Award Winner Profile: Allie McDonald

 February 27, 2017
Posted by ryoung

For over 20 years the NWTRPA, through our Awards Program, has been celebrating and recognizing recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. This, the first in a series of profiles on past NWTRPA Award Winners, features Allie McDonald, 2016 winner of the Innovation Award.


Allie McDonald is an enthusiastic teacher who every day – by way of her organizational and coaching skills – goes above and beyond to ensure youth and adults alike in Fort Smith have access to a wide array of fun and competitive recreational activities. Allie is president and the organizing force behind Fort Smith’s adult slo-pitch league and also the president women’s hockey league. She runs the Steve Nash Basketball Program, which provides fundamental sport skills to youth aged 6-12 yrs. On top of all this, she coaches her high school students in basketball, soccer, volleyball, and track and field, and frequently travels to youth tournaments, as a coach or chaperone.

1. Why is recreation important to you?
Recreation is important to me because I love being active. When I first moved to Fort Smith from Ottawa, recreation was an easy way for me to meet people and get involved in the community. Recreation is an outlet from my busy lifestyle and helps me learn how to balance work and play.
2. What are your favourite ways to stay active?
My favourite to ways to stay active in Fort Smith is by playing hockey and squash. I also enjoy snowshoeing with friends on the weekends.
3. What is one random fact about yourself?
Hmm random fact…one random fact about me is that I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
4. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up for a week?
The hardest thing for me to give up in a week would be physical activity!! Or cheese, I love cheese.
5. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
If I had any superpower I would be able to teleport anywhere in the world, whenever I want.