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Youth Awareness & Empowerment

Authentic Cultural Connections

Rising Stars Indigenous Education Series is a collection of interactive cultural workshops facilitated by our Indigenous partners and staff. We offer a unique collection of Indigenous awareness & empowerment activities, workshops, and special events, through a engaging framework for student participation and learning. In the process of their active participation, students will develop pride, understanding, and awareness of Indigenous history, cultures, traditions, and achievements.

What We Do

In recognition of Ontario’s District School Boards commitment to promote awareness and establish increasing and positive connections with Indigenous cultures, select schools will partner with Rising Stars to offer one of the following experiential learning
opportunities, while empowering students with knowledge of Indigenous cultures, practices and traditions


Lead The Competition


Develop Cohesive Teams


Achieve Peak Performances


Develop Speed, Agility & Quickness


Develop Confidence & Self Control


Get Your Head In The Game


Chart Your Path to Success


Develop Interpersonal Skill

“Our primary objective is to provide meaningful workshop opportunities for students to explore contemporary indigenous life, while ecognizing the past, increasing knowledge and understanding around the present, and making meaningful connections while looking forward to the future, together, with new found awareness and essential connections.”

— Dee Channer – Associate Director – Cree Nation of Waswanipi


At Rising Stars we believe that athletic training and competition provides unique and valuable opportunities to enhance and refine leadership competencies. We also believe that part of a responsible sports culture in any team, school, or organization should be leadership development for competition and beyond.


With the goal of supporting and inspiring positive and healthy team environments, our LEAD Instructors will plan and deliver a unique and carefully crafted combination of team building activities. Rising Stars’ motivational and inspirational team building workshops are uniquely designed to quickly develop cohesive teams, through providing unique opportunities for active learning, while fostering trust and positive connections though a series of individual and whole group challenges.


Sport performance training allows athletes to tap into emotional and mental resources that helps them to play at their prime as often and consistently as possible. Peak performance training will help young athletes perform toward the upper range of their talent and skill, and perform at their prime more consistently, regardless of competitive circumstances


In order to be a top team and/or individual prospect in sport, you must continually develop sport specific skills and master game strategies under the leadership of a committed coaching staff, but athletes must also be in peak physical condition to be the best they can be. Speed, Agility, Quickness and Core Strength are the cornerstones to athletic performance. Our philosophy is that athletic performance training allows for the complete development of athletes. Instruction and guidance focuses on repeated application of learned foundations and sport specific knowledge to produce the Total Athlete.


Being confident, can make an immediate difference in performance during athletic competition. Our advanced collection of research-based sport psychology tools and techniques will help athletes improve their level of play through use of confidence building skills, imagery & visualization, pre-game/pre-competitive routine establishment, and goal setting.


Preparing mentally is just as important as preparing physically. Your attitude determines everything. Like other aspects of training, mental skills can be learned. It is not something genetic. For some players it comes more easily than for others. To play at the level each of you are reaching for, you will need to improve on these skills.


Rising Stars progressive training programs are designed to deliver a challenging workout that is organized and customized to assist players, coaches, & support staff in reaching athletic and sport specific goals. One of the major advantages of our training programs is that they are inclusive, progressive, and individualized, while allowing for the full integration of team strategy. The key to our success is that programming is focused on team and athlete objectives, while allowing for individualized instruction that supports overall athletic and sport specific goals.


Throughout a special series of interpersonal challenges and competitions, essential life & leadership skills (eg. effective communication, problem solving, etc.) will be taught and reinforced. As athletes participate in an interactive series of progressive activities, they will develop, refine and enhance skills, tools and techniques that promote constructive group dynamics and positive team environments.



Rising Stars


RS Technical Director

Brock University, NCCP Level III


*Soccer Development
*Sport Promotion


RS Technical Director – Athletics

Waterloo University, BA

Lakehead University B.Ed, M. Ed

NCAA: Referee/Official

High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy for Early Childhood


RS Regional Director – Athletics & Education

Waterloo University, BA
Lakehead University B.Ed, M. Ed

NCAA: Referee/Official
High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy for Early Childhood


Sport Development 
Youth Development


RS Technical Director – Play & Recess

NCCP: Coaches Physical Literacy Training


Play & Recreation
Recess Programming

High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy Instructor Program
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy for Early Childhood
Member of the US Play Coalition (Since 2011)
Founder of the Canadian Play Network
Creator of the PlanetPlay Stencil line


Regional Director

Lakehead University, B.A.
University of Newcastle – Australia, B.Ed
Specialist PE & Health


*Indigenous Education
*Youth & Sport Development

As a Regional Director with Rising Stars, Matt coordinates and facilitates various programs across both our athletics and education divisions. He currently serves as the Director of Rising Stars Basketball Academy Six Nations.

Matt King grew up as an all star athlete. He played NAIG for Team Ontario, and represented Ontario at National Aboriginal basketball camp, where he was selected MVP. Matt competed as a varsity athlete for the Mens Basketball Team at Laurier and Lakehead Universities, and went on to coach U Sport at both Lakehead and Guelph. Matt continued his education and began a professional career as a certified teacher. After ten years of dedicated service as a teacher, coach and Athletic Director (Chair) with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Matt embarked on a new professional adventure, while continuing to compete in triathlons and Iron-Man races. As a Regional Director with Rising Stars, Matt coordinates and facilitates various programs across both our athletics and education divisions. Matt specializes in facilitating programs and instruction for youth, students, and athletes, both on and off reserve. He currently serves as the Director of Rising Stars Basketball Academy – Six Nations.


RS Associate Director

Laurier University, B.A.
Queensland University of Technology – Australia, B.Ed,


*Basketball Development
*Indigenous Education

As an Associate Director at Rising Stars, Dee coordinates programs both in the athletics and education divisions in support of youth, students, and athletes, both on and off reserves.

Delicia Channer competed as a varsity athlete for Laurier University Women’s Basketball Team, where she was the team captain and a division all star. Dee continued her education and began a professional career as a certified teacher. Dee now serves as an Associate Director with Rising Stars. She is a LEAD Facilitator for Indigenous projects, programs, and services. In this role, Dee facilities creative programs and workshops that promote Indigenous awareness and empowerment. As Rising Stars most Senior Programs Instructor & Facilitator, Dee coordinates programs in both the athletics and education divisions. Dee specializes in facilitating programs and instruction for youth, students, and athletes, both on and off reserve. She currently serves as the Head Coach for the Conestoga College Women’s Basketball team.


Senior Vice President, Director of Programs

Spring Arbor University, BSc Concurrent Education
Specialist Sport Science


* Female Empowerment
* Sport Development

As the Senior Vice President at Rising Stars Athletics & Education, Erin serves as the General Manager of the Education Division. Erin facilitates Advanced Programs and Instruction for administrators, coaches, and teachers. Erin develops and designs programs and curriculum for student engagement and athlete development.

Erin Forman is former member of both Softball Canada’s National team program and Baseball Canada’s National Team. She played in the 2004 Women’s World Series in Japan, and the 2006 World Cup in Taipei. Erin was named All American, All Conference, and Player of the Year, while playing on a U.S. Softball Scholarship. She was recently  inducted into the hall of fame for her achievements in sport. Though Erin’s sport specific bio clearly demonstrates an extensive combination of all around athleticism and personal achievement in softball that very few athletes can claim, equally impressive is her continued commitment to helping others achieve their goals through sport and education in her professional endeavours. Erin serves as role model in her trade and community. She demonstrates an unwavering commitment to making positive differences in the lives of others.

Erin continues to use sport as a vehicle to empower others in the work she does in coaching, and also in her professional endeavours. As a founding partner and Director of Softball Development at Rising Stars, Erin has become one of the most highly sought teachers and coaches of the game. Erin is on the cutting edge of instructional techniques, tools, and theories for optimal development. She has worked with countless local and regional athletes, supporting aspiring student-athletes as they continue in their positive development and successfully pursue opportunities to play college or university ball in Canada, and/or secure U.S. softball scholarships, with many advancing to become provincial and national calibre softball players.


Founding Partner, President & Chair

McMaster University, B.A., M.A
University of Western Ontario – Ph.D


*Leadership & Empowerment
*Youth & Community Development

As the original Founding Partner of what would eventually become the Rising Stars Group of companies, Dr Peters has been instrumental in the continued expansion and reach of positive sport, youth, and community development programs and special projects.

From early beginnings as a competitive student athlete in the Hamilton region, and many local achievements and recognitions at the secondary level, Dr Peters went on to compete as a varsity athlete for McMaster University, winning numerous regional, provincial and national medals as a member of the Men’s Basketball Team. Dr Peters earned both a B.A., and M.A. at McMaster University, and went on to acquire a teaching certificate from D’Youville College, and a Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario. These formative years laid the foundation for what would eventually become Rising Stars Athletics and Education.

He continues to serve as the conglomerate’s most senior executive, with 25 years of success in youth and community development through athletics and education. He continues to leverage his passion and extensive experience to engage youth and community in a positive and healthy development.

Dr. Peters devotes his time and energy to creating and partnering with stakeholders in the facilitation of innovative student and athlete development programs. Through strategic partnerships with national, professional, and elite athletes, coaches, sport science professionals, and educators, Dr Peters continues to collaborate with local organizations and expand through offering a variety of programs designed specifically for the benefit of athletes, students, schools, and communities.