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
Vice President, Partnerships
Community Development and Event Manager
FIRST Robotics Administrator, STEM – Teaching & Learning, Toronto District School Board
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 – Ontario
Melissa Douglas studied Early Childhood Education but have spent the last 25 years working in the business world. She is the mother of two girls who have both have been members of FLL Teams and her oldest spend 4 years on an FRC team prior to graduating. She began volunteering for First in 2009 and has spent 7 years as a Tournament Director for the Durham Regional Qualifier. She has traveled throughout Ontario with a few trips south of the border, as a spectator and as a volunteer which has led to her overall passion for all things First. Melissa’s biggest wish is to see First available to every kid in Canada.
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.
FSM – Northern Ontario
Heather Kelso (also known as the “FIRST® LEGO® League Queen of North Bay”) is currently an administrator in her local school board in North Bay, Ontario. Heather also has a business and marketing background. Heather first got involved in FIRST in 2013 when she coached her son’s FIRST LEGO League team. She hopes to offer help to parents, teachers, and teams in her community to find resources and assistance to continue to grow FIRST in Northern Ontario.
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 .