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Board Members

Elected Directors

Nancy Dubois and Christa Costas-Bradstreet - Co-Chairs  
Nancy owns DU B FIT Consulting, which is based out of a small village in rural, southwestern Ontario, through which she works with community coalitions and organizations across Canada, but most often in Ontario, as a facilitator, trainer, speaker, and project manager. She has been under contract to The Health Communication Unit at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto for many years and does a great deal of work with the Public Health Agency of Canada in the development of a national system for "best practices" in the prevention of chronic disease. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada, for whom she also chairs the Evaluation Committee, a Board Member with CFLRI, a member of the International Association of Facilitators, and teaches in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University.  

Christa Costas-Bradstreet is a Physical Activity Specialist with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services.  Prior to joining Public Health, Christa spent 10 years with ParticipACTION. Christa operates her own consulting company and co-teaches the Physical Activity and Health Promotion course at York University in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program. Christa has a BA in Honours Physical Education, a Certificate in Sport Administration, and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling from York University, and is a Registered Nurse.  Christa is currently taking a Leave of Absence from Public Health and is pursuing her Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences, Physical and Health Education, at Brock University.

Mike Arthur 
Michael is the Director of Community Development for the Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission and represents the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council on CAL. His focus in Nova Scotia is on coordinating a three year funded strategy called Active Kids/Healthy Kids. He served on the Advisory Committee which developed the new Health Canada - Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) guide to healthy physical activity for children and youth. Mike represents Atlantic Canada on the National Active School Communities Workgroup.

Patricia Marturano 
Patricia is a Project Coordinator at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. For seven years she has been involved in a Physical Activity and Health Strategy and a Type 2 Diabetes Strategy coordinating the development and implementation of educational and promotional strategies for family physicians on physical activity counseling and on lifestyle intervention in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.  She currently manages the Self Learning program, an educational program that allows physicians to evaluate themselves on how well they are able to keep in touch with current issues in medical literature.

Johanne Lacombe
Johanne is currently the Executive Director of Go for Green, a national non-profit organization that promotes environmentally responsible outdoor physical activity. Prior to joining Go for Green, Johanne was Manager of Communications at the French Catholic School Board in Ottawa.  Previously, she was Executive Director of Alliance TechPoint Inc, and Executive Director of the Outaouais/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.  She has had in her career, experience with the private sector as Vice-President of Operations for a printing company and experience within the Government at the municipal and provincial levels.

Johanne’s academic credits include an Executive Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Sociology, all from the University of Ottawa. 

Don LeClair 
Don LeClair is the executive director of PEI Active Living Alliance. A major initiative of this Alliance is a four year campaign which is designed to increase the level of physical activity in communities, workplaces and educational settings from pre-school to post secondary.  Don has co-authored both a Sport Strategy and a Physical Activity Strategy for the Province of Prince Edward Island. Don was previously employed as the Director of Culture, Heritage ,Recreation and Sport for Prince Edward Island. Nationally; Don served as the vice chair of the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council, and was the provincial/territorial co-chair of the federal-prov./terr. recreation and fitness committee for several terms. While employed by Health Canada, he was the federal liaison to CAL and was one of the writers of the concept paper which lead to the formation of the Coalition.  

Theresa Harvey-Pruden 
Theresa Harvey Pruden has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years.  She has worked in the social services sector, was a founding member of Legal Aid Manitoba and has done extensive work with the province's community colleges.  As the Director of Staffing in Manitoba’s Civil Service Commission, her responsibilities included the government's Affirmative Action program, pay equity, career and executive development for women.   

Throughout her career she has been a champion of gender equity and in 1991 joined the Manitoba Women's Directorate as Assistant Deputy Minister and department head. As ADM, she made working towards the elimination of violence against women, women's achievement of economic self-sufficiency and women’s health her priorities.  She then became involved with CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity), served on the Board of Directors for a number of years, and became its Chair in 2004.

In 2004, she joined the newly established ministry of Healthy Living as its Coordinator. In addition to her work with CAAWS she is also a member of the Board of Directors and Manitoba’s representative of Go for Green.

Ex-Officio

Stephen Grundy 
Steve has been an active member of the Coalition for Active Living for many years and, in September 2003, joined CAL as Chief Operations Officer. In this role, Steve supports CAL’s Board of Directors, Advisors, Caucus members and Action Teams as they speak out for physical activity in Canada. As the former Executive Director of Go for Green and currently the head of Vertigo Project Management, Steve brings to the Coalition a wealth of knowledge about our community and the skills to advance our work.

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