All Wellspring programs are led by exceptionally talented and committed professional leaders. One such leader is Kate Smith, the program manager for the four GTA Wellspring centres.  Kate, a registered kinesiologist, has been working with Wellspring since 2009 when she joined as the cancer exercise leader. Since that time, Kate has temporarily worked as centre manager at Birmingham Gilgan House, then as program coordinator until her recent promotion to program manager responsible for the management of the cancer exercise program at all four GTA centres.

Kate had always hoped for a career in sports medicine. It was her mother’s diagnosis of colon cancer and her mentor, Jodi Steele, creator of the Wellspring Cancer Exercise program that sparked an even greater interest a slightly different career path. Looking for ways to help her mother, Kate discovered the tremendously positive impact that exercise can have as part of a treatment plan for cancer.

Now completing her Masters in Oncology and Palliative Care at Newcastle University Kate, also organizes the CancerSmart Training program and steps in as a program leader in centres when needed. She enjoys sharing her passion and expertise with members of Wellspring.  “I love seeing the positive impact that exercise has on our members,” says Kate. “When new members join the program they are often worried and concerned, but soon they are feeling better, and stronger, and are achieving their own personal fitness goals. It’s gratifying to see this transition.”