About ParaSport® Ontario

Providing support to all members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life.

To ensure that there is a sport or active living opportunity for everyBODY.

Commitment. Value. Collaboration. Excellence.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Joe Millage

Joe Millage

Alan Dean

Alan Dean

Director of Awards and Alumni
Lorette Dupuis

Lorette Dupuis

Director of Classification
John Willson

John Willson

Finance Director
Bernie Gluckstein

Bernie Gluckstein

Archie Allison

Archie Allison

Vice Chair
Amanda Fowler

Amanda Fowler

Chair for Evening for Inclusion
John Szczygiel

John Szczygiel

Director of Social Media and Marketing
Karen Natho

Karen Natho


Executive Director's Message

Jeff Tiessen

Jeff Tiessen

"There is a sport or active living opportunity
for everyBODY.“

Welcome to ParaSport Ontario. What do we do? Here’s a good example. I was active in a host of sports before my injury. But afterward, I didn’t think that there was anything I’d be able to play as a kid without any hands.

ParaSport Ontario – which was Sport for Disabled Ontario at the time – found me, advocated for me, connected me with many parasports and a sports club, and supported me on my parasport path… which ultimately guided me to the medal podium at three Paralympic Games.

Choose your own parasport path. It’s different for each one of us. But what is the same, is that physical activity is essential for all of us. There are so many benefits that add up to better health and quality of life for anyone with a disability.

ParaSport Ontario is serious about getting you in the game, or back in the game, because parasports make fitness fun! And there are plenty of parasports to try. We’re here to get you started!

Jeff Tiessen, Executive Director

Our Staff

Barbara Morrow

Office Manager

Barbara has been with ParaSport Ontario for over 25 years, beginning when the organization was known as Sport for Disabled - Ontario. Her passion for sport began at a young age, participating in competitive and recreational sport. "Participating in sports contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle and is a great way to meet new people and establish life-long friendships."

Erin O'Sullivan

Communications Coordinator

Erin joined the ParaSport Ontario team early in 2018 and has been working with on providing support to the ParaSport community, members and partners ever since. With a background in communications and passion for sport she enjoys working with community partners and developing communication strategies that encourage people to get involved in new sports and share success stories. She is dedicated to the mission of inclusion for everyBODY in sports and in an avid roller derby player with more than five years of sport background playing for Toronto and Durham Region teams.

Richard Collins

Program Coordinator

Richard is responsible for the development and delivery of the ParaSport Ontario Try Me program. His background in Sport and Recreation Management has been an integral addition to our recent success in delivering stellar programs and events for everyBODY . His collaboration with the ParaSport Ontario ambassador team continuously provides active living opportunities to communities across Ontario. “There is nothing that makes me more excited than having the chance to unite people of all demographics together through sport and recreation.”

How to Reach Us


3701 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON M1N 2G2

Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday

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