Dodgeball Ontario Board of Directors

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Bianca Segatto

President

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 currently with the Treasury Board Secretariat of Ontario.

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 has played 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.

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Keitha Cowie

Vice President

Keitha was born and raised in the nation's capital, Ottawa, Ontario, and while Keitha enjoys her home in Ottawa, she also enjoys travelling as much she can. Throughout her life Keitha has played multiple sports such as, volleyball, football, lacrosse, and handball. However, dodgeball holds a special place in her heart. 

Keitha's dodgeball journey began when she was looking for a competitive and consistent organization in Ottawa. Keitha joined the Women’s Sunday league ran by Dodgeball Ottawa in 2017, and over the years Keitha began travelling across Canada and the United States to play in tournaments.  Most recently in 2022, Keitha competed with her Women’s Team Valkyrie at The Thing in Seattle and at Dodgeball Canada’s National Championships which took place in Edmonton, Alberta where her team won Gold in the Women’s Division. 

 

Keitha is a public servant in Employment and Social Development Canada, a Developmental Services Worker for adults with exceptionalities.  Keitha is also a Yoga Teacher.  With a plethora of skills from multiple streams, Keitha brings project management, skill development and creative planning to Dodgeball Ontario.  Keitha is looking forward to assisting with Dodgeball Ontario with the expansion of dodgeball within Ontario, and across Canada,

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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.

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Marcelle Grimmond

Director of Administration

Marcelle is a former resident of Whitby and has been living in Toronto since 2010.  Marcelle found Dodgeball when she was asked to sub for a friends team.  Since that day, Marcelle has never missed a season on the courts.  

Marcelle began travelling to tournaments in 2011, and looks forward to attending annual tournaments because Dodgeball has given her the opportunity to travel to new places, to play with and against new and old friends from around the world.  In 2014, Marcelle represented Canada at the World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF) World Championships in Hong Kong.  In 2016 Marcelle formed Savage, a competitive Women's Dodgeball Team, who has 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.  

Marcelle currently plays 2-3 nights a week with Downtown Dodgeball, Toronto Dodgeball, Jam Sports and Dodgeball Toronto. In addition, Marcelle has over 8 years experience as a referee for various dodgeball organizations and tournaments. Marcelle is an Assistant Property Manager with over 12 years of experience working within in the Commercial Real Estate Industry.  Marcelle’s strong administrative background brings organization, structure, and a keen eye for detail to Dodgeball Ontario.

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ray was living in North Bay when he was introduced to dodgeball for the first time.  Since then, Ray attends as many tournaments as possible.  Currently residing in Kitchener, Ray plays in leagues out of Kitchener, London and Hamilton.  In addition to Dodgeball, Ray enjoys riding motorcycles, walks, travel and spending time with his kids. He has a passion for teaching as well as helping others in various capacities (most often technology related) and enjoys staying active through playing other sports such as volleyball, badminton, tennis, curling and baseball.

 

Ray brings over 10 years of experience working in finance, and client/customer service and currently works with the Region as a Tenant Services Coordinator where organization, finance, client services and mediation skills are utilized daily.

Ray is extremely excited to be a part of Dodgeball Ontario and to help grow the sport throughout Ontario and Canada.

Ray Hoover
Director of

Finance

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Steve Hickson
Director of Membership & Outreach

Steve has been living dodgeball for over 14 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 2020 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.

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Taylor Longfield
Director of Fund

Development

Born in St. Thomas, Taylor was first introduced to sports on ice. At the age of five Taylor began curling and skating lessons shortly thereafter.   When Taylor turned ten she came across an ad for optimist baseball in the local paper and signed up.  A few years later Taylor joined the House League Select Fast Pitch team, the St. Thomas Cyclones. After graduating from Laurier University Taylor moved to Toronto to complete a post-grad at Seneca College in Event Marketing. Feeling trapped in the concrete jungle, Taylor moved back to the Forest City, and in 2019 joined the London Dodgeball League.  Taylor’s competitive nature and arm from playing fast pitch, along with the willingness to learn a new sport, quickly moved Taylor from C league, to A league within the London Dodgeball League. Along the way Taylor has attended Dodgeball tournaments in London, a 2v2 tournament in Toronto, and regularly participates in drop-in nights in London. Taylor also enjoys playing in slo-pitch and ultimate frisbee leagues in London, but she will play almost any sport if you need a sub.

 

By day, Taylor is the Senior Community Engagement Specialist, on the fundraising development team at Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario (RMHC-SWO). Specializing in events, Taylor works with community fundraisers, donors, and assists with marketing initiatives. Taylor's excited to bring her passion and expertise to the Dodgeball Ontario Board. Taylor enjoys thinking outside the box, being creative, and making things happen. Along with learning more from the Dodgeball Community, Taylor is most looking forward to growing the sport of Dodgeball and Dodgeball Ontario.

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Based in the London area, Katie has been playing recreational dodgeball since 2011 and recently joined the London Dodgeball League and Dodgeball London. Katie loves the sport and how it brings people together on the court and off as a great way to stay active and meet new people.

 

Katie is an Account Director at a full service marketing agency with over 12 years of experience in digital and traditional marketing. 

 

Excited to be a part of Dodgeball Ontario, Katie is looking forward to expanding Dodgeball within Ontario, by helping making it more accessible to new players of all skill levels. 

Katie Dechene
Director of

Marketing &
Communications