Christine Parris Named Executive Director of Softball Ontario
Softball Ontario – Toronto, Ontario- Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the hiring of Canadian Olympian Christine Parris as New Executive Director.
Christine joins the Softball Ontario team in 2017 and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience as she has held numerous positions with sport-related organizations in various capacities in sport leadership for over 20 years.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to be selected as Softball Ontario’s Executive Director”, Parris said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to build upon the success of this organization and enhance the brand, grow participation and continue to develop excellence for the greatest sport for life.”
“Our search centered on finding an individual who believes in the values and mission of Softball Ontario, understands the changing landscape of Sport in Ontario and possesses the skills necessary to sustain and grow Softball Ontario’s success—athletically, and administratively—now and in the future,” said Tom Buchan, Chair of Softball Ontario. “Christine possesses the experience, leadership skills and passion for softball excellence which was what we were seeking, she is the right choice for this role.”
With nearly 20 years in sport development, marketing and sales Parris’ overall experience demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of non-profit management and the associated support that is necessary to sustain a high-level Provincial Sport Organization. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she managed a division in the athletic development department gaining invaluable experience as an athletic administrator, representing 15 men’s and 10 women’s programs. She worked as well with the universities marketing department, creatively developing campaigns that promoted the athletic department sports programs, including fund-raising initiatives. Most recently she has served for 6 years as a Director in Non-Profit sector as Portfolio Manager in developing LTAD player development pathway.
Christine Parris was born in Truro, Nova Scotia and grew up in Scarborough, Ontario Canada. Parris has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a Sport Recreation/Kinesiology emphasis from tUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). As an athlete, she was Named Player of the Year in the Big West Conference at (UNLV) where she was a two-time All-American. Christine earned a 4-year softball scholarship and earned a UNLV Women’s Basketball scholarship in her final year. Christine is an accomplished and highly successful elite athlete. She was a ten (10) year veteran member of the Canadian National Softball Team competing in 1996 Olympic Games, three World Championships, two Pan American Games winning two silver medals. She led the Redding California Rebels ASA Women’s Fast Pitch team to (3) consecutive National Championships, earning three-time ASA All-American honours. In addition, she was a contributing member of the1999, 2000 Women’s Professional Fast Pitch League, World Championship Team the Tampa Bay Firestix. A member of the Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame Team, the Redding Rebels 1993, 1994 and 1995. She earned the Harry Jerome Award for Athletic Excellence in 1990 and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Black Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Please join Softball Ontario in welcoming Christine into her new role at Softball Ontario:
Softball Ontario is the recognized provincial sport governing body for softball in Ontario. Softball Ontario’s role is to promote and develop the sport of Softball.