Who We Are

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Paula McQuaid, MC, CCC

Co-Founder of MindfulAthletics/Individual Therapist/ Sport Facilitator

Paula McQuaid was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. While attending school she enjoyed playing soccer and rugby. In 1998 Paula completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; 2005 graduated from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. While conducting research based around mental health and distress in cancer patients in 2009 Paula went on to receive her Masters in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Ms. McQuaid’s past work experience includes working with youth and families as a Crisis Counsellor, offering tools and support in an effort to create healthy relationships within the family. She has been with the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter for the past four years, working with both the Healthy Relationships Program and Men’s Counselling Services as a therapist to both youth and adults, as well as, facilitating groups. Paula has also had the opportunity to work with Hockey Canada as a Mental Skills Consultant with both the Women’s U-18 Selection Camp and the National Development Camp.

Paula is a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a nation-wide accredited body that works to enhance mental health services provided to Canadians.

Paula continues to play soccer, finally learned to play lacrosse and has a peculiar interest in surfing! She enjoys travelling to new places and spending time with friends and family doing just about anything at all!

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Jessica Renney, MA, CCC

Co-Founder of MindfulAthletics/ Individual Therapist/ Sport Facilitator

Jessica Renney was born in Trail, British Columbia and raised in Western Canada. Jessica attended the University of Lethbridge from 2003 to 2007 where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. In 2008, Jessica attended the University of Victoria and was awarded a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2010. Since that time, Jessica has worked with both adults and youth dealing with substance misuse struggles and mental health concerns. Jessica has also spent time working with parents encouraging and providing them with tools that will help them find ways to create healthy relationships with their children.

Jessica currently works for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter facilitating groups, and providing individual therapy to Jr. High and Sr. High school age youth.

In addition to her education, Jessica brings a very unique personal experience to MindfulAthletics. Ms. Renney’s father coached in the NHL for 13 years. During that time she was encouraged to play many different sports and quickly learned the value of a competitive athletic environment (especially to a young person on the move!)

Jessica enjoys dancing to top 40 hits, maintaining deep and meaningful connections with friends, drinking kale smoothies, and living in the same city as her family.


IMG_3464Caity Kidd, BSW,RSW

Sport Facilitator

Caity Kidd was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. Growing up, Caity played pretty much every sport that was available to her…especially if it was one that her three older brothers were playing. Ms. Kidd attended the University of Lethbridge from 2003-2006 where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. The majority of Caity’s job experience includes working with children, adolescents and their families in residential group homes and school settings. Caity continues to work with the Calgary Separate School Division as a Family/School Support worker.

Ms. Kidd played high level sport for many years including Varsity level rugby in University and National level Australian Rules Football. This allows Caity to bring a new perspective to MindfulAthletics, wherein she can relate to a lot of the pressures that come with being a high performance athlete and the need to find balance to ensure personal success.

When Caity is not tackling people on the field she is most likely to be found taking  dance class or basking in her role as Auntie!