Hope and Health for Life Society is very proud to announce the team of technical advisors we have assembled to help us achieve our Nautsa’mawt FC vision:
Terry was the first Indigenous player to play professionally in North America, and the first to represent Canada. He earned three caps for the national team in 1983 and played club soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps competing in the North American Soccer League. Terry is an amazing role model and mentor for Indigenous athletes aspiring to play at a higher level, including his granddaughter Scarlett who he will pridefully work with in supporting the start up of Nautsa’mawt FC.
Amy is a three-time women’s soccer national champion who won USPORTS banners with the UBC Thunderbirds in 2002, 2003, and 2006, the last of which saw her named tournament MVP. Amy is a registered social worker and certified play therapist supporting children and their families through their healing journey. In addition to this Amy is an Assistant coach for the UBC Thunderbirds women’s soccer team and a certified yoga therapist. Amy is a strong advocate for Indigenous athletes and plays a valuable role in player recruitment and development.
Jay was the first player signed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in preparation for their entry into Major League Soccer in 2011 and was also the team’s first captain. An American, he played his college years with UIC Flames before deciding to move to England to pursue his dream where he eventually signed with Watford FC of the Championship in 2004. DeMerit played 211 total games for Watford over six seasons, including one in the 2006–07 Premier League, having scored in their victory in the 2006 Football League Championship play-off Final. Jay has been involved in Hope and Health in a variety of ways since its inception and has collaborated annually through his popular and innovative Rise and Shine Captain Camps.
David recently retired from professional soccer and is best known to British Columbians as the fierce goalkeeper of the Whitecaps. In 2014 he won the Save of the Week awards twice and led the entire league in clean sheets. In 2015 Ousted was officially named to the MLS All Star Team and started the second half of a 2–1 victory against English side Tottenham Hotspur. He was again included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game. David is a Hope and Health player board member alumni.