Melissa Poirier has been dedicated to the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club for 15 years developing, organizing, and leading the Women’s Cross Country Ski Program, Chicks on Sticks. Under her leadership and with her enthusiasm the program has taught and trained hundreds of women athletes. Melissa positively impacts our community by introducing participants to a lifelong sport and benefitting them through health and fitness. She passionately shares the sport by challenging, encouraging, and uplifting others through her volunteer work. During the pandemic she has continued to demonstrate determination by adding safety protocols and reorganization of the program to maintain its operation while adhering to restrictions. Many Alumni of her program have gone on to obtain professional training to become instructors/coaches further developing the sport & athletes in our region.