Board of Directors
Chris is the Provincial Manager of the BC construction Association. He has an extensive background in contract management, communications, facilitation and leadership. Chris was a competitive curler and a member of Team BC at the 2001 and 2007 Tim Hortons Brier. He was co-Chair of the 2005 Ford Men’s World Curling Championship and Chair of the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and 2013 Ford World Men’s Championship. He lives in Victoria with his wife Tracey and their 2 children, Hunter and Quinn.
Theresa is the Senior Regional Manager for TD Wealth Financial Planning in Atlantic Canada and has over 25 years of experience in the banking and investment industry. A competitive curler, Theresa played in four Scotties Tournament of Hearts from 1993-2000 representing Ontario and in the 1997 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. During this time, Theresa and her teammates had many great games against Team Schmirler. Theresa and her spouse Barry, with their dog Nemo, live in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
Todd is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a principal of Collins Barrow Victoria Ltd. He was Canadian Junior Champion in 1988 and silver medalist at the World Junior Curling Championship in 1989. Todd has played in numerous World Curling Tour events over a 25 year competitive career. He’s a certified curling coach and has coached junior boys curling teams to the BC provincial championship many times. He was recognized with the Asham Provincial Coaching Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Todd and his family, wife Teresa and daughter Robyn, live in Colwood, a suburb of Victoria.
Sasha is Manager of Gift Planning for the kelowna General Hospital. She has an impressive list of accomplishments in women’s curling. Some of these include, 2007 World Women’s Curling Champion, 2006 World Women’s Bronze Medallist, 1995 World Junior Women’s Champion, Sasha has competed at eight National Scotties Tournament of Hearts, claiming gold twice, silver once, and bronze twice. She was named to the the All Star Team three times and receive the Sportsmanship Award in 2013. Sasha lives in Kelowna with her husband Greg; her two very active young sons, Evan and Zach; and their family pug named Snickers.
Steve is a Chartered Professional Accountant and President of Independent Accountants’ Investment Counsel Inc., a financial planning and Investment Management company that manages more than $1 billion of investments for its clients. Steve was a tax specialist at a national accounting firm for 11 years before joining a Financial Services company where he held many positions over 16 years, including Chief Financial Officer. He has volunteered as Treasurer for the Rideau Curling Club, the Host Committee for the 1993 Ottawa Brier and Parkinson Society Ottawa. Steve is a competitive curler and competed in the 1989 TSN Skins Game and at the 2012 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship. He and his wife Carole have two adult children, Eric and Lauren, and reside in Ottawa.
Brad has 35 years of sales and marketing experience in consumer packaged gods and is currently National Account Manager for Sofina Foods Inc. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Information Services Corporation, a publically traded coompany until May 2016. he currently serves on the advisory board for Parkinson Society Canada, Saskatchewan office, as Vice Chair of the District Planning Commission, and co-Chair of the Canada Celebrates 150 at Optimist Canada Day 2017. Brad was recognized for his contributions to his community with the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005, the Toyota Never Quits Award in 2006 and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Commerative Medal in 2013. Brad is married, lives in Saskatoon and has two adult children, and is a proud grandpa.
Carol is Sandra’s sister. She and her husband Mike farm 3 miles from the village of Acme which is north east of Calgary. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Carol is active in her community and volunteers with the Food Bank and her local church. Carol has actively followed the Foundation from its inception. In her own words, “My family is everything to me as it was to my sister. I know families who have had premature babies and it is a miracle when you witness their strength and the fight that is in those wee babies.”
Cathy lives in Montreal where she spent over 40 years working as a University Administrator. She has been a member of 3 curling clubs in Montreal and has been a member of the Board of Directors in each one of them. In the curling world, Cathy has chaired 4 Quebec provincial events and most recently was one of 3 vice-chairs of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Cathy has always been involved in community services and since her retirement has given many volunteer hours to Meals on Wheels. Cathy recently helped organize the Scottish Women’s Curling Tour to Canada.
“Cathy O” is one of Manitoba’s most decorated female curlers, with a world championship, 5 national championships, and 12 Scotties Tournament of Hearts appearances. She and her husband Mike live in Winnipeg and have owned a Canadian Distribution Centre in Winnipeg since 1999. They have 2 children who are active in sports.
Another outstanding curler who hails from Manitoba, Jon has won the World championship, 2 national championships and made 6 Brier appearances. He is currently an advisor and mentor to Team Mike McEwan and is President of the World Curling Players Association. Jon is also Director of Sales -MPG Specialty Accounts with Mondetta Clothing. He and his wife Eileen live in Winnipeg with their 2 daughters, Charlotte and Sophie.
Sandra’s husband Shannon was a founding Board member and has been an integral part of the Foundation’s success. With the election of Sandra’s sister Carol to the Board, Shannon assumed the role of Advisor. He is Director of Information Services at the University of Regina where he resides with his two daughters, Sara and Jenna.
Al was the CEO of a regional chain of pharmacies in Alberta and has over 30 years of business experience at a senior management level. Al met his wife Sharon at the curling rink and the two of them went on to curl at the club level for many years. They have two grown children who are both married and settled in the Edmonton area. Al was previously a Director for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and served as Chair for a two-year term.
The Foundation employs 3 part-time staff including Robin Wilson, Leadership Director; Brenda Gallagher, Adminstrative Coordinator and Board Secretary; and JoAnne Viau, Financial Coordinator. Robin lives in North Vancouver while both JoAnne and Brenda reside in Ottawa.