FIRST Robotics Canada Staff
Director of FIRST Robotics Competition (high school)
Director of FIRST LEGO League – Ontario (ages 9-14)
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Partner (ages 6-10) – Ontario and Administrative Assistant
FIRST Senior Mentors
FSM – Southern Ontario
George Chisholm is a retired high school technology teacher with over thirty years experience with the Halton District School Board in Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Chisholm was a founding mentor of FIRST Team 1334, The Red Devils. He was named a Woodie Flowers Finalist at the Waterloo Regional in 2011. In his role with 1334, he helped start and mentor several FRC teams across Canada but has now moved on to help start a community team, FIRST Team 1360, Orbit Robotics. Chisholm served for 23 years in Canada’s Reserve Army retiring with the rank of captain. In his “spare” time, he is the President of the Oakville Historical Society, co-chairs the property committee at his church, is a Scottish Country and Longsword dancer and travels internationally with his wife.
FSM – North Eastern Ontario
Nancy Dewar-Stenning is a retired secondary school teacher with 30 years of experience with the Near North District School Board in North Bay, Ontario. She taught in a number of subject areas with a focus on guidance, special education and visual arts. She has also worked as an instructor at the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University and a set artist for a number of local theatre companies. Dewar-Stenning followed the team’s student founders as the first mentor of what was to become FIRST Team 1305, Near North Student Robotics Initiative, Ice Cubed. She is the FRC Tournament Director and Co Volunteer Coordinator of the North Bay Regional/Event since its inception. She also sits on the planning committees for FLL and FLL Jr. for the North Bay area. Her whole family joins her in their enthusiasm for FIRST. Dewar-Stenning has long enjoyed supporting many FRC teams and students, as well as promoting the profound impact of FIRST programs on community and youth.
FSM – Greater Toronto
Paul Keenan was a teacher for 31 years in the Toronto area. Keenan started out as an elementary French teacher and for the last twenty-five years was a high school Computer Science teacher. Even before Keenan became a teacher he was involved in community coaching of hockey. The coaching continued throughout Keenan’s teaching career but also included football, basketball and softball. Keenan’s last 3 years as a teacher included starting an FRC team at ST. Robert CHS in Thornhill. Along with another key mentor, Bob Chirrey, FRC Team 4001 developed into a very competitive team.
Sheri Lynn Koscielski
FSM – Windsor, Ontario
Sheri Lynn is a mother of 4 adult children who have been through and remain involved with FIRST. She and her husband Larry have been FRC mentors for 12 years and have been passionate about growing the FIRST program at all levels in the Windsor – Essex – Kent area. Sheri Lynn has a long history of volunteering including many years at her children’s grade school, Skate LaSalle, and she continues to be a Scout and Girl Guide Leader even after her children have all completed the program, having them now Leaders with her. Sheri Lynn has been an Avon Representative and Team Leader in her own business for over 22 years. She has been Volunteer Coordinator for the FLL Competition as well as Co-Cordinator for the FLL Tournament and Windsor Essex Great Lakes Regional . Sheri Lynn is committed to helping our youth grow into confident young adults by providing great experiences in wonderful programs like Scouts, Girl Guides and of course FIRST Robotics .
FSM – Southern Ontario
Lynn Rampertab’s background is rooted in Accounting. At KPMG, she worked with large audit clients, small business and forensic accounting. After KPMG, she was a Senior Accountant for Dev-Con, a small real estate development company. Rampertab was introduced to FIRST in 2008 by her children and has been a non-technical mentor for team 3161 since 2010. She has served as the FLL Tournament Director for Halton Regional Qualifiers and The Toronto District School Board. Rampertab has served as a key planning committee member for the two FLL Provincial Championships since 2010 and most recently, the FLL International Open in 2014.