The board of directors is involved in the planning and overall direction of the school. It is made up of leaders in the field of education and athletics.
Trina is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with an Honours Degree in Psychology and Linguistics and a Masters of Health Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Trina began her career in Ottawa as a Speech-Language Pathologist consulting in all 4 publicly funded school boards. She was then hired as a consultant to the 2 Public English School Boards in the 5 Counties East of Ottawa. During her time with this employer, she continued to provide therapy, consultation, programming and training to students, staff and parents in the area of special education. She was asked to sit on the Advisory Committee for St.Lawrence College, Cornwall Campus, for the Communication Disorders Assistant Program, a position she continues to hold today. Trina is now a consultant for the Upper Canada District School Board whereby she continues to actively support the work of students, staff, and parents through assessment, programming, consultation, and training. Her strength is in helping teachers and other educational staff meet the needs of students through accommodations, modifications, and differentiated instruction strategies as needed. She is currently part of a team that is leading the nation in applying cutting-edge technology within the classroom as a tool for differentiated instruction and inclusion for all students. She is a strong believer in active and collaborative learning techniques because research indicates that this type of teaching lends itself well to differentiation and individualization of instruction. For Trina, differentiated instruction is well explained by the words of Tomlinson (1995) Meeting the needs of each student’s learning style and intellectual level by shaking up what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they learn.
Trina is excited to be part of such an elite team with The Peak Centre Academy in her role as consultant.
Brad Marsh brings over 15 years of NHL playing experience, along with 15 years of coaching experience, to his position of head coach of the Ottawa Senators Women’s Hockey Club. Brad played junior hockey with the OHL’s London Knights, where he was captain of the team. In 1978 he won the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded to the league’s Best Defenseman. He was chosen in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Flames. Brad went on to become captain of the Atlanta Flames (at that time the youngest captain in NHL history), then moved with the entire franchise to Calgary. Brad was then traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he spent eight seasons, twice going to the Stanley Cup finals. In 1987, Brad was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he spent three seasons, then to the Detroit Red Wings, and ended his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators in 1993. During his career, Brad was twice voted to the NHL All-Star team.
After his playing days were over, Brad was offered the position of Director of Team and Business Development by the Senators, in which he was responsible for scouting and developing young players within the Senators organization, as well as being involved in community development and fundraising. During this time, Brad became involved in coaching minor hockey, and in fact was the head coach of 15 different minor hockey teams over the years, both boys and girls, all ages from novice to midget, and ability levels ranging from initiation to competitive AA. He has also continually been involved in coaching clinics, on-ice seminars, and fundraising. Additionally, as President of the Ottawa Senators Alumni, Brad is involved in many different charitable organizations and events throughout the city.
Natalie Durand Bush
Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is an assistant professor of sport psychology in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her areas of interest and specialization include the development and maintenance of expert performance in sport and the experience of “feel,” particularly linked to the process of resonance in various consulting/counseling contexts. She is particularly interested in the relationship between athlete, coach, parent, and consultant in the development of optimal performance and well-being. Dr. Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*©), an instrument developed to help athletes and coaches evaluate a variety of mental skills perceived to be important for consistent high-quality performance. She has presented her tri-council funded research and applied work at numerous international conferences and published several refereed articles and book chapters. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Durand-Bush received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology in 1998. Aside from teaching and conducting research, Dr. Durand-Bush has been working for the past 13 years as a sport/performance psychology consultant with hundreds of athletes competing at different levels in various sports, including athletes from five Canadian national teams, a men’s major junior hockey team, two University varsity teams, and professional athletes from the Peak Centre for Human Performance. At a physiotherapy and sport medicine clinic, she works with individuals striving to increase their level of fitness and well-being and cope with injuries. Dr. Durand-Bush is currently the Chair for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology.