Joan McCusker helps organizations build extraordinary lives using their best resources of ordinary people. An Olympic Gold Medalist and CBC commentator, Joan uses sports examples and humour to get the point across that attitude and teamwork are important to success.
Joan and her six brothers and sisters were raised on the family farm near Saltcoats, Saskatchewan. It was a busy and active family that supported her first successes in school and sport. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 with a Bachelor of Education.
Joan joined the CBC Sports Curling telecast as a commentator in 2001. She continued to curl competitively with Team Betker who placed fourth in Canada in 2003 and in the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in December 2005.
She volunteers her time to charity and is an active member on the Board of Directors of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. She resigned her teaching position in 1998 to dedicate more time to being a mom, curler, broadcaster and motivational speaker.
Joan has become a competitive curling coach, a promoter of young women in sport and volunteers her time to charity. She spent 5 years on the founding Board of Directors of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and is now an Honourary Ambassador.