Week 32: Janis Cookson
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was fortunate enough to have athletic skills that allowed me to become a high performance athlete in the sport of women’s softball. I was offered a 4, year athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona where I obtained a BSc in Public Recreation Administration. I became a member of the Canadian National Women’s Softball Team and won Gold and Bronze Pan Am Games Medals. I was inducted into the Canadian Softball Hall of Fame in 1997. I have been working within the Canadian amateur sport system for over 30 years at the Provincial, National and Government levels. I have worked on a number of different sport events, including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. I am currently Manager, Sport Development/Pan Am Centre for the City of Markham for the past 4 years.
What qualities in a teammate for sport or work do you look for? Why?
Integrity, Integrity, Integrity…it is a value that is the foundation of all of my life’s principles because it helps guide me in everything I do.
What is something you learned by being on a team? How does that apply to your work?