Brenda started skating at the age of 5 at the Williams Lake Figure Skating Club. She later moved/trained at the Kerrisdale Figure Skating Club in Vancouver under the watchful eye of Master Coach, Dr. Hellmut May. Brenda competed regionally and provincially, winning many competitions and Artistic awards.
Since turning professional in 1982, Brenda has had the opportunity to coach in many areas of our Province and the Yukon. She has coached in Whitehorse, Squamish, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Vancouver, Surrey, Port Coquitlam and the past 7 seasons with the Maple Ridge Skating Club. Brenda has coached both recreational and competitive skaters and has had skaters pass the Gold level in all disciplines. Brenda is also one of the coaches of our successful Synchro program!
Brenda’s philosophy to skating is to have fun and enjoy what you do! She motivates skaters to achieve their goals and looks forward to continuing her coaching career with the Maple Ridge Skating Club and their coaching staff!
NCCP: Level 2 certified
Director of Canskate
Director of Junior Academy
Coaching experience: 34 years
Elyse began skating at the age of 5 and was a competitive skater in Freeskate, Dance, and Synchronized Skating, successfully winning BC Champion multiple years in a row, qualifying her to represent BC at the Winter Games, and Skate Canada Challenge. She was awarded a Karen Magnussen scholarship as the top BC skater in her age category. She also competed at a National level in Synchronized Skating as an adult. She successfully completed her Gold level tests in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, and Interpretive. She has extensive training in RAD ballet, jazz, and hip hop.
Elyse coaches both competitive and recreational level skating in all areas of skating: individual Freeskate, Ice Dance, and also a more team oriented discipline of skating called Synchronized Skating. She has successfully coached many skaters to achieve the highest level of testing; the Gold level! Her passion for Synchronized Skating recently landed the MRSC gold medals in several categories at the BC Synchronized Skating Championships!
Elyse’s goal is to express her passion, share her knowledge, and bring the enjoyment of skating to people of all ages and abilities. Elyse has a passion for figure skating, and enjoys seeing others develop a similar love for the sport.
Elyse has a BA from SFU with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. Elyse is actively pursuing her level 3 coaching status.
NCCP: Partial Level 3 Certified
Coaching Experience: 12 years
Director of Synchronized Skating
Pascale has been skating since the age of 3 years old. She was born and raised in Quebec City.
She was a member for 5 years of the C.E.E.R (Centre Entrainement Elite Regional) in Quebec, consisting of panel-selected skaters for the youngest and most advanced competitive skaters in the province of Quebec.
Pascale has been coaching at the Maple Ridge Skating Club for over 3 years, having previously coached for over 15 years in the Tri-Cities. She began her coaching career in the province of Quebec at the age of 18.
At the age of 13, she was the youngest skater in the province of Quebec to have achieved the Gold Level in Figures & Free Skate.
Pascale coaches all STARSkate levels, from Preliminary to Gold Level across all disciplines, including Skills, Free Skate, Interpretive, Dryland and Dance.
She believes in taking the simple and traditional approach to building strong skating techniques. She always takes care to make her sessions fun and productive. Her concrete approach puts the tricky elements of skating into an easy to understand format, and she uses unique keywords for all ages to comprehend.
Pascale has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from Université Laval, as well as a College Degree in Science and Mathematics from Cégep Limoilou.
NCCP: Level 2 Certified
Coaching Experience: Over 25 years
McKenna started skating when she was 5 years old at the Maple Ridge Skating Club. She started in our CanSkate program, and continued her skating career through StarSkate. She competed Synchro for 4 years, and has also completed her Gold Skills. She eventually took the next step, by becoming a coach at the age of 18.
McKenna considers the club like a second home. She has a natural love for kids. She loves to connect with the skaters on and off the ice, help them achieve their goals and of course have fun!
McKenna’s goal is to push the skaters to be the best they can be.
Breeann has been with the Maple Ridge Skating Club for a majority of her life. She has grown not only as a coach with the club but as a role model as well.
She decided she wanted to join the club as a coach when she was 16, it has always given her pleasure to see your children grow and improve as skaters. She loves to get to know the kids and make them feel comfortable and confident on and off the ice. Breeann has a positive attitude and can push the kids to get better, work hard, and have fun. Breeann believes skating should be a great way to keep active but it should also be a place for kids to have fun, and that is what she plans to bring to the club every time she steps on the ice.