Meet Barbara May: Leading the Way as Executive Director of Bowls Alberta
Category : News Item 2023
Barbara May, the executive director of Bowls Alberta, brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to her role. With over 25 years of diverse professional experience, Barbara has held positions as a school counsellor, physical education teacher, program director, career and employment consultant, and executive director.
Prior to her current role, Barbara served as the executive director of the Alberta Racquetball Association for eight years, where her enthusiasm and passion to make Alberta a leader in the delivery of coaching, high performance, and community programs resulted in the development of world-class athletes that have taken the stage in national, and international competition. She also served as the executive director of the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association for two years, further showcasing her dedication to promoting inclusivity in sports.
Throughout her career, Barbara has achieved numerous highlights and milestones. As the Director of Interprovincial Relations for Racquetball Canada, she played a pivotal role in developing the Let’s Play Racquetball and Hall of Fame programs, contributing to the growth and recognition of the sport. Her collaboration with Canadian National Champion Kris Odegard resulted in the creation of the Racquetball Practice Program, which garnered over 500,000 views on YouTube.
Barbara’s exceptional contributions to the sports community earned her the prestigious 3M Coach Recognition Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Sports Community.” Additionally, she has been actively involved in coaching education, teaching the Level 1 and 2 theory courses of the National Coaching Certification Program for 15 years. Her dedication to professional development led her to attain a Level-3 Coach Certification with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Outside of her involvement in racquetball, Barbara has also made a significant impact in the realm of gymnastics. She played a pivotal role in growing the Horizon Gymnastics Club from 140 to 400 members, fostering the development of young athletes in the sport. Her own athletic achievements include winning Team Gold at the 1984 Canada West Universities Athletic Association’s Gymnastics Championship as a member of the University of Alberta’s Panda’s Gymnastics Team. Barbara’s athletic prowess and dedication were recognized with the Jimmy Condon Athletic Award.
Barbara May holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, further solidifying her educational foundation and expertise in her field. With her extensive experience, diverse skill set, and remarkable achievements, Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to her role as the executive director of Bowls Alberta.