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Your TGISC Professional Coaching Team


Melissa Butler (Head Coach)

STARSkate, CanPowerSkate and CanSkate Coach

StarSkate, CanSkate and CanPowerSkate Programs Coordinator

Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing Major, Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary)

  • ISPC (formerly NCCP Level 2) Trained Status
  • NCCP Level 1 Certified
  • CanPowerSkate Instructor Certified
  • 23 years experience 
  • Novice Competitive Freeskate
  • Gold Freeskate, Sr. Silver Skating Skills, Partial Gold Dance, and Silver Interpretive
  • Skate Canada Continuous Education Program (CEP) - Gold Status 2014-2016 Cycle
  • Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Section appointed CanSkate Certification Coach Mentor
  • Skate Canada Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence - Calgary Region Nominee 2010
  • Skate Canada Best of the Best CanSkate Coach National Finalist (Top 20)
  • Skate Canada National Coaches Conference Attendee 2009 - Edmonton & 2015 - Winnipeg
  • Specializing in choreography, style enhancement, developing artistic impression, and off-ice dance training. 
  • Extensive dance background performing and choreographing for productions with: World Police and Fire Games, Legends Alive Tour, Artists Elite International, Dance with France Studios, Blue Collar Dance Company, the University of Calgary, Calgary Opera, and many city wide events.
  • Private lesson rate (2019/2020 season) = $14.00/15 minutes (subject to change with notice)


Shirley Schmidt (McNally)

STARSkate, CanPowerSkate and CanSkate Coach

  • NCCP Level 3 Certified
  • 35 years experience
  • Gold Figure
  • Gold Free
  • Gold Dances/Us Gold Dances
  • Gold Skills
  • Have taught all levels of skating from Preschool-Competitive Skating
  • Have had competitors at the Sectional and National Level
  • Winter Games coach
  • Mentor Coach
  • Director of skating for Prince George FSC and Summerland FSC
  • 2019/2020 Coaches Representative on Board of Directors 

Tammy J. Schmidt

STARSkate and CanSkate Coach

Over 25 Years Coaching Experience, National and International 

  • Level 3 Certified Coach with Skate Canada
  • Certified CanSkate , CanFigureSkate & CanPowerSkate Coach
  • Certified with Red Cross First Aid
  • Gold Figure, Gold Freeskate, Gold Dances, Gold Artistic, Novice Competitive Freeskate, Bronze Rhythm Dance
  • Coached in Gore, New Zealand, 1992
  • Competitive Precision Skater/Competed in Canadian Championships from 1982-1988
  • Multiple skaters with Triple and Quad Gold accomplishments
  • Coach of StarSkate 2012 Gold Triathlon Champion, StarSkate 2015 & 2016 Silver Triathlon Champion
  • StarSkate medalists at various other levels and disciplines
  • Skaters on AB Provincial Junior development Team 2005- 2019
  • Skaters on Select/Elite AB Provincial Team 2009-2019 Skating Season
  • Challenge Competitors 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2015/16 Skating Season
  • Various Annie’s Edges Seminar
  • Mariposa Seminar with Doug Leigh 1997-2009
  • Western Canada Coaches Conference 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
  • Elizabeth Manley Seminar 2007 & 2008
  • Whistler Program Components Seminar 2009
  • Aaron Lowe Dance Seminar 2009, 2010
  • Vancouver Canadian Coaches Conference 2012
  • Chicago USA Coaches Conference 2013
  • Palm Springs USA Coaches Conference 2014
  • Calgary Components Seminar 2014
  • Edmonton Officials & Coaches Summit 2016
  • Las Vegas USA Coaches Conference 2016
  • Brian Pockar Mens Seminar 2005-2018
  • Canadian Coaches Conference 2018
  • AB Provincial Seminar 2010-2019
  • Calgary Region Coaches Rep 2008-2012, Huntington Hills Skating Club Coaches Rep 2004 - 2010
  • Private lesson rate (2019/2020 season) = $16.00/15 minutes 


Sara Knowles

STARSkate and Off-Ice Coach

Off-Ice Conditioning

Bachelor of Physical Education with Specialization in Coaching Studies (University of Alberta) 

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Founder of Podium Performance Training - Figure Skating Fitness and Assessments
  • Skate Canada National Coach (formerly Level 3) Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance Course and all Multi-Sport Courses completed
  • Skate Canada Provincial Coach (formerly Level 2) Certified
  • Skate Canada Triple Gold Award
  • 9 years full-time coaching experience including 2 years in Sweden and an extensive mentorship at the Royal Glenora Club
  • Program Components and Conditioning Coach of Swedish National Competitors and Alberta Winter Games Champion
  • Private lesson rate (2019/2020 season): $13.75 + GST/15 minutes


Samantha Tawkin

CanSkate and STARSkate Coach

B.Sc., in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary (2011)

  • CanSkate certified (2015), NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified (2016)
  • CanSkate Coach/STARSkate Support Coach
  • Competitive figure skater for over 10 years. Gold Skills, Sr. Silver Dance, Jr. Silver Freeskate
  • Private lesson rate (2015/2016 season): $8.50/15 minutes

Diane Greenwood

STARSkate, CanPowerSkate & CanSkate Coach

Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, 2013

Bachelor of Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary, 2011 

  • NCCP Level 1 Certified
  • CanPower Skate Instructor Certified 13 years coaching experience
  • 6 years teaching experience, specializing in inclusive education (special needs) within the Calgary Board of Education
  • CPR Level C First Aid Certified 
  • Previous experience as Junior StarSkate and Jumpstart Coordinator, Canskate Coordinator and Program Assistant Coordinator
  • Gold Dance
  • Skate Canada Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence - Calgary Region Nominee 2011