Board of Directors

Meet the Board

PresidentLen Apedaile
Len has been club President for over 15 years and counting. Len also sits on the Cross Country Canada Events Committee where he represents Canada on the FIS Cross Country Rules and Control subcommittee and is 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. In his spare time he is a dad and husband and works as a consulting forester in Black Creek.


Treasurer – Patty Johnson
bio coming soon!


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Membership Director – Mia Sonnenburg

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Director of Athlete Development – Berend Henckel
Berend has been involved with our club for several years. He moved to the Comox Valley from Alberta and lives with his wife Sarah and two children, Annelies and Hugo, in Courtenay. 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 Alberta 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 Rabbit Skill Development Program.


Masters racer Marilyn Atkinson. Photo Brent Reid
Director of Coach Development — Marilyn Atkinson
bio coming soon! 


Director of Skill Development, Rabbits – Marika Galik
bio and photo coming soon!


Director of Recreational Programs and Communications Director – Lynn Swift
Lynn Swift joined the Board of Directors in October 2013. She has been with the club since 2004 when her oldest daughter joined the Bunny Rabbit program. Since that time, she has been a Bunny and Jack Rabbit coach and general volunteer for many events.  As well she is a parent of 3 children, Maya, Alexander, and Naomi, who all started as Bunnies and continued on as racers with the Devo and Junior teams. Lynn and her husband Neil,  were beginner Nordic skiers when they joined the club and have since participated in the Recreational Masters Program and Masters Race program. Lynn is a teacher in the Comox Valley School District.


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Director of Fund Development – Heather Clarke
Heather and her husband, Hardolph Wasteneys first visited Mount Washington in 1991, while Heather was 7 months pregnant with their eldest child, Freya. While Hardolph enjoyed the unique BC terrain (with lots of steep hills), Heather enjoyed the scenery and good company.  That happy memory among others aided the decision to move west from Toronto in 2002 with 3 kids (Freya, James, and Avalon then ages 5, 7 and 11).  Shortly after moving, the whole family got involved with Strathcona Nordics, when all three kids became involved in rabbits, the adventure program and eventually went on to race competitively. With the kids now grown Heather is contributing to the SNSC Fund Development, using her background as an athlete (Olympic rower, varsity-level skier), coach, instructor, parent, and fundraiser to assist the club in meeting its goals.


Director of Club Events and Promotions – John Andres
Bio and photo coming soon! 


Secretary – currently vacant
Vice-President – currently vacant 

If you have a few hours a month to spare and you are interested in one of the vacant positions or in assisting a director, please contact Your time and participation would be greatly appreciated and valued!



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