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Shauna Bookal's Departure

By FHO Team, 08/22/22, 5:15PM EDT


Shauna Bookal, FHO Executive Director

Field Hockey Ontario (FHO) is announcing the departure of its Executive Director, Shauna Bookal.  Shauna will be moving onto a new role with the Ontario University Athletics as the organization’s new Manager of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI), and Student Experience starting September 19, 2022. Shauna will be assisting the FHO Board with the transition throughout the fall.

Shauna joined FHO in April 2019 and stepped officially into the role of Executive Director in March 2020 (held the role of Interim Executive Director since September 2019). In her time on staff Shauna has helped the organization grow tremendously by:

  • - Developing new partnerships (JumpStart, Under Armour, and Gryphon).
  • - Securing new funding opportunities (JumpStart, Ontario Trillium, Coaches Association of Ontario, Ontario Government).
  • - Growing our membership by increasing our numbers in recreational programs (grassroots, try-it events, and school programs).
  • - Raising the profile of women and indigenous peoples in sports.
  • - Raising the profile of FHO through participation on various federal and provincial committees (Coaching Association of Canada, Sport Canada, Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport).
  • - Increasing communications with our members through improvements in various social media platforms and our website.

During the COVID-19 pandemic period, Shauna was instrumental in spearheading safe return to play for our players, coaches, umpires, and officials to get them back onto the field. Shauna’s commitment to giving back to the community and empowering those she works with are just some of the qualities that have benefited FHO over the past few years that will be greatly missed.

In response to the latest news, FHO President, Richard Crowell, says “We are very excited for Shauna and on behalf of the FHO Board we wish Shauna all the best in her new endeavours and thank her for her leadership, contribution, and commitment to field hockey over the past few years for our organization.”