The Club is governed by a Board of Directors. KWSSSC Board of Directors respect and follow the Club Bylaws. Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with an Annual General Meeting at the end of each skating season.
2021-2022 Board Members
Matt started skating in Calgary with the long track speed skating club there, and connected with KWSSSC upon moving to Waterloo Region. He joined the Board in 2018 and has been president since 2020. He joined the Board to help give back to the club, as well as learn more about different aspects of speed skating such as equpiment management, meet planning, and more. He enjoys being a part of the team that continues on our club’s long history of activity in the KW area. When he isn’t at the rink or a board meeting, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking, as well as slowly renovating his 100 year old home!
“My favourite thing about KWSSSC is how friendly and supportive the members are. Although speed skating is often seen as an individual sport, I find that our members work to encourage and assist each other. It’s a friendly environment to learn and develop your skating skills, whether you have competitive or recreational goals. “
Tom is our longest standing Board member, having served on the Board of Directors since 1980! We are so lucky to benefit from his long years of experience. Tom also serves on the Board of the KW Sertoma Club, and now brings his experience as treasurer of this organization to us.
Secretary & Coaching Representative
Sydney joined KWSSSC with her mom as a young teenager looking for a sport that spoke to her. Now, many years later, she tries her best to pass on her enthusiasm for the sport in her coaching. Sydney joined the Board to further support the club as a strong and healthy community organization. She loves how speed skating brings people together, and offers opportunity for sport and community to all ages, interests and abilities. When she isn’t skating, Sydney is caring for her many (many) pets.
“I can’t imagine ever not being a part of the Speed Skating community. I can coach at a competition anywhere in Ontario and I will find friends.”
Christine became involved with KWSSSC when her two kids wanted to learn to skate, but neither herself or her husband knew how to teach them! Upon recommendation from another parent on her son’s baseball team, they joined KWSSSC and 6 years later (at time of writing) both boys are attending the Ontario Winter Games 2022. She joined the Board right when the COVID pandemic started, as a way to feel like she was doing something positive to help her kids and other skaters when everything felt like it was out of control. Christine’s favourite part of KWSSSSC is going to speed skating meets – though when not at the rink she dabbles in the arts, especially photograhy and sewing, but has yet to meet a medium that she doesn’t want to try and play with!
“Whether volunteering at the meets or sitting with the other parents in the stands, I really like the energy and excitement of getting to watch kids I know compete.”
Rosie joined the club in 2005 with an exchange student who was living with her – the student went back to Australia and Rosie has been skating ever since! Rosie joined the board because she felt she could contribute in a meaningful way, as she feels different viewpoints on the Board make for a strong, healthy dynamic. In Rosie’s life, winter is for skating and skiing; summer is for cycling and hiking; and all year is the time for travelling to see her grandchildren and children, and sometimes even her siblings, all of whom live in Australia.
“Like most of us, I came because of the skating – but I stay because of the people. The club is a super friendly place, inclusive, a chance to exercise – in the warmth – with friends. And speed skating is such a technical sport that there is ALWAYS more to learn, so one never gets bored. Our coaching is truly exceptional.”
Tony became involved with KWSSSC when his son saw Olympic Speed Skating and was immediately interested. Once his son tried speed skating, he was hooked – and as he has progressed, the family has become more and more involved with the club. Because Tony’s day job is doing corporate communications, he hopes he can help the club, and the Board, communicate with its members. Though Tony did try Learn to Speed Skate when his son joined, his primary sport is cycling, so when he is not at the rink he is probably on a bike – either in the KW countryside or, as the weather gets colder, in his basement on the trainer!
“Whether it’s skilled coaches, officials or members hauling mats every session, it takes a lot of people willingly giving of their time to make all the on-ice action possible. It’s a real community effort.”
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If you want to be involved in supporting KWSSSC operations, we have many open volunteer positions on the Board! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about joining the Board during our next AGM.