CHARITY – YWCA
Recognized nationally, the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honours individuals and organizations whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community.
Barbara is Co-Founder and Board Director of Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), a mentor-based ice hockey program that empowers marginalized youth through sports training, mentoring, educational development and scholarships. Barbara recognized the need for food security amongst the participants and developed an afterschool snack program to ensure all participants would be well-nourished and knowledgeable about healthy food choices. Barbara made a conscious effort to increase women volunteers, allowing girls to feel comfortable in participating. Currently, more than a third of participants and volunteers are female. Building on the HEROS mandate, Barbara has helped expand the organization from a single chapter in Vancouver to 12 chapters and 28 programs across Canada. Barbara also developed tailored programming for children with physical and cognitive challenges with the Super HEROS program.
Executive Director - Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS)
Director of Sports Medicine and Performance - Golden State Warriors of the NBA
Buffalo Sabres - 2014 Draft - 1st round (2nd overall pick)
CEO Twist Performance Inc
3 Stanley Cups - Chicago Blackhawks Scout