Dodgeball Ontario Board of Directors

Steve Hickson

President of Dodgeball Ontario

Steve has been living dodgeball for over 12 years now. He is the co-founder and currently plays in the London Dodgeball League (LDL) in London, Ontario. In 2015, he was proud to be a part of a group of volunteers who organized tryouts for Team Canada and ultimately helped choose the men’s and women’s teams who performed extremely well at the World Dodgeball Federation Championship in Las Vegas. He is part of a committee helping to promote the Forest City Invitational Dodgeball Tournament. The tournament has grown significantly from 2012 to 2018 and they hope to continue to have it regarded as one of the premier tournaments in Ontario.

 

He is a founding Board Member of Dodgeball Canada and served as the Director of Policy for 2 years and the Co-Director of Media and Communications for 1 year. He was actively involved in helping to organize the 2017 WDBF World Championship in Markham, Ontario as Co-Chair of Volunteer Recruitment.

 

For Steve, honesty, integrity, and a willingness to have fun are all equally important elements of dodgeball. He is very proud to be on the Board of Directors for Dodgeball Ontario and is looking forward to building an organization that will help grow the sport and become a shining example to other Provincial Dodgeball Organizations.

Bethel Lascano

Vice President,

Director of Programs

Bethel Lascano is a Registered Nurse that has specialized in community care and program development for the last several years. It is to no surprise that she has dedicated her spare time to developing programs for the sport community she loves so dearly. It is her desire to help build capacity with community partners using the sport of dodgeball as an instrumental tool in supporting healthier communities.​

 

Lascano has played dodgeball both recreationally and competitively since 2012 in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, she  co-founded Dodgeball Canada and served as Vice President in 2015-2016 in addition to serving as the Director of Programs from November, 2015 to May of 2018 where she managed both the National Team Program for the WDBF World Championships and the Dodge in Schools (DiS) program as it piloted in the province of Ontario. In 2016, Bethel lead the development of Canada’s first National Championship Tournament that double as a tryout for the National Team Program. In 2017, Bethel also lead the planning committee to bring the National Championship tournament to Halifax, NS and also served as the lead event coordinator for the 2017 World Dodgeball Federation World Championship that took place at the prestigious Markham Pan Am Centre.

 

Her contributions and accomplishments in the sport of dodgeball have been integral to the country’s excellence in its development over the last few years. Bethel looks forward to serving the community in her new role as Vice President and Director of Programs for Dodgeball Ontario. 

Ian Assang
Director of Sport Development

Ian was born in Edmonton, Alberta but has spent the majority of his life living in Ottawa while also spending a few years on the west coast in Victoria, BC. Ian has been playing dodgeball for over ten years in leagues and tournaments across the country.

 

In 2017, Ian had the opportunity to ref at the WDBF Dodgeball World Championships in Markham, Ontario where he got a taste for the refereeing side of the sport and ever since has travelled across the country lending his services to different organizations. Ian was a lead referee at the 2018 National Dodgeball Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was Head Referee at the 2019 National Dodgeball Championships in Charlottetown, PEI. 

 

Ian’s passion for the sport and sport development is something he is excited to share and continue to contribute to not only Dodgeball Ontario but to the sport nation wide.

Priscilla Hartman

Director of Finance

Priscilla Hartman is a public accountant for Famme and Company Chartered Accountants where she has worked for 13 years. With her experience helping businesses with start-up and preparing financial statements and tax returns, it just made sense that she would take on the role as Director of Finance for Dodgeball Ontario.

Originally hailing from Niagara Falls, Priscilla currently lives in London, Ontario where she met her husband Drew Tabbernor, who is also a competitive dodgeball player. Priscilla joined the London Dodgeball League with Drew over 10 years ago and they have never missed a season, except to grow a little human, their son Tyson and future dodgeball player.

 

The dodgeball community is warm and welcoming and has become a second family to Priscilla. She is an advocate of the sport and is always inviting people to come “try it out”, knowing they will fall in love with it.

Marcelle Grimmond

Director of Administration

Marcelle Grimmond, a former resident of Whitby, has been living in Toronto since 2010. Marcelle found dodgeball when a friend asked her to sub on their team. Since that day, Marcelle has never missed a season on the courts.

In 2014, Marcelle represented Canada at the World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF) World Championships in Hong Kong. Since 2016, Marcelle has played on her resident Women's Dodgeball Team, Savage where they have won several championships in the sport of dodgeball. Since 2016, Marcelle has been invited to compete at every National Championship Tournament hosted by Dodgeball Canada and in 2017, she was chosen to captain Team Maple Leaf, a dark horse team selected to compete at the World Dodgeball Championships in Toronto, Canada.

Dodgeball has changed and continues to change Marcelle’s life path, allowing her to travel to such places as Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Minnesota, just to name a few. Attending annual tournaments is something Marcelle looks forward to at the start of each year. Dodgeball has given her the opportunity to play with and against, meet and befriend many players from around the world has been a blessing.

Marcelle currently plays 2-3 nights a week with Downtown Dodgeball and Dodgeball Toronto. In addition, she has been refereeing for over 6 years for various dodgeball organizations and tournaments. Marcelle has a professional background working in office administration, tenant and leasing coordination.

Marcelle is a Property Administrator with over 10 years of experience working within the Commercial Real Estate and Property Management industry. While new to the board, her background brings organization, structure, and a keen eye for detail to Dodgeball Ontario.

Bianca Segatto
Director of Fund Development

Bianca is originally from Windsor and currently lives in Toronto. She has a Master’s in Health and Exercise Psychology from McGill University. From Montreal, Bianca moved to Toronto to lead a youth development program focused on sport and physical activity. She then joined the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport working on numerous sport and recreation files. She is now the Strategy Lead for the Digital Health Secretariat.

After moving to Toronto, Bianca was looking for opportunities to meet new people and stay active and that’s when she discovered dodgeball. It wasn’t long before she was swept up into the dodgeball community and was playing multiple nights a week. She plays with Downtown Dodgeball and Dodgeball Toronto.

Bianca is a multidisciplinary asset bringing expertise in sport systems, policy and program development and implementation, project management, and sport event management. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Dodgeball Ontario to enhance the development of the organization.

Jen Brennan

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jen Brennan is a lifelong resident of London, Ontario and has been a member of the London Dodgeball League since 2017. After being invited out to play dodgeball as a substitute player in late 2017, she immediately fell in love with the sport and its community and has never looked back. In her short competitive dodgeball tenure, Jen has played in the 2019 Ontario Provincial Dodgeball Championship, the National Dodgeball Festival, and recently co-founded drop-in dodgeball nights in the London community. 

Passionate about all things dodgeball and marketing, her role with Dodgeball Ontario is a natural fit. Jen has over ten years of experience with a range of digital and traditional marketing with a focus on strategic marketing, communications, and event management. She is very excited to bring her positive energy, collaborative focus, and growth-centric ideas to help Dodgeball Ontario and its athletes in their efforts to further develop this incredible sport.

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