My name is Ali Zoller, I grew up playing youth soccer in Saskatoon and later went on to play at the collegiate level for Medicine Hat.
I couldn’t be happier to share my enjoyment and knowledge with the HappyFeet program. The excitement and contagious energy the kids bring to each session makes it a fantastic learning environment and a great introduction to leading an active healthy lifestyle. I am currently working as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at the Saskatoon Early Childhood Speech & Language Clinic at Royal University Hospital and split my time between HappyFeet and coaching. I work closely with all our coaches, you may see me from time to time coaching or attending other coaches sessions. Please feel free to say hello and direct any questions to me.
My name is Kitty Lankhorst and I am super excited about working with the HappyFeet Program.\! I love working with kids this young. Watching them play, explore and learn is such an inspiration. Life is an adventure and they are a great reminder of that.
I grew up in a small town in The Netherlands. When I wasn’t climbing trees or searching for frogs and tadpoles, I was either doing gymnastics or playing soccer with my friends. I was fortunate to grow up in a safe place where we could be outside and active all day long.
I have a degree in Physical Education and specialised in teaching kids with behaviour disorders. In Kelowna I worked at the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre as the team leader for the recreational program.
Kids have a natural desire to move and learn. I want to inspire them to choose an active lifestyle for the rest of their life.
Astrid Baecker, Regina Head Coach
Certification Details: CSA ‘National B’ License, currently enrolled in Canadian Sport Institute Advanced Coaching Diploma
I was incredibly fortunate to have a long playing career and while playing had amazing coaches at the Club, High School, Provincial and University level that inspired me to give back to the game as a coach. I am proud of the soccer community that I am a part of in Regina and beyond thrilled to help bring HappyFeet to Regina!
I received my first NCCP coaching certification in 1995 and have been very fortunate to gain coaching experience with the following programs: QC United Soccer Club, Ginga Academy, FutureStars!, City of Regina, SSA Soccer Camps, SoccerJam, U of R Soccer Camps, ICANPLAYS Sports, Girls in The Game, Sask Summer Games (Head Coach 2000), Coerver Camp Instructor (2004 NSW Soccer Australia), SSA Provincial Program (assistant Coach 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, Head Coach 2002 & 2007), U of R Assistant Coach 2007, Woman in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Coach (2009), SaskToba Assistant Coach (2010), RSA Sask Summer Games Technical Coordinator (2012).
Faith Jasper, Regina Coach
My name is Faith Jasper. I have been playing sports since I was young, particularly soccer in all sorts of levels such as developmental programs, provincial club teams and national teams. With this being said I love giving back to others what the game has given to me. I am going into my first year of university in kinesiology to become a paediatric physiotherapist, so coaching kids is one of my favourite things! With children this young we are able to explore the wild imagination and create an ongoing interest in sports. Being the youngest on the Happyfeet Regina team is allowing me to learn from other people and develop my own style of coaching and connecting with the kids.
I also currently coach with Queen City United soccer program in the grassroots programs (under 5-under 9) and love it! I will be getting my C-license for coaching in the fall.
Welcome Coach Faith!
Tyler Hillstead, Weyburn HappyFeet Coach and District Dir...
Hello, my name is Tyler Hillstead. I am beyond ecstatic to be part of the Happyfeet team. I think it is rewarding to be able to give back what was so freely given to me. I love this program because I believe strongly in child development and letting them have fun while being active. The Happyfeet program achieves all of this.
I have been on the soccer field since the age of 2 watching my older brother play and my dad being president of Weyburn Soccer Association.I have played soccer up to the age of 18, with one of my greatest achievements was playing in the Saskatchewan Summer Games. I have coached rep teams and house teams in Weyburn.Currently I sit on the board of Weyburn Soccer Association as Referee in Chief, and last year I was awarded the Don Hillstead Volunteer of the Year award with WSA.
I have grown up In Weyburn my whole life and I am currently raising my own family in Weyburn. I am married to my wife Melissa and have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. I own and operate an oilfield consulting company working in facility and pipeline construction.I am also taking University classes to be an Addiction Care worker.
-We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.Winston Churchill -