Dedicated to supporting our community
The Terminator Foundation’s vision is to reach individuals on a global scale who are affected by drug and alcohol addiction to radically revolutionize their lives using the Triathlon experience. We have a team of passionate individuals, who together, offer a holistic approach to addiction recovery using triathlon coaching, nutrition coaching, and physiotherapy, as well as provide therapy and mental health resources to our athletes.
Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO
Vanisha Breault is the founder and CEO of the National organization, Terminator Foundation, a cutting-edge approach to the mental health, opioid, and addiction crisis. Breault has spent over two decades as a crusader for social justice issues concerning mental health, addiction, and domestic violence. She’s an advocate and speaker who pushes the boundaries of vulnerability, introspection, and everyday courage while shifting the paradigm of judgment towards one of compassion. Her personal story of domestic violence and addiction is the motivating force behind her dream of breaking down the shame and stigma surrounding mental health issues. She continues this important work as the author of the newly released book, ‘Ordinary Courage’, and as the podcast host of the notable show, Ordinary Courage, found in the Top 100 Relationship Podcasts in Canada.
Vanisha holds a B.A. (with honours) in Counselling/Psychology, as well as her Certified Life Coach training (CCF) and Certified Triathlon Coach training (NCCP). Vanisha’s impact in the community has been acknowledged by several awards, most recently the recipient of the Universal Women’s Network, ‘Difference Maker Award’. She has supported and advised on various boards, presently, she serves as a director on the Board for RESET Society, a supportive housing program for women and children exiting sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
In her own words:
I’ve just recently decided to go for my M.A. in Counselling and will also be getting to work on my second book, which will release in the Summer of 2022. My amazing team and I will continue to spread Terminator Nationally with the vision to take it Global. In my downtime, you’ll find me running and spending time with my incredible grandkids.
Breault resides in Calgary, Alberta with her four grown children and grandchildren.
National Program Director
National Program Director
Mary started with the Terminator Foundation as a volunteer swim coach in 2019, later moving into an Executive Swim Coach role and is now serving as the National Program Director for the organization.
Mary has been swimming her entire life – as a competitive age group swimmer, as a member of an NCAA University team and as a triathlete. She tackled her first sprint triathlon in 2002, a decade later completed an IRONMAN and then became an NCCP Certified Triathlon Coach and founded LYNX Triathlon to share her passion for the sport with others.
Mary has watched the Terminator Foundation grow enormously in scope and reach in two short years and is excited to oversee and assist in the development of the triathlon training program at a national level. She strongly believes that the Terminator Foundation’s collaborative recovery approach incorporating triathlon training and peer support, alongside physical and mental health & wellness education, is an important aspect for helping youth and young adults overcome addiction.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Economics from the University of Mary Washington and enjoyed a career in the Oil & Gas industry prior to starting her Triathlon Coaching business.
LYNX Triathlon is a valued sponsor of the Terminator’s triathlon program.
Erin is the behind-the-scenes champ. She assists the team with technological infrastructure, internal processes, content creation, and everything in between. Her diverse background and unique skillset enable her to bring creative solutions and strategy to the team. She has a warm, gregarious nature and a motivation to live and work from purpose, making Terminator Foundation the perfect fit.
Erin is also the owner and photographer at MoodLab, a branding photography company. MoodLab has partnered with Terminator Foundation to capture the heart and soul of our athletes and the ‘why’ behind it all. Her expertise in her field enables her to visually represent Terminator’s story, expanding our ability to creatively spread our message of hope.
National Communications Director
National Communications Director
Elissa holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mount Royal University and has since carved a path to a marketing career. She uses her strong communication skills to work closely with stakeholders while developing Terminator’s strategic marketing initiatives. Marketing has given Elissa the opportunity to pursue what she loves– engaging with people, story telling and creating content. Elissa is responsible for social media management, design work, event planning and more. She is extremely passionate about helping the Terminator Foundation’s programs become more visible and accessible for Calgary’s youth and young adults who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Jennifer is a Recreation Therapist, Holistic Health Coach, off-road triathlete and self-proclaimed “health nerd.” She loves learning and sharing strategies to enhance health in order to bring vitality to the lives of anyone willing to listen and try new things. She is especially passionate about mental health support and prevention using alternative approaches.
Jennifer’s triathlon journey started when she decided to take her own medicine (recreation as therapy) while struggling with depression, and has never looked back. She is an Xterra World Championship finisher, and is currently a member of Age Group Team Canada’s Cross Triathlon team, with plans to compete in the 2021 World Multisport Championships in Almere, Netherlands. When not training for races, Jennifer can be found reading (about triathlon), doing yoga (to help with triathlon) or cooking (to fuel for triathlon).
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from the University of Alberta, trained as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and holds her Group Exercise Leader certification with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association.
Physiotherapy Program Support
Physiotherapy Program Support
Lindsey is the clinical director and owner of Versa Movement Collective - Physiotherapy in Calgary, AB. Her commitment to a professional atmosphere that integrates itself with the community and her passion to develop and grow the business that exists to drive real change in our community has brought her to the board of directors for the Terminator Foundation.
After losing her brother to addiction in 2014, Lindsey felt that more had to be done within our communities to support our brothers and sisters, mothers, fathers and loved ones who are fighting for sobriety. Sitting on the board of directors is an honour that Lindsey holds close to her heart and is grateful to be a driving force towards change.
In Lindsey’s free time, you will most likely find her rinkside cheering on her son and his hockey team or in dance studios trying to learn her other son’s latest hip hop combo. In her true free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband Jordan and living an overall healthy and active lifestyle with her family.
Carissa is friendly, personable, and great with people. Her passion for listening, relating, and helping others makes her a great fit for Terminator’s Volunteer Coordinator. She has many skills developed from her training as an LPN and works hard every day as a loving mother to her three children. Whether it be wound dressing (Band-Aids), juggling multiple people, tasks or projects at once or changing a diaper with half a wipe, Carissa’s resourcefulness is one of her greatest strengths. Carissa is also an entrepreneur with a small business creating florals for weddings in the Calgary area. Carissa’s love for God, Family, and People keeps her grounded and fulfilled from day to day.
Peer Support Coach
PEER SUPPORT COACH
Eden Ericksen is a passionate advocate and spokeswoman for sexual exploitation, human trafficking and addiction recovery.
With immense empathy and compassion, her heart is to reach those who have felt the pain caused by these issues, whether personally, through family & friends or public speaking.
Since starting her journey through recovery nearly five years ago, Eden has spent most of that time giving back to the community through public speaking, her work at Inn From The Cold as a family support worker, and being peer support at Albertas Adolescent Recovery Centre.
Eden partners closely with the Terminator Foundation as a Recovery Coach and her hope is to shed light on addiction, relapse and life in sobriety all while training closely with the athletes.
Eden’s main focus in the previous years has been her work with Terminator as well as speaking about her personal journey through homelessness, opioid addiction, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Eden has shared her story on countless platforms from being a panelist, to speaking in school auditoriums, businesses, media networks and within the community of recovery.
She is currently living in Calgary with her husband Keegan and their three children.
Assistant Program Coordinator/Coach
ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR/COACH
Colin is a driven and well-disciplined individual, striving to make a difference in the world of addictions and mental health. He has a background in social services and has served Calgary’s homeless population for multiple years. Colin is dedicated to breaking down barriers, raising awareness, and ending stigmas.
He believes strongly in the power of stepping outside one’s own comfort zone. This perspective led him to complete a half-ironman as his first triathlon, with next to no experience. He is constantly on the search for what endurance challenge he could try next. Colin lays awake at night casually thinking about how to end the opioid crisis, what upgrade could make his bike faster, and if his favourite basketball team will ever win a championship again.