Meet the Board 2013-14
President – Len Apedaile
Len has been club President for past 14 years. Len also sits on the CCBC Board of Directors as Coast Zone Chair and on the Cross Country Canada Events Committee where he also represents Canada on the FIS Cross Country Rules and Control subcommittee. Len is also vice chair of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Nordic Skiing Sport Technical Committee. Len is a level 5 cross country official and a licensed FIS and IPC Technical Delegate and currently does event officiating assignments at National and International level FIS and IPC events. Len has been the chief of race for three IPC World Cups and the Paralympic Winter Games and was the Cross Country Sport Manager for the the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Len will be the vice-chair at the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals at Whistler Olympic Park next March. In his spare time he is a Dad and husband, and he works as a consulting forester in Black Creek.
Vice President – Alison Stocks
Alison is relatively new to nordic skiing and joined the club when she moved to the Comox Valley with her family in 2006. She is currently a Level 1 Official and working towards T2T coaching certification. Alison, her husband, and three children are all in Strathcona Nordics racing programs. For the past two years, Alison has also been coordinating our club races. When she is not busy with club activities, Alison works as a physician and enjoys other outdoor pursuits such as sailing, mountain biking, and kayaking.
Treasurer – Scott Prager
Scott Prager joined the Board of Directors in October 2012. He joined the club four years ago with his family. Scott’s son started as a Bunny and is now a Devo, and his daughter is in level 3 Rabbits already. Scott and his wife participate in the Recreational Masters programs and various other club activities. Scott is a web applications programmer with an accounting background.
Secretary – Patty Johnson
bio coming soon!
Membership Director – Richard Barry
Richard is married to Valentina Barry and is the father of two boys in our racing program—and he also has a daughter aspiring to be in the bunny program soon. Richard is relatively new to nordic skiing, but has been skiing for over forty years, including 27 years of back country skiing experience. Richard works as a Geographical Information Systems Analyst and as an Avalanche Technician.
Director of Communications – Barb Kelly
Barb joined the SNSC 12 years ago when her kids were wee Bunnies and Rabbits. Two of her children are currently on the Junior Racing team. In the meantime, Barb has been enjoying skiing and club activities on the mountain every weekend in the winter (not counting that one snowless winter). Four years ago, she joined the Board of Directors. Barb is a technical writer in the technology, government, and post-secondary industries.
Chair Skill Development, Director – Alix Wilson
Alix Wilson says she only skied a couple of times growing up, but when she took a discover cross-country class at Mount Washington in 2009 she was hooked—and then she got her family hooked on cross-country too! Alix is in her third season as Head Hare of the Rabbit programs.
Chair Athlete Development, Director – Berend Henckel
Berend has been involved with our club for the past four years, when he moved to the Comox Valley from Alberta. He lives with his wife Sarah and two children, Annelies and Hugo, in Courtenay. Currently, Berend is a coach for the Devo program. In his spare time he works full-time at the Campbell River Hospital as a physiotherapist. Berend discovered cross-country skiing when he moved from Holland to Albert in 1985. His athletic background includes gymnastics (national level), tennis (provincial level), triathlon (multiple Ironman races), and speed skating. Berend is passionate about cross-country skiing, as it is the perfect sport that will keep you fit for life. Berend hopes to contribute to our club for many more years to come and his ambition is to strengthen the competitive aspect of our club, while realizing that this has to come from a solid base, in the form of our Jackrabbit program.
Chair Coach Development, Director – Doug Herchmer
Chair Recreational Skier Development, Director – Lynn Swift