Member Involvement

Members provide invaluable insight and direction for the Association, participate on numerous committees and advisory boards throughout the year, and play an active role in the production of BCRPA conferences, as well as the planning and delivery of courses, workshops, etc.  The following is a sample of member working groups.

Regional Liaisons

BCRPA Regional Liaisons

Regional Liaisons serve as communication links between BCRPA members and their regional colleagues, as well as a direct link to BCRPA staff in addressing regional priorities concerning training, professional development and regional issues.

The Regional Liaisons participate on the BCRPA Provincial Awards Selection Committee. They also contribute to the development and procurement of information and stories of interest from within their region as well as provincially and nationally. They also collect regional updates in the form of Regional Roundups and Whereabouts from local government members in their regions.

Please submit your regional information to the Regional Liaison in your area by the following date:

Regional Roundups & Whereabouts due to Regional Liaison


Sept 4, 2018



2018/19 BCRPA Regional Liaisons

Vancouver Island/Coast Cariboo
Terri Askham
Stacey Miranda
Mainland/Southwest Northeast
Lori Bowie
Karin Carlson
Direct line: 250-787-8179
Thompson/Okanagan North Coast/Nechako
John Douglas
David Geronazzo
Kootenay Liaison to the Board
Heather Anderson
Abby Fortune


BCRPA Regional Training Needs/Opportunities

To ensure that training needs are being addressed at the regional level, BCRPA members are encouraged to contact their Regional Liaisons to find out how to access BCRPA training opportunities and resources. For a more information about BCRPA professional development opportunities visit the Courses and Conferences webpages.



Organizing Committees/Working Groups

Fitness Advisory Committee (FAC)

Fitness Advisory Committee Members provide recommendations, professional advice, information and support to the BCRPA on matters relating to the development, promotion and advocacy efforts of the BCRPA Fitness Registration Program and the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) national standard in BC.

Fitness Advisory Committee Members include:

  • Debra Wilson (Chair), Rehabilitation and Fitness Coordinator, Strathcona Regional District
  • Barbara Anderson, Recreation Programmer, Health & Fitness
  • Kim Bond, Senior Education Administrator, Hilltop Academy
  • Lela Dawson, BCRPA Trainer of Fitness Leaders (TFL)
  • Ingrid Knight-Cohee, Director, Group Fitness, Steve Nash Sports Club
  • Carol Lepine, Fitness and Wellness Services Coordinator, City of Richmond
  • Dr. Bill Luke, Associate Professor of Human Kinetics, Trinity Western University

BCFit® Planning Committee

Applications have closed for the Planning Committee for BCFit® 18. Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer call-outs for conference day!

Empower YOUth 2018 Planning Committee

The 2018 Empower YOUth! Planning Committee includes:

  • Graham Danziger, City of Port Coquitlam
  • Jon Jonson, Vancouver Parks Board
  • Krista Germyn, City of Richmond
  • Kristine Lewis, City of Burnaby
  • Melanie Clark, District of West Vancouver
  • Ryan Weber, City of New Westminster
  • Janet Rerecich, BCRPA
  • Stephanie Androsoff, BCRPA
  • Vanessa Sabitova, BCRPA

Parks & Grounds Spring Training 2018 Planning Committee

The 41st Annual Parks & Grounds Spring Training Planning Committee includes:

  • Dave Turner, City of North Vancouver
  • Greg McNaughton, City of North Vancouver
  • James Ardem, City of Abbotsford
  • Kevin Scollon, Thompson Rivers University
  • Len Walters, City of Langley
  • Nancy McLean, City of Delta
  • Ralph Nevill, District of North Vancouver
  • Todd Gross, City of Port Coquitlam
  • Janet Rerecich, BCRPA
  • Stephanie Androsoff, BCRPA
  • Vanessa Sabitova, BCRPA

Ripple Effects 2017 Planning Committee

The  program and format of the Provincial Ripple Effects Aquatics Workshop has been developed by planning committee members:

  • Brooke Cherfils, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon
  • Cheryl Sibany, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon
  • Dale Miller, Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon
  • Debbie van't Kruis, City of Terrace
  • Jeannene Crosby, Canadian Red Cross
  • Lauralee March, City of Surrey
  • Leanne Virtue, Township of Langley
  • Michelle Wilcox, District of Squamich
  • Perry Fulop, City of Surrey
  • Sean Healy, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation
  • Janet Rerecich, BCRPA
  • Stephanie Androsoff, BCRPA
  • Vanessa Sabitova, BCRPA

Symposium 2018 Planning Committee

BCRPA's Symposium 2018 planning committee members include:

  • Allyson Friesen
  • Brian Bergvison
  • Cindy Eward
  • Dan Ovington
  • Darren Peterson
  • Debra Wilson
  • Janet Ready
  • Kathleen Reinheimer
  • Laara Clarkson
  • Leah Knutson
  • Marie Lopes
  • Nicole Kittmer
  • Roger Weetman
  • Yue-Ching Cheng

Magazine Committees

Recreation & Parks BC

This publication features articles by guest writers on the latest innovations, trends, and current activities within the recreation and parks sector; as well as news reports from communities throughout the province.

This is the resource to help keep you connected and informed on BC's recreation and parks sector.

The latest issue of Recreation and Parks BC can be found here.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia in the production of this resource.


FitLife BC

Keep your finger on the pulse of the fitness industry in British Columbia by reading FitLifeBC

Each issue features articles that will help to continue development both personally and professionally.

As an added bonus, BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders can earn free renewal credits by reading the designated CEC Article and completing the quiz. Each issue contains an instructional handout on such areas as exercises, warm ups, and stretches.


Do you teach an innovative class using a floating fitness mat, a mini trampoline, drumming sticks or Bollywood music and want to share your best practices with your peers?

We've created an easy to complete new template format to help you translate what you do into words. Your published article can earn you 2 CECs. For more information, or if you have a unique article idea you would like to pitch, contact

The latest issue of FitLifeBC can be found here.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia in the production of this resource.


We also provide a way that members can get involved with each other, through the sharing of information, best practices, and general conversation on the issues and topics that are affecting themselves, their work, and their communities.

Conversation Corner Standalone




 Conversation Corner - a place where recreation and parks professionals across BC share information and resources and engage in conversations about issues, challenges, and successes. Join the conversation!