Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBERS | 2017-2018


Patrick Gall works with the Aurora Research Institute in the Technology Development and runs a bicycle mechanic shop. Patrick is an avid cyclist and gear-head, but recently dove (sometimes literally) into skiing.

Talk to Patrick about equipment and rentals!


Holly Jones works as a Communications Specialist with the Gwich’in Land and Water Board. Holly has ski raced on the Canadian varsity and national circuits and has been coaching (and loving fast downhills) for 10 years.

Talk to Holly about lessons for adults and kids!


Brandon Johnston works as a Senior Account Manager at Inuvialuit Corporate Group. Brandon is a dad to 3 little skiers and a multi-sport athlete who recently competed in the 2017 Race the Peel canoe race from Fort McPherson to Aklavik, NT.

Talk to Brandon about our budget!


Vanessa Cunningham works as a Fisheries Resource Specialist at the Fisheries Joint Management Committee. An avid runner and cyclist, she is a great new asset to our Board team!

Talk to Vanessa about adventuring on the trails!


Jay Frandsen works as a Resource Management Officer with Parks Canada, and works on trail maintenance and grooming with the Inuvik Ski Club. When he’s not making fast tracks, Jay hikes, camps, and plays sports.

Talk to Jay about grooming!


Sasha Olekshy works as a Visitor Safety Coordinator with Parks Canada and is a travel and adventure enthusiast. He loves trail maintenance so much, he owns his own chainsaw!

Talk to Sasha about trail maintenance!



Members have an opportunity to guide the strategic direction of the Inuvik Ski Club by participating on the Board of Directors. The Board is composed of representatives from all of our program areas as well as individuals responsible for specific activities like communications, fundraising, events, etc. The Board meets once per month, typically on the 2nd Monday of the month.

For continuity, the Board strives to have an overlapping set of directors with half of the Board elected each year at the fall AGM. A director is elected for a two year term. If you are interested in participating on the Board of Directors, or supporting the Board by contributing time to various committees, please contact us at


The Yellowknife Ski Club aims to be a Member-centred organization. To that end, the Club periodically conducts surveys of the Membership, in order to gain a better understanding of their needs, views, and priorities. Such a survey was conducted in 2011, and then again in May of 2013. The most recent survey results show us that the great majority of Members are generally satisfied or very satisified with the Club, and content with the fees. Many other trends and constructive Member comments to make the Club even better have been noted by the Board, and are very much appreciated.


Nordiq Canada maintains liability insurance for all clubs registered with Cross Country NWT. This coverage applies to all Inuvik Ski Club Members when involved in a ski-related activity.

It is mandatory that all Members and participants in Inuvik Ski Club programs sign an Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement, either electronically upon purchasing a membership, or separately by completing and submitting a paper Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement to the Club.


If you have a question, a comment or a suggestion for the Board of Directors, please contact us. The phone and email accounts are checked regularly, and information is forwarded to the appropriate Director for follow-up.


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has five calls to action relating to sport and recreation:

#87 Tell stories of Indigenous athletes.

#88 Ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth.

#89 Change the Physical Activity and Sport Act to reduce barriers and increase Indigenous sport participation.

#90 Ensure sport policies, programs and initiatives are inclusive and reflect Indigenous culture and anti-racism awareness.

#91 Ensure International sporting events involve Indigenous peoples and respect territorial protocols.

Ideas to support these calls to action in your program:

  • Use a co-leadership approach.
  • Learn about the culture and the community you live in.
  • Speak to elders and learn about community protocol and traditions.
  • Find ways to include cultural aspects into your program.
  • Introduce ceremonies, songs, and dance as a way to celebrate or honour guests.
  • Learn about and honour protocols of host communities when you travel.