Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario

2017 Staff and Sailing Instructors

Meet the staff who are there to ensure you get the most pleasure and comfort on your outing.

All DSAO staff are full-time students studying disciplines such as science, nursing, business, early childhood education, occupational therapy and others. Their common link is their passion for the sport of sailing and their desire to share sailing with everyone.

Program Co-Manager: Natasha Mulligan

Natasha is a recent graduate of U of T's Medical Radiation Sciences program. She spent the last year in a clinical placement at St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto, and will soon be a registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist. She loves singing, cycling, reading, a nice glass of sangria, and travel - 18 countries and counting. She was staff member of the QQDSP in 2014, where she learned how to sail, the importance of sunscreen, and how to drive an electronic wheelchair on a tippy dock. She has volunteered ever since! She is very excited to be back on staff and can't wait for an unforgettable summer in the sun. 

Current favourite TV show: Archer.

Favourite dish to cook: Anything with Curry.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:  Despite my height, I do not, and have never played basketball!

Program Co-Manager: David Blair

David is a recent graduate of McGill University, obtaining a honours undergraduate degree in Physical Geography, and a Master of Science in Water Resource Engineering. David grew up and learned to sail in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was the head coach at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron's Able Sail program. He then moved to Montreal where he coached at AQVA out of Point Claire Yacht Club. David is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and passion for disabled sailing to the QQDSP this summer.

Current favourite TV show: American Horror Story

Favourite dish to cook: After traveling South-East Asia after completing his undergraduate degree, I like trying to recreate curries and other thai cuisine

Something people would be surprised to learn about me: I have a pet tree frog named Pablo.

Program Coordinator: Christina Black

Christina is going into her third year of Commerce at Queen's University and  is the upcoming Co-President of the Queen's Sailing Team for the 2017-2018 season.  She has been sailing out of the Kingston Yacht Club since the age of 7, competing in the 29er and 49er FX fleets. Christina is a member of the Ontario Sailing Team sailing the 29er, was the Female 29er Canadian National Champion in 2015 and top female skipper at the 29er US Nationals in 2014. Last summer, she drove across Canada!

Current favourite TV show: Prison Break

Favourite dish to cook: stir fry

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:  I can memorize lyrics to a song after hearing it once!

Program Coordinator: Derin Bilgen

Derin's passions are personal fitness, squash and sailing. He has been sailing since the age of 7 and has competed on the Ontario and Canadian team in Optis and Lasers. Derin is graduating from high school and will be attending Queens or Western to study sciences as a pre-curser to Medicine. His interest in becoming a doctor came from interest in human anatomy and the passion to help others.

Favourite TV/movie: "It follows" a thriller

Favourite dish to cook: sushi

Something people would be surprised to learn about me: I can memorize things quickly after a quick listen. I played the piano and clarinet but never learned how to read sheet music. Instead, I would memorize the notes and play from memory!



DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario DSAO is a family of organizations that promote and enable Ontarians with disabilities to experience therapeutic, recreational and social rehabilitation through the freedom of independent sailing. DSAO's objective is to build the sport of disabled sailing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence. DSAO - Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario
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