Anne Bethune, President Anne has been involved in adaptive skiing for over 27 years and began her role as VASS President at the 2005 . In addition to her teaching and behind the scenes leadership with VASS, she is a Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers Level III Examiner and International Paralympic Committee Classifier. Her experiences as an adaptive sailing instructor and ski instructor and her professional career as an occupational therapist make her uniquely qualified for her leadership within VASS. She is a proud mother of three boys and has a thriving global business as a health and business leader with Isagenix International.
|Ewa Holender, Vice President Ewa grew up skiing in Europe and worked with people with disabilities as a sports instructor, mentor and teacher, alongside a day job as a lawyer specializing in charity and philanthropy law, several stints as a ski rep and a sabbatical getting her CASI Level 2 qualification in Whistler. VASS was the perfect opportunity to combine her love of the mountains with a passion for making a difference, so Ewa signed up as a volunteer instructor the moment she moved to Vancouver. She worked for four years as the Director of Education & Outreach at the Rick Hansen Foundation, helping make Canadian schools accessible and inclusive, and providing opportunities for people with disabilities to share their stories. She now works as a lawyer for First Nations in BC. Ewa joined the VASS board in 2013.|
|Ryan Wilcox, Treasurer Ryan grew up skiing at Sun Peaks and Whistler with his 3 brothers – David, Mike and Ian. Skiing has been a big part of his life since a young age and he has participated in a number of organized ski programs over the years. Today, Ryan is a Chartered Accountant living in Vancouver and still makes it up to Whistler at every opportunity. He is excited about combining his love for skiing with his experience as a Chartered Accountant and is looking forward to helping VASS achieve its goals and having fun along the way. In 2014, Ryan was awarded the BC Adaptive Snowsport Board Member of the year.|
|Sandy Millar, Director at Large Sandy is a Vice President at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada, where he manages insurance and risk management programs for clients, mostly within sports and non-profit sectors. As a Level IV CSIA course conductor and Level II CSCF member, Sandy comes to VASS with over 25 years of ski industry experience. His volunteer experience includes serving three terms as a director of CSIA-BC, with two terms as Chair. When not skiing with his two young children, Sandy is also an avid rugby player, cyclist and musician.|
||Ken Ross, Director at Large Ken has been teaching adaptive skiing for 11 years, having volunteered for adaptive programs in London and Toronto, Ontario, and Whistler and at VASS in BC. He has also previously served on the Boards of Directors for DSABC and the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program and gets almost as much personal reward from helping these organizations grow and prosper as he does from helping individuals on the hill learn and grow through alpine skiing. Ken received his CADS Level 2 and 2A certifications in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and his Level 3, Examiner certification at the 2009 CADS Festival at Sun Peaks.|
|Debbie McLean, Director at Large Debbie became directly involved with VASS this past year as a volunteer CADS Level 1 ski instructor. In addition to instructing, Debbie quickly became involved with supporting VASS behind the scenes, working on the VASS Cup and sponsorship. She has a life-long love of the mountains and skiing, and is committed to helping others experience the enjoyment it brings. Prior to VASS, Debbie’s professional career was with Canada Wide Media where she was Vice President of Sales responsible for for a number of publications including BC Business. Debbie is thrilled to be a member of the Board and looks forward to working with the VASS organization.
|Jack Hughes,Director at Large|
|Liisa O’Hara , Director at Large Liisa grew up with a love of skiing, and the opportunity to help others learn to ski was a perfect fit! For seven years, she evolved from a VASS volunteer, to Program Coordinator to Board Member and now, after a hiatus to have a few kids, she is happy to be back in the VASS family once again. Liisa brings her Marketing experience, passion for helping others and pride of VASS to the Board.|
|Tom Mooney, Director at Large Tom has been hanging around VASS for the last few years and received his CADS level 1 last year and will be working on CADS Level 2 next season. One of Tom’s three daughters has been a VASS student with the Saturday morning program for 12 years. Tom and his family have been involved in various areas of inclusion and advocacy for the past 25 years. Tom is a technician with NCR Canada, and plays third clarinet with the North Vancouver Community Band.|
|Andrea Wildeman, Director at Large Andrea was a volunteer ski instructor for VASS for five years and after wanted to combine wonderful experiences with VASS with her work experience and education, hence her role with VASS’s Board.
She is the Director of Commercial Mortgages at First National Financial LP.
She is a founding member and past president of Vancouver CREW.
When not skiing, she is an avid traveler/chronic volunteer and enjoys cooking.
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Matchstick Productions – action-packed ski movie of 2017: DROP EVERYTHING....Thursday, October 19 doors 6:00 show 7:30 Blueshore Theater (Capilano University) 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, B.C. Tickets $15 , Students/Seniors $10 will be … [Read More...]
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