Sam has been actively engaged in the community for over 15 years. She has facilitated children’s groups and held various roles with Girl Guides of Canada for over 10 years. Over the past 6 years, she has been a dedicated parent on the sidelines in the football community. Sam looks forward to deepening her involvement and leveraging her leadership experiences in the insurance industry to support this excellent organization.
Jori Ritchie, a co-founder of OWF, has a deep passion for sports. She previously managed the women's National Military Basketball team and oversaw the intramural program at the Royal Military College in Kingston before transitioning to the athletic department at Algonquin College. Jori has over 10 years of experience coordinating and organizing major sporting events. Leveraging her expertise, knowledge, and unwavering commitment to women in sports, Jori is focused on creating opportunities to develop the next generation of football players and officials.
She is also devoted to expanding youth football in Ottawa and promoting women's participation in football at all ages to encourage lifelong physical activity. Jori enjoys coaching and is currently serving as the defensive coach for the U18 Ontario Female Flag Football team. Additionally, she is dedicated to mentoring new coaches and officials who are emerging from OWF's community.
Stephanie Thinn is committed to promoting the game of football and helping individuals of all levels improve their skills, regardless of whether they play for fun or competition. As a co-founder and visionary of OWF, her primary objective is to establish an inclusive environment where all can learn, play, and cultivate their passion for football.
In her leisure time, Stephanie enjoys playing football and is a certified NCCP coach. She's coached and General Managed Football Ontario's U18 female high performance Flag Football team in 2022 and 2023. Her accomplishments during the 2022 and 2023 seasons include securing provincial gold and silver medals, along with three bronze medals at the U16 and U18 National competitions.
Stephanie is set to serve as Head Coach and General Manager for the U18 Team Ontario female flag team once more, with the goal of securing a gold medal in 2024. "I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity to coach the best in our province once again. Coaching, for me, is all about establishing a safe space for athletes to achieve their greatness. If you've been coached by me before, you've heard me say: empower each other, trust each other, and crush the competition. Be a selfless athlete and know your teammates and coaches are here to support you. These fundamental principles will guide us on the path to greatness." Coach Steph