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 – Director, Chair of Physical Activity Committee

Franki has a BA in Psychology from MacEwan University. Franki has always tried to figure out how to fit physical activity in as part of her life, but outside commitments and injuries have sometimes interfered. As such, Franki has a profound understanding of the barriers that can prevent women from engaging in physical activity regularly – be it access to child care, cost, transportation, lack of opportunity to try new activities, physical injuries that prohibit traditional workout regimes, etc. A member of the Physical Activity Committee since 2007 and previous board member, Franki recently also re-joined the Board of the InMotion Network. Her physical activities have included kendo, kenjutsu, aerial trapeze, handstands & flexibility, fencing (foil and sabre), walking, hiking and running.

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. She looks forward to continuing to see the changes in regard to outlooks on fitness, nutrition and overall health that can take place 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 – Treasurer, Chair of Policy Committee

Cindy is a Certified Management Accountant (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, cycling, golf and is an avid sports fan.

Barbara Johnston – Vice Chair 

Barbara’s first involvement with InMotion Network was 2006 as the Board Treasurer (2006-2008). She was re-elected as a Board Member of the InMotion Network on March 11, 2015. Barbara  received her education from the University of Alberta as graduate of Elementary Education and Recreation and Sport Studies - specializing in Physical Activities.
Outdoor sport and recreation is her life's focus.  She has a background in coaching and instructing sports, including downhill skiing, sailing and the navigation sport of orienteering.  In the past she has focused on grass roots programming and delivery in the school setting.  Over the last few years her perspective has broadened to include recreation based activity opportunities in trail use.  Presently, she is working with Alberta TrailNet - which promotes a trail network including the Trans Canada Trail.  Trails provide access to active and healthy lifestyles, safe and accessible recreation, economic and tourism opportunities, heritage appreciation, natural experiences, and a living legacy.  She is also passionate in helping The SilverSkate Festival each February. This festival is likely the last free to-participate-in sports festival.  It provides families the opportunity to try skating, skiing, snow shoeing, curling, broomball, hockey shots and lots of sport activity areas.  The festival includes sled dog demos, a chance to be on a horse and wagon ride; performing arts and theatre; fire and snow sculptures and a Heritage village.
Barbara shares the vision of InMotion Network and would like to increase support in the area of grant reviews and networking as part of her duties of being a Board member.

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 - 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. 

Jennifer Asquin - Director

Jennifer Asquin is a lawyer with a broad corporate commerical practice.  She has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and restructuring.  Volunteering is a key aspect of Jennifer's life and she has worked with organizations including the Nova Scotia SPCA, the Law Society of Nova Scotia and the Canadian Bar Association.  Jennifer is from Calgary and is passionate about spending time in the mountains, skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.  She is an avid runner and has exerienced first hand the physical, mental and emotional benefits of physical activity.  As a member of the InMotion Network Board, she hopes to help more women experience the life-changing improvements that can result from participating in physical activity and sports. 

Maggie Knight - Director, Chair Education Committee, Co-Chair Communicatons Committee

Maggie Knight has a Bachelor of Arts from the Univesity 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 adhoc volunteer for several years with different organizations, Maggie has enjoyed having the opportunity to work more closely with an organizaton like the InMotion Network to gain perspective and experience whle 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 ths opportunity to work with InMotion as part of their Communications Committee. 


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