Christine Arsenault has over 15 years of effective community leadership and engagement with a variety of different not for profit groups in Southern Ontario.
As a single mom of two bi-racial girls she witnessed early on the challenges they had in school and accessing programs with policies and training for staff around anti-racism and equity issues. This fueled her academic and community interests. From 2010-2013 Christine completed several open water swims for the benefit of the YMCA, the Welland International Flat-Water Center, The Niagara Community Foundation and West Park Aquatics. One of these swims resulted in a completed solo swim across Lake Ontario. From 2011-2017 Christine led her own girls to accomplish 11 Open Water World Records collectively. Each of these swims benefited various sporting programs provincially and nationally. She has consulted on a variety of local and national recreational programs for young people, in addition to directing the development of the West Park Aquatic club from 2012-2019.
Christine has served on the following boards:
• Solo Swim of Ontario – Director At Large
• Solo Swim of Ontario – Advisory Board Member
• Chair West Park Aquatics Steering Committee
• Cave Springs Camp- Director at Large
• Cave Springs Camp- Advisory Board Member
She brings a solid academic background in researching a variety of social justice issues; such as, occupational segregation (defined by racial markers) and in recent years has focused on Indigenous experiences in Southern Ontario as a way to understand and evaluate the current state of relations between Indigenous Nations and the Canadian government.