Those Bringing the Recess Guardians Vision to Life. 

It takes a village.

Staff

Mike McDonald

Founder / CEO

Mike McDonald is the founder and CEO of Recess Guardians. He was born and raised in Saskatoon, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Mike has been recognized with numerous accolades over the last few years which include: CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 award, Child and Youth Friendly Saskatoon’s Children Champion award and Red Cross Saskatchewan’s Young Humanitarian of the Year award. He believes strongly that youth have the power to lead their peers and that getting youth to be more physically active is incredibly important. 

Favourite Recess Game:

Rounders (a combination of baseball and tennis)

Kale Johnson

Nathan Moore

Executive Director, Saskatchewan

Executive Director, Ontario

Kale Johnson is the Executive Director of Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Kale began working with youth in 2004 and first volunteered with Recess Guardians in 2010. Since that time, he has worked to implement and grow the program across Saskatchewan. He has worked with thousands of students across the province, teaching games and creating new leaders. It’s hard for Kale to pick his absolute favourite thing about the program because he loves all aspects of it. Kale takes great pride in the Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians program because it is inclusive, active, and most importantly, fun!

Nathan Moore started working with Recess Guardians in 2018.   An alumnus of Seton Hall University with a Bachelors in Sports Management, Nathan has over 10 years’ experience working with various non-profit and youth development programs in the states as well as Canada. Nathan is a huge believer in the power of play and that every child should have the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life.  The inclusive communities that Recess Guardians builds in schools and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all youth is what makes Nathan passionate about the work we do.  

Favourite Recess Game:

One of his favourite games in the program is Fox & Squirrel – it’s simple and requires little equipment, but it’s a hit in every classroom!

Favourite Recess Game:

Kickball AKA Soccer-Baseball

Daniel Elson

Mandy Bujold

Program Coordinator

Director of Development

Daniel Elson is currently in his 3rd year as Program Coordinator with Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians. Prior to joining the Recess Guardians team, he volunteered with the program for several years while attending University. Since joining Recess Guardians, his experience has been extraordinary! As someone who grew up loving every minute of recess, he understands the importance of instilling that same love for recess in the youth today. He see’s tremendous value in encouraging youth to lead their fellow peers, and believes it creates a lasting impact for everyone involved. He has always had a passion for working within the community and with youth, and Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians gives him the platform to do both.

Favourite Recess Game:

Growing up, he and his classmates would constantly switch between football, hockey, baseball, and basketball, but overall his favourite game to play is Wall Ball. 

Mandy Bujold is a decorated Olympic boxer with over 15 years of experience in the sport industry. With a strong understanding of branding and partnerships, she became the only elite boxer in Canada to work with major brands. As an ambassador for Team Canada, Mandy has delivered inspirational keynotes to many groups including corporate organizations, women in business and various youth organizations. Mandy completed a diploma in General Business at Conestoga College and continues to work part-time towards her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at University of Waterloo. Mandy is also a fully certified 1-star coach who shares her experience with youth at her High Performance Mentorship Camps throughout Canada. Throughout her athletic career she went on to receive a number of awards, overwhelming support from her fans and sponsors, for her outstanding contribution to the community. Included in these awards was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Oktoberfest Women of the Year, KW Athlete of the Year, WOW award recipient, and KW Citizen of the Year.

 

Mandy is looking forward to working with youth across Canada as we continue to grow the Recess Guardians program. 


 

Board of Directors

Carla Loney-Tindall

Karen Robson

Consultant   |   Chair

Affinity Credit Union   |   Vice-Chair

Carla Loney-Tindall has a wealth of experience from her roles as Provincial Director of The Children’s Wish Foundation, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Public School Foundation and Campaign Associate for DCG Philanthropic Services.  Her volunteer roles include Board Director positions with Recess Guardians, Wonderhub, the Princess Shop and she is a 100 Women Who Care committee member. As a recent retiree Carla enjoys mentoring people in the sector and she and her husband Joe are generous supporters of several charitable organizations in the community.   

Karen Robson is a 'Community Builder' at heart with professional roots in non-profit management having started her career as Executive Director, serving The Princess Shop Mentorship and Female Youth Development Inc. for nearly 7 years. Now on the other side of community development, Karen is the Community Advisor at Affinity Credit Union where she gets to create and foster partnerships with community organizations across Saskatchewan through collaborative, strategic sponsorships, and by leading a Zero Waste initiative both in the community and within the organization.

Favourite Recess Game:

Jacks, Skipping, and Marbles

Favourite Recess Game:

Freeze Tag

Kelli Blatchford

Affinity Credit Union   |   Director 

Kelli Blatchford joined the Recess Guardians Board of Directors in 2019. After hearing about how the program brings play back into the lives of children Kelli was eager to join the board and HR Committee to help Recess Guardians in their Mission Statement. Kelli has worked at Affinity Credit Union on the Human Resources team for the past five years, most recently working as a Training Specialist. 

Favourite Recess Game:

Grounders

Jess Reimer

Paper Plane Communications   |   Director   |  Chair, Governance Committee

Jess Reimer joins her training in psychology, design thinking, and professional writing through Paper Plane Communications, an independent brand and communications consultancy. She is proud to support Recess Guardians in its mission to empower youth across Canada.  

Favourite Recess Game:

Red Rover

Doug Fast, BA, CMC

Fast Consulting   |   Director

Doug Fast is the owner of Fast Consulting, a research and engagement management consulting practice with experience across a wide spectrum of private and public sector organizations. He has lectured on the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business, teaching a core MBA course on Market Research and Decision Making. Doug is currently president of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Saskatchewan.

Favourite Recess Game:

Shinny

Palmer Folk, CPA, MPAcc

IG Wealth Management   |   Director

As a finance and accounting professional, Palmer is currently a Wealth Planning Specialist with IG Wealth Management where he specializes in investment analysis, securities research, accounting and tax planning, and advisory services for high net worth clients and prospects. Palmer has valuable past experience with a CPA firm in Saskatoon where his main areas of expertise were financial statement preparation, assurance engagements, corporate and personal tax returns, and also working on special projects. Volunteering has always been a part of Palmer's personal and professional life including many years of volunteering and Board of Director experience with various organizations in and around Saskatoon. 

Favourite Recess Game:

Kickball

Jantina Kowbel

Canpotex   |   Director

Jantina Kowbel currently works as an HR Specialist at Canpotex, one of the world’s largest potash exporters. Jantina obtained her Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (including the Co-op and Study Abroad options) from the University of Saskatchewan and has a strong HR background including talent acquisition, employee relations, total rewards, strategy and leadership. Her professional experience spans both public private sectors including mining, government and export industries. Jantina is an Advanced Certified Professional with the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) and is a Candidate for certification with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources. In addition to her day-to-day work Jantina collaborates on two boards; she is the Director of Certification for IPMA-Canada and a Board Member for Recess Guardians.

Kelsey Froh, CPA

The Targeted Strategies Group   |   Director, Chair, Finance Committee

Kelsey Froh is a Chartered Professional Accountant that specializes in estate and business succession planning. His experience as an auditor in public practice lends to his position as chair of the audit and finance committee.

Favourite Recess Game:

Grounders

David Samuel

Associate Lawyer, Benesh Bitz & Co. LLP   |   Director

David Samuel is an original director for Canada Recess Guardians Inc. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology (cum Laude) from York University (2006) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan (2010). David has practiced family law in Saskatoon since 2011, and when not occupied by professional or volunteer activities, enjoys triathlon, and spending time with his 2 young children.

Favourite Recess Game:

Dodgeball

Favourite Recess Game:

TV Tag

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