Sharing a deep commitment to our founding principles, Sport Central’s dynamic leadership board invests in the vision of the organization. Its members have ties to key initiatives and individuals throughout the province, and each one shares expertise and resources for the benefit of an enterprise they all believe in. As a result, service on the board offers a significant opportunity for professional development and networking.

Member Directors

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Tania Stewardson

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Donald Ellis

Don is the General Manager and a Principal with Contemporary Office Interiors Ltd. Incorporated in 1968, COI is a Certified Herman Miller Dealer that has served Alberta for over 47 years. Its complete offering includes proven experience, knowledge, insight and world class products and services.

Don attended the University of Alberta before travelling the world for two years. He also took marketing at Grant MacEwan. Don brings a strong marketing and physical education focus grounded in effective communication process to the Sport Central board.

Passionate about supporting children and youth in sport, Don is an advocate and believer in the lifelong benefits achieved through early childhood development of physical literacy. Born and raised in Edmonton, he is an avid hockey player and coach who appreciates the chance to help others pursue similar passions.

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Matthew Hewson

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Robert Krewenchuk

Robert (Bob) Krewenchuk is a retired Edmonton Police Service officer. After serving 31 years in several divisions of the police service, he retired in 1997. He was hired as Chief of Police in June of that year, retiring again in 2002.

Bob became a volunteer at Sport Central, was elected to the board and now serves as Vice President. Has spent 35 years as volunteer with the Maple Leaf Athletic Club and has sat on several other volunteer boards.

An avid sports fan, Bob enjoys watching his grandchildren playing hockey and soccer. He is also an Off Ice Official with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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Don MacDonald, Treasurer

Don MacDonald graduated in 1977 from NAIT with a Civil Engineering Diploma. He attended the University of Alberta years later and graduated from the Business Management Program.

His working career spanned 36 years starting out as a consultant and transitioning in July of 1977 to Transportation, Traffic Operations, with the City of Edmonton. During his tenure Don was instrumental in implementing state of the art technology and achieved International recognition for the Transportation Department through a comprehensive survey led by Federal Highway Administration. Edmonton was ranked in the top 4 of 400 cities surveyed.

Don has a passion for all sports and the involvement of kids in them. His primary interest is hockey where he has played, coached, managed and eventually elected to the Maple Leaf Athletic Club Executive as Sports Director. Over his coaching career, over 50 kids Don coached progressed to the professional ranks, from minor pro to the NHL. Two of these were selected in the First Round. Don also scouted in the Western Hockey League for 9 years working for Todd McLellan, current Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Don’s involvement with Sport Central started in mid-September of 1991. Together with his parents and family, he has worked tirelessly to support the charity and the children it serves. He was elected to the Board of Directors in the early 2000’s, and currently manages the Outreach Program and volunteers for other duties and projects as needed.

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Matt MacDonald, President

Matt is a management consultant and employee owner with Elevate Consulting Inc. Elevate is an innovative business and technology consulting firm specializing in project management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, change management and project and program evaluation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Grant MacEwan University and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Matt brings a strong strategic lens to the Sport Central board, given his grounding in effective project and process management. He is passionate about supporting children and youth in sport and is an advocate and believer in the lifelong benefits achieved through early childhood development.

An Edmontonian from birth, Matt is an avid soccer player and cyclist who appreciates the chance to help others pursue similar passions.

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Scott D MacMillan

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Sheldon Oleksyn, Executive Director

Sheldon was appointed Executive Director in June 2014 and is pleased to lead Sport Central’s operations as it celebrates 25 Years of service to over 125,000 disadvantaged children. Sheldon brings significant experience in the charitable sector along with a keen interest in sport and its role in the development of children and communities.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Sheldon has lived and worked in the Edmonton area since 2007 sharing his talents at the University of Alberta, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton and with BRG (Business Resource Group). Before that, Sheldon was employed as a Senior Development Officer at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary for six years and at an Anglican College on the University of Saskatchewan campus before that.

Sheldon and his wife Carlene have three boys active in sports and music. He can usually be found at a rink in the winter or at a soccer pitch and baseball diamond in the summer, either playing or helping coach one or more teams.

He believes strongly in the power of sport to positively shape and transform lives. His dream is to have every child introduced to sports helping them find one or more they love. At a time when childhood health and activity is a serious concern, Sheldon feels Sport Central provides a direct and fun solution.

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Trevor Ritchie

Trevor is an Edmonton-based entrepreneur and previous co-owner of AFD, a large petroleum marketing and distribution company. After divesting of his interest in AFD, Trevor focused on investments within the Edmonton business community.

A Sport Central sponsored luncheon that sparked a call to action, and shortly after Trevor became part of the Sport Central Board. A native of Viking, Alberta, Trevor brings to Sport Central a wealth of leadership and business acumen, plus the will to support youth in his community. Trevor has always felt strongly about encouraging youth to be active in sport, as the benefits can be life long.

A father of three with a need for speed, you can find Trevor at the track driving the 350-kilometre-per-hour dragster he and his wife operate. Both enjoy travelling Western Canada and United States championing this highly competitive car.

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Sean Roberts

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Sandy Sanderson

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Mark Spector

Mark Spector has been a sports writer since 1987, starting with the Edmonton Journal, moving to the National Post, and now serving as a Sr. Columnist and TV analyst with Sportsnet. In the fall of 2015 he released his first book, “The Battle Of Alberta” which has gone on to become a Canadian best seller.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Spector was introduced to Sport Central by our original media advocate, the late, great Cecil “Tiger” Goldstick. His experience in the sporting world and local media has helped the Mark Spector Golf Classic become a fixture on the local charity golf schedule. In July, Sport Central will benefit from the Annual “Spec Classic,” with several current and former players coming out to help raise funds for a great cause.

Mark has been on our board since 2014.

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Simon Stelfox

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Ryan Wass, Vice President

Ryan is employed as a Director with MHK Insurance, one of the largest independently-owned insurance and risk management brokerages in Alberta. Founded in 1913, MHK Insurance provides advisory services to Western Canada’s most prominent industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation and construction.

Ryan attended MacEwan University, majoring in Risk Management, and holds advanced industry designations including Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP). An active member of the community, he also serves as a board member of Alberta Enterprise Group and as Co-Chair of the Mark Spector Golf Classic.