Dodgeball Ontario Board of Directors
President of Dodgeball Ontario
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, she quickly immersed herself in the sport and its community and has never looked back. During her dodgeball tenure, Jen has played in the Ontario Provincial Dodgeball Championship, the National Dodgeball Festival, and 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 currently works for an award-winning digital agency as a Senior Digital Marketing Strategist and brings over ten years of experience to the Dodgeball Ontario Board of Directors, with a focus on digital 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.
Director of Fundraising
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.
Director of Sport Development - Foam
Director of Sport Development - Cloth
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.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Brian started playing cloth dodgeball in 2005 for Extreme Dodgeball Hamilton’s (EDH) inaugural season and has been in love with the game ever since. After over 10 years of playing and reffing at EDH, Brian started branching out to other cloth leagues in the Hamilton area that were starting to develop (Playhamilton, Hamilton Dodgeball, Dodgeball Niagara and, later, Grimsby Smash). The cloth dodgeball scene in Hamilton is amazing and all of these leagues are a great place to find yourself any night of the week. You can usually find Brian playing or refereeing 4 to 5 nights a week!
Brian trained and represented Canada as an alternate at the 2018 WDA World Cup in New York City. After Worlds, he stepped into the role of Team Manager/Program Director, working with the WDA coaching staff to create the best program possible to prepare athletes for the next world championship.
Over the last year, we have seen some dramatic changes in the dodgeball political landscape and Brian is proud to be involved in the discussions and decisions that brought the Cloth National Program happily into the Dodgeball Canada and WDBF family. It was clear that we needed to unify the sport in order to help it grow, and growth of cloth dodgeball in Canada is something Brian is specifically passionate about. He is very excited to be working with Victor Gravilli as we continue to build the Cloth National Program to its highest potential. He is also, of course, very excited to be working with Dodgeball Ontario to help develop the cloth format here at home too. Our hope is to encourage more people to try cloth!
Dodgeball has taken Brian all over—from NYC to Washington DC, and all the way to Nottingham, England. He has met so many amazing people along the way and can’t wait to see where it takes him next! Dodgeball truly attracts great people and he looks forward to seeing it continue to develop in the years to come.
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 which 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.
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.
Born in St. Thomas, Ontario Taylor has been passionate about sport her entire life! Whether she's playing co-ed soccer, watching her Patriots on the gridiron, cheering on her cousin in D1 women's hockey, or heading to 'Jurassic Park,' Taylor's love for all sport is contagious!
While studying Sport Management in university, Taylor's journey led her to Germany, where she played soccer, but also where she learned a new game - handball! After working at the European Handball Federation's FINAL4 tournament and witnessing some of the world's best athletes, Taylor adopted a new appreciation for this growing sport. With a background in sports journalism, Taylor has covered dozens of games, sports stories, and has connected with all different types of athletes from various sports.
Since 2019, Taylor has worked in the sports marketing industry for a variety of local and national organizations. Taylor is excited to "catch the Dodgeball fever" and is looking forward to bringing a unique marketing and communications perspective to Dodgeball Ontario.
Director of Fund
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.
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. Priscilla joined the London Dodgeball League over 10 years ago and has never missed a season, except to grow a little human, her son Tyson—a 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.