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2019 / 2020 BCRPA Board of Directors

 Trisha Davison R
PRESIDENT

Trisha Davison
Director of Parks & Recreation / Trail

Read how Trisha got involved with Recreation & Parks

I don’t remember saying to myself “I want to be a recreation professional,” but I do remember a moment when I knew I was in the right field.

During my youth, I worked as a park leader. We were running a park program to engage kids in play. One of the children who came to the park almost every day always came on his own. He helped the staff prepare crafts, setup games, and encouraged other kids to play. At the end of the summer, his parent expressed their thanks for the attention he had received and the sense of belonging he now felt. We didn’t know they were new to the community, and that our program had helped him make the connections and build the confidence he needed to start school in the fall. I recall knowing that I was part of something much more than “fun and games,” and it made me proud.

I’ve had the privilege of working with many amazing people over the years! They’ve taught me the fundamentals of our sector, about being a civil servant, about leadership, and believing in others. My mentors believed in me; they gave me opportunities (some good and some more character building) that I still draw on today.

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PRESIDENT ELECT

Donnie Rosa
General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture / Coquitlam

Read how Donnie got involved with Recreation & Parks

My mom worked at the local rec centre.  After soccer practice I would ride my bike to meet her and watch the rest of the lacrosse games for the night.  It was pure joy being in that energy.  When she had to work Saturday mornings I would tag along and attend hockey drop-in for 4 hours!!!  Being at the local centre was just a normal part of my childhood.

Upon graduating from University my mom advised me not to work for the municipality as there was a glass ceiling for women; she also introduced me to the community development coordinator who offered me a volunteer opportunity. I started to help and then was offered a job.

I thought it was not possible to love what I was doing and make a living. I took the job and found it was my dream job programming for youth and seniors. Every job since has been my dream job and now I find myself making a living at what I just naturally fell into. 

Glass ceiling smashed!!

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DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Ayers
Director, Recreation & Sport Services / Richmond

Read how Elizabeth got involved with Recreation & Parks

Throughout high school and university I was a lifeguard and swim instructor.  While I loved the work, seeing children learn, watching people connect and have fun I didn’t plan to make a career of it.

As I was graduating I was encouraged to apply for a programming job and the rest as they say is history.  I continued to grow, learn and develop my leadership skills and as a result was able to progress through a series of more challenging positions. At one point I also went back to school part time and completed my MBA. I believe this also opened new doors for me. 

I  am so grateful for the many opportunities, mentorship, and learnings along the way. Building healthy, active and connected individuals and communities is a rewarding and dynamic adventure every day!

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DIRECTOR

Steve Kellock
Senior Manager of Recreation Services & Facilities / New Westminster

Read how Steve got involved with Recreation & Parks

I did not take a traditional path into the recreation profession, but rather fell (or dove) into it after lifeguarding my way through my B.Sc. Biology undergrad degree. My recreation pursuits began with casual roles in both aquatics and summers spent as a day camp leader. Although I thoroughly enjoyed these opportunities, at that time they were a means to an end – to achieve my education.

When I completed my undergrad a fulltime opportunity in recreation presented itself. Less than three years into my work experience, I then landed a new role that changed my focus from program delivery to community development, reinforcing my love and desire to be a recreation professional. I found myself with a mentor who challenged and pushed me through a variety of experiences, and the community engagement work solidified my passion!

In hindsight I can now see how my early opportunities in recreation played a much larger part to engage and inspire me than I was able to see at the time, and how my early role models shaped what has become a truly fulfilling career.

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DIRECTOR

Dan Ovington
Manager, Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation / Capital Regional District

Read how Dan got involved with Recreation & Parks

Growing up, I spent most of my time in the water either training with my swim club or with friends at the lake. At that age I had no idea that my love for the water would turn into a part-time job in aquatics, followed by a lifelong career in recreation. The flexibility of my different positions in aquatics supported me to complete a business degree, that at the time, I thought would take me down a different career path. Instead, my education and experience opened new doors in recreation including arena programming, community recreation, special events, and even community parks and trail development. I had no idea there were so many different and possible roles and responsibilities when I first started down this path, but the variety has served to keep my work exciting and new. After 20 years in the community recreation field I am still excited to see what my next adventure will be.

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DIRECTOR

Geoff Paynton
Director of Parks and Recreation Facilities / Abbotsford

Read how Geoff got involved with Recreation & Parks

It was in my second year of UVic working towards a degree in Computer Science when a friend starting talking about the degree he was working on in Leisure Service Administration. I had absolutely no idea one could make a living “recreating” and I was enthralled. I had always been extremely active in sports and coaching, and I loved the outdoors, so I looked into it. I took a few REC courses as electives the next year to try it out and it was OK at best, except for a course I took with Dr. Doug Nichols. His way of teaching, his passion, and his enthusiasm for recreation infected me and I was hooked. After that course, I moved “all in” to the highly lucrative field of recreation full-time and dropped that computer science dream that was obviously not going to pay nearly as well!! 😉

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DIRECTOR

Jordan Petrovics
Manager of Recreation Services / Golden

Read how Jordan got involved with Recreation & Parks

It is safe to say that I have always enjoyed working in positions that help keep people active, smiling and having fun. In the world of local government my story is definitely unique. The professional opportunities that have come my way have all felt like a perfect fit based on the timing in my life. With that, one opportunity has stumbled into another.  

Growing and building my knowledge through 14 years of ski resort marketing, events and media relations, I found it time to seek out something new but surprisingly very similar. When the opportunity to step into the position as Manager of Recreation Services for the Town of Golden I jumped in, tackled the challenge and didn’t look back.

There are so many great things about this field that continuously motivate me to do more. Helping provide a positive impact on the quality of life in my own community is a pretty amazing role to have and it keeps me motivated to do more and help others get involved.

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DIRECTOR

Clayton Postings
Director of Parks & Recreation & Culture / Ladysmith

Read how Clayton got involved with Recreation & Parks

As a youth I spent countless hours at the local community centre playing hockey, tennis and swimming. During this period, I gained a true respect for those individuals who worked and supported the community in recreation and sport. My first job was a skate shop attendant at the age of 14 and I never looked back from there, working as a skating instructor, summer camp leader, even spending time in facility maintenance. 

As my passion for this sector has grown, I challenged myself as a business owner operating a hockey school for a number of years, and even managing ice rinks in the private sector. I have realized my passion was in serving the community and was one of those lucky individuals to know what I wanted to do as a career at such a young age. Even today I go to work and feel I am the luckiest person to continue to do a job I love.

Heather Colour
CPRA LIAISON, Non-voting Advisor

Heather Turner
Director, Recreation & Culture / North Vancouver (District & City)

Read how Heather got involved with Recreation & Parks

My family always valued and supported recreation, physical activity and community involvement, so a natural goal for my career was to ‘not work behind a desk’, be part of teams and add value to community life.  An older brother was finishing a degree in Recreation Administration which fit with my goal so I followed. No regrets….not ever!

 


BCRPA CEO

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Rebecca B Tunnacliffe

Read Rebecca's Bio

With a career leading provincial organizations at the executive level, Rebecca Tunnacliffe is best known for her engaging, inspirational and creative leadership style. Rebecca’s reputation is built upon a long-standing and tenacious commitment to advancing the vision of organizations and the interests of their constituents. Her strategic and tactical approach to administration elicits greatness from individuals and teams alike.

As CEO of the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, her focus has included broadening relationships within provincial government and other sector partners, strengthening and engaging Association members, increasing funding and program opportunities, and creating a high-performance and inspired team culture at the board and staff level.

In her former position as CEO of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, Rebecca raised the profile of the profession and the voice of the professionals. Membership quadrupled in her term, member services deepened and diversified, and members considered her a role-model of leadership. Similarly, in her position as the first Chief Staff Officer with the University Women’s Club, Rebecca established a strategic plan with operational goals that both met and anticipated members’ interests.

Rebecca holds a Master of English degree from Queen’s University, worked in publishing, and as an Associate Producer for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She can often be found cycling, enjoying her yurt, or exploring the parks and trails around her home on Bowen Island.


The CEO's Third Thursday Missives are sent monthly to BCRPA Members by email. They can be found here (Members-only resource).

 


Our Past Presidents

BCRPA Past Presidents & Years Served

We feel it is important to recognize those whose dedication and hard work have helped lay the foundations for our excellence.

  Jennifer Wilson 2017-2019
     
  Heather Turner 2016-2017
     
  Darryl Condon 2015-2016
     
  Ron Higo 2014-2015
     
  Gord Pederson 2013-2014
     
  Murray Kopp 2012-2013
     
  Leslie June 2011-2012
     
  Dean Gibson 2010-2011
     
  Lori MacKay 2009-2010
     
  David Graham 2008-2009
     
  Tom Osborne 2007-2008
     
  Patti Murray 2006-2007
     
  Susan Mundick 2005-2006
     
  Doug Henderson 2004-2005
     
  Kate Sparrow 2003-2004
     
  Ken Kreiger 2002-2003
     
  Betty Johnston 2001-2002
     
  Kate Friars 2000-2001
     
  Barry Reid 1999-2000
     
  Monty Holding 1998-1999
     
  Patti Hunter 1997-1998
     
  Earl Erickson 1996-1997
     
  Anne Titcomb 1995-1996
     
  Brian Storrier 1994-1995
     
  Agnes Szilos 1993-1994
     
  Janna Taylor 1992-1993
     
  Ken Yates 1991-1992
     
  Nancy Chiavario 1990-1991
     
  Ron Austen 1989-1990
     
  Mike Murray 1988-1989
     
  Doug Brimacombe 1987-1988
     
  Kevin Pike 1986-1987
     
  Gary Young 1985-1986
     
  Bob Vaughan 1984-1985
     
  Eric Broom 1983-1984
     
  Mike Brow 1982-1983
     
  Al Argent 1981-1982
     
  Doug Thring 1980-1981
     
  Marguerite Morrison 1978-1980
     
  F. Jack Boutilier 1977-1978
     
  Norma Sealey 1975-1977
     
  Bill Webster 1973-1975
     
  Les Spooner 1972-1973
     
  Bert Linder 1971-1972
     
  Harold Moist 1967-1971
     
  Gordon Squire 1966-1967
     
  Al Thiessen 1965-1966
     
  Don Cunnings 1963-1965
     
  Bruce Saunders 1962-1963
     
  Elmo Wolfe 1960-1962
     
  Ray Gould 1959-1960
     
  Bob Osborne 1958-1959

 


AGM Material

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