Board of Directors

The CYCA Board of Directors is comprised entirely of volunteers with a passion for the sport of curling. Each board member contributes their unique perspective to the sport that helps to build and maintain junior curling in Calgary and area.
The board meets once a month during the curling season for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

If you are interested in helping to maintain the programs, help build or improve opportunities for youth curlers then perhaps you might want to consider joining our Board of Directors.

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Meet CYCA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors

President Vacant*

 

Vice-President –  Anji Lawrence
Anji Lawrence
This is my second year on the board and I am looking forward to working with such a great group of volunteers.  My son has been involved with the junior program at ARC Curling Club for the last 5 years and has been a member of the Sunday League for 3 years.   I like to stay involved in my kids activities so took the Club Coach last year,  it was a great learning experience and lead to a much more understood and enjoyed season last year.  I am excited for the new opportunities that will come with my position with CYCA and look forward to a wonderful curing season.

Past-President – Heather Rogers
Heather RogersThis is Heather’s 7th year on the CYCA Board of Directors. She was a participant in the CYCA Sunday league from 2004-2006 and has competed as a bantam, juvenile and junior and is now competing at the women’s World Curling Tour level. She was an instructor for the Calgary Winter Club youth programs throughout university, and has taught at the Alberta Rocks Summer Camp.  Heather has not only coached  a Juvenile Boys team and then a Junior Women’s team but has also been playing competitively herself at the same time.  She knows first-hand what the CYCA can offer young curlers and what a stepping stone it can be as a competitive athlete.

Secretary – Kim Turn
Kim TurnEntering my third year on the CYCA Board. My two children began curling several years ago and have, in the past few years, decided to pursue it competitively. I attribute this passion to their involvement in CYCA Sunday League. Having the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests has been a very positive experience for them and as I watch them develop friendships beyond the greater Calgary area, I realize more and more what an amazing opportunity curling has given them to expand their worlds. I look forward to helping support youth curling in Calgary and help other young athletes develop their passion!

Treasurer – Doug Walker
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I am in my 3rd year on the board this year and am looking forward to the challenges of my position. I have been a curler myself since age 12, though I haven’t had much time to pursue it recently. My children joined the junior program at the Cochrane Curling Club four years ago and have since graduated to the CYCA Sunday League. I have been involved as an instructor and club coach with our Bantam Girls teams during this time. The structure of the Sunday league makes it very easy to start off with a new team and continue the growth of the players individually and the team as a whole. I really enjoy watching the players and teams mature together, whether they are celebrating a win or consoling each other after a tough loss. I live for that a-ha moment when something finally clicks and they give you that knowing smile through the glass. Here’s to a successful season for everyone.

Facilitator/Casino Coordinator/Administrator – Cheri Helston
CheriEntering my seventh season on the CYCA Board, I have to say, where has the time gone?
From the minute, I became involved with the CYCA Board, I quickly found a passion for the youth and the development of our great sport.
The past six years have been amazing to watch our youth grow and develop through our programs, many have moved on to curl in more competitive play with the AB Junior Curling Tour with many having success at the Provincial and National levels, while others have moved on to curl in some of the cities recreation adult leagues.  Either way, its very exciting to see our youth grow and develop and continue to play our great sport now and hopefully for many years to come.I’ve been a stay at home mom, and I’ve enjoyed volunteering my time to the CYCA for the past six seasons – however, it is time that I return to work on more of a full-time basis and time to pass the torch to a new CYCA Prospect, if this sounds like something you’d be interested in please contact us.

Whether you’re a curler or not, the CYCA may help you find a passion that you never knew you had.

Youth Liaison – Zane McLeod
Zane McLeod has been a part of the Calgary youth curling community for the past 11 years, and continues to compete in U18 and Junior events across Alberta. This year, with the opportunity to sit as Airdrie Club Liaison and Youth Liaison with The CYCA, Zane is hoping that he can bring fresh and practical ideas to the association that has done so much for him as a developing athlete. Having competed in Sunday League and the Ray Kingsmith Memorial Bonspiel for a number of years, he knows just what the CYCA can do for youth in curling, but also what challenges could come of this in our developing sport.  Zane’s curling achievements include competing in Alberta U18 and Junior Provincials, winning bonspiels on the Alberta Junior Curling Tour such as the Crestwood U18 and Airdrie U18 spiels, and being a back-to-back finalist at the CYCA Ray Kingsmith Memorial Bonspiel. This season, he is hoping to add to this list by bringing a youth perspective to the CYCA while continuing to strive for curling excellence.

Recreation & Instruction Club Liaison – Gwenda Anweiler
Photo HereEntering into my first year as a CYCA member, I am honored to be involved with an association that promotes the development of our young athletes.
The great sport of curling had a profound, positive impact on my life during my competitive years. Besides the obvious athletic, sportsmanship and competitive rewards of the game, curling provides a platform to create lasting memories, build team relationships and produce lifelong friendships.
My daughter has inherited the same love and passion for the game as her parents, thanks to her involvement with CYCA!
CYCA is an exceptional program because of the dedicated, hard-working volunteers and I am excited to contribute to the success of the association in any way possible.

Recreation & Instruction Club Liaison – Dawn Marie Cinnamon
Photo HereI was happy to join the CYCA board as I have seen over the last few years the great work they do with are youth curlers.  Both of my kids are CYCA curlers and love the program.  I wanted to be able to give back to a program that has given so much to us as a family.  I hope I will be able to support our youth curlers over the season and the volunteers who run the program.

Social Media Ambassador (SMA) – Christopher Pratt
Christopher Pratt has been a participant in the CYCA Sunday league for four years now. He loves curling and currently curls out of the Calgary Winter Club in Calgary, Alberta. In the summer, when the curling season is unfortunately over, he golfs. Chris is also an avid volunteer around his city and community and loves to volunteer his time to causes around the city, such as the 50/50 at the 2015 Calgary Brier, weeding in Weaselhead Park and as a City of Calgary volunteer for Canada’s 150 Celebrations Chris is also currently the CYCA’s Social Media Ambassador. If you have an interesting curling story, Chris would love to post about it! Please contact us through our various social media streams: Calgary Youth Curling Association (Facebook), @Curling_Jrs (Twitter) and cyca_jrs (Instagram and Snapchat).

Member at Large – Laraine Bernardo
I have decided to become a member of the CYCA to learn more about curling and the behind the scenes activities that contribute to this great sport.
My son has been involved with a competitive team for one year and I look forward to seeing his accomplishments as well as his teammates accomplishments throughout the season.
I am excited to be involved with a fabulous organization dedicated to this great sport and the youth who participate in it.

Volunteer Coordinator (VRC) – Anji Lawrence
Anji Lawrence

 

 

 

CYCA to Club Liaison – Dawn Marie Cinnamon
Photo HereI was happy to join the CYCA board as I have seen over the last few years the great work they do with are youth curlers.  Both of my kids are CYCA curlers and love the program.  I wanted to be able to give back to a program that has given so much to us as a family.  I hope I will be able to support our youth curlers over the season and the volunteers who run the program.

CYCA to Club Liaison – Glenn Ector
This is my first year on the board and I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of our great Sport for both Recreational and Competitive curlers. I have enjoyed curling since childhood and both our teenage kids have developed the same passion for this great sport. They have curled at North Hill for 8 seasons and enjoyed the CYCA Sunday League as well.

CYCA to Club Liaison – Sheri Tourigny
“I truly love the game of curling, and want my kids & many other youngsters to love the game for life.
So…. I started volunteering at Indus Curling Club as on-ice coach 8 years ago, and have loved every minute of it.
We discovered CYCA two seasons ago, and the boys have loved competing against other kids their age (even better than playing with Mom & Dad – go figure).
I figured the next logical step was to be the club liaison for Indus, and hope to encourage a great bunch of kids to join a great league.”

Partnership & Fundraising – Vacant*

 

CYCA EVENT DIRECTORS:

Youth Development/Camp Director – Gregg Hamilton
This is my first year on the CYCA board of directors. I participated in the CYCA Jam Can for many years and curled in the CYCA Sunday league from 2006 to 2009. I have curled for 15 years through bantam, juvenile and junior aged competitive curling and I am now curling competitively on the Men’s World Curling Tour.  I have instructed all ages of curling through the Garrison youth curling program and learn to curl programs. The CYCA was fundamental in ensuring my development as a competitive curler and therefore, I look forward to working as a member of the board.

CYCA Sunday League Director – Cheri Helston

CYCA Ray Kingsmith Memorial Bonspiel Director – Cheri Helston

CYCA Friends & Family Bonspiel – Scott “Coach Cowboy” Morton
Entering my third year on the Board.  I have been involved with juniors’ curling for many years as an instructor and Certified Level 2 Competitive Coach at the Acadia Rec Center. This year I am working on my Level 3 Coaching Certificate. As an instructor I enjoy working with young athletes and giving them the tools to improve their curling skills. I have also been involved with doing camps with the Rocks and Rings floor curling to help bring more awareness to the sport. As a coach I get satisfaction seeing a group of players come together to form a team who strives to be their best in competitive curling. I would now like to take things to the next level and being a member of the CYCA board will allow me to achieve that goal.
Thanks
Scott “Coach Cowboy” Morton

CYCA Jam Can Bonspiel – Cheri Helston

*Let us know if you are interested in helping with any of the “Vacant” positions.

 


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