Chris has been a member of Sportability since 1986. He competed in swimming, athletics, and cycling as a youngster. More recently, he has played for the Canadian National Seven-A-Side Soccer Team since 2004 and competed at several international events. Chris joined the Board of Directors as Secretary in 2009, and became President in 2011. His personal sporting goal is to reach the Paralympics and, through Sportability, give other athletes the opportunity to try their hand (or foot) at many sports.
Vice President/Risk Management Chair
Craig began with SportAbility in 2007 as an athlete and won Gold in Boccia at the 2007 BC Disability Games in Powell River. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors and is currently serving as Vice President. He continues to be involved in Boccia and in 2009, became the BC Assistant Provincial Coach working closely with Herb Torrance. Craig is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC and participates on various committees, boards and councils in the community. He has provided input on accessibility issues with various levels of government and within the labour/union movement. At the end of the day, Craig is motivated to see others with disabilities and himself to fully live, work and play within our own communities and for us all to achieve our highest potential.
Carol has been a part of SportAbility since 2005, and has been a member of our Board since October 2008. She became involved with us when her child began participating in our Power Soccer program. Carol is a Certified General Accountant and is also on the Board for Greater Vancouver Electric Wheelchair Sports Society. She joined our Board in hopes of facilitating better communications between the two organizations. She enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and gardening in her spare time. She loves her garden so much that one day she hopes to retire early and spend all her time there.
Vacant- Please contact SportAbility at 604.599.5240 if interested in applying
Director at Large
Debbie’s entire family has been involved with SportAbility for the last nineteen years. Her daughter, Alison, participated in the ‘Games for the Physically Disabled’ in Kelowna and went on to become a Boccia athlete. Because of this, Debbie and her husband became Boccia referees, and Debbie joined the Board of Directors. With a degree in Home Economics, and a Teaching Certificate from the University of British Columbia, Debbie has been a great asset to our projects when ‘thriftiness’ is needed. In her spare time Debbie loves to volunteer with other organizations as well as partake in creative adventures like designing, sewing, making clay characters, reading and shopping. Debbie’s goal is to continue and further her collection of travel guides from trips she’s been on, noting that travelling is a satisfying highlight to retirement.
Director at Large
Todd has been a part of SportAbility since he joined the Soccer program in 2005. He has been a member of our Board for one year. He joined to give the Board an athlete’s perspective and to give something back to a program that gave him so much. Todd uses his spare time travelling to training sessions so he can qualify to be a Paralympic athlete. His travels are taking him on a tour of the Seven Wonders of the World. He still has a few to go, but he hopes to finish these and see the rest of the world.
Director at Large
Ben has been with SportAbility for a decade, greatly getting involved with activities to support his son, Stratton Whitaker. He has been serving as a referee for various Powerchair Soccer matches for 5 years now. He has been a key player in many tournaments, especially at the FIPFA 2011 World Cup in Paris, France; Defi Montreal 2011-2012, and San Jose Powerchair Soccer Tournament in 2012. Ben has been part of the Board of Directors for a year now and will continue to support participants and athletes through SportAbility.
Executive Director - TMoore@sportabilitybc.ca
Terrie has been the Executive Director for a number of years. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder category and is a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal. Currently she is involved in Para-cycling classification and development of the new Power Soccer Classification System.
Sport Development Coordinator - SportDev@sportabilitybc.ca
Jennifer joined SportAbility as the Sport Development Coordinator. Jennifer is a graduate of Lanagra College Recreation Diploma Program and comes to us with the goal of expanding and improving SportAbility’s programs and exposure all across BC. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the sport of soccer and hockey.
Program Coordinator - RossM@sportabilitybc.ca
Ross has been at SportAbility for the last eight years. He came to us as a Douglas College Coaching and General Studies graduate. Ross has already achieved a great deal. He is a two time Canadian Wheelchair Basketball National Team member, and has been on the Canadian National Soccer Team for four years running. On top of all these successes, Ross is still striving for his ultimate goal, to be an athlete at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Best of luck Ross!
Accounting - DCarnaby@sportabilitybc.ca
Debbie has been with SportAbility for the last seven years. She was a Kwantlen Bookkeeping graduate. She was and also still is an employee at BC Wheelchair Sports. In her spare time Debbie enjoys camping and she is a member of the board for her daughter’s Synchronized Ice Skating team for which she also enjoys volunteering. Her aspiration is to get to a point in her life where she can be completely at peace with, and enjoy, the world around her.
Fundraising Coordinator - GGuenther@sportabilitybc.ca
Gary has been an employee of SportAbility for 7 years. He came to SportAbility from Pacific Riding Disabled Association. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and watching the Ultimate Fighting Championships. His lifelong goal is to enjoy life to its fullest every day.
Regional Boccia Coach - Boccia@sportabilitybc.ca
Shannon has been developing the sport Boccia for over the last four years, and has been the Regional Boccia coach for the past two year. Shannon not only has experience in the sport Boccia but also as a sport assistant to 3 time Paralympic athlete Allison Kabush. Shannon is currently working and training towards becoming a fully certified coach, as well as developing high performance athletes, as well as recruiting new athletes with in the sport Boccia.