Are you looking to improve your game? Consider a lesson from one of our qualified instructors in the Co-op. Or check out the Skill Development area for training material.

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Curling.SkillsHello and welcome to The Instructor Co-Op page!

The Instructor Co-Op is a passionate group of OCC Member curlers who are trained to help others learn the sport of Curling in a fun and safe way.

If you are looking for ways to improve your curling game, the Instructor Co-Op can help you with brushing mechanics, weight judgment, stick delivery, stabilizer delivery, weight control, strategy and tactics, communication, team dynamics, and all other facets of the game!

Instruction is available through various private and group programs. These include private lessons (individual & group), clinics (member, public, & office), Youth Programs, Learn to Curl programs, summer curling camps, Special Olympics, open houses, and corporate rentals.

All Instructors are registered with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Our goal is to help curlers of any age and level become the best they can be.

If you need more information, please contact the Instructor Coordinator.

Click here to view the 2021/2022 fee schedule


The Instructor Co-Op is looking for new members!

Please read the new-member requirements here and send an email to Instructor Coordinator if you are interested.

Meet the Instructors

Here is an alphabetical list of our instructors. For full instructor profiles, please click on their name or image. You may contact instructors directly.

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Helen.G.R2
Monta
Karen.R2
Heather.250
Marjorie.R2
Delores.250
Tim.R2
Bridget.Ribau
Rebecca.R2
Helen.S.250
Danny.250

Instructor Profiles


RICK BRADY

NCCP# 5662624

Contact Rick

Training:

  • Competition Coach In-training(NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach (OCA)

Experience:

  • U12 / U15 Instructor – 6 years
  • U15 Competitive Coach – 4+ teams
  • Curling Clinics for beginners – over 100 clinics given
  • Special Olympics Instructor
  • Soccer Coach (OSC) – 5+ teams
  • Hockey Coach / Assistant Coach / Team Manager – 3 teams
  • Scouts Canada, Leader – 9 years
  • Given over 100 clinics

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club – 20 years
  • Oakville Curling Club, OCA Rep. – 2 years
  • Avonlea Curling Club – 2 years
  • CurlON, Junior Zone Rep. – 2 years
  • CurlON, Zone Rep

Coordinator:

  • Family Bonspiel Coordinator – 7 years
  • Junior Bonspiel Coordinator – 3 years
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MARG BYRNE

NCCP# 5662622

Contact Marg

Training:

  • Club Coach-Youth (OCA)
  • Competition Coach in Training NCCP

Experience:

  • U12 coach for 3 years
  • Teen Curling instructor for 4 years
  • Teen Curling program director for 1 year
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics

Specialization:

  • Group instruction (rentals)
  • New Curlers (getting comfortable on the ice, basics of delivery & sweeping)
  • Youth Curling

Member:

  • Oakville Curling club
  • Coaches Association of Ontario
Marg.R2

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HELEN GARSIDE

NCCP# 5858363

Contact Helen G

Training:

  • Competition Coach In Training (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach (OCA)
  • High-Performance Curling Camp (2-time attendee)

Experience:

  • CurlON Instructor's Team Lead - GTA
  • Ontario Curling Council Facilitator
  • Director of the OCC Youth Camp 2018
  • Adult Instruction – 7 years
  • Veteran Instructor at Youth Curling Camp

Accomplishments:

  • Senior Women’s Zone Winner & Regional Participant
  • Senior Mixed Zone Winner
  • Mixed Division Winners
  • Former President of Wednesday Night Ladies League
  • Former Board of Director – Oakville Curling Club

Specialization:

  • One to One: new curlers learning the basics
  • One to One: established curlers wanting to increase their skill level
  • Instructing curlers on the art of curling with a stabilizer
  • Team Dynamics: communication & problem solving

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • CurlON
  • Margarita International Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada (COC)
  • Coaches Association of Canada (CAC)

Available:

  • Daytime & Weekends
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MONTA JOHNSON

NCCP# 6255085

Contact Monta

Training:

  • Curling Competition Coach Certified (NCCP)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)
  • Sport Nutrition (NCCP)

Experience:

  • Youth program instructor
  • Adult instruction
  • Have coached two U18 teams (men and mixed)
  • 30+ years of curling experience

Accomplisments:

  • Two-time OCC Wednesday night women's league champion

Specialization:

  • New curlers - delivery and sweeping basics, rules, etiquette
  • Youth
  • Tune-ups for more experienced curlers

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
Monta

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KAREN LALONDE

NCCP# 73679

Contact Karen

Training:

  • Competition Coach Certified (NCCP/CC)
  • Level 2 - Speed Skating (NCCP)
  • Club Coach – Curling (OCA)
  • Licensed HeartMath® Provider (www.heartmath.com)

Experience:

  • 14 years club curling
  • Several bonspiels
  • Worked with Junior Competitive Golfers & Adult Golfers
  • Worked with Figure Skaters
  • Worked with Health Professionals
  • Special Olympics Competitive Curling Team Trainer - National Level

Accomplishments:

  • Founded Oakville Speed Skating Club
  • Competitive Speed Skater
  • Competitive Figure Skater

Specialization:

  • Emotional Self-Management
  • Stress Management
  • Personal Effectiveness

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada
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HEATHER MACTAVISH

NCCP# 6162443

Contact Heather

Training:

  • Club Coach Trained (NCCP)

Experience:

  • Adult and Youth Learn to Curl Instructor
  • Adult and Youth Instructor (open houses, clinics, rentals)
  • 11 years Club Curling

Specialization:

  • Novice curler development of basic curling techniques, strategy, rules and etiquette

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
Heather.250

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MARJORIE MCARTHUR

NCCP# 1054652

Contact Marjorie

Great instruction & coaching as a new Junior at the Oakville Curling Club almost 40 years ago helped me learn the great game of curling.

I enjoyed curling competitively in high school and university.

Taking 20 years off to devote my time to my career as a secondary school math teacher and raise my daughter made me seek out OCA instruction to move to a no-lift delivery when I returned to curling in 2006. Whether it is to learn the basics or improve the mechanics, a balanced delivery will help to enjoy the game more as you begin to make more shots consistently.

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)
  • 25-year educator with Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)

Experience:

  • Curling Clinics for New Curlers – 8 years
  • Summer Curling Camp
  • Trial League for New Curlers – 2 years
  • Corporate Team Building Events – 1 yr

Accomplishments:

  • 1980 SOLCA Junior Girl’s Champion (Second)
  • 1981-1984: 3 Gold, 1 Silver OWIAA curling medals for Queen’s University (second & vice)
  • Zone Winner: Tankard, Women’s Senior Mixed, Senior Women
  • Mixed Club Champion Vice

Specialization:

  • New curlers one-on-one or small groups

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
Marjorie.R2

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DELORES MCCALLUM

NCCP# 1141131

Contact Delores

Training:

  • Club Coach Youth
  • Club Coach
  • Competition Coach Certified
  • Competition Development Coach Certified (1st in Canada)
  • Special Olympics Competition Sport Coach Trained
  • Wheelchair Curling Trained
  • Delivery Stick Trained
  • Safe Sport Varified through Ontario Curling Council & Curling Canada
  •    - "Rowan's Law", "Responsible Coaching Movement", "Rule of Two"

Experience:

  • Program Developer from club to international level
  • Develop & Implement Youth Curling Camp
  • Coach new, intermediate & high performance curlers
  • Coach Ontario Next Generation Team Camps
  • Coach all competition levels from Zone to Olympic Pre Trials
  • Group and Individual Instruction  
  • Special Olympics Team Coach - National Level

Accomplishments:

  • Curling Club Co-ordinator at Oakville Curling Club
  • Associate Curling Professional at Mississaugua Golf & Country Club
  • Ontario High Performance Coach

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Curl Ontario
  • Curling Canada
  • Coaches Association of Canada
  • Ontario Coaches Association
  • Special Olympics Ontario  
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TIM MCCHESNEY

NCCP# 5853438

Contact Tim

Training:

  • Competition Coach Trained (NCCP/CC)
  • Club Coach Trained (OCA)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (NCCP)
  • Adult Learn to Curl
  • Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Psychology of Performance

Experience:

  • Youth camp Instructor
  • Learn to Curl Instructor
  • CurlOn Clinic Team Instructor
  • Adult instruction (open house, rentals, clinics, and camps)
  • U15 & U18 High Performance Coach

Accomplishments:

  • Two-time Provincial Finalist (Master Men’s) (2013 / 2015)
  • Member - Senior Men’s Club Championship Team (2013-14) and (2017-18)
  • President, Oakville Curling Club 2012-2014

Specialization:

  • One on one coaching (detect and correct curling faults and deliveries)
  • Team dynamics (communication, problem-solving, team operation)
  • Having fun!

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Coaches of Canada
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BRIDGET RIBAU

NCCP# 5627928

Contact Bridget

Training: 

  • NCCP Curling Competition Coach in training 
  • NCCP Multi-sport Fundamental Movement Skills 
  • B.Sc Kinesiology and Physical Education (WLU)
  • High Performance Curling camp attendee (5 years)

Experience: 

  • Adult Learn to Curl Instructor (4 years) 
  • Youth Camp & Program Instructor (7 years) 
  • Adult Instruction - Rentals, Corporate, Clinics, open houses (4 years)
  • 15 years of curling (10 competitive)
  • 4 years instructing youth Taekwondo classes
  • 1 year Instructing Parkinson's Exercise Class

Accomplishments:

  • 2017-2018 OUA Champion (5th at Nationals)
  • 2014 GHAC high school Winner 
  • Mixed Provincials finalist, U21 & U15 Zones Winner
  • 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Taekwondo

Specialization: 

  • Delivery Analysis
  • Sweeping
  • Team Dynamics and Communication 
  • Curling Fitness & Injury Prevention
  • New curlers and groups! 

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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REBECCA SCHORR

NCCP# 6162439

Contact Rebecca

Curling is a fabulous way to enjoy the winter and keep active.
I've been involved with Oakville Curling in mixed and business women's leagues; helped on bonspiel committees and volunteered coaching youth and new curlers. 
I started curling after my boys were done with sports and can't think of a better social Club that provides such a great sport for all ages. 
I'm a real estate representative with RLP here in Oakville and also a graphic designer.

Training:

  • Club Coach Trained (NCCP)

Experience:

  • 10 years curling
  • U12 and U18 Coaching
  • Team Dynamics & Communication
  • Curling Etiquette
  • One to One: New Curlers Learning the Basics
  • Youth Coach
  • Adult Learn to Curl Instructor
  • Adult Instructor - Corporate Team Building, Clinics & Rentals

Specialization:

  • Basic curling technique
  • Strategy
  • Sweeping
  • Team Dynamics and Communication
  • Curling Etiquette
  • One to One: New Curlers Learning the Basics

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
  • Ontario Curling Association

Availability:

  • Weekday afternoons (except Wednesdays)
  • Occasional Saturdays
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HELEN STEPHENSON

NCCP# 6017732

Contact Helen S

Training:

  • Competition Coach in Training
  • Centre of Curling Excellence attendee

Experience:

  • Adult Learn To Curl Instructor
  • Youth and Adult Instructor (Rentals & Member Clinics)
  • U12 Coach (4 years)
  • U12 Program Convenor (3 years)
  • OCC Director of Youth Curling (2 years)
  • OCC Vice President (1 year)

Specialization:

  • Novic curler development of basic curling techniques, strategy, rules and etiquette
  • Group Instruction (rentals)  
  • Youth Curling  
  • Sweeping Techniques

Member:

  • Oakville Curling Club
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DANNY SUGIMOTO

NCCP# 5646697

Contact Danny

You are a “Student of the Game” and want to continuously improve your curling.
You want to experience a straight forward, concise approach to learning.
Enjoy instruction tailored for you on delivery, strategy, communication or brushing techniques.
Available for lessons weekdays and weekends.
Danny Sugimoto 647-447-8240
Training:
  • Completion Coach Certified
  • Club Coach Trained
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Adult Trillium Curling Camp
  • Centre of Curling Excellence Development Camp
  • Coach Mentorship Program
  • Delivery Stick Trained
  • Strategy and Brushing Webinars
  • Talent ID Development Camp
    Curl ON Clinic Team Training

Experience:

  • Curl ON Clinic Team Instructor
  • Competitive Youth Curling Coach
  • Oakville Co-op Instructor teaching
    • member clinics
    • adult learn to curl
    • private lessons
    • corporate rentals,
    • summer youth camps
    • public open houses
    • high schools

Specialization:

  • Brushing technique, team communication, and tailored delivery analysis.
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