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Halifax, May 26, 2021 — The Black Canadian Coaches Association (BCCA) is pleased to announce the mentors and mentees selected to participate in the second year of the Black Female Coach Mentorship Program (BFCMP). In partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the BFCMP is aimed at creating equitable opportunities to women in Canada who identify as Black, Biracial, or Indigenous.

The Black Female Coach Mentorship Program focuses on three main objectives:

·      Providing Black female mentorship;

·      Advancing coach professionalization amongst both program mentors and mentees; and

·      Providing a sustainable model of formalized mentorship that increases accessibility,  support, and leadership development for Black female coaches in sport.

“The CAC is thrilled to support the program as it continues to grow in its second year,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “We greatly value the impact that this program will have on our coaching community by increasing opportunities for Black females to be leaders in sport.”

The BFCMP will allow mentors and mentees access to coach advancement and networking opportunities such as
the Women in Coaching Professional Development Series facilitated by the CAC. The coaches will also appear in monthly features and special events such as the Coaching Black HERstory webinar during Black History Month.

The 2021-2022 BFCMP mentor and mentees were selected from across Canada, and represent a wide array of sports
including: ice hockey, soccer, basketball, swimming, football and athletics.

Here are the 2021-22 BFCMP Mentors and Mentees:

BFCMP Mentors BFCMP Mentees BFCMP Mentees
Fabienne Blizzard, RPC Adrianna Allen Micaella Riche
Shauna Bookal Rochelle Bethelmy Diana Siwila
Dee Channer Tiffany Cameron Nyamouch Teny
Nadia Doucoure Lesha Dunn Marika Williams
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice Aiyanna Empringham Mariah Wright
Leslie Estwick, ChPC Idman Farah
Molly Killingbeck, ChPC Olivia Ghosh-Swaby
Tara Mrakic Kryshanda Green
Chantique Payne Maya Isabelle
Georgette Reed, ChPC Tamara Jarrett
Dehara September Naomi Mullings
Tamara Tatham Petra Richard

*Participants listed in alphabetical order

For more information on the Black Female Coach Mentorship Program (BFCMP), please contact:

Lysa Lowe
Program Manager
Black Canadian Coaches

For more information about the CAC’s Female Coach Mentorship Programs, please contact:

Andrea Johnson
Project Coordinator, Diversity
& Inclusion
Coaching Association of Canada


About Black Canadian Coaches Association

The Black Canadian Coaches Association (BCCA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to working alongside allied individuals, organizations, and our governing sports bodies in Canada to eradicate anti-black racism and racial
inequities in the Canadian sport sector. Our three objectives are: celebration, advocacy through allyship and networking.

About the Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers
coaches with the knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.