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Governance & AGM

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The composition of the Board of Directors is determined at an Annual General Meeting. This meeting is open to the public but only Whistler Adaptive members in good standing can vote or be elected. Current memberships are valid from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017. Members provide guidance in electing new directors, approving bylaws, helping with fundraising, and improving programming. If you’d like to become a member, please purchase an athlete, volunteer or Friend of Whistler Adaptive membership online.

The Annual General Meeting for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society took place at 1:30 pm on October 23, 2016 in Whistler, BC at the Delta Whistler Village Suites.

Did you miss the meeting? The AGM information package, financial statements and constitution & bylaws are still available for viewing using the links at the bottom of this page.

Whistler Adaptive is always seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join our Board of Directors. If you or someone you know would be a good fit or if you want more information on the role of a director and time commitment, please contact Chelsey Walker, Executive Director, at cwalker@whistleradaptive.com. 

Board of Directors

President: Sarah MacLeod

Sarah has a strong belief that introducing athletes with mental and physical disabilities to sport can help them gain confidence and determination that will extend into multiple facets of their lives. With this purpose, she was a volunteer ski instructor with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program from 2002 to 2012.  Though still heavily involved with Whistler Adaptive in the interim, Sarah missed the volunteer and athlete interaction of teaching on-hill so returned to instructing again in 2015. Sarah also coached alpine skiing for the Special Olympics BC in Whistler and at Cypress Mountain from 2006 to 2011 and was an assistant coach of the BC Special Olympics Provincial Ski Team in 2011. She has obtained her CSIA Level 1, CADS Level 2a, CSCF Level 1, Alpine Race Official Certification Level 1, NCCP - Introduction to Competition, Whistler Adaptive Cognitively Challenged Learner Training Level 1, and is Special Olympics Canada Competition Sport trained. Sarah joined the Whistler Adaptive Board of Directors in 2008 as Secretary, becoming Vice President in 2009, and President in 2010.

Vice President: Alan Kenney

Alan would like to bring his sincere interest in neurologically disabled children and young adults having outstanding outdoor experiences to the Whistler Adaptive Board. Whistler Adaptive has enabled Alan's family to experience together many fantastic ski adventures over the past 10 years with their son, Ethan, who has cerebral palsy, and daughter Leah.
 
Alan has previous NGO Board experience having been a past Board Member and President of the BC Centre for Ability (BCCFA) Association (2007-2012).  He was actively engaged in its growth as the leading provider of community-based services for neurologically disabled children, youth and adults in BC.  Services provided by the BCCFA include:  physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social development programs, and school / university to work transition programs. 
 
Alan is a professional bioresouce engineer / MBA and is the Quality and Food Safety Manager at Bulldog Bag Ltd. in Richmond, BC.

Treasurer: Taylor Hanscom 

Taylor Hanscom is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 5 years’ experience in public accounting. Taylor’s career has included work on diverse clients reporting under many of the current accounting frameworks. His recent work has focused on clients in the not for profit and government sectors.

Taylor’s interests include mountain biking and snowboarding, and he has been a longtime resident of Whistler (both full and part time). Taylor was pleased to join the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program board at the 2016 AGM and looks forward to contributing his knowledge in promoting adaptive sports in Whistler.

Secretary: Norm Binion

Norm became passionate about encouraging people with disabilities to explore the great Canadian outdoors while serving as President and on the Executive of the Rotary Club of North Vancouver. He was actively involved in support of the Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports operations for many years.

Norm is a serial entrepreneur, Financial/Insurance Advisor and Chartered Investment Manager. He presently owns and operates BinionOpinion Financial Advisory Services as well as Peak2Horizon Legal Finance which provides settlement lending and assessment financing to personal injury lawyers and their clients.

Norm joined the Whistler Adaptive Board of Directors in 2015 as Secretary.

Director: Paul Claproth

Paul was born in Newcastle, England, immigrated to Canada in 2009 and now resides in Squamish. Paul has worked as a Project Manager in the electrical construction industry for as long as he cares to remember.

He became involved with Whistler Adaptive after a chance meeting on a sunny coffee shop patio in Squamish with a senior Whistler Adaptive winter instructor, Gil Tetrault. Gil did a great sales job on Paul, telling him about his passion for the program and how it helped to change people’s lives. Paul is now completely hooked as a winter and summer volunteer!

He is a CSIA certified Level 2 instructor and a CADS certified level 2 instructor (currently working towards level 3).

Director: David Bell

David is a retired teacher who has volunteered with Whistler Adaptive Ski program for a number of years. He realizes that we all have challenges and enjoys working with others to help them achieve their goals. He feels privileged to be a volunteer with Whistler Adaptive.

He is excited to be a new member of the Board and looks forward to the challenges ahead. 

Director: David Cronin

David has a passion for developing and growing successful charities.  Since 2006, he has been on the on the BOD of Camp Kesem, a nationwide U.S. based community, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s  cancer.  He also serves  as Treasurer on the Executive Committee for Families Fighting Cancer in the Sea to Sky.  His wife, Kee is a Whistler Adaptive instructor and they have supported Whistler Adaptive since they moved to Whistler full time in 2013.

He brings to WASP over 25 years experience as an executive in the Financial Services and Payment industry.  He worked for 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore, managing businesses for American Express Company.  He specializes in Marketing Strategy, Finance, Transformational Growth, and building High Performance Teams.  David has an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Director: Meredith Gardner

Meredith has a diverse sport and communications background that encompasses being a former 2 X World Champion in Freestyle Skiing, then an award winning television producer, and now a Sport Development Director for Freestyle Canada. She has a deep passion to ensure that all children are able to reap the social and physical benefits of participating in quality sport and recreation programs.

Growing up in Ontario, she had the advantage of being involved in both YMCA camp leadership and NCCP coach leadership training, which she hopes to put to good use to support the growth of Whistler Adaptive.  “Many families have been deeply disappointed and even traumatized by their efforts to engage their children with diverse needs in sport, and Whistler Adaptive is changing that. I’m proud to be part of such a transformational organization.”

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