Join the Board to Make a Difference!
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.
Board of Directors
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
Jon has been involved with the Adaptive program since 2015. He has volunteered with the Ski and Snowboard program and served on the board for the past several years. Prior to this he was involved with rehabilitation and neurological research at UBC as a biostatistician. Jon has worked with numerous non-profit groups in a variety of positions and is pleased to be a part of Whistler Adaptive.
Directors at Large:
Matt Hallat: After a diagnosis with cancer, and the amputation of his right leg through the knee, Matt and his family discovered skiing on the North Shore mountains of Vancouver in the early 1990’s. As he improved Matt ventured north to Whistler, and his journey in skiing continued, eventually taking him around the world. Matt has been involved with the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team for much of his life, starting in the grassroots programs before spending 13 years as a member of the World Cup Team, including participating in three Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Vancouver, and Sochi). After his athletic retirement in 2015, Matt had the opportunity to take over as High-Performance Director of the Para-Alpine team in 2016.
Through his skiing journey Matt has lived in Whistler, Squamish, and Vancouver’s North Shore. While living in Whistler in preparation for the 2010 Games his awareness of Whistler Adaptive continued to grow. He has taken part in various WAS programs himself, and along with his operational experience working in the sporting world, and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Simon Fraser University, his skill set helps provide leadership, finance, and operational guidance to the Whistler Adaptive Board of Directors.
When not on the ski hill Matt enjoys spending time with his young family, riding his bike around the North Shore in Vancouver, and playing golf. Matt also helps his wife run a small Yacht Detailing business in Vancouver.
James Anderson: James Anderson is a Research and Data Analyst with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association where he analyses the people, places, and businesses that contribute to the region's economy and vibrancy. James has a passion for sport and the outdoors. He previously worked with Freestyle Canada, was a delegate at the International Olympic Academy in Greece, and has been volunteering with the Disabled Sailing Association in Vancouver for over 5 years. James was also the former Commodore (2016-2020) of the Rocky Point Sailing Association, where most recently he worked with a dedicated group of volunteers to navigate the impacts of COVID-19. James joined the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program board in 2020 and is looking forward to contributing to its mission and vision.
Roger Weetman: Roger is an accomplished community development professional with over 30 years of experience in community services, emergency operations, and strategic business management. His education specializes in Business, Environmental, and Sports Management and he has also worked in non-profit, private, and public sectors, currently as the Recreation Director for Whistler Resort. Roger’s passion is turning a shared vision into an operational reality that is sustainable and meaningful. With this long-term passion and expertise, he has become a thought leader in Recreation Management working for key stakeholders in BC and volunteering on various organizational boards, including Whistler Adaptive Sports.
Roger has lived in Whistler since 1994 finishing his degree at UBC starting with a short career in the ski industry and a long career in local government. His present role with the RMOW has him overseeing the Meadow Park Sports Centre, three community centres, the youth centre & LUNA program, skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, and the Lost Lake Nordic Trails.
Executive Director: Chelsey Walker
WASP Governance Files