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.|
|Tom Gillespie, Treasurer Tom Gillespie, CPA, CA, is a Partner at Clearline CPA, whose practice primarily focuses on the provision of audit and review engagement services to various private businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Originally from Ontario, he obtained his accounting designation while articling as an auditor at a mid-sized firm in Ottawa. Subsequently, Tom moved to Bermuda in 2007 where he joined an international accounting firm in their investments and banking audit department. He has lived and worked in the Vancouver metro area since returning to Canada in 2011. Tom performs consulting and volunteer work for the CPA profession at both the provincial and national levels. Outside of the office, Tom enjoys golfing, skiing and traveling with his family and friends.|
|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.|
|Bryce Eyton, Director at Large|
|Debbie McLean, Director at Large Debbie joined VASS in 2016 as a volunteer CADS Level 1 ski instructor. In addition to instructing, Debbie quickly became involved with supporting VASS behind the scenes, as a member of the VASS Cup Committee. She has a life-long love of the mountains, and is committed to helping others experience the enjoyment it brings. Debbie is thrilled to be a member of the Board and looks forward to her involvement 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.|