ProMOTION Plus is lead by a dedicated group of volunteer board of directors. Learn more about each of them below:
Sue Griffin – Chair
Senior Consultant, Sue Griffin & Associates
Bryna Kopelow – Past Chair
Health, Physical Activity & Sport Education Consultant, JW SPORTA
Erin Wilkins – Vice Chair
Instructor, Langara College
Brenda Chinn – Treasurer
Director of Sport, BC School Sports
Jenny Black – Secretary
UBC Sport Athletics Facilitator, UBC Athletics and Recreation
Jenny has worked for nearly 10 years in the field of sport & recreation. Her professional career in the sport sector began with the Provincial Sport Organization, Volleyball BC. At VBC, she worked with youth and adults promoting the awareness of ‘sport for life’ for eight years before making the transition to UBC. In her new role she has joined the Sport Facilities department within Athletics and Recreation. In this role she is fortunate to work with the full spectrum of sport on campus from Intramurals to Varsity. In her spare time, she coaches girls club volleyball and try to be the best weekend warrior that she can by playing flag football, basketball and beach volleyball depending on the season. Fortunately, running and yoga can be year round activities in Vancouver.
Stephanie Rudnisky – Director-at-Large
Special Events & Youth Programs Coordinator, Basketball BC
Marion Lay – Honorary Board Member
Sport Management Consultant
Megan Smith – Director-at-Large
Megan is a Key Leader at ivivva by lululemon Athletica where she is responsible for leading girls ages 6 – 14 through goal setting sessions, fundraising, planning and executing impactful community events, providing opportunities for girls of all skill levels to take part in recreational physical activities. Megan received her Bachelor of Education in the Montessori Cohort from the University of British Columbia. She is currently teaching Kindergarten. While completing her Bachelor of Arts, Recreation and Health degree at the University of Victoria, Megan was Co-Captain and Varsity Coxswain of the of Women’s Rowing Team. Megan has a passion for physical education, health and wellness. With over 9 years of leadership experience Megan is committed to increasing opportunities for girls and women in physical activity and sport.
Becca Stephen – Director-at-Large
Becca currently works with the Gladstone Community Schools Team and volunteers with Girl Guides of Canada. In both her job and her volunteer work, she actively promotes physical literacy, sports and physical activity with children, youth, and adults. This is done through training, mentoring as well as program and resource development. It was Girl Guides that first encouraged her to try a variety of physical and non-physical activities in a safe and accepting environment. She was the recipient of the 2016 Bobbie Steen Legacy Award for her work with the Girl Guides. These positive experiences led her to pursue a career in recreation. Becca graduated from the Recreation Program at Langara College with a Diploma in Recreation Leadership and a Bachelor of Recreation Management. The program instilled the importance and impact of living a healthy active lifestyle. Although Becca did not grow up in competitive sports, her education and experience in the recreation field enforced the value of developing programs that are inclusive, build confidence and empower people to participate in a range of physical activities. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking and scuba-diving.
Alison Hart – Administrative Manager
Alison was previously involved with ProMOTION Plus in the early years organizing the Women in Sport and Recreation (WISRAN) Networking breakfast events. At the time, she was with the Provincial Sport Organization for Cross Country Skiing. She started a Women’s Cross Country Learn-to-Ski program at Cypress Mountain and was a Sessional Lecturer with UBC’s Physical Education program. She is an original member of the False Creek Women’s Dragon Boat team that successfully lobbied for a Women’s Division in the World Championships. Her career has been focused in sport and corporate marketing particularly the delivery of road safety and stakeholder engagement programs for ICBC. Her ICBC tenure included a successful corporate program during the 2010 Winter Olympics Games.
“Her background in sport, corporate marketing, education, stakeholder engagement and community involvement will make her a great addition to ProMOTION Plus” says Chair, Kristina MacDonald. “Alison has a passion for women and girls in sport and we look forward to her working with the Board to identify new opportunities for ProMOTION Plus.”
Erica Marrello – Digital Marketing Coordinator
Erica Marrello is a graduate of Langara College with diplomas in Business Management and Marketing Management. She initiated her own event management business in 2015 (fullcircleproductions.ca) and was instrumental in the success of the 2016 ProMOTION Plus In Her Footsteps event. Her other activities include organizing events in various sectors, including charity events. She has been active and involved in sports her whole life including dance, soccer and dodgeball in both, the Algarve, Portugal and Vancouver, BC. Her passions are event management and social media and in her words, she is “ready to take on ProMOTION Plus’ online presence to advocate for women in sport, raise awareness, and engage with our community”.