, and how it’s warm during the day and cool in the evening. I still always think of September as the time of new beginnings. Even though summer is still trying to linger on, the transition of the season feels hopeful.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

English, always. I’ve loved to write since I was kid and it’s always come naturally to me.