A coach at a Christian university in Winnipeg is the recipient of two coveted awards, including Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade.
Jayme Menzies, a Metis woman, is the Head Coach with Canadian Mennonite University's women's volleyball team. She has been named as the winner of the Peter Williamson Memorial Award, a "Train to Compete/Train to Win" coaching award from Sport Manitoba.
In January, she was named as the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC) Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade.
Volleyball coach Jayme Menzies is the recipient of both the Peter Williamson Memorial Award and the @_MASRC Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade! 👏👏🏐— Sport Manitoba (@SportManitoba) April 6, 2021
Jayme is involved with many teams and mentors Indigenous athletes.@JaymeRai @vballmanitoba #SMCA2021 pic.twitter.com/h5fLTyRJL6
Sports Manitoba says she "is involved with many teams and mentors Indigenous athletes." Menzies is the president of Volleyball Manitoba.
"As a proud Metis woman, Jayme excels at leveraging sport as a vehicle for social change," Volleyball Manitoba says. "Her relentless dedication to using sport as a vehicle for social change and a means to live a holistic lifestyle has created immense positive changes for coaches and athletes in Manitoba."
MASRC says she did not learn about her heritage until she was an adult, playing with the University of Winnipeg's Wesmen women's volleyball team. Since then, she has represented Manitoba at Canada Summer Games, Pan Am Games, and North American Indigenous Games.
She served as Head Coach of the U19 female team for 2020 NAIG. In 2018, Menzies founded Agoojin, a volleyball team for young women and two-spirited Indigenous athletes. The team has since split into two, 8 and under, and 16 and under.
Menzies previously coached at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate and Oak Park High School.