Stephanie Sapienza (she/her) was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, now living in Ottawa. Stephanie holds a Bachelor degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a focus in Psychology, as well as a Graduate certificate in Victimology. Steph is part of the World Society of Victimology and has attended a Victimology Conference in Croatia.
Stephanie was introduced to a variety of sports at a very early age and ultimately grew up in an athletic environment, playing and competing in high level soccer. She played competitive basketball and competed in freestyle skiing. She was invited to participate in the Sport-Etudes program at the age of 12 which led to her selection on soccer teams at the Provincial and National competitive levels. She also played for Carleton University in her first year of University, and played Semi-professional soccer in Montreal, as well as overseas.
Growing up as a competitive athlete who identifies as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community, Stephanie can definitely relate her personal life to the work she is doing with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Spreading awareness on the inclusiveness in sports, as well as how teammates and coaches can be more supportive towards the fact one may identify as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.