Ava Kalaschnick

Director or Wellness and Leisure - Town of Shaunavon

It would be very difficult to describe my life, values and motivation without the involvement of sports and recreation. I use recreation and leisure as a tool to empower me. It is the one and only thing that allows me to clear my mind and focus my thoughts. In many ways, it's what keeps me centred and grounded. I grew up in a very active family - whether it was swimming, gymnastics, soccer or hockey, I was constituently on the go and moving. My parents supported ever sporting activity that I wanted to try - and trust me, I was a kid that wanted to try everything. The self-motivation, empowerment, self-awareness and social development that I gained through participating in sports and recreation have molded and shaped the person I am today. I try to encourage everyone I meet to get out and be active - it can change your life! As a Recreation Director, I make it a point to practice what I preach - because we have to be role models for our community. We cannot just bring new programing into the community, we have to try it! We have to get involved and share the feelings of excitement, anxiousness and hesitation when trying something new.

About Ava:
Ava Kalaschnick is originally from Chateauguay, Quebec and graduated from the University of Concordia with a Bachelor of Arts and Specialization in Leisure Sciences. She is currently enrolled at Athabasca University, where she is taking her Master's in Business Administration. She moved to Shaunavon, in September of 2010 to become the Director of Wellness and Leisure. Ava's leadership has taken the newly developed Wellness and Leisure Committee to new levels. She has promoted the development of new recreational infrastructure including Jubilee Park - a newly developed skate park and play area as well as reconstructed basketball and tennis courts. Ava has enhanced the newly built Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre to become more than just a hockey and curling rink but a community complex for all the enjoy. Not only is she an innovative thinker, but she is also a great role model with her own commitment to fitness and healthy living. She volunteers as a soccer coach, organized the communities first ever running club and renewed the interest in women's hockey.

In October, 2013, Ava was awarded the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) Up and Coming Recreation Professional Award. This is awarded to S.A.R.P. members for their outstanding contribution in the field of recreation and leisure and who have been in the field for less than ten years.