The ProMOTION Plus Committee is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers. Learn more about each of them below:
Erin Wilkins – Chair
Instructor, Langara College; Chair of Recreation Studies Department.
Erin holds an MBA in Executive Management with a specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a BA in Leisure Administration from the University of Victoria. She has extensive managerial expertise in hospitality, sports, recreation, post-secondary education and non-profit management.
Erin is an instructor at Langara College and is currently the Chair of the Recreation Studies Department. She also teaches in the School of Management’s Marketing and Business /International Business Departments.
Erin’s sports management repertoire includes designing and marketing Provincial, National and International level tennis, badminton, squash and snowboard events in private clubs, on the mountains and in the community. She was the Chief of Snowboard Athlete Compound for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Her current non- profit involvement includes leadership positions with Canada Snowboard- Vice President, BC Snowboard Association- Secretary, and ProMOTION Plus / Sport BC Women and Sport Committee. Erin was the recipient of the Sport BC Presidents Award for her volunteer contributions to BC Snowboard and ProMotion Plus.
She enjoys inspiring, motivating and collaborating with others to co-create a positive, energized, dynamic work culture that recruits and retains top employees. Traveling extensively throughout her life, she has profited from a variety of international employment opportunities and a multitude of enriching cultural experiences. Erin enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog, and she is a passionate participant in a variety of individual and team sports.
Sue Griffin – Past Chair
Director, Philanthropy Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser
Sue Griffin is a self-proclaimed Passion Pusher and leader in the amateur sport and non-profit sectors. She brings 25+ years of leadership and managing organizational growth in the non-profit sector. Specializing in amateur sport, Sue was the first female CEO for the BC Sports Hall of Fame, led Tennis BC as Executive Director, and has provided services to the health sector including Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Sue’s commitment to the non-profit sector is demonstrated through extensive volunteering, involved with Squash BC’s Women in Squash Week, Nominations Chair of Jericho Tennis Club and past board positions with the MS Society. Her most recent passion is leading her vision of Emerging Female Leaders in Squash to inspire more girls and women to play, participate, coach and lead in the sport.
A sought after public speaker, Sue shares personal stories on leadership in a constantly changing and challenging world where long term relationships are the foundation for success. Sue was a nominee of the prestigious YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards and is a recipient of Sport BC’s President’s Award.
Currently working with Canadian Mental Health Vancouver-Fraser as the Director, Philanthropy, Sue oversees the philanthropy, marketing and communications department. Healthy, focused, positive and high energy professional, Sue can be found on the squash courts in her spare time.
Jenny Black -Vice Chair
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 Volleyball BC 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.
She is a proud mother of two young women who will grow up to follow in her footsteps as passionate women in sport and physical activity.
Director of Sport, BC School Sports
Brenda has over 30 years of sport administration experience including the UBC and University of Alberta Athletic Departments, Tennis Alberta and Tennis BC, and Canadian Sport Institute/PacificSport.
A graduate of University of Alberta (MA in Physical Education and Sport Studies) and UBC (BComm), Brenda’s volunteer commitments have included Canada Olympic House in Beijing, NOC/NPC Assistant for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, World Cups and World Championships for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, Wheelchair Basketball Canada national and international events, Canada Cup Wheelchair Rugby, as well as officiating in Whistler for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. Brenda has served as Team BC Mission Staff for multiple Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer Games, and Canada Winter Games including the 2015 CWG in Prince George.
Brenda is a volunteer extraordinaire in the sport sector and can be found on any court, bench or locker room supporting the team (or napping)!
Bryna Kopelow – Past Chair and In Her Footsteps Honouree
Health, Physical Activity & Sport Education Consultant, JW SPORTA
Bryna is a member of JW Sporta: Health, Physical Activity and Sport Education Consultants, responsible for the initial development and implementation of Action Schools! BC (13 years) and the Premier’s Sport Awards Program (p.s.a.p.)(30 years).
Bryna is a nationally respected leader and advocate for gender equity with a long history of involvement on issues related to physical activity, sport and recreation including: Member of the Expert Panel as part of the Formative Evaluation of the Canadian Sport Policy and the Thematic Reviews of Physical Literacy and LTAD, past Chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), 2017 In Her Footsteps recipient, past Chair and current Honorary Board Member of Promotion Plus and member of viaSport’s Girls and Women Advisory Group. She is a past Board Member of Sport BC and BC Recreation and Parks Association and a current Board Member of BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, Be the Change Earth Alliance and Motivate Canada.
She received her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto and Teaching Certification and Masters of Physical Education from University of BC. Bryna and her husband have two adult daughters.
Jennifer Fenton – In Her Footsteps Honouree
Jennifer Fenton is a Health, Physical Activity and Sport Education Consultant for JW Sporta. Her 30-year career specialized in the unprecedented success of BC-based healthy school initiatives including the Action Schools! BC initiative (2004- 2015) and the Premier’s Sport Awards Program (1987- 2015). On the national level, Jennifer was instrumental in developing and delivering the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (CAAWS) On the Move Program.
She is Past Chair of CAAWS and was on the Board for 10 years (2008-2018), as well as for ProMOTION Plus (1992-98) and for Orienteering BC and is the current Chair of the Active North Shore Network.
This year (2019), Jennifer was recognized as the honouree of the ProMOTION Plus’ In Her Footsteps 2018 Builder Award adding to her list of previous Sport BC’s President’s Awards for both ProMOTION Plus and for Orienteering BC.
Jennifer has co-authored numerous articles and handbooks including the community and evidence-based Intercultural Physical Activity Guide which forms the syllabus to the UBC Human Kinetics Course 465 which she co-instructs. Jennifer has completed her Master’s from UBC exploring grade four girls’ experiences in a low income multi-cultural community in physical and health education. She is a multi-sport certified children’s coach, orienteering official, active mom of two adult children and avid outdoor enthusiast who can be seen cycling, hiking and kayaking around Vancouver’s and the world’s spectacular playscape.
Sport Management Consultant
Marion Lay, an adjunct professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, was the founding president and CEO of 2010 Legacies Now. She is a founder and an honorary member of the board of Directors of ProMOTION Pus, founder and past chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity and was chair of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee and a member of the board of directors of VANOC, the organizing committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Marion is currently a member of the Board of Directors of ParticpACTION, she was a founder of WomenSport International, founder and chair of the National Sport Centre-Greater Vancouver (now the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific), and a former executive member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Marion has won numerous leadership awards, including the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport Trophy for the Americas, and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and most recently, was awarded an Order of BC for her outstanding contribution as a leader in sport.