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Bowls Canada Boulingrin Welcomes New Board Members

Ottawa (ON) | September 25th, 2020
 

Bowls Canada Boulingrin is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors for 2020-2021 who were elected at the 2020 Annual General Meeting on September 20th.

 

President

Kathryn MacGregor

Vice President

Don Caswell

Treasurer

Dennis Verge

Secretary

Anne Mathewson

Director

Cathy Selzler

Director

Chris Stadnyk

Director

Trevor Pohle

Director

Laura Seed

Director

Carolyn Ulch

Director

Jeff Harding

 

New President Takes the Helm

Kathryn MacGregor of Calgary, Alberta has been elected President of Bowls Canada for a two year term.  MacGregor will be accepting the leadership torch from Burlington, Ontario’s Ian Howard who is stepping down to focus on his new role as a Director for the Board of the international federation, World Bowls. MacGregor has served on the Bowls Canada Board for three years in the positions of Director and later Vice-President.  She has been a driving force in the development of para bowls under the Bowls Canada umbrella and was instrumental in having Canada recognized as the official national authority by the International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) association.  She has worked closely over the last six months with Howard and has contributed to leading the organization’s pandemic response plans. “I am honoured to have been elected as the President of Bowls Canada Boulingrin”, said President Kathryn MacGregor. “Looking forward, 2021 will be a challenging year for our volunteers, clubs, Provincial Associations, national staff and Board members. To meet these challenges, Bowls Canada has many new and exciting initiatives planned in the coming months that will welcome and include all Canadians to participate in this wonderful sport.  I am looking forward to working with my fellow Directors to advance our vision of bringing Canadians together through bowls.”

 

New Board Members

Bowls Canada is pleased to welcome five new members to the board.


With a professional designation in accounting and a long career in finance roles in both the public and private sectors, Dennis Verge (Victoria, British Columbia) was a natural fit for the Treasurer position.  Although Verge is new to the role with the Bowls Canada Board, Verge has held  various volunteer positions since joining lawn bowling, including two years as President of his local bowls club, Chair of Bowls South Island, and Treasurer of Bowls British Columbia. Verge has worked closely with BCB in the past while performing the duties of chief scorer at two national events. While the majority of his volunteer involvement has been with lawn bowls, Dennis has also had many years of experience volunteering in the financial community as a Director of his accounting association and President of the Financial Management Institute of Victoria.


Laura Seed (Milton, Ontario) contributes extensively to the lawn bowling community through roles with the Milton Lawn Bowling Club (MLBC), as the OLBA Awards chair and as a member of the OLBA Hall of Fame Committee.  Seed is currently working with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario and has also served as the President of the Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists for the last three years. Seed holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and has represented Canada at the 2012 World Bowls Championships and several North American Challenges.  Seed is committed to the BCB vision of bringing Canadians together through Bowls and is especially interested in contributing to the development of women leaders and players within the sport.


Chris Stadnyk (Kitchener, ON) is currently the President of the Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club in Kitchener, Ontario and has spent his entire bowls career being part of various Boards of Directors for various clubs. A past-President of both the Niagara Falls Lawn Bowls Club and Western Ontario Bowls Association (WOBA),  Chris has also served on the Championship Committee of the 2019 Canadian Singles Championships and worked closely with BCB when he served as Chair of the Athletes Rep Committee while on the National Team.  Stadnyk has represented Canada at various international events including the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Stadnyk is looking forward to using his new role to help revitalize the recruitment and retention of bowlers at the grassroots level in Canada.


Carolyn Ulch (Lower Sackville, NS) has been involved with lawn bowls since 2003 as a player and Board member at the club and provincial levels. She has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, coach and coaching coordinator at the club level to name a few, and as coaching coordinator, umpire, and provincial match committee member at the provincial level. Currently the Technical Lead for Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia, Ulch is a driving force in her community and recently set up and implemented a Carpet Bowling program for a local Seniors Advisory Council. In addition to her experience in developing community networks, Ulch will bring a much needed Atlantic perspective to the table.


Rounding out the field of new directors is Edmonton’s Trevor Pohle. Pohle has served as both the President of the Commonwealth Lawn Bowls Club and currently as the President of Bowls Alberta. From those positions he has gained vast experience and knowledge on the various needs and agendas from a participant, club, and Provincial Association viewpoint. Pohle has also been involved with both the Mayfield Raiders and Stony Plain Bombers minor football clubs as a coach and through several Board positions.  Pohle also brings significant experience in developing community relationships through his association with local Seniors organizations and his volunteer work as a Shriner and Freemason.

 

Familiar Faces Ensure Continuity

Joining MacGregor and the new Directors are Don Caswell (Windsor, Ontario), Anne Mathewson (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Cathy Selzler (Calgary, Alberta) and Jeff Harding (Toronto, Ontario).  A former Chairperson of the BCB High Performance Committee, Caswell will now step into the Vice-President role with Mathewson moving into the role of Secretary. Elected to a second term as a Director, Selzler will join Harding who is in the middle of his term.  The significant skills, leadership and experience of this group will ensure a continuity of business operations for the organization and help the new Directors tackle their roles.

 

Departing Directors

In addition to Ian Howard, Treasurer Steve Moors (Montreal, Quebec), Secretary Lorane Martin (Vancouver, BC), and Directors Ivo Van Bastelaere (Victoria, BC) and David Llewellyn (Toronto, ON) stepped down from their roles on the Board. “It has been both an honour and a privilege to serve all bowlers across Canada.” said former President Ian Howard. “The outgoing board was a dream team of dedicated and talented individuals and I will cherish the memories of working with them. Congratulations to the new board, between them and the hard working BCB staff I am confident that BCB is in good hands and will meet the challenges posed by Covid-19.”


“The organization has been incredibly fortunate in its leadership over the last two years”, said Executive Director Anna Mees.  Under Ian’s leadership the organization has taken a bold step with the creation of its new vision to bring Canadians together through bowls.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to the commitment and dedication of our departing directors.  While it is always sad to say goodbye to those whose terms are completed, I am excited by the broad scope of talent and experience within the 2020-2021 Board. I am confident that under their leadership, the organization will not only meet the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but will continue to grow and evolve.”


For more information, please contact: 
Anna Mees, Executive Director, Bowls Canada Boulingrin
amees@bowlscanada.com

About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada.  The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada.  For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit www.bowlscanada.com.