The Emerging Female Leader Program was established in 2018 to attract women and girls to the game of squash. Clubs and facilities benefit in having a female champion help to promote Women’s Squash Week resulting in increased participation of women year over year!
Squash BC is pleased to announce Rocio Lebolo (YWCA Racquet + Fitness Club) and Dara Sklar (Squamish Squash Club) as the recipients of the 2021/22 Emerging Female Leader Grants!
2020 – Trish Campbell of Bayside Racquets Club, Jessica Evans of Cheam Leisure Centre
2019 – Elsa Snyder of Bentall Athletic Club, Rebecca Vassilakakis of Nelson Squash Club
2020 Emerging Female Leaders in Squash
Squash BC presents the 2020 Emerging Female Leaders in Squash
In February 2020, Squash BC was proud to present $500 grants to two clubs and their female leaders who promote women and girls in squash; Trish Campbell – Bayside Squash Club in Parksville and Jessica Evans – Cheam Leisure Center Mission/Chilliwack Squash Club. The grants are to be used to promote participation of women and girls in squash and to recognize female volunteers who are committed to promoting squash programs in their respective clubs.
“Jessica and Trish proved to be outstanding leaders in their communities in promoting squash to women and girls. Clubs rely on their volunteer hours to organize events such as women’s squash clinics, leagues, fun tournaments and socials. We really appreciate the time and effort from these individuals to connect with the squash community” stated Shelley Neil, Chair of the Women & Girls in Squash Committee.
Parksville’s Trish Campbell Helps to Double Squash Membership
The $500 Emerging Leaders grant has come at a time when the Bayside Squash Club is on an upswing. “This was not the case in 2018. We were losing members due to the loss of our social hub sports bar” said the thirty-five year squash veteran. “This year we took advantage of the promotional tools and momentum that Squash BC and Women’s Squash Week offers and really worked it in the community”.
“Trish played a major role in the success of our club and Women’s Squash Week” commented Jan Townend also a member of the local squash club. “She has been instrumental in inspiring new members step onto the court and put a racquet in their hand”.
Campbell and Townend’s efforts have paid off. The club’s membership has doubled helping to reenergize the members and club significantly.
Jessica Evans Boosts Women’s Squash in Chilliwack
For Jessica Evans of Chilliwack her love of the sport she has been playing for close to a decade is shared between two cities. She supports the squash program at Cheam Leisure Centre in Mission where she works with Parks & REC and she volunteers her time as a squash instructor a few hours a week at the Chilliwack Squash Club. “Jessica was willing to drive from Mission to Chilliwack every week to help run the ladies program in Chilliwack. The ladies look up to her as a high level female player and her presence inspires ladies to keep coming out to play. She runs the “hot boxes” Chilliwack Women’s Squash Facebook group to help with communication and a sense of community. She has recently completed her level 1 coaching certification and also sits on the board of the Chilliwack Squash Club” explained Shawn Zwierzchowski the resident squash pro at the Chilliwack Squash Club who submitted Jessica’s nomination.
Grants for Emerging Female Leaders in Squash
Supporting Squash BC’s Women in Squash initiative, the purpose of these grants is to support member clubs that promote participation of women and girls in squash and to recognize female volunteers/participants who are committed to promoting squash programs for girls and women in their respective clubs.
In 2019, Squash BC was proud to present two $500 grants to clubs that promote women and girls in squash ~ Bentall Athletic Centre in Vancouver (Elsa Snyder) and Nelson Squash Club (Rebecca Vassilakakis).
Emerging Female Leaders Forum ~ Summerland 2019
On October 5, 2019, Squash BC in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) presented the Emerging Female Leaders Forum. The forum, the first of its kind Squash BC, was developed for the squash community and focused to increase squash participation and retention of women and in British Columbia.
“Great event! Loved all the passion and enthusiasm from everyone! Very motivated about moving forward with a bunch of the ideas and suggestions that came up, including having a central forum where all the participants as well as other like minded individuals can continue sharing experiences and feedback!”
Quote from Helen Kim, Ambassador, Women’s Squash Week,Vancouver Racquets Club