Over the last few months three faces have transitioned from part-time roles to full-time with the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation (WJTNF). Alex Kampen, Cheyenne Davis, and Nick Sasaki joined WJTNF on a full-time basis in roles with the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy (WJHA).
Alex Kampen will be joining the WJHA/WJTNF Team as Minor Hockey Supervisor. Alex is a familiar face to many from his role as Lead On/Off-Ice Instructor with Hockey Academy since joining in October, 2014. Alex will be responsible for overseeing the growth of the WJHA Minor Hockey teams and players. Alex studied Principals of Coaching and Sports Psychology at the University of Winnipeg before graduating from Red River College with a Business Administration diploma. Alex's impressive hockey resume includes, the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL, and a pro contract with Germany's Bremerhaven Penguins where his team won the DEL2 Meisterschaft in 2014. In addition to his playing background Alex is also a certified coach and official.
Cheyenne will be a lead on-ice instructor overseeing all aspects of the WJHA Girls minor hockey teams as well as act as a liaison for female students and players throughout the program. Cheyenne came to the WJHA with a background in social work including working at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Achievement Centre (WASAC), a home daycare, and as a respite worker for children and youth with special needs. While balancing her work responsibilities, Cheyenne is also studying Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Winnipeg. Cheyenne brings a love of the game and valuable playing experience to the WJHA. As a teenager, Cheyenne played AA Twins and AAA Mustangs as well as representing Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships from 2010-2013.
Nick has been working for the WJTNF for the past 4 years and is excited to begin his new role as the Academic Performance Coordinator. In this role, Nick will be helping high school students graduate by offering academic support while also navigating post-secondary education by assisting students to find financial support. Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts (hons.) and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Manitoba. He has volunteered with various organizations throughout Manitoba including the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Winnipeg Harvest. Nick grew up playing hockey on the outdoor rinks at Gateway Recreation Centre, played AAA for the Sharks and more recently has coached a recreational team.
Welcome to the WJTNF team, Alex, Cheyenne and Nick!