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Welcome to the Brock Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity. This Centre commits to providing authentically inclusive programs, workshops, courses, research projects, and services to the Niagara Community. Our Centre allows us to consolidate programs and services that we have offered over the past 25 years (SNAP, Saturday SNAP, CHARM, ASD Summer Movement Camp, Side By Side, among others).

Being a Research Centre also allows us to tap into our participants’ and community members’ life experiences and insider knowledge as we design research projects that will accurately represent the day to day engagements disabled people have with physical activity and provide analysis and interpretations that will inform systemic change and community cohesion. Disabled people are expert citizens and their well being and collective empowerment are at the heart of our research and service commitments.

Our Team is comprised of faculty, staff and students. You will read the profiles of the faculty and staff affiliates. As our team expands, we will keep you up to date on who is here at the Centre, what their interests are and how to contact them.

For further information, please use the emails provided in the profiles or contact and one of us will be happy to respond to your queries and/or direct to one of our affiliates.

Meet the Team

Portrait of Dr. Maureen Connolly

Dr. Maureen Connolly, PhD

Office: WC 271
Phone: 905 688 5550 Extension: 3381
Pronouns: she/her

Portrait of Dr. Patterson

Dr. Jae Patterson, PhD

Office: WC 250
Phone: 905 688 5550 Extension: 3769
Pronouns: he/him

Portrait of Dr. Whyte

Dr. Colleen Whyte, PhD

Office: STH 342
Phone: 905 688 5550 Extension: 3124
Pronouns: she/her

Portrait of Dr. Patte

Dr. Karen A. Patte, PhD

Office: STH 319
Phone: 905 688 5550 Extension: 3882
Pronouns: she/her

Jaida Steinhouse

Jaida Steenhuis

Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity Specialist
Experiential Education
905 688 5550
Pronouns: she/her

Portrait of Demi Toms

Demi Toms, MA

Phone: 905 688 5550
Pronouns: she/her

Get Involved

Community Partners

If you are a community partner who would like an inclusive and adaptive physical activity consult, please email Jaida Steenhuis  at if you are a community partner interested in having a conversation about participating in research don’t hesitate to get in touch with

Community Members

If you are a community member who wants more information on programs, please email:

If you are a community member who wants to be a part of a research study, please email:

Funders/ Donors

We welcome conversations with prospective funders and donors who wish to contribute to the development and sustainability of our Centre.

Please email Dr. Maureen Connolly at


Students, do you want to volunteer with one of the Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity programs? If so, please register for the online training modules by emailing


We welcome interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Membership Information

Centre Membership

The membership will be comprised of the scholars, researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, community practitioners, and activity leaders who are interested in promoting and enhancing awareness and development of inclusive and adaptive physical activity programming and engaging in research, scholarly activity and knowledge translation about inclusive and adaptive physical activity and its associated socio-cultural affordances and constraints.

Members In Good Standing

To qualify as a member in good standing; a member must declare to the Director their wishes to be a member on a yearly basis. The Coordinator will send out a reminder for current members to declare their intentions on membership to the C.A.P.A. by the end of the current term.

If interested in becoming a member, please email