InMotion Network Board of Directors 2018-2019

Sharon Evens

Board Chair, Chair of Governance and Finance Committee

Sharon was born and raised in Alberta, with an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary. With over twenty years of experience working for a computer systems company in a variety of roles, she is currently the Project Quality Manager at AltaLink in Calgary. Having been blessed with four children that were all active in variety of sports throughout their lives; she got involved in the soccer community at the club level and took a keen interest on how to support coaches from a club level. She moved to the city level to support infrastructure of indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer at a municipal level. After a few years, she took on the role at the provincial level of the soccer board to support administration of leagues for elite young and senior players to get to the national level.

Throughout her years on various boards, she has gained an understanding of the needed infrastructure support for recreational and competitive athletes, which includes players, officials, administrators, long term athlete philosophy and facilities.

She is very keen to state "I am very excited to be part of the In Motion board. I have spent many years on the municipal and provincial soccer boards and look forward to a wider mandate of supporting girls and women in sport and physical activity.

Franki Harrogate (they/them)

Board Vice Chair, Chair of Physical Activity Committee

Franki is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. They started out as a volunteer public member of the Physical Activity Committee in 2007 (when it was still called the Participation Committee). Franki has experienced first-hand the difference in access to physical activity at varying stages of life: financial barriers, safety/inclusion, mobility issues, recovering from injuries, transportation, childcare, appropriate space(s) and/or available time … increasing access to physical activity for everyone who desires to participate is a cause near and dear to their heart.

Franki has also championed a specific SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) lens with increasing access to physical activity. They have supported the specifically and overtly inclusive language of InMotion’s programs: While they have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of physical activity, Franki’s favourites include kendo, aerials, fencing (foil & sabre), hiking, and boxing.

Having been a volunteer with InMotion for four years, Franki has had the opportunity to see first-hand what a difference the Go Girl, Girls in Motion and Women in Motion programs have made in communities and to participants. They are grateful for the opportunity to be part of what happens when girls and women are provided with the opportunity to explore the world of physical activity in ways that acknowledge and break down barriers to fitness.

Cindy Rainsford

Board Treasurer, Chair of Policy Committee

Cindy is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary (Haskayne School of Business). With over 35 years of senior finance experience in the oil and gas industry, Cindy brings strong financial governance experience to the InMotion Network board.  She has been an active volunteer throughout her life with many sport and education based organizations and sees a distinct health and well-being advantage to an active lifestyle.  Cindy enjoyed being one of the original members of the first women’s rugby club in Calgary and was active with women’s rugby administration as well as the Calgary Rugby Union board.  In addition, she has contributed to boards in minor soccer and lacrosse while her two children were growing. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys hiking, walking, and cycling and is an avid sports fan. She is excited about the work that InMotion is doing to reduce barriers to physical activity for many women and girls as well as working for gender diversity in physical activity and sport.

Laura MacNiven

Director, Co-Chair Communications Committee

Laura MacNiven, B. Ed, M.Ed. Health Education, is the co-founder of Springboard Clinic - a mental health clinic that focuses on ADHD treatment and support across the life span.

She is passionate about physical activity and sport and often works with clients who are struggling with mental health challenges to get active as part of their treatment plan. As a past varsity level athlete in rugby and triathlon at Queen's University, she is passionate about finding ways for girls and women to stay active across the lifespan.

Laura is currently working on expanding her clinic's reach through the development of online mental health services and programming. Her graduate work in health literacy focused on girls and eating disorders and explored the impact of the media on behavioural choices. Her expertise is in developing sustainable health promotion initiatives and she is thrilled to join the in motion network board of directors.

In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, running, hiking, playing with her giant bouvier and exploring the world through the eyes of her young children.

Kody Taylor

Board Secretary

Kody Taylor is an Ojibway woman from the Berens River First Nation who grew up in the small community of Riverton, Manitoba. Growing up in a small community allowed for a real appreciation of grassroots programming. Kody actively participated in multiple sports as an athlete and a volunteer coach.

The love of sports and recreation spilled over into her professional life as Kody was the Assistant Executive Director of the Manitoba Badminton Association, under the umbrella of Sport Manitoba, for five years.

Kody, along with her 9 year old son Chayce, relocated to Edmonton to begin work as the Special Initiatives Manager with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association.

She was also the recipient of a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award (2011) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Kody holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from the University of Manitoba; the first in Native Studies and Ojibway (2014), the second in Political Science (2016).

As a single mother to a child who plays multiple sports, Kody understands the barriers that families face when it comes to participating in sport and recreation. She is excited to be part of the InMotion Network family to contribute what she can based on her experiences.

Maggie Knight

Director, Chair Education Committee, Co-Chair Communicatons Committee

Maggie Knight has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Community Engagement from Ryerson University. Maggie has spent the past ten years working in member relations roles in the not for profit and education industries and is currently employed with CPA Alberta as a member engagement coordinator. Being more of an ad hoc volunteer for several years with different organizations, Maggie has enjoyed having the opportunity to work more closely with an organization like the InMotion Network to gain perspective and experience while supporting work that is dedicated to and advocates for the wellbeing of girls.

Maggie herself understands some of the barriers to participating in physical activity as she grew up in a single parent household and was obese until the age of 25. A runner, she has over the past ten years maintained a 160 lb. weight-loss and completed a 10k race, four half-marathons and in 2017 a full marathon. An advocate for a moderate diet with active living, Maggie is excited to embark on this opportunity to work with InMotion as part of their Communications Committee.

Heidi Konnert

Director, Member of  Governance and Finance Committee

Heidi Konnert has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Juris Doctor from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She is currently Legal Counsel at Inter Pipeline Ltd., and prior to that, she was an Associate at Bennett Jones LLP. Heidi was born and raised in Calgary and was actively involved in various sports organizations from a young age, including playing elite soccer for 20 years. Heidi has experience with several non-profit organizations, including acting as Vice-President Administration for the Women in Leadership Network, as well as volunteering for several pro bono organizations in Calgary's legal community. Given this experience, Heidi understands the barriers that girls and women face when it comes to participating in sport.

In her spare time, Heidi enjoys skiing, golfing, cycling and spending time with her friends and family. Heidi is excited to be a part of the InMotion team and to contribute to the mandate of inspiring and empowering girls and women to participate in sport and physical activity.