Director, Programs & Education
Tricia began her career teaching elementary school Physical Education and coaching a variety of teams and clubs. She then began working in the non-profit sector and now has over 12 years of experience developing and delivering education and recreation programs for children and youth. Prior to working at PHE Canada, Tricia coordinated the youth programs with the Department of Recreation and Athletics at Carleton University. She was also the Director of Programs with Clean Air Champions, a national charity delivering school programs inspiring youth to live health, sustainable lifestyles. Tricia is passionate about developing health and wellness programs for all children and youth that are both equitable and inclusive. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and is currently completing a Master of Education at the University of New Brunswick. In her spare time, Tricia enjoys playing hockey, coaching hockey, and spending time with her husband chasing after their three young children.
Lead, Programs & Resources
Kelsey is passionate about developing, implementing, and promoting inclusive health and physical activity programs and resources. She is an advocate for youth involvement in sport and physical activity, as she has experienced the positive effects they can have on overall physical, cognitive, and social development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Ottawa. She has experience working for non-profit sport and recreation organizations at the community, provincial, and national levels. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys practicing yoga, playing recreational sports with friends, adventuring outdoors, volunteering for youth sports programs, and spending time at the beach near her home in Nova Scotia.
Lead, Special Projects & Resources
Ryan is a husband, educator and reflective thinker. He is passionate about wellness, physical education and healthy schools as well as the intersectionality between health, education and innovation. Originally from the land of the Mi’kma’ki, he started his career teaching, coaching, and running a mobile personal training business out of his hatchback. Ryan has worked provincially, nationally and internationally in various educational roles within non-profit and private education spaces. While teaching and coaching abroad, he authored his first of three books on personal growth and wellbeing. In his spare time, you can find Ryan perusing local bookstores, running along the Ottawa river, or exploring a local coffee shop with his wife.
Ellen Long (She/Her)
Manager, Research, Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization
Ellen has been working in the non-profit sector to support and advocate for quality education for more than a decade. First in geography and now within her true passion, Physical and Health Education. Ellen is always learning and growing, and uses her Bachelors of Kinesiology (Western University) and Education as well as her Masters of Education (University of Ottawa) to connect leading research with real-life experiences to encourage others to do the same. When not in the office you will find her running around with her husband and two young children, trying out a new recipe, gardening, or doing something else active - rarely sitting still.
Lead, Engagement & Knowledge Mobilization
Megan has been supporting student mental health and well-being for the last seven years; engaging with students and educators from kindergarten to graduate-level classrooms. Megan is passionate about school as a setting for health promotion and its opportunity for students to recognize their full potential. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Megan completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta. In her spare time, Megan can be found outside running, biking, or skating along the Rideau Canal or inside of a local coffee shop.
Maya Umba (She/Her)
Program Assistant, Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization
Maya is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto from which she holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies. Most recently, Maya held internships in youth engagement and communications with the Uganda Youth Network (Project of World University Service of Canada) and SOS Children’s Villages. Out of the office, Maya is a part-time fashion model working with brands such as Joe Fresh, Marshall’s, and Knix; she has also made several appearances on The Marilyn Denis Show. Moreover, she enjoys spending time with her family, her tabby cat named Shadow, and her beloved books. She always remembers what her mother engrained in her which is, “Your beauty will fade, but it’s your heart that matters the most.”