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. Year-round memberships are valid from August 1- July 31 in a given year. 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.
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.
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 bio-resouce engineer / MBA and is the Quality and Food Safety Manager at Bulldog Bag Ltd. in Richmond, BC.
Vice President: Sue Hargrave
Sue has a diverse background that encompasses work in business, the arts, and hospitality as well as a passion for advocacy work for the special needs community.
Her 13 year old daughter who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental delay has attended programs with Whistler Adaptive since 2012. Sue joined our Board of Directors in 2018 and has since become a volunteer ski & snowboard instructor with our program.
Sue currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Developmental Disability Association and having been the former owner of Bean Around The World Coffee in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside she has been exposed to many adults and children with various physical and cognitive disabilities.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Sue now resides full-time in Whistler with her husband and daughter. Her passions include skiing, biking, fishing, and regular visits to Hornby Island; a big life goal is to be a part of carving out a better future for children and families in need of support.
Treasurer: Taylor Hanscom
Taylor Hanscom is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 6 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: Jon Money
Directors at Large:
David Cronin: David has a passion for developing and growing successful charities. Since 2006, he has been 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 Whistler Adaptive 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.
Meredith Gardner: Meredith has a diverse sport and communications background that encompasses being a former 2 time World Champion in Freestyle Skiing, then an award winning television producer; now after 10 years as Sport Development Director for Freestyle Canada, she is currently developing resources around positive and inclusive coaching techniques. Meredith 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.”
Carmen Salaberry: Carmen joined the Whistler Adaptive Board in late 2019 and is excited to be part of this incredible organization. In her own life, Carmen has experienced some of her most joyful moments through participation in sport and time spent in the wilderness. Aside from the pure joy derived from sport itself, the countless hours she has spent mountain biking and running around in the forest have given rise to deep friendships and instilled confidence and fulfillment. Given her own experience of the transformative power of sport, she is interested in helping others reap the same benefits and access the same joy.
Carmen is a commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience, most of which have been spent drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial transactions in-house at a large corporation. She is a skilled negotiator and equally adept at risk analysis, problem solving and determining strategic direction. Her experience also includes Indigenous law with a focus on the negotiation of land access agreements. Currently, Carmen continues to practice law on a part-time basis and also works as a communications consultant in connection with a project whose objective is to bring high-speed internet to remote First Nation communities throughout British Columbia.
Also: Peter Blitz and Cristiana Spooner
Executive Director: Chelsey Walker