BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-2022
The Kimberley Nordic Club Board of Directors is a fun, empowering, and fulfilling team that is collectively responsible for:
Furthering the work of KNC’s mission, vision and values;
Providing oversight of club activities to support members, staff, programs and facilities;
Managing the work of the General Manager;
Developing policies to support our members and the organization;
Identifying and managing risks to the KNC; and
Helping to ensure the success of KNC into the future.
Craig DeMars - President
I am a passionate Nordic skier. During the season, I am usually up at the Nordic Centre 6-7 days per week skiing our wonderful trails, and when warm temperatures finally take his snow way, I frequent Rails-to-Trails on roller skis. I assist with the Jr. Racers program at KNC, of which my daughter is a member. I have been part of the KNC Executive for two years and during the past year served as vice-president. When I am not skiing, I work as a research ecologist, primarily working on issues related to the conservation and management of woodland caribou.
Kelly Comishin - Vice President
I love to ski! I am born and raised in Kimberley, so I had the good fortune of sliding around on skis since I was very little. I have spent countless days downhill, nordic and backcountry skiing both locally and abroad. I have been coaching Jackrabbits at KNC on and off for over a decade. I have been one of the coordinators of the Jackrabbit program, as well as on the KNC Executive. Getting people feeling great about themselves while having fun outside is what it's all about for me.
Lori Craig - Secretary
Once I got past the smell of my Dad ironing pine tar onto my first pair of cross country skis, I fell in love. In love with the bright whiteness and the community of winter that it brings. As an Instructor and Secretary for the Kimberley Nordic Ski Club I am offered the opportunity to pay back for all the tips I’ve received along the way. Both are roles that I embrace with joy and enthusiasm.
Jeannie MacDonald - Treasurer
I’ve been part of the Kimberley Nordic Club since I moved here with my family in 1996. I’ve coached Jackrabbits, worked on the Kootenay Cup, taught adults, and have been on the Board of Directors for 10 years. The Kimberley Nordic Club makes it so easy to make skiing a big part of my winter. For me, nordic skiing is the best way to keep fit and have fun, plus I enjoy the sociable aspect of skiing.
I have been part of Nordic skiing since our kids where young when we first moved to Fernie over 15 years ago. We have been involved with the Kimberley biathlon program for 4 years when our boys first got involved with biathlon through cadets. Shooting and skiing – what could be better! When I am not thinking about all things biathlon, I am self-employed as a structural engineer designing and detailing “exciting things” with concrete………….……which my family assures me is not very exciting.
I was born and raised in South Africa and studied and practised law there before moving to Canada in 2011. I’m married, have two young boys, and work as a lawyer. Our family moved to Kimberley 4 years ago and we have a passion for everything active and outdoors. I’ve served on boards for several charitable and sports organizations including, most recently, the Kimberley Alpine Team. I have a strong work ethic; I work well in a team and problem solve for a living. It would be an honour to serve the club and community as a board member.
I am interested in joining the KNC Board of directors to contribute to a centre and programs that brings so much value to our community. Nordic skiing is one of my favourite pastimes and I have been a member of the KNC for the past few years. Each year I appreciate the facilities, trails and positive environment even more. My career includes work in community development roles and initiatives, but also as a front line worker in health care. I welcome the opportunity to utilize my skills in planning and development, communication, problem solving, and working with groups/organizations.
I’m definitely a ‘Silver Skier’! I first joined KNC in the 70’s, and I’ve watched it evolve from a group of enthusiastic skiers with minimal resources to the outstanding facility that we enjoy today. I ski almost every day. I’ve coached Jack Rabbits, participated in Masters, and volunteered at the Kootenay Cup. I’m grateful for all that the Club provides to our community and to me personally. I offer my experience and enthusiasm, and am willing to help in any way I can.
I'm excited to join and contribute to the vibrant and passionate nordic community in Kimberley. With a passion for biathlon and extensive experience with the Vancouver Island board of directors and the Biathlon BC Officials Development Committee, I feel that what I have to bring to the KNC would be a great benefit. Aside from experience on the administrative side of biathlon, I also possess the Intro to Comp Coaching certification and advanced officials certification. I've been an official at local club races, World Cups in Canmore and Kontiolahti, and have been competing since 2011.
I moved to Kimberley in 2008 with my wife Leah. We have two beautiful children who are both a part of the Jackrabbits program. We are an active Family who spend the majority of our time outside having fun and exploring the area. Kimberley has a strong community that is made up of givers, volunteers who dedicate time and passion to make this place special. I am a current KNC Jackrabbits and Freewheelers coach, hold other board positions and volunteer for other nonprofits. I have leadership experience in multiple finance roles and am currently the Manager of Kootenay Savings in Kimberley. I love skiing and I value this organization and what it has created.