Leadership and Learning: From Playground to Podium

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Marty Deacon

In this session, Marty will share her experiences and life lessons culminating from a career in education, high performance sport and most recently in the role of Senator. Marty is a lifelong learner and leader who believes all of us have much to contribute, celebrate and through true collaboration can do great things especially in times of uncertainty and unpredictability. Marty will highlight experiences from the K-W Community, the Olympic field of play and the Senate Chamber that will highlight her learning and purpose for continuous improvement.

About The Lecturer

Marty Deacon

Coach and Educator, Marty has had an extensive career locally, nationally and internationally. Marty was appointed as Senator to the Government of Canada in 2018. She is the first Senator to be appointed and serve in Waterloo Region since 1941.
Marty worked for the Waterloo Region District School Board as a teacher, consultant, administrator and principal for 34 years while also coaching at the highest of levels and being an advocate for physical activity and amateur sport. Marty is committed to the physical and mental health of all young people.
Marty started her local and provincial coaching career in Kitchener with a group of young promising badminton athletes at the Granite Club in Kitchener. She began coaching High Performance athletes at the Ontario Games and the Canada Games in 1991. Marty started her international coaching career as an Apprentice Coach at the l994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. She went on to coach and lead teams at 6 Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games. She also supported athletes/coaches on 8 additional Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games. Marty served as Chef de Mission leading Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 2010.
Marty has supported the Ontario Badminton Association (VP-High Performance), Badminton Canada (President) for 8 years before contributing to the Olympic, Pan American and Commonwealth Movement. Through this leadership, Marty has continued to showcase Waterloo Region and involved K-W athletes and coaches whenever possible. In 2018, Marty hosted and chaired a World Championship for Badminton in Canada, perhaps the most significant challenge and volunteer opportunity of her career.
Marty serves as a Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Director on the Commonwealth Games Canada Board and other executive committees. She enjoys the arts and supports the Grand River Jazz Society on their Board and in the Jazz Room in Waterloo.
Marty’s contribution to sport, education and the community have been recognized by various organizations. In her consulting role following her education career, Marty assisted organizations in rethinking their work and organizational effectiveness. Marty has been awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Jule Nisse Award (Playground to Podium), the IOC Education Award, the IOC Women in Sport Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Most Influential Women in Sport Award.
Marty completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University and her Masters and BEd at Western University. She competed as a varsity badminton player and rower at both universities.
As Senator, Marty is an advocate for education, health and well-being for all Canadians coast to coast to coast. She believes this a key community and nation builder.