Staff

Below are the core members of our staff.  We work with other experienced coaches and childhood educators on an as-needed basis.

Julien Edwards, Founder & Owner

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An Ottawa native, Julien competed in the Super Y League (Ottawa Fury) and was a member of the 2005 US Region 1 championship team before attending Drake University on a scholarship. While at Drake, Julien appeared in 50 consecutive games in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was a NSCAA All-Region team player in 2009, an All-Missouri Valley Conference first team player two seasons in a row and a multi week recipient of the MVC Brine Player of the Week.

Julien was a 2010 Adidas/MLS Player Combine participant and has been on trial with the U23 Canadian Olympic team. He was a member of the Capital City Football Club, a 2011 Canadian Soccer League finalist. As a member of the Guyana National Football Team, Julien earned 9 caps against strong CONCACAF teams such as Jamaica and Panama in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Julien has extensive coaching experience.  He has coached boys and girls of all ages in Canada and the US.  He was recently appointed assistant coach of the Outaouais Regional U11 Girls’ program as well as head coach of the Gee-Gees, the University of Ottawa Men’s Soccer Team. Julien continues to play semi-professional soccer with FC Gatineau, a member of Quebec’s Premier Soccer League.

Julien is an elementary school teacher with the French Catholic School Board. He graduated from Drake University with a degree in International Business and Management in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa in 2013.

Quinn Keenan – Camp Director

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Quinn works as a school age educator at the Rockcliffe Child Care Centre in Ottawa.

Quinn completed the 3-year Early Childhood Care and Education Program  offered by Gatineau’s Heritage College in 2014.   She has extensive experience working with young children, acquired through work placements in several schools and childcare centres in Ottawa and Gatineau. She also worked with children between the ages of 4 and 12 for three consecutive summers through the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s School Age Program.

Vanessa Thivierge – Sports Coach

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Vanessa has a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education from La Cité collégiale and has been working as an early childhood educator for the French Catholic School Board since 2011. She coaches the soccer, volleyball and basketball teams at the school where she works.

Vanessa started playing competitive soccer in Rockland where she grew up. In a few short years, she helped lead her team to the Premier level and then the Regional level. At the age of 16, Vanessa was named to the Gloucester Hornets provincial team.  She played at the provincial level for two years.  Vanessa currently plays competitive soccer with the Rockland United Soccer Club, a member of the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League.  She has been the team’s captain for the past 6 years.

Karelle Edwards – Sports Coach

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Karelle is a nationally ranked Canadian 100m hurdler who has represented Canada on the international stage on several occasions. This past summer, she represented Canada at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea. She is currently training for the Olympics.

For the past two years, Karelle has been doing speed work with young lacrosse and soccer players to help them improve their speed, strength, power and running technique.

Karelle graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2012 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Human Kinetics.  After graduation, she worked as a kinesiologist at a physiotherapy clinic.

Karelle knows how important it is for young athletes to learn the principles of proper body mechanics. In 2008, she suffered a low back injury that took her out of her sport for 3 years.  After working tirelessly to overcome her injury, she made a successful return to the track in 2012.

Her greatest passion is helping children and youth achieve their full potential.  This is why Karelle does motivational speaking at elementary and high schools.  She shares her personal story in hopes of inspiring students to believe in themselves, work hard, persevere in the face of challenges and follow their dreams.

You can learn and follow about Karelle at www.karelleedwards.com