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Skate Canada trains and certifies coaches through the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). All coaches must maintain the following requirements to be in good standing:

  • Skate Canada Coaching Membership
  • Skate Canada NCCP Status
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • Background screening
  • Completion of Respect in Sport Training Activity Leader Training
  • Completion of the Skate Canada Code of Ethics

Club Coaches

Daisy Power

Director of Coaching
Certification: Provincial Coach Certified
Bio: Daisy has over 20 years experience coaching at all levels of skating. Currently Daisy coaches Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, Synchro, STAR and Competitive skaters. She is currently the Director of Coaching at MPPSC.
Ashley Bishop Certification: Provincial Coach Trained
Bio: Ashley brings 10 years of coaching experience to our club.
Lori Brett Certification: National Coach Certified
Lori has over 20 years of coaching experience. She has coached skaters/teams at the National and International Level with highlights including Junior Grand Prix events in Germany and Bulgaria. Currently teaching the CanSkate, IntroSTAR, Junior, Intermediate and Senior sessions with the Mount Pearl-Paradise Skating Club.
Joanne Burry Certification: Provincial Coach Certified
Bio: Joanne brings 30 years of coaching to our club.
Contact regarding accepting new students
Danica Dean Certification: Regional Coach Certified
Bio: This is Danica's 7th year coaching and 4th with MPPSC. She currently coaches STARSkate, Adult 3 Synchro, and help out on CanSkate and IntroSTAR as needed. Outside of coaching, Danica skates with the Adult I Starlites and is completing a Bachelor of Education + Technology Diploma at MUN. Danica is currently team coach with Emil Francis, any inquires about coaching can be directed to him.

Emil Francis Certification: Regional Coach Certified
Bio: Emil loves coaching all disciplines of skating with a particular interest in synchronized skating and singles. He has worked within the STAR stream, Podium Pathway, and Special Olympics. His coaching philosophy centres around meeting his students where they are and helping reach the skating and life goals they set for themselves. Emil has six years of experience and coaches alongside Danica Dean and Sarah George. 

*Currently accepting new skaters to their team
Lindsay Janes Certification: National Coach Trained
Bio: Lindsay has coached the Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, STARSkate, CompetitiveSkate and Synchro programs for the past 16 years. 
Not currently accepting new skaters
Juliette LeFrançois-Bélanger Certification: Regional Coach Trained
Bio: This is Juliette's second year of coaching. As a skater, she obtained three gold pins and passed a diamond dance. Juliette currently coaches on Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, IntroSTAR, and STARSkate/Podium pathway sessions. 
*Currently accepting new students
Brittany Morgan Certification: National Coach Trained
Bio: Brittany has 16 years of coaching experience in Dance, Skills & Freeskate. 
Not currently accepting new skaters
Victoria Short Certification: Provincial Coach in Training
Bio: 7 years actively coaching. Experience coaching Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate, IntroStar, StarSkate, and Competitive skaters. Have experience with singles, and ice dance.
*Currently accepting new students
Katie Slaney Certification: Regional Coach Trained
Bio: Katie coaches on the Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate and STARSkate sessions. Katie was a competitive skater with MPPSC for many years prior to starting coaching last season. Katie is a first year MUN student and skates on the Open Starlites.
Neal Thorne Certification: National Coach Certified
Neal has 21 years coaching experience. Currently coaches Pre-Canskate, CanSkate, IntroSTAR, STARSkate, and Competitive skaters.
Miranda Walsh Certification: National Coach In-Training 
Bio: Going into her 12th year of coaching skaters from both STARSkate and Podium Pathway along with all levels of synchronized skating from Beginner (Star 3) to Adult.
*Contact regarding accepting new students

Pre-CanSkate & CanSkate Coaches


Joanne Burry
CanSkate Coordinator
Victoria Short
Lori Brett Katie Slaney
Emil Francis Neal Thorne
Juliette LeFrançois-Bélanger Miranda Walsh
Daisy Power  

Synchronized Skating Coaches

Kathleen Curran Jenna Hillyard
Danica Dean Daisy Power
Emil Francis Miranda Walsh
Dayton Fifield  


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