Meet the Team

"There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out. - Pat Riley

This team is all in.

 
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June Zimmer, BA, BEd, MSc, PHD

Club Executive

June is a nationally recognized coach, educator and researcher who was named One to Watch on the Most Influential Women in Canadian Sport list by CAAWS for her work in sport development.  She has also been named a YWCA Woman of Distinction for this same work, and named one of the Most Distinguished Alumni by Campion College at the University of Regina. She has also been recognized by the Premier of Saskatchewan for her outstanding leadership directed at improving opportunity and outcomes for Saskatchewan girls through sport. June has named one of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 Leaders for her work in sport as well.

June is a former competitive athlete turned weekend warrior, who was also the founder of Girls in the Game Canada and ICANPLAY Sports Canada Inc. She holds multiple NCCP coaching certifications and has coached many sports including volleyball at the competitive and recreational levels. June works full-time as a financial services executive, and holds many Board positions and business consultancy roles.

Kaylan Gazda, BEd, CSEP

Coach / Club Executive
Dev Coach Certified
Advanced Dev Coach In Training

Kaylan started playing volleyball in grade 6 and has been playing ever since. She played on the Alberta Provincial Team for 4 years including playing at the Western Canada Games and Canada Games.

 

While obtaining her Education Degree, she played for the Grant MacEwan Griffins Women’s Volleyball Team and finished her degree playing for the University of Alberta Pandas. 

 

Since finishing playing competitive volleyball herself, she continues to stay active playing volleyball, competitive ultimate frisbee, and as an avid volleyball coach.

 

Kaylan is passionate about giving young athletes the opportunity to grow and excel through sport. 

Stacey Laing, BKin

Coach / Club Executive
Dev Coach Certified

Advanced Dev Trained

Stacey has over 20 years of combined coach and player experience with the sport of volleyball.  Stacey played high school volleyball with Carlton Comprehensive high school, was selected to 4 Sask Provincial Teams, and played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. She was the recipient of the Laurie Anne Leier Athletic and Academic Excellence Memorial Award through the Sask Volleyball Association. 

 

Her focus and greatest knowledge base is with the setting position and she is eager to help develop young setters.  

Stacey has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and currently works as a Dream Broker for Sask Sport.  Her greatest passion is helping youth see the benefits of sport and creating chances for success in their chosen sport.  

Learn more about the Dream Broker program here:

https://givekidsachancecharity.ca/about/programs/dreambrokers

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Val Watson, CPA

Club Executive

Val brings an extensive level business acumen to the Summit Executive. As a Partner with an international accounting firm, Val has been instrumental in helping to develop Summit Volleyball Inc into a strong business entity. Her background in business, combined with her experiences in sport make her a great leader for this organization. Val is a former athlete herself, and now mom to 3 strong girls all of who are making waves through various sport channels.

Don Laing

Mentor Coach

A phrase we use a lot at Summit is WWDLD? AKA what would Don Laing do?  Don is Summit Volleyball's mentor coach and program consultant.

Don started coaching volleyball in 1978. He coached the provincial teams in the 1980s, school teams from 1979 until 2012 and club teams for 25 years. He also coached one season with the U of S Huskies 1984-85 as an assistant coach with head coach Frank Enns. He is presently retired and doing marathons, triathlon and bike touring. Don was also the past Saskatchewan Volleyball Association Coaching Pathway Coordinator.

Don has a true passion for developing and mentoring coaches.  You'll see him hanging out in the Volleybarn but also working with coaches from many different clubs and throughout the province.