Board of Directors

 

Byron McCorkell, Chair

Service on Board: Jan 2011-Jan 2015

Hometown: Kamloops

Byron grew up in Saskatoon, SK and currently is employed as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for the City of Kamloops. Byron attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (BSPE) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (BA). Byron played varsity Football with the Huskies from 1983 to 1988 and was selected as part of the "All Canadian All Star Team" in 1988. Byron has worked in sport and recreation since 1989, working as a Sport Coordinator and Recreation Director in Kindersley, SK and Yorkton, SK before coming to BC. Byron has worked with various Provincial and National Tournaments and events as well as Saskatchewan Winter and Summer Games, the 2006 BC Summer Games, and most recently the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games Host Societies. Byron and his wife Cindy have three daughters very active in Highland Dance and a variety of sports.
 

Susan Archibald

Service on Board: Mar 2011-Jan 2016

Hometown: North Vancouver

With close to 30 years experience in marketing and communications, strategic planning, event management and sponsorship, Susan has held marketing positions with the Vancouver Whitecaps, the UBC Athletic Department, the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour, Canada’s Challenge for the America’s Cup, the BC Dairy Foundation, the Mark Anthony Group, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, and 2010 Legacies Now. Susan is currently President of Suda Solutions Ltd., an independent marketing and communications firm. Her community involvement includes past Board positions for the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the Richmond Olympic Oval and Chair of Bogor Expatriate School. Susan and her husband Dave sponsor two foster children in Indonesia through Plan International and have a daughter of their own named Lauren. Susan holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from UBC and a Master of Arts in Sport Management and Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She is also a former competitive diver and coach.
 

Sue Bock

Service on Board: Jan 2010-Jan 2016

Hometown: Trail

Sue, President of Bock and Associates, is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Associate Faculty member of Royal Roads University. She is a business consultant and trainer and a licensed facilitator, offering organizations and leaders over 25 years of well-rounded experience in HR strategies and leadership development. An active member of her community, Sue has held a number of key roles in a volunteer capacity highlighting her current role as Second-Vice Chair of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as many roles within the BC Winter and BC Summer Games. Sue lives in Trail, BC with her husband, where together they have raised three sons and are enjoying being empty-nesters, grandparents, and travelers.
 

Kjeld Brodsgaard

Service on Board: Jan 2012-Jan 2015

Hometown: Victoria

Kjeld has lived in Victoria since 1965 and is retired from teaching. Sports have always been a large part of his life and he has been involved as a coach, competitor, administrator, organizer, and official. Kjeld was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 1993 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships, Sport Chair of Wrestling for the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Director of the Victoria organizing committee responsible for transportation, security (U19 only), accommodations, training venues, and liaisons for the U19 Women’s and the U20 FIFA World Cup of Soccer. Kjeld was the President of the Vancouver Island Soccer League for 6 years is currently the Vice President Senior of the BC Soccer Association. In addition Kjeld has officiated at a number of Northern BC Winter Games and BC Summer Games along with 19 World Championships and two Olympic Games in the sport of wrestling and numerous other events throughout BC, Canada and the World. Kjeld continues to lace up the soccer boots, plays tennis and enjoys hiking the beautiful trails and parks in BC with his wife Kathy.
 

Dave Calder

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2015

Hometown: Victoria

 Dave represented his community, province and country with honour and pride throughout his 22 year rowing career.  He has raced on 3 continents, in 14 countries, and at over 40 international competitions.  In addition to his Olympic Silver Medal from Beijing in 2008, Dave has also won 9 National Championship titles, 9 World Cup medals, and 3 World Championship titles.  
 
Dave has managed to find success both inside and out of sport.  He have an amazing family, and, unlike many Canadian Olympians, has been able to start (and stop, and start again, and stop again) a career in the real world.  For 8 years he worked in the BC Public Service in the energy sector but, gradually realized his passion will always be sport.  Now retired from competition, Dave has taken on the new challenge of running a rowing centre in Victoria.
 
“Over my 35 years on this planet, it has been through the positive exposure to role models and mentors that has given me the foundation to find success.  Many people have filled the role over the course of my life: my Granddad, my grade three teacher, Olympic gold-medalist Darren Barber and my wife are but a few.  They have inspired me and they have held me up when I couldn’t take another step: I exist today because of all of the influences on my life these people have had.  Each one teaching me that anything is possible – anything – with a positive attitude, hard work, and support.”
 

Jamie Choi

Service on Board: Jan 2010-Jan 2016

Hometown: Vancouver

Jamie is a Certified General Accountant with the Art Institute of Vancouver. Prior to joining the Art Institute, Jamie established and managed the office of Snap-On Tools in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea and completed the Certified Public Accountant program.
 

Moira Gookstetter

Service on Board: Jan 2011-Jan 2016

Hometown: Richmond

Moira grew up in Vancouver and has been involved with sport all her life. As a BC Games alumni from the 1982 Games in Vernon in Track and Field, Moira went on to compete in shot put at the national level, representing Canada on two occasions. Moira obtained a bachelor of arts degree in geography and political science from the University of Victoria and also holds a designation as a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE). Currently, Moira is the Vice President of viaSport and has worked as a sport administrator for over 18 years at all levels of the BC sport system. Moira has been married to her husband Roger for 12 years and has a 9 year old son, Riley.
 

Chris Graham

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2015

Hometown: Victoria

Chris began his career in the public recreation field through a number of co-op work placements. Upon graduating from UVic, he was hired by the Commonwealth Games Society as a Sport Coordinator which began his career in sport. Following the Games, Chris became a Sport Consultant with the Provincial Government where he has held a number of positions including Manager, Regional Delivery Program (coach employment program), Manager, Aboriginal Programs and Manager, Team BC (Canada Games and Western Canada Summer Games).  Chris has extensive experience in Games with Team BC and working with Host Societies to stage Games.  He is presently leading a 2015 Canada Games Secretariat for the Province of BC managing Government’s investment, coordinating cross Ministry support and working with the Prince George Host Society to stage a first class Games.
 

Wade Loukes

Service on Board: Mar 2010-Dec 2016

Hometown: Prince George

Wade grew up in Victoria, but has lived in Northern BC since 1994. Currently, he is employed in the community arenas division for the City of Prince George and has worked in municipal recreation since his move north. Wade holds a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology from UVIC and while at UVIC, he played varsity basketball from 1984 to 1989. Following a stint of professional basketball in Australia, he began coaching basketball at the junior high and high school levels. Wade has volunteered with the Northern BC Winter Games Society since 1994, serving in various capacities, but currently is the society's President. Along and his wife Krista, have two girls (Hannah and Rachel) and as a result Wade spends much of his free time in their arts and sport programs.
 

Donna Mihalcheon

Service on Board: Jan 2013-Dec 2014

Hometown: Vernon

Donna is a Vice-President of BDO Vernon and is responsible for the delivery of financial recovery services in offices throughout southern British Columbia. Donna has over 30 years of experience assisting individuals and businesses in various advisory capacities including restructuring, income tax, accounting, estate planning and audit. Donna has been actively involved in the community over the past number of years. She was honored with the Vernon’s Woman of the Year award in 1993. Her most recent role was Director of Administration for the Greater Vernon BC Winter Games. Donna has also served as Chairman of the Vernon Winter Carnival, President of the Vernon Women’s Transition House Society, Vice Chairman of the Transition House fundraising campaign, VP Administration for BC Ringette Society and related roles on the Thompson Okanagan Ringette League as well as the Vernon Ringette Society. Donna has also had extensive coaching experience in both soccer and ringette at both the recreation and elite levels and most recently was head coach for Team BC ringette at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. Donna keeps very active and enjoys kayaking, backpacking, downhill skiing, and boot camp. Donna notes her greatest athletic achievement as summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Donna is married and has two grown children.
 

Simon Whitfield

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2015

Hometown: Victoria

Simon Whitfield has relentlessly pursued excellence for as long as he or anyone around him can remember.  He surprised the world with a come-from-behind victory in triathlon’s inaugural Olympics at the Sydney Summer Games.  At 25, standing on the top step of the podium while the Canadian National Anthem played, he had achieved what he’d set out to do.  Whitfield’s relentless pursuit, however, was not something that could be satisfied by a single race victory, no matter how significant.  So Simon continued to pursue his sport with a passion and professionalism second to none.  The rewards followed the hard work: 12 national championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, a silver medal at the  2008 Beijing Olympic Games in a race where he was counted out by everyone but himself.

In October 2013, Whitfield officially became partner and Director of Sports Entertainment at The Fantan Group, a Victoria-based process facilitation, event and management consulting firm.  Beyond his ongoing work with Fantan, Simon’s portfolio of business ventures ranges from mobile bike mechanic Velofix, to Champion Systems quality custom clothing, to online training system Triton Triathlon.  He is also part of the team at the Endurance Games, CIBC’s Team Next and Gold Medal Plates.  And keeping true to his commitment to youth and sport, he does national charity work with KidSport, Power2Be and Goodlife Fitness Kids Foundation.

 

Rochelle Winterton

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2015

Hometown: Vancouver

During the past 32 years, most of Rochelle's work experience has been in the non-profit sector (arts, health and sport).  The balance her career has been in professional sport, promotions and media/public relations.  For the past 20 years, she has been working with the BC Lacrosse Association, 14 of those years as the Executive Director, and has had the opportunity to serve with various boards and committees during her tenure.  In 2007, she graduated with a Masters in Leadership and Training, dedicating her research project to community lacrosse volunteer leadership support, training and education.
 

Sarah Zimmerman

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2015

Hometown: Terrace
Sarah Zimmerman has spent her career working as a journalist turned public relations practitioner, currently working as the Director of Communications & Public Relations at Northwest Community College. She has had a lifelong love of all things outdoors from camping and kayaking in the summer to hitting the slopes on her snowboard in the winter. She was the founder and president of the multi-sport adventure sport series, the Terrace Standard Adventure Challenge (2002-2008) and served as the Promotions Director for the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games (2009-2010). Sarah is a passionate volunteer and has given her time, talents and resources to countless groups in the community from organizations that promote healthy living and sport, to economic development and the arts.

 

Immediate past Chair

  • Cathy Priestner Allinger, Vancouver

Honourary Board Members