All of our coaches are Skate Canada Certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Club coaches are contracted with our club to provide group instruction to fulfill the club’s needs.
The club then allows the coaches to teach on the club’s ice time to give skaters privately arranged instruction.
All of our coaches are self-employed and therefore must be approached directly for lesson inquiry. 
Please feel free to talk to any of our coaches for references, qualifications, and availability.

Club Coaches 

Julie Burns  was born and raised in Stayner and skated in the Collingwood and Stayner Figure Skating Clubs and Mariposa School of Skating. Julie has over 30 years of coaching experience. She graduated from Seneca College with Advanced Coaching (Figure Skating) Diploma. She is an ISPC and Level 3 Theory certified skating coach. Julie has successfully coached skaters to the Gold level in Figures, Skills, Dance and Free Skate in various clubs over the years including Nobleton, Alliston, Stayner, Yorkton, Sask., and Alexandria, New Zealand. She has coached in Elmvale since 1995. Julie enjoys coaching all levels and ages. Julie can be contacted at

Adrienne Callan Adrienne has been involved in skating since the young age of 5 where she skating locally before moving her training to Barrie for a more competitive structure.  She trained at the Mariposa National Training Center under the coaching of Doug Leigh and his amazing team.  She now lives in Barrie with her husband James and their 3 young boys.  Adrienne is an ISPC certified skating coach and her friendly enthusiastic personality makes her a perfect choice for skaters at any level.  Her passion for photography has recently developed into a business allowing her to even further showcase her creativity and fun nature.  For more information and to explore lesson options for your skater please contact her at or 705-733-2282. 

James Callan  was born and raised on Lake of the Woods in Kenora Ontario and now lives in Barrie with his wife Adrienne and three boys. He was a six time national ice dance competitor. James returns to the club in his 23rd year as a coach. James provides club dance coaching on a regular basis as well as freelance lessons.  He can be contacted at

 Karen Kelly began figure skating at the age of six with the Elmvale Skating Club and has also skated with the Wasaga Beach FSC and the Huronia School of Skating.  Karen achieved her 8th Figure, Gold Skills and Dances and her Junior Silver Freeskate.  Following her love for figure skating, she attended Seneca College and graduated with honours from the Advanced Coaching Techniques Figure Skating program.  Karen began coaching professionally in 1997 and has been coaching with the Elmvale Skating Club since 2000 in addition to other local clubs. Karen is an ISPC certified skating coach. Karen can be contacted for freelance lessons on all sessions at

Kim Sokach is our club coach for our Canskate and Enrichment programs. Kim has coached at Elmvale as a Skate Canada coach since 2008. Before that she coached for the Iqaluit Skating Club and has 13 years of recreational skating coaching experience with the City of Brampton and City of St.Catharines. In 2010 Kim was awarded the Best of the Best Canskate Coach award by Skate Canada. Kim is a Primary STARskate certified coach who loves to share her love of the sport in a fun encouraging way with all the skaters. Kim offers private lessons as a freelance coach, she can be contacted at or 705-322-7357.

Freelance Coaches

Jennifer Hussey comes to Elmvale Skating Club this year with 13 years of coaching experience. She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Specialized Honours. She has her level 3 NCCP theory coaching certification. Jennifer is an elementary school teacher and was a competitive skater. She has achieved 4 gold tests, and competed as a competitive novice single skater. She later competed as a synchronized skater and represented Canada internationally. Her skating accomplishments include becoming a two-time Junior Canadian Champion, three-time Senior Canadian Champion, and three-time World medalist as a member of black ice Synchronized Skating Team. Jennifer is dedicated to developing strong foundations in freeskate, dance, skills, and synchronized skating and has worked with beginner to competitive skaters. Her goal for her students is to teach them perseverance, self-confidence, and the importance of striving to become the best version of themselves.  Please contact her at 416-912-0434 or

Jason Monck has been skating since the age of 4. Jason is an ISPC and Level 3 theory certified skating coach. He has 23 years of coaching experience. Jason specializes in skating, jumping and spinning techniques.   He has his Gold Medal in Freeskate and Dance. Jason skated competitively out of Mariposa Skating School under Doug Leigh and out of the Granite Club with Louis Stong. He had instruction from many of top coaches including Neil Carpenter, Donald Jackson, Sandra Bezic and Osborne Colson. He competed nationally in Canada from 1980 to 1988. Jason spent 8 years skating professionally for Disney on Ice. Jason believes that although hard work is necessary for success, his focus includes having fun too. A happy skater is going to want to excel more than an unhappy one. Jason also owns a skate sharpening company.  Please email with questions regarding sharpening or skating at

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