It’s hard not to crack a smile when Tara’s around! As the Dartmouth Sportsplex’s former bingo expert and current Facility Scheduling Coordinator, Tara has a deep knowledge of our community and can’t go anywhere in our neighbourhood without running into a few people she knows.

A long-time employee of the Sportsplex, Tara has 23 years of experience working face-to-face with our customers, helping them experience amazing events that make memorable life moments. Before the closure of the Dartmouth Sportsplex Super Bingo, she was running the most successful bingo in Atlantic Canada, and even once had the honour of giving away $34,000 to a lucky winner—the biggest prize in Dartmouth Sportsplex Super Bingo history!

Tara’s current position as Facility Scheduling Coordinator has her working in every part of our facility, ensuring everywhere from our arena to our meeting spaces are ready to host top-notch events. From conferences to concerts, to parties and sporting tournaments, Tara helps customers visualize how the Sportsplex can be the perfect venue for their event. Tara also oversees large events like tradeshows and concerts, managing staff from set up to teardown. When working large events, she focuses on creating a supportive environment for her employees as well as her customers, making sure everyone has a fantastic time.

Originally from Halifax, Tara’s pride and joy are her children, and she loves spending her free time with them playing and watching basketball, fishing, and listening to music. Tara’s favourite part of her position is bringing the Dartmouth Sportsplex staff together with the community at exciting events. She’s watched community members experience some incredible life moments together, with one of her favourite Sportsplex memories being high school graduation where the graduate singing O Canada became emotional halfway through the song. “All of her fellow graduates and the hundreds of people watching the ceremony started singing the rest of the anthem out loud together,” she says. “I was standing there with my colleague, Catherine, and we just looked at each other with tears in our eyes and sang along too. It was one of those moments that really gets you in the feels!”

Tara can’t wait to see the Dartmouth Sportsplex grow into an even more accessible and inclusive facility. A true sports fanatic, Tara owns over one hundred Nolan Ryan baseball cards and can spin a basketball on all her fingers and thumb. If you catch her in the gym, she may be willing to show you her trick, but if anything, you can pretty well guarantee she’ll be sporting her stellar smile.

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