Meet Our Team
Board of Directors
The National Health and Fitness Foundation is an incorporated charity (#82773 9723 RR001) established to protect the trademarks of National Health and Fitness Day and to promote the adoption of the Day by municipalities across Canada. Our mission is to support MPs, Senators, Indigenous Leaders, and Local government leaders to mobilize Canadians to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Pierre is recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished sport leaders, having served as CEO of Swimming Natation Canada, Canadian Interuniversity Sport. and Cross Country Ski de fond Canada. Having worked in Phoenix and Australia, Pierre brings connections in the national sports world and with Quebec. As head coach of the Parliamentary Swim Team, Pierre promotes swimming as an elite sport and a life-long activity.
Senator Deacon has garnered international respect in sport and education. Over the past 24 years, Deacon has coached, led, or served at 15 Olympic, Commonwealth, and Pan Am Games. Senator Deacon is most passionate about the physical and mental well-being of all Canadians. She is an advocate for the future of women and young girls and children worldwide and she has mentored and supported leaders in developing countries with a belief that sport, the arts and education can build better communities, one community at a time.
Chantal Petitclerc, one of the most decorated Paralympians in Canadian History, winning 21 medals in her time, was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016. Chantal is now Vice-Chair for the Social affairs, science and technology committee that studies many health-related issues and subjects. Her Senatorial work concentrates on health, mostly for our youth, as well as the rights of persons with disabilities. She has been on the National Health and Fitness Board since 2017.
Nancy Greene Raine
Olympic Champion skier, member of Canada and BC's Sports Halls of Fame, Nancy retired from the Senate of Canada on May 11th 2018. Her bill establishing National Health and Fitness Day across Canada passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Commons in 2014. In September 2016 Senator Greene Raine introduced Bill S-228 which prohibits the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children under age 17. Nancy lives with her husband Al Raine in Sun Peaks B.C. and remains active politically and athletically!
lawyer, author, professional speaker, and former Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country
The founding President of the National Health and Fitness Foundation brings diverse experience from government and business, supported by a strategic network of relationships. John launched the all-party Parliamentary Fitness Initiative for MPs in Ottawa, partnered with Senator Raine to enact the National Health and Fitness Day Bill, and continues to advocate for a National Cycling Strategy. John practices law in the Government and Public Policy Group at McMillan LLP.
Phil is a long time running, parasport, and multi-sport coach, working for the Running Room since 1996. He has worked with thousands of charities and events including the Canada Army Run and Ottawa Race Weekend. He has been coaching Parliamentarians for the past 8 years as part of a long term NHFD running program. Phil is a frequent media contributor, providing expert commentary at the Ottawa Race Weekend and Canada Army Run. Phil has been running for over 35 years, and has completed 9 marathons as a guide runner.
Sue was the first woman in the world to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games in the same year (1976). In the Los Angeles Olympics, she won silver and bronze medals in kayak. Sue has held leadership roles with some of the largest sports clubs in Canada as well as national sport organizations such as the Canadian Olympic Committee, Fast and Female and Cross Country Canada. In 2017 Sue co-chaired Ottawa’s Canada Games Bid and was recently selected to chair the Athlete’s Commission of the International Dragon Boat Federation.