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Erika Barton joined the Board in 2015. Skiing Shames since it opened (that's 25 years!) Erika, originally from Prince Rupert, brings a great sense of history to the table. She is a people person with the good gift of communication to help inspire folks to participate in their co-op. As mother of two and a teacher she is a master juggler
Meagen Grossmann was born and raised in Kitimat BC, where she grew up skiing Shames. Meagan can still remember the day she conquered the T-bar and headed for the black diamonds! Today, she is grateful for Shames’s expansive backcountry and all the terrain begging to be explored. Meagan loves that Shames connects three northern communities and is excited to help showcase it to the world
Sam Harling was born in Nelson and raised in Kelowna. Sam spent years snowboarding at Big White and other BC or European hills but after travelling and working outside of Canada, Sam knew he wanted to be in BC. He and his wife moved to Terrace in 2004 and now have 2 young daughters snowboarding here. Sam’s first job here was as a ticket checker at Shames and quickly knew that this place and these people were for him. He has extensive business management and development experience and was even part of the Friends of Shames group that did the legwork leading to Shames transitioning from being a private corporation to the current community co-op. His passion for the area and Shames is undeniable.
Kasia Kistowska is the Chair of the My Mountain Co-op Board of Directors. Kasia moved to the northwest when My Mountain Co-op was forming. She was inspired by the strength and initiative of the community, the mountain, the lifestyle and the regional beauty! After instructing snowboarding for a few years in Nelson and Japan, she made Terrace her home. Kasia has a background in environmental consultancy with a particular interest in coastal ecology.
Stephen Salem moved to Terrace with his family in 2015 for a Director role at the College. Steve grew up snowboarding at Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island and has ridden and worked at resorts all over BC. He was pleasantly surprised by the hidden gem that is Shames Mountain, which can only be described as one of the best family oriented powder-mountains in the province. Steve joined the MMC Board of Directors in 2017 bringing leadership, enthusiasm and innovation to help continue the success of My Mountain Coop.
James Seib joined the board in 2016. Since moving to Terrace in 1999, Shames has played a key role in his surviving northern winters. James spent his first 10 seasons at Shames as a CSPS patrol, providing first aid services on weekends. Now a carpenter for the City of Terrace, James brings construction and building experience to the board. He's also the mountain safety liaison with our CSPS patrol. James is also a board member for the Shames Mountain Ski and Snowboard club and can often be found helping the club run their on-hill events, like the popular Mini Rippers race series.
Lynn Kinney has been a Board Member since 2014. Since her first year on the Board, she has been using her skills as the Assistant Branch Manager of Northern Savings Credit Union to help advise our co-operative on investing our dollars, generally be as smart as possible with our banking and she is implementing our Snow Cat fundraising campaign. You can often find Lynn grinning ear to ear on the mountain!
Gary Maltin joined the Board in 2013. While his work as a project manager has taken him to Calgary, his heart lives in the Northwest. As our Board member abroad, Gary skypes/calls into meeting and brings a great sense of history to the co-operative as a former Founding Director of Friends of Shames. Gary is an avid adventure traveler and shares the joy and story of the co-operative at every mountain he visits.
Gordon Weary joined the Board in 2013. Gord is a father of two young kids and a geology professor. He brings tons of energy, family perspective, and knowledge regarding hydrology to our team. Gord has been working with local college students on monitoring the water levels around the Shames Mountain Ski Area, with the vision of bringing hydro-electricity to Shames Mountain. Gord is also a member of Search and Rescue and the Mountain Remo Backcountry Society.
Officer of the Board
In the event that there is an open seat on the Board, an Officer of the Board can be appointed by the Board of Directors. An officer of the Board takes on the role of a director for a period of one year or up until the next Board of Director election.
Gil Kurtz is serving his second term as an Officer of the Board. Gil, as a paramedic and farmer, brings excellent perspective regarding safety to our team. Having recently been the Ski Patrol Director of MMC/Shames Mountain, he also contributes a good working knowledge of how Shames Mountain Operates and champions the safety of our skiing public and staff.