Board of Directors

Jamey Paterson, Chair

Service on Board: Jan 2017-Jan 2019

Hometown: Langley

In 1979 Jamey Paterson started his own Sales Agency, Paterson Products Ltd. This now extends across Western Canada. They sell Building Supplies, Plumbing, Electrical, Industrial and Safety Supplies markets.  In 2000 Mr. Paterson was the assistant to the Chairman for the BC Games with a Disability; 2005 he chaired the Communities in Bloom Committee; 2012 he Chaired the 50th Anniversary of the Langley Walk Committee; 2010 he was the Vice Chair of the 2010 BC Summer Games, and in 2013 he was Vice Chair for the 2013 BC Special Olympics.  Active in his community Mr. Paterson has served on the Building Supply Industry Association for 10 years. He also served on the Sharon Village Seniors Housing Society for 6 years, and was Vice Chair of the BC Challenge Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centre's for Men and Women for 8 years.

Karen Barnstable

Service on Board: Jan 2017-Jan 2019

Hometown: Kelowna

Karen Barnstable holds a Bachelor of Education with a Major in French and a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning. She has had the opportunity of teaching every grade from kindergarten to grade 12 and adults of all ages. She has published two teaching guides and contributed to two books on innovations in education.  She initiated and helped create the Healthy Living program for BC youth that has grown to be an internationally used resource.  Karen is currently working as a sessional Instructor with Okanagan College and an Educational Leader for BC Cancer Agency with the provincial prevention team. In her current role at the Centre for the Southern Interior, Karen coordinates the community service learning projects of third year Nursing, Health Psychology, and Media students from UBC Okanagan.

Chris Graham

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2019

Hometown: Victoria

Chris Graham 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, Mr. Graham 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). He has extensive experience in Games with Team BC and working with Host Societies including leading the 2015 Canada Winter 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 the Games.  Mr. Graham is currently managing the Federal-Provincial-Territorial, Aboriginal, and high-performance sport files at the Sport Branch.

Candy Hodson

Service on Board: Jan 2017-Jan 2019

Hometown: White Rock

Candy Hodson recently retired from the role of Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, after a thirty-year career with Black Press Media, the largest independently owned newspaper company in Canada. During her tenure Ms. Hodson also held roles as Publisher, Group Training Manager and Regional Sales Director. Media titles under her direction were among the largest in British Columbia - The Surrey/North Delta Leader and the Burnaby & New Westminster NewsLeader - both of which were honoured as "Best in Canada". She also launched websites and magazines including a highly successful Chinese-language lifestyle product and planned scores of industry seminars, conferences, and client events. Ms. Hodson's work and community service has been diverse, gaining insight into both small business and national retail, post-secondary institutions, the home-building industry, and professional sports.

Breeanne Hollett

Service on Board: since Jan 2018

Hometown: Elkford

Breeanne Hollett has spent the majority of her life in the outdoors of the East and West Kootenays which lends itself well to her families’ lifestyle. Ms. Hollett completed a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in human resources and marketing, is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR) and a certified Everything DiSC Workplace facilitator. Having worked predominantly in the mining industry, in a variety of HR generalist roles, she’s proficient in a broad range of HR activities. Throughout her career she’s found her passion in leadership development and is currently building a leadership culture at one of Teck Resources’ coal mines. In the various towns she’s lived in, she’s looked for opportunities to be involved in various volunteer activities such as the Advisory Council with the BC HR association, the BC Special Olympics Board of Directors as well as developing Trail Ambassador Programme candidates.

Jim Martin

Service on Board: Jan 2017-Jan 2019

Hometown: Prince George

Jim Martin is the Chief Administrator Officer for the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George where he oversees the activities of the senior management team and the day-to-day operations of a $36 million dollar local government operation. Previously Mr. Martin held a series of progressive roles at the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George as the general manager of environmental services, the manager of operations and an environmental services coordinator. In the past, Mr. Martin was an environmental effects research officer for the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, a primary products inspector for Agriculture Canada and a field biologist for Aim Ecological Consultants Ltd. Active in his community, Mr. Martin is the Vice Chair of the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society, a founding director and chair for the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition Society, a director for the Northern Sports Centre and a Director of the Prince George Community Foundation Investment Committee. Previously, he was the President of the Prince George Ski Club, a Board Director for the Prince George Community Foundation and the United Way of Northern BC Prince George Cabinet Campaign Member. He holds his Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in local government services delivery.

Donna Mihalcheon

Service on Board: Jan 2013-Dec 2018

Hometown: Vernon

Donna Mihalcheon is a Senior Vice-President for BDO Vernon and is responsible for the delivery of financial recovery services in offices throughout British Columbia.  Previously, Ms. Mihalcheon was with KPMG.  Active in her community, she was Vice-President of the Greater Vernon 2012 BC Winter Games Society and is a past Chairman and Treasurer of the Vernon's Winter Carnival Society and the Vernon Women's Transition House Society.  She 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 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.  Ms. Mihalcheon holds her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Insolvency Restructuring Professional, and a Licensed Insolvency Trustee.

Tyler Mosher

Service on Board: Jan 2017-Jan 2019

Hometown: Whistler

Tyler Mosher is a two-time Paralympian (2010 Nordic/2014 Snowboard) and 2009 world champion snowboarder. Tyler is currently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Paralympic Committee and was previously on the Board as Chair of the Athlete Commission (2013-2017) and External Relations Committee. He is also is a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.  Outside of sport, Tyler has 20 years experience as CEO and founder of a complex land design and development business in the year-round resort of Whistler, British Columbia. He also holds a professionally recognized undergraduate degree in Environmental Planning, and an Executive MBA (2019) from Smith School of Business at Queens University. Tyler was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. 


Henry Pejril

Service on Board: Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Hometown: Kamloops

Henry Pejril is the owner of Inland Technical Services Ltd, a mechanical and electrical systems firm based in Kamloops and Kelowna. Mr. Pejril is the recipient of numerous community awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the BC Community Sport Hero Award (2014), the BC Community Achievement Award (2016) and he was named the Kamloops Sports Person of the Year in 2011. Active in his community, he was the President of the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club and organized the National Mountain Bike Championships, the National Road Bike Championships, the National Cyclocross Championships, as well as the World Masters Mountain Bike Championships. He was a director for the Cycling BC board, the President of the 2006 BC Summer Games, the President of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, the current President of the Kamloops Sports Council and the present Chair of the Kamloops Performance Legacy Games.

Pamela Rai

Service on Board: since Jan 2018

Hometown: Nanaimo

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Laura Watson

Service on Board: Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Hometown: Port Moody

Laura Watson is a High Performance Coaching Advisor with Own the Podium.  Previously, she was a Senior Coaching Consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). As a remote employee working from her home office in Port Moody, BC she travels across Canada working with Olympic and Paralympic coaches. In addition, Mrs. Watson is a Master Coach Developer for the National Coaching Certification Program. Working on contract for ViaSport British Columbia, she facilitates coach and learning facilitator training and is on the provincial Coach Developer team. She is currently completing her Master's Degree in the High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership graduate program at  the University of British Columbia.
Michelle Webster

Service on Board: Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Hometown: Kelowna

Michelle Webster is currently the Interior Region Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator for the Aboriginal, Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.  Active in her community, she is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Pulling Together Canoe Society as well as the Technical Director for Kelowna Minor Fastball. She holds her Masters Degree in Business Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Health Physical Education and Recreation from the Kansas Wesleyan University.

Simon Whitfield

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2018

Hometown: Victoria

Simon Whitfield is a father, adventurer, guide, businessman, mentor and retired professional athlete. Simon 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 2000 Olympic Summer Games.  At 25, standing on the top step of the podium while the Canadian National Anthem played, Mr. Whitfield had achieved what he’d set out to do.  His relentless pursuit, however, was not something that could be satisfied by a single race victory, no matter how significant.  So he 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  Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games in a race where he was counted out by everyone but himself.  Simon has had much recognition over the course of his career. Two of his greatest highlights include representing Canada as the flag bearer during the 2012 Olympic opening ceremonies in London, and being inducted into the Canadian Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, Simon was a Toronto Pan Am Games Ambassador and ceremonial flag bearer in the Opening Ceremonies. Additionally, he was inducted into the International Triathlon Union Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.  Now retired from professional athletics, Simon has co-founded an investment and consulting business, Relentless Pursuit Partners.  Building on a life committed to sport, “Relentless” is dedicated to active, healthy living – working with entrepreneurs that promote optimum health and an active lifestyle. An avid adventurer, Simon can often be found exploring new ocean routes on his paddle board and collaborating with local activity based businesses. Simon takes his roles as triathlon’s ambassador to Canada and as Canada’s ambassador to the world very seriously. He supports numerous charities and loves few things as much as mentoring youth to find their passion.

Sarah Zimmerman

Service on Board: Jan 2014-Jan 2018

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.  Ms. Zimmerman 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); served as the Director of Promotions for the Terrace 2010 BC Winter Games (2009-2010) and currently sits on the board of directors of My Mountain Co-op (Shames Mountain) - Canada's first co-operatively run ski hill.  An Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional, she is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and is a director on its Northern Lights board . Ms. Zimmerman 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

  • Byron McCorkell, Kamloops

Honourary Board Members