Homer started skateboarding at 10 years old. In the years that followed he progressed quickly and had numerous sponsors for skateboarding and has travelled extensively because of skateboarding in his younger years.
Starting his skateboarding career in his teenage years he worked with the city of Cambridge to open their indoor skatepark, Nowhere (since closed) and has been involved in skateboarding ever since. Whether it was working in a retail environment, on skateboarding committees, as a skatepark builder or even as a sales rep he has a ton of knowledge and history within the skateboarding industry.
Homer’s many years of skateboarding has helped him develop life long relationships across Canada and the United States and continues to find pleasure travelling to new skateparks and meeting new people.
Alex started working at CJ’s SKATEPARK shortly after we first opened and has been skateboarding for over 2 decades. Alex helped develop our family skate program which has parents and their kids skating on Sunday mornings.
He also enjoys giving all kinds of lessons and hosts a 25+ years (older skaters) group for beginners on Sunday mornings. He works well with children of all ages.
Alex’s specialty is transition skating and his favourite tricks are front side grinds. Alex wears many hats at CJ’s and is always in demand and extremely dependable!
It’s great to watch Alex perform some of his amazing tricks on the various ramps in the park. His rapport and respect from the skate community just grows and grows.
He is both an excellent skater with a great style and amazing teacher for any age group. Whether it is a 4 year old just starting out, a seasoned advance rider or an older adult, you will not be disappointed by Alex.
Alex is always positive and like most skateboarders, it continues to be a passion for him.
His dedication/loyalty to CJ’s is amazing and he has turned down other jobs/careers that have offered more money, to stay with CJ’s and his passion. He was the first instructor at CJ’s to get certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.
He has developed into a great mentor for others and it’s been a rewarding journey watching him evolve and become the true leader and role model that he is today.
Mike has been skating for almost 2 decades and been a part of CJ’s team since day one. He started skateboarding because of his brother, and it really helped him get through school since he didn’t enjoy team sports. Skateboarding has always been a passion for Mike. The skills he’s learned have allowed his efforts to be successful while at the same time giving him the thrill and happiness that comes along with it.
Since he began his skateboarding career he has met hundreds of people who share his passion and that is what he loves most about this sport. It’s a lifestyle he has been so happy to have, and it’s only to expand as he keeps growing both with his skating and in life teaching others.
He was a competitive skater and was sponsored when he was younger and to this day still has an amazing style and many impressive tricks. What he loves about CJ’s is it’s a great way to connect with everyone who follows the same road, and it seems to be a second home for him. It’s a place to hangout, skate, and just be surrounded in the positive atmosphere of skateboarding.
Since he has been at CJ’s from the beginning he has taught many different types of classes with every kind of student you can imagine – group lessons, summer camps, PA days, winter camps, middle-school classes, autism classes, Kids Being Kids and one-on-one coaching. The list goes on. Mike has had many experiences with each and every one of those events and has grown in so many different areas. As he continually expands his knowledge, he hopes to seek more by learning from others and coaching.
According to Mike, “Skateboarding is probably the most savoring thing a person could do for your lifestyle. My goal would be to share my experiences with others, and give them the opportunities to see the greatest parts skateboarding brings.” He was the second instructor at CJ’s to get certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.
Mike has an incredible amount of patience and a wonderful demeanor which allows him to be an incredible instructor and coach as well he is a talented artist.
Matt started skateboarding when he was 12 years old. Back then, he rode for a local board shop down in the USA where he grew up. Later he became part of the Rail Skate Park (since closed) and he was there for several years. He is an excellent skateboarder and is always learning new things while staying in shape at the same time.
Fast forward to today, he’s heavily involved in the Special Needs Program at CJ’s SKATEPARK to help remove barriers for children who want to get involved in skateboarding. He is an incredibly talented teacher who understands children with any challenges and in a fun safe way, bonds with them and helps them succeed.He is also certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.
When Matt isn’t skating, you can find him on his motorcycle or expressing some creativity with graphic design. Aside from that, Matt helps with SBC Media to bring fresh content to Canadians across 7 action sports publications including his personal favourite, SBC SKATEBOARD. Skateboarding is clearly a passion for Matt and he loves it!
Larry began his employment at CJ’s on April 14, 2014. Prior to that he was a consultant to the park under his company name of Wirefox Consulting. Larry has served in several capacities in his time at the skatepark primarily in management and administration. He now serves the park as a senior admin./supervisor and is referred to as “The Old Man of the Sk8park”. Prior to 2014 he was retired from 30+ years in paper manufacturing, paper mill sales and paper distribution. Larry’s interaction with the skateboarding community has certainly helped to keep him thinking young and a little insane.
Drew started skateboarding at age ten with dreams of skating on a professional level. Years later after relocating to China, his pro model boards and shoes were widely circulated across Asia and he was landing podium positions in national level competitions. Drew has been a sponsored skater since a young age and understands the hard work and dedication required to make a name for oneself in the skate industry.
He is certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program. Although Drew is a new addition to the CJ’s staff, he has over fifteen years of experience as a skate instructor in various environments from summer camps to individual training. Drew is capable of teaching high skill level skaters as well as beginners. As a father of two young children he understands the patience and attention children require to learn a new sport.
During his six years in China, Drew designed and managed Ardent Skatepark in the city of Kunming. While working there he developed a skate school, organized professional competitions and demonstrations and was involved in many community service projects to promote healthy lifestyle through skateboarding.
As a teenager Drew struggled to find his way and skateboarding provided a healthy outlet for him to avoid negative influences. For this reason, Drew is passionate about being a positive role model for younger skaters and encouraging them to make healthy choices.
“Drew is one of our newest additions to Team CJ’s! He is a great father and has competed in many competitions and is recognized by his peers. All these attributes have made him a patient and an excellent skateboard instructor and we are lucky to have him on our team.” Jay Mandarino
Daniel has been a volunteer instructor with CJ’s SKATEPARK since July 2009. He has had the opportunity to work with children affected by cancer and other special needs, though primarily works with children with autism. Dan’s success with these kids is incredible and he finds it so rewarding and that’s why he volunteers on the weekends to help others.
A skateboarder for over 2 decades, Daniel finds the opportunity to coach younger skaters extremely rewarding. Not only is Dan an incredible street skateboarder he is also a great instructor. He is also certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.
Dan is also the editor of “RAMP UP”, a book that teaches both kids and parents how to SKATEBOARD written by our founder Jay Mandarino.
When Dan is not at CJ’s on the weekends his, full-time job is in the finance industry where he has a management role.
Rebecca is a part-time instructor at CJ’s SKATEPARK!
When she’s not helping or teaching at CJ’s she is a talented artist specializing in documentary and portrait photography with many clients in and around the GTA. She picked up her first camera at age 7 but didn’t learn to skate until she was 32.
In 2015 her 10-year-old son picked up an interest in skateboarding after watching a documentary on skateboarding. A quick Google search led them to CJ’s SKATEPARK and skateboarding has become a family passion.
When she isn’t at CJ’s, Rebecca can be found bombing hills and cruising the paths along the Humber River, learning new lines at 8th Street skatepark or shooting photos with locals.
Rebecca has recently starting sharing her love for skateboarding by teaching the 5 for 5 and Beginner Level Program, as well as helping with CJ’s PA Day and summer camps. She is also certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid.
According to our founder, “What I love about Rebecca is her approach with kids especially since she’s a mom! She understands the emotional as well as the physical needs of young children. I’ve had the pleasure of watching her teach some of the lessons and have seen her in summer camp when her students are presenting what they’ve learned at the end of the week which was a lot of fun.”
It is clear that Rebecca has a passion for helping others in both her professional field and in her teaching career with us at CJ’s SKATEPARK and we are lucky to have her!
Devin Morgan has been specializing in professional scooter tricks and is known for his technical abilities for almost 10 years. He has traveled throughout Canada and the United States pursuing his passion for scooter riding after graduating high school. Because of his drive he has been given the opportunity to ride with some of the most respected scooter professionals, including Ryan Williams and Jon deVrind.
Devin has been involved with teaching scooters for the past couple years at CJ’s and is one of our most accomplished scooter instructors. Devin isn’t only talented on a scooter, he is also certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and helps with our skateboarding programs as well. You can see his drive and determination on and off the scooter and that is what makes him a great teacher. He enjoys sharing his stories and teaching his vast knowledge of riding at CJ’s.
Lucas has been an instructor and volunteer at CJ’s since day one. He started skateboarding over 10 years ago and has become an incredibly talented skateboarder continually progressing and developing his own great personal style.
During our camps Lucas is one of the favourites with the campers! He is a great instructor and the kids love him and that’s because, like a lot of us, he’s a big kid himself!
He is certified in the ISCP/SKATZ Certification Program and is trained in CPR and First Aid. Lucas was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2016 for his commited dedication and volunteer work with CJ’s Skatepark.
Here is a great quote from Lucas. “I love skateboarding but I love helping kids the most, including those with special needs (autism, cancer, etc.). The amount of new people I have met at CJ’s is awesome!”
“Lucas loves meeting new people and sharing his passion for skateboarding. This is a common bond that a lot of our students have with each other. If you ask Lucas he will tell you he loves CJ’s and being a part of it.” Jay Mandarino