I have been involved in the mountain bike industry for over 14 years from both racing and coaching/mentorship aspects. As a racer, I have raced at a World Cup level, for over 8 years, in DH and Enduro Disciplines. As a mentor, I have been involved with mentorship initiatives for programs such as “Ride Like A Girl”, which has focused on providing young female mountain bikers with mentorship to help each athlete achiever their riding/racing goals. Additionally, I have been providing high-quality MTB coaching services for riders of all ages and ability levels since 2010 throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and beyond.
As a former Canadian National Team Gymnast and competitive gymnastics coach, I bring a unique set of skills to my role as a coach and mentor and have infused the principles of healthy child development and skills progression into my MTB coaching programming. For the past four years I have been the head coach for both the boys and girls Whistler Blackcomb DH development programs throughout the summer months and have focused my own business initiatives around providing after school MTB programming for female youth in the Sea to Sky region.
I have extensive experience at program development and implementation and long-term athlete development and am currently the only female PMBI Level 3 certified coach and guide. I believe my skill set as an athlete, coach and mentor would make me an ideal candidate for the Director of Youth Programming. I am passionate about providing youth with a fun, encouraging, yet challenging learning environment and am focused on delivering programming to help youth “throw-down” on any trail… in life and beyond.
As a “privateer” racer, over time, I have had to develop a keen understanding of sponsorship initiatives in order to assist with the costs associated to racing abroad. Over my 10-year racing career I have built many long-lasting relationships with brands, most of whom I still work with today. I believe my experience in this area could also make me a great candidate for the Director of Fundraising role or directory of Community Engagement role.
I have an exceptional reputation as a community leader and strong female role model within the Sea to Sky corridor and beyond.
In addition to my direct mountain bike related experience, I also have extensive professional experience with budgeting, project management, finance & accounting, policy and procedures development, performance management and governance. I hold a BA in international business and am also currently working at completing my Chartered Professional Accounting designation.
My business administration and accounting experience include holding departmental head positions with the Delta Whistler Village Suites and Scandinave Spa Whistler. My accounting related experience includes holding managerial accounting and analysis positions with Whistler Sport Legacies as well has direct accounting firm experience with W.A Janyk & Co. and GSK Accounting LLC. For the past three years I have focused on providing accounting and governance services for local small business under my own consulting business.
I believe I have a uniquely well-rounded skill set that extends beyond mountain biking that would be a great asset to the SORCA board.
In terms of my capacity to commit to a volunteer role, as a sole proprietor, I have a high degree of flexibility. I would be able to guarantee a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per month to my role as a board member, with the potential to increase this commitment for special projects depending on time of year.
I am excited to become part of the SORCA board to help make Squamish biking even better and to help infuse good governance practices and efficient and effective management of resources. Mountain biking is my passion, and Squamish is my community – I would love nothing more than to be able to help contribute to the continued success of SORCA for years to come.