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Pakmen Volleyball Club was started in 2002, as a single team by Kelly Smith, a middle school teacher who had never played volleyball before. He coached a grade 8 school team and after their season was over, the players asked if they could continue playing volleyball by joining the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA). Despite the fact they were all first year players in the OVA, they ended up winning the Ontario Provincial Championship in their very first year and won a major championship every year they played thereafter, including the u18 Canadian National Championship in their final year.

That original team was the first multicultural youth volleyball team in Canada. Their uniform consisted of an $8 t-shirt, they once slept in sleeping bags on a classroom floor during an out of town tournament, and they did bottle drives to help pay the bills. The racial diversity of Pakmen’s first team and the way they played the game — with such intensity and love — immediately captured the attention of their peers at school and then throughout Peel Region, and the province. Suddenly, everyone wanted to play volleyball. The club grew to 2 teams the following year, then 3, then 4 then 5, 6, 7 … and so on and so on until Pakmen became the largest club in Canada with 5000 athletes with programs for all ages and skill levels. Pakmen’s diversity became such a major characteristic of the club, that it sparked athletes from across the GTA and beyond to travel to Mississauga to join and the reason our motto became ‘Diversity Powered Volleyball’.

Pakmen quickly became the top overall club in Canada in terms of accomplishments at both Provincials and Nationals – living proof to the saying, ‘together we are better’.


To offer high quality, innovative volleyball programs for youth of all skill levels. To reach out to those who traditionally do not play volleyball at the club level by eliminating cultural, economic and social barriers to ensure the maximum number of youth can enjoy this game for life.

‘Volleyball for All’ Initiative

‘Volleyball for All’ is where we reach out to youth of all ages, racial backgrounds and skill levels to learn volleyball and the lessons this sport teaches. We try to break down the cultural, socio-economic and other barriers that prevent youth from playing volleyball and encourage them to join our club.

We also reach out to teens who do not know how to play volleyball, or who have never been part of an organized sport program, to learn the sport, and move through the Pakmen Pathways program with us. We recognize there are few opportunities for teenagers to join sport programs and/or clubs if they are not an elite level athlete. We want all teenagers, no matter what their skill level, to have the opportunity to play this game, and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

Diversity Powered Volleyball
Are you ready for this?
Our Vision is to be the most inclusive, player-focused, and successful volleyball club in the world.

Kelly Smith

Director & Founder

Lisa Palmer

Board of Directors

Dave McAllister

Board of Directors

Ivan Mamuzic

Board of Directors

Diem Huynh

Board of Directors

Andrew Ceolin

Board of Directors

Renato Zanchetta

Board of Directors

George Shermer

Board of Directors