Board of Directors 2023-2024
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.
If you are interested in joining the KNC Board of Directors, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.
Meet our Directors below!
I am excited to extend my role as president for a second year. I have learned so much about grooming, programs, our community partners and all of you over this past year! We took next steps in developing the KNC Strategic Plan this year which will help guide us into the future. I continue to enjoy Instructing with the Adult Program and have had the opportunity to take part in the Track Attack program this fall. It has been amazing to witness the skill of our youth as they put on a pair of roller skis and head up and down hills while I anxiously shuffle behind! The energy of our coaches, instructors, staff and Board members never ceases to amaze me. The passion for Nordic skiing along with everyone's broad smiles along the trails always inspires me to offer what I can to the lineage of incredible people that have made KNC a very special place to be.
I purchased my first pair of classic skis when I moved to Kimberley in 2005 and became a member of the KNC. In the intervening years I added a pair of skate skis and took advantage of the Masters program to learn how to skate and improve my classic technique. I would like to give back to a wonderful organization that has given so much to myself and the community. My prior community involvement includes a treasurer position at the U of A ski club and Kimberley Search and Rescue winter team leader.
Julie St. Jean
We moved to Kimberley because we love winter and have been KNC members since 2005. I am a recreational skier with children that have been pulled by chariots, dressed up in costumes, started as Bunnies, shoot at targets on the Biathlon range, and compete at a National level representing KNC. As parents we have volunteered as coaches, coordinated fundraising events, volunteered at many Kootenay Cups and Westerns, are board members and I am currently the Nordic Racer program treasurer.
As a local business owner I have a good understanding of financial responsibilities. I am passionate about being involved in my community and supportive of sustainable change. As a lifelong learner I am committed to understanding challenges, being objective when making decisions and working hard.
I’m excited to continue on with the KNC board for a second year and be a part of the new program development committee.
Over the past year I’ve learned so much about the rich history and deeply dedicated volunteers that make this club so amazing and I look forward to continuing to serve this community.
The Kimberley Nordic Centre is a special place for me and my family and I want to see KNC and it’s programs and community events.
I appreciate the behind the scenes work involved in making communities into thriving hubs, working together for a common goal and enriching our day to day lives. Volunteering is my way of being connected and giving back to the organizations I love.
In high school I was a member of the cross country running and ski teams which introduced me to value the outdoors through a new lens and to enjoy the beautiful forests surrounding my hometown in Northern Ontario. It gave me a huge appreciation for both nordic skiing and the outdoors. I do not consider myself an athlete but more a lover of the elements and changing of seasons. I enjoy being a recreational skier as a moving meditation and also greatly appreciate the efforts & dedication of the groomed trails and also camaraderie the sport also brings to the community.
I have been an active member of KNC since moving to Kimberley in 1998. I love the Nordic Centre and spend a great deal of time there, skiing, berry picking, walking with my grandchildren, etc. I want the KNC to be there for my grandchildren to enjoy. My family are all recreational skiers and enjoy the social side of Nordic skiing. I believe the club needs to find a balance between racing and recreational usage and believe that if I want to help achieve that I should involve myself in service. As a retired teacher, I have good group skills, am hard working and have solid organizational skills.
I grew up in Kimberley and spend almost every weekend at the ski hill or on the Nordic trails. After moving around BC and Alberta, I settled back in Kimberley in 2017. I am Metis and a Citizen of the Metis Nation BC and I am grateful to live as an uninvited guest in Ktunaxa territory. I work in Indigenous Health and spend a lot of time traveling around the Interior of BC, but nothing compares to the adventures we can have in our backyard. I have a passion for trails, both in the summer and winter and look forward to each season for the multitude of activities!
We moved to Kimberley in 2014. The KNC has been an important place for my daughter and I over the years. My daughter completed the Jackrabbit program from Bunny to Level 3 and every year I saw her smile grow larger. She’s now in her second year of Track Attack. I have held a membership many times over the years. I am looking to be more involved to help the club. I love the KNC community and know my skills in logistics, communication, problem solving and my passion for the success of the club and its programs could be an asset. I believe in continuing to grow the club’s competitive side while still keeping the fun, recreational side healthy and inviting.
I have a long history of involvement with community nordic centres – as a coach, parent of kids engaged in nordic programs and teams, as a volunteer, as a nordic skier, and also as a provincial recreation land manager. We have lived in Kimberley for almost 10 years, having been involved with the KNC in some capacity all that time.
I am passionate about community-level outdoor recreation amenities – ensuring they are safe, sustainable and accessible, and that those amenities grow and improve with the needs and wants in a community. KNC has been constantly upgrading and improving the facilities and trails here, matching that need and attracting more and more users – I am interested in contributing to this evolution of the nordic recreation amenity in Kimberley.
I am a French Immersion teacher, mother, and avid Nordic skier. I moved to Kimberley in 2020 and joined the masters training group. Because I enjoy the various programs and events run by KNC, I am interested in being more involved with the club. I was a board member with the Fernie Nordic Society for several years as the club grew and developed its SDP between 2010-2014. I have coached Jack Rabbits and Track Attack programs. I have organized and volunteered for various club events from fundraising, community building and youth training camps to competitive events. I don’t have aspirations to shake things up, my approach is to support the goals of the Kimberley Nordic Club because it really has a great thing happening already. I love skiing and helping people have fun on the trails. I also believe the Kimberley Nordic Club offers excellent opportunities for our community to meet others, develop skills, and appreciate nature.
I have enjoyed recreational skiing at the Kimberley Nordic Centre for many years and have always appreciated how well the KNC is operated and have appreciated all the improvements that have been put in place over those years. I have volunteered for a couple of years as an after-hours attendant and seller of evening tickets during which time I got to know, and appreciate, some of the staff and other volunteers. Having enjoyed the club for all those years I would like to give some service in return, hence my application to join the board.
I am a retired professional engineer and throughout my career I was involved with the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure and facilities. This work included project management, seeking grants, development of policies and financial mechanisms for serving public needs etc.
I moved to Kimberley in summer 2022 and haven't looked back since! The KNC is such a huge part of the community, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team that is working to make the club a world class cross country ski destination. I have the privilege of working with a dedicated group that shares my passion for outdoor recreation. I love to ski and bike the Nordic trails, snowboard, golf, and hike - so Kimberley is truly a "Good Place to Be".
I have had the great pleasure of being the Head Coach of KNC for a year now. I grew up in Snillfjord, Norway, and have since I can remember had a passion for skiing and for the outdoors. I did my undergrad in Sports Science in Lillehammer while I was skiing competitively, then got the opportunity to ski for Northern Michigan University Ski Team and do my Master's in Exercise Science there. After I graduated I wanted to pursue a coaching career and pass on my passion for skiing to others. I lived and worked in Montana before I accepted the Head Coach position at KNC and borrowed my friend's car and drove up here, never having been to Canada before. I love exploring new places and going on adventures, and BC is just a giant playground. I have been able to explore the mountains around here quite a bit, and I am excited for more. I have had the most amazing welcome to the ski community in Kimberley, in BC and in Canada. I am lucky to be working closely with the programs in KNC and collaborate with our wonderful volunteers.