Lesley Smyth, MEd., BEd., BKin. (Sport Psychology Focus)
Clinical Therapist / Mindfit Owner
Lesley Smyth has received a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian
Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is registered
and licensed with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick. The beginning of her post-
education journey was fueled by her passion for sport that led her into a Bachelor of Kinesiology with
a focus in Sport Psychology, followed by a Bachelor of Education. These educational achievements
were obtained at Dalhousie University, Acadia University and the University of New Brunswick.
Lesley is also Certified by Positive Performance in the Psychology of Competition in the United States,
known for their extensive and successful work with top athletes and colleges throughout their country.
Lesley comes from a family of athletes--her grandfather, Harry Smyth, was one of the first New
Brunswickers to attend the Winter Olympic Games for Speed Skating in 1932 in Lake Placid; her
father, Ron Smyth, was recruited and attended the Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp at age 16 and
would continue to play hockey for Dalhousie University; and her brother, James Smyth, played high-
level hockey and would go on to compete at a private ivy league college in the United States on a full
Lesley’s background in sport began at the age 5, but she quickly found herself passionate and
committed to her involvement in competitive swimming by the age of 11. Lesley would go on to
compete as a high-performance athlete ranking fifth overall in the country for her event, was a bronze
medallist at the Canadian Youth Nationals, and held numerous provincial records that remained hers
for approximately 30 years. She competed nationally and was a contender at the Canadian Olympic
Trials in 1992. Lesley was also pre-selected for the New Brunswick Canada Games Team in 1993,
but unfortunately had to withdraw.
Lesley went on to become Rookie of the Year on the Dalhousie University Swim Team, Rookie of the
Year for the Atlantic Universities Athletic Association (AUAA), was an AUAA All-Star Athlete, and was
a finalist at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) Championships in three events.
In her post-competitive swimming years, Lesley went on to compete in triathlons and also competed
in the New York City Marathon in 2004. She continues to be active in sports on a recreational level.
In her professional career, Lesley taught in the public school system for approximately 10 years prior
to becoming a clinical therapist, where she would go on to create the Atlantic Wellness Community
Center, a charitable organization that provides individual and family therapy in Southeastern New
Brunswick. She was employed as the Founder, Executive Director and Therapist for 6 years before
resigning and focusing on her next challenge, the creation of Mindfit.
Mindfit is a sports counselling clinic providing athletes with mental fitness training and educational
packages to enhance their athletic performance and to meet the unique challenges faced by teams,
coaches, and parents.
As a coach, Lesley has achieved her Levels 1 and 2 of the National Coaching Certification Program.
She has coached both middle school and high school teams, and was an assistant coach with the
local swim team for two years. Lesley has studied university courses in Leadership and Team
Building, Philosophy and Principals of Coaching, Social Psychology of Physical Activity, Canadian
Sport System, and Health Education and Educational Psychology.
As a member of the community at large, Lesley has been a Keynote Speaker at numerous business
and wellness events promoting positive mental health, is a volunteer member on non-profit community
programs and in 2014 was awarded the YMCA Peace Medallion.
Lesley is currently the volunteer mental health therapist and programmer with the Moncton AAA
Midget Flyers hockey team providing individual, group, and parent sessions focusing on enhancing atheletic performance.