2023/2024 PPSC Professional Coaches


Coaches Bio


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Coach:  Cydèle Fadeeva

  • 25+ years of Coaching experience
  • Skating Director & Program Coordinator for 19+ years
  • Professional Ice Show Producer & Performer 12+ years, including 6 year Star of Ice Capades
  • Choreographer & Trainer to World & Olympic competitors, and National Champions
  • Certified Ice Arena Programmer (CIAP)
  • Skate Canada Regional Coach Certified & Provincial Coach in Training
  • Loves to teach all ages and all levels of skating



Coach: Monique Mara

  • Provincial certified coach – over 30 years
  • Updated in all the Starskate programs to assess my own skaters
  • First aid and CPR certified
  • ASIST Suicidal Crisis Prevention Certificate
  • Child Safety Training (Sexual Abuse Prevention)
  • The True Sport Clean certified
  • Was part of the 1985 National Synchronized Skating Champion team.
  • Been coaching for over 28 years teaching children and adults to skate from the beginner levels to training elite skaters in the competitive stream . Canskate, Starskate and Competitive Stream –freeskate all levels, choreography, dance all levels, skills all levels, interpretive all levels, stroking/edge quality
  • Have coached skaters to a Gold level in all disciplines.
  • Was Program Director at the Markham Figure Skating, Ajax Figure Skating Club and Upper Canada Figure Skating clubs when I coached there.
  • Starskate Coordinator at the Port Perry Figure Skating Club
  • Was the Canskate Coordinator at Markham FSC, Ajax FSC and Orono FSC .
  • Coached competitive skaters that competed at the provincial level
  • 2015 Recipient of the Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence from Skate Canada-Central Ontario
  • Coached and Director for Edges Learn to Skate
  • Have a college diploma in the Social Service Field and have been providing programming for youth and their parents in the Durham Region for over 40 years.
  • My philosophy as a coach is to try and teach individuals of all ages to enjoy the sport of skating while having fun and to teach them how to skate and be that best that they can be.




Phone #: 905 767 2935


Coach:  Samatha Leitch 


  • Regional Coach Certified
  • Provincial Coach In Training
  • Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C
  • Bachelor of  Commerce with Honours, Marketing Major Graduate from York University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Health Studies from York University (2021)


  • Free Skate
  • Skating skills
  • Music cutting

Coach’s Philosophy

My focus is to get to know, develop, and train well rounded skaters. Growing up in this sport taught me so much, and I hope to pass down the skating skills, values, and life skills that I learned, to developing skaters. I look to nurture the joy that young athletes have for the sport, while motivating and instilling a confidence that will allow them to succeed.

Professional Experience

  • Coaching learn to skate programs since 2013
  • Coaching figure skating since 2015
  • Attended seminars with Monica Lockie and Jen Jackson
  • Attended events focused on the STAR 1-5 system, as well as the STAR 6- Gold testing system
  • Mentored under Monica Johnston and Ryan Gibbons


Personal Skating Experience

  • Gold Skills
  • Gold Interpretive
  • Gold Dance
  • Junior Silver Free skate (Part 1&2)
  • EOSIC Gold medalist in 2007
  • Member and competitor for my high school team in 2008 and 2011 at the Eastern Ontario High School Figure Skating Invitational
  • Member of the Iced Energy Adult I Synchronized Skating Team 2017-2018 & SISU Adult I Synchronized Skating Team 2019-2020
Emily Jarman

Gesina Vannetten e:

  • My name is Gesina and I have been coaching for 5 years.
  • My coaching philosophy is to develop a nurturing, fun, and positive environment where skaters can achieve their personal goals. I hope to assist skaters on their journey and hope they develop a passion for the sport like I do.
  • I am CanSkate certified and regional coach Trained. I am also in my fourth year of my bachelor’s of science in nursing at Ontario Tech University.
  • My personal achievements include Gold Skills, Diamond Dance, Gold Interpretive, Gold Artistic, Junior bronze free skate (now star 5 equivalent).
Garth Devon


  • Years teaching: 45
  • Coaching Level: up to National
  • NCCP Level 3 certified
  • NCCP Level 4 …. 7 tasks completed
Jordyn Lehman

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