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Board of Directors

2020-21

Chair

Angella Pinay

Pinay was nominated to the Board in 2018 by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association after previously serving on the Board from 2011-14. Pinay is a member of the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council and has previously served on the board for the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and Saskatchewan Volleyball Association. She competed in volleyball at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in 1993, 1995, 2002 and 2006. Pinay, who has degrees in physical education and education, as well as a Master of Business Administration, has coached club volleyball, basketball, badminton and track in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She also served as a coach for Team Saskatchewan at the 2008 NAIG. Pinay is from the Sakimay First Nation and works as a Senior Indigenous Advisor.

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Past Chair

Kenric Exner

Exner was nominated to the Board in 2017 by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA). Prior to being named Chair, Exner served as the Secretary Treasurer. He has also sat on the Sport Funding, Administration Centre Advisory and Provincial KidSport Committees, as well as the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council. Exner, who coached minor hockey for several years, has organized and instructed various youth hockey schools and specialized clinics for the SHA. Exner played minor hockey in Regina with the Pat Canadians and went on to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. Exner has a Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Accounting and Finance.

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Vice Chair Sport

Julie Brandt

Brandt was nominated to the Board in 2019 by the Saskatchewan Games Council. Brandt is a former board member of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, President of Freestyle Ski Saskatchewan and Chair of the Saskatchewan Games Council. Brandt is a member of the Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and has served as Medical Liaison and Mission Staff at Canada Games and Western Canada Summer Games. Brandt has worked as a chiropractor in Saskatoon for more than 20 years.

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Vice Chair Lotteries

Murray Stroeder

Stroeder was nominated to the board in 2019 by CURLSASK after previously serving a one-year term in 2018-19. Prior to that, Stroeder spent three years on the board of CURLSASK and four years on the board of Curl Moose Jaw. He has coached high school curling in Anaheim and Humboldt and has officiated many curling events, including three provincial play downs. Stroeder enjoyed a successful curling career at the competitive and club level, curling in cash spiels and three different levels of provincial play downs. He has also acted as the ice co-ordinator for the Moose Jaw Figure Skating Club and served on many boards in Moose Jaw, including minor hockey, little league baseball, figure skating and the Hillcrest Golf Club.

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Vice Chair Trust

Kim Wudrick

Wudrick was nominated to the board in 2019 by Football Saskatchewan and comes to the organization with a wealth of experience in the non-profit amateur sport sector, including 13 years as President of Football Saskatchewan. In addition to that service, Wudrick is also a long-time member of Football Canada’s executive board and has served three years as its president.

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Secretary/Treasurer

Lance Dudar

Dudar was nominated to the Board in 2019 by Triathlon Saskatchewan. Lance is a Co-ordinator with the Regina Intersectoral Partnership (TRiP), an initiative that provides services to vulnerable children and their families. Prior to that, Dudar was a 28-year member of the Regina Police Service. Trained in strategic management and leadership, Dudar has received several honours for exemplary service, including Community Policing Awards in 2002 and 2005.

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Board Member

Jessie Buydens

Buydens was nominated to the Board in 2018 by Football Saskatchewan. She is an active member of the amateur sport community who has served as President of the Wild Oats Rugby Club, Saskatoon Valkyries and North Saskatchewan Rugby Union. A former rugby player, Buydens also coached the Wild Oats junior girl’s program for 18 years. During her time playing football, she was a member of the Saskatoon Valkyries and Team Canada, where she earned a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships. She is also a former member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Track and Field Team and a two-time National Powerlifting Champion. Buydens has a Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and practises law in Saskatoon.

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Board Member

Carol Chernishenko

Chernishenko was nominated to the board in 2018 by Synchro Saskatchewan and has previously sat on the Sport Funding and Officials Advisory Committees. Chernishenko has been an active member in the Saskatchewan synchronized swimming community for nearly 20 years. In that time, she has served as the Vice President of Sport Development and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Synchro Saskatchewan. She is also a synchronized swimming provincial-level judge and national-level referee. Chernishenko was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Synchro Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2017, as well by Sask Sport in 2014. Synchro Canada awarded her Grassroots Official of the Year in 2016. Chernishenko has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina and more than 35 years of experience as a business consultant for a leading information technology company.

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Board Member

Josh Shankowsky

Shankowsky was nominated to the Board in 2018 by the Sask Games Council. Shankowsky is designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina. Shankowsky values the importance of sport in community, and is excited to contribute his corporate skills to the Board. Professionally, he specializes in delivering comprehensive taxation services and ongoing business advice.

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Board Member

Valerie Gordon

Gordon was nominated to the Board in 2020 by the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association. She has been an educator for 34 years for the Eastend/Chinook School Division, serving for two years as athletic coordinator for the SouthWest Athletic Conference. She has coached seven of 10 sports offered by SHSAA at Eastend School, focussing primarily on cross country, volleyball and track and field. She served for nine years on the SHSAA executive, including four years as president. Gordon is also a district-level volleyball official, and a national-level Starter Assistant for Sask Athletics. She has a passion for sport administration and looks forward to working with people who know the value of sport in a person’s life.

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Board Member

Cornelia Laliberte

Laliberte was nominated to the Board in 2020 by the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation. As the Coordinator for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, she is responsible for working with various partners that provide services and supports to Indigenous students. Laliberte has volunteered for United Way of Saskatoon, serving on various committees including a term as Board Chair. She also served as a board member for the YMCA, and was Board President for the Interprovincial Association on Native Employment. She has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and began a PhD in education at the University of Saskatchewan. Laliberte believes in the value of sport and physical activity, and the impact it can have on children and youth.

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Board Member

Janelle Layton

Layton was nominated to the Board in 2020 by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association. She is a long-time volunteer, serving on the board of Kindersley Soccer as a member and president and as secretary for the Kindersley Karate Club. She also served on the board of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association, and has been a long-time soccer and sledge hockey coach. As a business owner in the health and safety sector, Layton has a strong background in risk management, and has served on the board of the Saskatchewan Emergency Planners Association. She has tried to be a strong voice for females in sport, and believes that sports give children a chance to grow, learn and keep fit for life.

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Board Member

Michael Rogers

Rogers was nominated to the Board in 2020 by the Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan. He was active in minor sports while growing up in Regina, and is now focussing on coaching as his children’s involvement in sport grows. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina and, after working as an investment analyst, has spent the last 12 years as a grain trader with Viterra. Working in the agriculture sector with constantly evolving outside forces allows him to be creative in adapting in a changing world. Rogers believes sport has a significant influence on preparing youth with skills that they can use later in life.

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