Women For The Win (Vol 1)

 “Women For The Win”, is a series of personal promises to educate and empower those who read its content. The women involved have dedicated countless hours to their craft and are extremely passionate about sharing their stories with you.Thank you for your support and God bless!

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Kayla Alexander is a professional basketball player. She currently plays in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Chicago Sky, but has also played for the Indiana Fever and San Antonio Stars.

Kayla is a member of the Senior Women’s National Team and has played overseas for teams in Russia, France, South Korea, and Australia. When she graduated from Syracuse in 2013, she was the team’s all-time leader in games played, points, blocks, field goals, and free throws made and attempted.

In addition to playing basketball, Kayla is a co-author and illustrator of a new children’s book called “The Magic of Basketball

Instagram: @kjalexan40

Twitter: @kjalexan40

Art Instagram: @kalexandercreations

Facebook: Kayla Alexander (Athlete)

Art Facebook: K. Alexander Creations

Snapchat: @kjalexan40 

Bridget Carleton is making headway for the next generation of Canadian basketball players.

At only 22 years old, she has already been selected to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Connecticut Sun, and has signed to play overseas in Australia. She is also a member of the Canadian Women’s Senior National Team.

Much of this success has stemmed from her time playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at Iowa State University, where she recently won Big 12 Player of the Year.

Instagram: @bridgecarleton

Twitter: @bridgecarleton

Facebook: Bridget Carleton

Natalie Achonwa is a professional basketball player.

She attended the University of Notre Dame, National College Athletics Association (NCAA), where her team made four-straight Final Four appearances. She recently had her number 11 jersey hung in the Purcell Pavilion rafters, as she became the 6th induction into the Notre Dame ‘Ring of Honor’.

Since being selected 9th overall in the 2014 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft, Natalie has completed her fifth season playing for the Indiana Fever.

She has also played professionally overseas for teams in Italy, South Korea, China, and France.

Natalie has worn a Team Canada jersey with pride since she was 16 years old, which includes competing in both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

She is now a part of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


Twitter: @natachon11

Instagram: @NatAchon

Website: natalieachonwa.com

Coach Chantal Vallée is the Head Coach of 5-peat National Champions Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball Team.

She’s also one of the all-time winningest coaches in Canadian basketball and was named the first-ever Head Coach and General Manager of the Hamilton Honey Badgers on November 21, 2018.

She is the first woman anywhere in basketball history to be named as both head coach and general manager of a men’s professional team, and only the second woman ever to serve as a head coach of a men’s professional basketball team.

Coach Vallée has received many notable awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour, the CAAWS most influential women in Canada in the Coach Category, and the Athena Woman of the Year Award for her mentoring and leadership with women on the court and in her community.

Coach Chantal Vallée’s research findings on the topic of transformational leadership and coaching success have been the basis for many Findings on leadership culture and organizational transformation. Since the transformation, her winning percentage has remained over 85%.

Twitter: @coachvallee


Katherine Plouffe is a professional basketball player. She started playing basketball when she was nine years old, which has led to many notable international achievements.

She plays overseas in France and has an impressive portfolio competing in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, FIBA World
Championships, and the FIBA Americas.

Katherine has a twin sister, Michelle, who also plays professional basketball.

Instagram: @plouffe.kat

Twitter: @KPlouffe21 

Facebook: Katherine Plouffe

“Being a female makes you see the world differently.”

Mariah Thomas is a professional basketball player and certified personal trainer.

Mariah was selected to the 2017-18 Canadian National Development Team that traveled to Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, China.

She excelled on the court during the FISU World games where she received the Player of the Week award. She also represented Canada in Europe for the 2019 FIBA 3×3 games, which allowed her and her teammates the opportunity to compete in the 2020 Olympics. Mariah has also played overseas in Spain, France and Ireland.

Basketball has been one of the best aspects of Mariah’s life. Her new passions now consist of her church ministry and her newest venture, Enrich Fit, a company designed to holistically enrich the minds, bodies and spirits of many.

Instagram @enrich_fit

Facebook enrichedfit

“The more adversity I face and fight, the less the next little girl will have to do so.”

Meghan McPeak shattered barriers as the first female play-by-play broadcaster in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC).

She continued shattering barriers by becoming the first and only female play-by-play broadcaster in the National Basketball Association G- League (NBA G-League).

Meghan is currently the play-by-play broadcaster for the Capital City Go-Go, the NBA G-League affiliate to the Washington Wizards. She is also the play-by-play voice of the 2019 WNBA Champion Washington Mystics, as well as the Manager of Content and Programming at
Monumental Sports and Entertainment in Washington D.C.

Instagram: @meghan.mcpeak

Twitter: @meghanmcpeak

“Bring your weaknesses to the forefront; learn to accept them, then work on them.”

Leisa Washington is the first female Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA)
Agent in Canada. She is also a National Basketball Association (NBA) Agent.

Leisa is the Founder and CEO of Camda Sports Foundation Canada whose mission is to provide
opportunities for at risk youth that help them to achieve their goals and dreams in the
area of Sports, Education, Arts and Music.

While she prides herself on her work, she
knows the importance of being an influential community leader and philanthropist.

Instagram: @leisawashington

Twitter: @Agentleisa & @camdasports

“With a will to win, along with a strong support system, anything is possible.”

Alex Kiss-Rusk is a professional basketball player. Alex grew up playing hockey competitively, while basketball was something she did on the side once or twice a week for fun.

She then shifted gears in grade 11, when basketball became her main focus.

She currently plays professionally overseas in Germany.

Instagram: @kissrusk

Facebook: Alex Kiss-Rusk

“Do the little things right on a daily basis, and eventually things unfold how you’ve built them to be.”

Micaella Riche started playing basketball in grade nine when she joined her high school team. She made big strides in a short amount of time.

Micaella played at the University of Minnesota (NCAA, Big 10) and coached basketball at Kansas State University (NCAA, Big 12) while she completed her Master’s Degree. She then went on to play professionally overseas in Greece.

She also worked for North Pole Hoops as the 
National Canadian Basketball Girls’ Scout for one year.

Twitter: @Micaella_15

Instagram: @micaellariche 

“Whenever I stepped on the court, even in practice, I was able to leave everything at the door.”

Aycha Hamaoui-Askarova played basketball at Humber College and Redeemer University College in the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA).

She is currently an Assistant Coach for the Humber Women’s Basketball team, an Educator with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), as well as the Director of Basketball Development for the National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program (NBYMP).

Instagram: @Hamaoui12

Twitter: @Hamaoui12

Join us via zoom (video and/or call in available) to meet and chat with the co-authors of “Women For The Win” book.


Cara Tiemens
Jacob Goldbach