Coaching Staff and Volunteers

Head Coach:  Samantha Gregorio

Samantha has competed in both the competitive and recreational stream of figure skating. She has her Gold Freeskate, Gold Skills and Novice Competitive Singles Test. She trained out of the Bradford Skating Club and the Mariposa School of Skating. Below highlights a few of her certifications:

  • 8 years of coaching experience

  • Over 18 years of skating experience

  • Registered Skate Canada Professional Coach

  • NCCP Provincial Coach In-training

  • NCCP Regional Coach Certified

  • NCCP Club Coach Trained

  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED Certified

  • Passed BackCheck Screening

  • Completed Respect in Sport Activity Training

  • Cross Cultural Awareness Training Certificate–Barrie Area Native Advisory Circles

  • HIGH FIVE – Principles of Healthy Child Development & Quest 2 Certified

  • Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services with Honours 

CanSkate Certified Coach:  Emily Aplin

Emily started skating at the age of 8 years old at HESC, gradually fulfilling the role of Program Assistant and then training to become a Coach.  Emily is in her third year as a CanSkate Coach.  She has her Gold Interpretive, working on her Junior Silver Skills and finishing her Junior Silver Dances.  Emily skates on the GoldIce Pre-Novice Synchronised Skating Team in Brampton and participates in 5 or 6 competitions a year across Ontario.


- 10 years skating experience

- Registered Skate Canada CanSkate Certified Coach

- Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED certified

- Passed BackCheck Screening

- Completed Respect in Sport Activity Training

- Completed Making Ethical Decisions course


Volunteer Coach/On Ice Aide:  Melanie Brown

Volunteer Coach/On Ice Aide, Vice President and Fundraiser.  Mel has been with the club for over 10 years and has worked with the Pre CanSkate and CanSkaters.  Mel is a former figure skater and skated with a Synchronised skating team.   Mel is a full time Mum to 3 children and an Educational Assistant with the Upper Grand District School Board.

Saturday CanSkate Coach:  Sophia Thomas

Sophia Thomas  will be joining our Team as a CanSkate Coach for Saturday’s in Hillsburgh. Sophia is a member of the Dufferin Peel skating club . She is currently competing in the Junior Competitive level , and has passed her Gold freeskate , skills and elements . She is currently working on completing her gold dances . She is also a CanSkate coach at DPSC and the Fergus Skating Club. Sophia is a grade 12 honours student at Robert F Hall SS.


Role Models, Leaders, Supporters

Our volunteers and program assistants are invaluable members of our club. They are responsible for assisting the coaches in teaching and in many aspects of the CanSkate program. Having their help on the ice ensures that we can maintain a 1:10 or lower coach/program assistant-to-skater ratio. This ratio guarantees the best and safest delivery of our CanSkate program by allowing more personalized support leading to greater skater success and quicker progression. All of our volunteers and program assistants have been trained by a member of our professional coaching staff.

Program Assistants

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