About Rhonda

Rhonda Taylor, née Leeman, was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1953. Growing up, Rhonda was inspired to play hockey by watching her brothers in the sport.

She first took up the game in 1969 and played for the Kingston Red Barons women’s hockey team until 1973. Rhonda received a degree at Queen’s, where she played with the Queen’s University from 1973 until 1976.

In 1979, Rhonda was hired by the Ontario Hockey Development Committee and spent three years travelling across Ontario organizing girls’ leagues and growing the number of teams affiliated with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. She was she was an active volunteer with the OWHA until 1992.

In 1982, Rhonda was responsible for organizing the first Women’s Canadian National Hockey Tournament (the first of its kind globally), and founded and directed the Female Council for women’s hockey with the help of the CAHA, (the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, now Hockey Canada). In the same year, Leeman Taylor became the first woman to sit on the CAHA's board of directors, and fought for the right to hold a vote on their council. 

In 2004, Leeman Taylor suffered a life-altering spinal injury playing hockey in a local women’s league and was forced to sue Hockey Canada for insurance claims to support her recovery. While this terminated her playing career, it in no way ended her love of the game. Through perseverance and a pain tolerance she claims to have learned from her hockey days, Rhonda was able to overcome her injury and lead a normal life, although she still suffers from chronic pain.

Today, Rhonda works in the business industry for HRMarketer, and enjoys spending time with her husband Al Taylor and dog Abby at their home in Newmarket, Ontario.