Jane Heyes

Inspired by the majestic landscape of the Highlands, Jane Heyes took over as
coordinator of the Haliburton Highlands Jackrabbit Cross Country Ski program in 1990.
Under her leadership, the program focused on expert instruction for long-term skill
development. It consistently maintained large enrolments of children from four to
thirteen years of age. Many graduates went on to compete at OFSAA and Varsity levels
in cross country skiing.

The Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association has one of the best trail systems in
Ontario, and Jane’s goal was to provide positive and enjoyable experiences in this
setting. Weekly mentoring of volunteer coaches and ongoing assessments of skiing
abilities assured improvement for teachers and learners alike. Jane initiated the
equipment rental program in 2002. Partnering with Child and Family Services (now Point
in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents), the Jackrabbits have accumulated an
inventory of ski equipment that provides affordability and inclusion for all.
Under her 20-year leadership as coordinator of the Jackrabbit program in Haliburton,
Jane saw enrolment in the local program grow to be the largest in Ontario. Starting in
1990, she developed successful community partnerships with Glebe Park, Haliburton
Highlands Museum, and the Haliburton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Jane’s
recruitment of coaches and other volunteers included Jackrabbit graduates who
returned to teach younger kids.

The evidence of an effective builder is in the ongoing success of the program. The
Jackrabbit program has continued to flourish since Jane retired, with dedicated
leadership and strong volunteer support. “This all bodes well for the future,” Jane says.
After she retired as coordinator, a Nordic trail in Glebe Park was named Heyes’ Way. It’s
a short linking trail for younger Jackrabbits who are ready to try out a part of the main
ski loop, and a fitting legacy to her commitment of promoting healthy lifestyles and
athletic success for youth in the Highlands.


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