President - Gracelyn Kaine
Gracelyn joined the KVGSA Executive Board in 2021 after being a part of our Dynamite Advisory Committee in 2020. Her passion for softball began at age 9, when she started playing travel ball for the SJ Spartans!
During her time playing competitive ball she attended multiple National and Eastern Canadian Championships making many friends and learning life lessons along the way. In her role she wants to ensure that every girl that steps out on that field feels that they belong, and that the softball field is a safe space for them to be authentically themselves. She feels softball is about more than just the sport, it is about the experience KVGSA provides for our players as well. When she looks back on her softball experience she remembers the fun she with her teammates and coaches. Gracelyn is looking forward to working with KVGSA to help players grow as athletes and as people!
Vice President - Stacy Blois
Stacy joined the KVGSA board in 2013 in the Secretary role after coaching with the KV Girls Softball Association for a year. Stacy lives in Quispamsis with her husband Jason and son Seth. Stacy worked with the telephone company since 1987 in a variety of roles over the years and is now enjoying retirement!
Stacy is originally from Moncton and played in the Minor Baseball Leage as a child and then moved to the sport of softball. She earned back to back Provincial titles and a silver medal at the Orthodox Nationals.
Stacy continued to play softball when she moved to Quispamsis, participating in the Saint John Ladies League until 2012 when she joined KV Girls Softball as a coach! Stacy is thrilled to be giving back to the sport that has been such a huge part of her life. Stacy strives to provide the girls in KV with an opportunity to be part of the fantastic game of softball! She has completed her Level 3 coach training, and is also a trained Can Pitch instructor. Stacy was named as Assistant Coach of the 2021 Women's Canada Games Softball Team for NB.
Technical Director - Claudine Sweeney
Claudine is co-founder of Simply For Life with her husband Bruce. They started SFL as a home based business from the ground up and now have a network of over 40 clinics across Canada. She is originally from Memramcook, NB and now lives in Darling’s Island with their 2 dogs. She played competitive softball since the age of 12 and participated in various provincial, national and international competitions. Claudine represented NB at the Canada Summer Games in 1989. As a catcher, she played with the Memramcook-Notre Dame Athletics who went on to win NB’s first Junior Women’s Canadian Championship title in 1991. That same year Claudine was selected at a national training camp to be a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Australia. She continued her career in Vancouver and was a member of the White Rock Renegades Organization who participated in tournaments across the country and in California. A two time Softball New Brunswick Hall of Fame Member, Claudine hopes to continue her participation in the sport she loves by sharing her knowledge and expertise to young girls in KV and continue to develop this amazing sport across the province. She credits her dedication and discipline to the sport growing up, to the successes in life she has today.
Treasurer - Carolyn Campbell
Carolyn joined the KVGSA Board in 2021. She is an engineer by trade and has served as treasurer for other groups so she was a perfect fit for KVGSA!
Carolyn has been a KVGSA Softball MOM for the past 6 years to her daughter Ally, and has come to love the sport of softball. She is excited to learn more about KV Girls Softball and be part of the behind the scenes team to help shape the future!
Welcome to KVGSA Carolyn.
Executive Director - Sue Appleton-Elliott
Originally from Montreal, Sue now lives in Quispamsis with her husband Dale and daughters, Shaw and Lake.
She has been involved in softball playing since the age of 4, later coaching and umpiring, as well as some time playing hardball. In her youth, Sue spent just as many years in the competitive ringette and hockey communities. She attended university in Australia for 2.5 years, playing softball for her school team.
Sue continues to enjoy time at the field playing slo pitch, as a proud softball Mom, a level 1 certified softball coach, and helping the U16 Dynamite team.
Secretary - Karen Parker
Karen Parker was born and raised in Quispamsis, only leaving to attend UNB Fredericton where she completed a Bachelor of Physical Education degree. She is married to Greg and has 1 daughter Kate. She is the Recreation Therapist at Carleton Kirk Lodge nursing home.
Karen started volunteering with KVGSA with the Learn to Play program for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In 2016, she took on a new role as Manager of the U12 Dynamite team. She continued to manage a Dynamite team every season until 2019. Karen also had the opportunity to be part of the planning committee for the U12 Atlantic Championships in 2017 and the U14 Eastern Canadian Championships in 2019. Karen also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for KVGSA. Karen has enjoyed all of the opportunities that softball and KVGSA has provided her and her family.
Past Member - Kelly Lynch
Kelly is a Kinesiologist at ptHealth in Rothesay, and a business owner in Quispamsis. She is married to JD and has two children, Emma and Jake. She is a Nova Scotia native but has lived in Quispamsis for over 20 years. Kelly founded KV Girls Softball Association in 2011 and served as President for 9 seasons. She started playing softball at the age of 7 and fell in love with the sport! She traveled to Nationals in 1993 representing Team Nova Scotia. Kelly is a past Canada Games Athlete and has coached children in the KV community for 15 years. Kelly is a level 2 certified coach and is an advocate for the Learn to Play Program, participating on the Softball Canada Learn to Play Working Group Committee.