Athletics Manitoba is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming two new staff members into our community for 2021.
Michael Kananoja will be taking over the role of Programs Manager, and Sam Neis will be taking on the part time position of Equipment Manager. Both will start January 4th.
Sam joins us as an extension of his role as Equipment Manager with the Manitoba Runners Association. He will be working with staff, our board of directors, clubs, coaches and partners to help us ensure that both our equipment and our equipment inventory is maintained throughout the year!
Michael has an impressive background, having worked as Event Staff and Community Attendant at the University of Winnipeg, Programs and Performer Services at Folk Fest, as well as working with the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society as a Torch Relay and Celebrations Assistant.
Most notable are his recent experiences as the Program Coordinator with the Winnipeg Newcomers Sport Academy. In addition to the day to day management of staff, volunteers and co-op students to ensure a positive and safe learning experience for over 50 new Canadian youth, he also pioneered an annual youth soccer festival that saw over 100 participants come together from various community-based youth programs.
Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic he has worked to support their community with the development and delivery of family care packages, that included everything from masks, fitness/sport equipment and electronics. There is no doubt that his experience successfully representing organizations to external stakeholders, Elders, and funding partners will be an asset to our association.
Athletics Manitoba staff and Board of Directors would like to welcome both Sam and Michael to the team! While there has certainly been no shortage of changes and challenges this year, we are confident that their experience and knowledge will play a key role in our success, growth and development moving forward.
We are excited to work with them both, and we look forward to introducing them to our membership and partners in the new year!