Erin De Sousa
Erin began as the Moresports City Hub Developer in 2017. While she has not been in this role long, she has already fallen in love with the community and is excited to be an active participate in this incredible space. Erin graduated from UBC with a BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and has recently completed a certificate in Non-profit Management at BCIT. Erin is also an avid field hockey player, coach, and official. She played varsity field hockey at UBC and continues to play and officiate at the highest levels she can, while pursuing her passion for coaching at the grassroots level.
Working in education for 18 years has shown me through experience that we need to make sports environments more safe, accessible and fun for a wider range of children. And I know that any singular group can act alone to remedy this: Not schools, nor community centers, nor traditional avenues for accessing sport. My favourite Moresports moment typifies why Moresports is so important to our community development strategy. I pointed out to a Principal of a host school three kids that seemed to be enjoying the program so much, and I asked, what do you think makes them like this so much? The response was unexpected, “Because the rest of their world is falling apart”. Mom had recently passed away, Dad was recently arrested and they were learning to live with a new family who had limited means to support them. At Moresports programs, kids can be kids, and I love that.
Nikki is excited to bring new and exciting programs to this community. She has played sports all her life and has many passions, but to short list her favourites, they are basketball, soccer, volleyball and golf! Nikki has a Sport Science diploma and will be graduating from Langara with a degree in Recreation Management. Her favourite classes in school were all themed around community building and she has strong beliefs in the great benefits it has on quality of life. Be aware not to challenge Nikki to 21... she will win.
Growing up, I never had a specific sport that I played but I loved being active. I started Karate at a young age and enjoyed it throughout high school as it taught me to be respectful, how to stay healthy, and how to work as a team. I also enjoy playing football and volleyball recreationally. What I love about Moresports is seeing the children enjoy a game they love to play with their teammates and building great friendships with children outside their schools.
I have been around sports my entire life. I was lucky enough to play basketball in University and even had the opportunity to play against some NBA players during my career! After my playing days I wanted to coach. I was granted that opportunity with Moresport’s eight years ago and I have continued ever since! When I am not playing or coaching sports I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to church, and eating sushi!
Recently hired to the role as the Midtown Hub Developer I have worked with children and youth for the past 10 years in various non-profits and parks board from after school programs, dragon boat coach, and drop in programs at different community centers. Not an advent sports player but I love being active especially on water from swimming, kayaking to dragon boating. As an advocate for all children and youth my goal is everyone to be able to play sports without barriers and to participate in an inclusive environment and have fun! I want to be able to run programs that children and youth will help them build confidence, be happier and be inspired! On my days off I enjoy coffee, cooking and baking, and road trips!
I have been part of Moresports since October 2014. I first started off as a Coach at Killarney Secondary and am excited that I have worked my way up in becoming a Hub Developer in my current position now at South Central. I have always enjoyed playing sports recreationally and competitively. Growing up, I was highly involved in team sports during my high school years, and to this day I continue to play sports in various adult leagues. Overall, I would have to say that volleyball, basketball, and ultimate are a few of my favourite sports.
I am lucky to have grown up with Moresports as a youth, as it helped me become the athlete I was in high school, and ultimately earn a full ride scholarship to play basketball in post secondary. I finished my schooling at Douglas College with a diploma in Health and Recreation, and am now back working and coaching at my old high school! I am passionate about coaching and helping youth become the best versions of themselves they can be.
Throughout my years of experience in children's and youth programming, I have focused on creating an active, inclusive, and diverse environment for all participants to thrive in. Involvement in sports and recreation throughout my high school years has taught me the meaning of teamwork and discipline. I am grateful to be a Hub Developer for the Marpole-Oakridge community as Moresports highlights all of the above, all while promoting sport and leadership development! When I am not at work or at UBC studying Kinesiology & Psychology, I enjoy cooking, going to the gym and trying out new restaurants around the lower mainland.
From a young girl on the soccer field to where I am now, there is no way I could imagine being here without the love of sports and my community! Moresports has provided me countless opportunities and I will proudly admit that it has shaped me into the person I am today. As early as I could remember, there was no pressure to be the best, to have to nicest cleats or basketball shoes, in fact no one really cared. All that mattered was showing up. As the years progressed, I found myself evolving from a player to a volunteer, to a coach and to where I am now as a Moresports Hub Developer! The steps I took to get here only felt natural and I believe that so far I've made an impact in my community. I'm more than happy to be here and I look forward to see where Moresports takes me next!
I began playing sports as a participant of Moresports back when the program launched in 2006. I've graduated with a Recreation Leadership Diploma from Langara College, and have worked with many basketball organizations such as Basketball BC, Dynamite, Finish Strong, and Simon Fraser University. Currently I am a basketball coach at my former high school, Vancouver Technical Secondary. I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to implement sports onto the lives of youth, and give back to the community that I grew up in. I was privileged to grow up when Moresports began, and will do my best to inspire the next generation to do the same.
Though I have only just recently become a part of the Moresports team I have been involved in after-school sports programs since I was attending them myself as a participant. Not being the most sporty, I am always passionate about showing kids that you don't need to be the most athletic to still enjoy and participate in sports. I spend a lot of my time outside of work and sports drinking coffee and reading more books than I can finish.