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2018-19 Board of Directors

  Leslie Blyth, Chair
Blyth was the Vice Chair of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation in 2017-18, and Chair of the Sport Funding Committee in 2016-17. She has also served on the Trust and Community Funding Committees. Blyth joined the Board in 2016 after being nominated by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA). Blyth has been a strong supporter of soccer for almost 20 years, and she has served as President, Vice President and Past President for SSA. During her time as SSA President, she had the opportunity to chair several provincial competitions and serve as the provincial representative for the Canadian Soccer Association National Championships. For over 35 years, Blyth has worked as an Educator in Regina.

  Darren Wilcox, Past Chair
Darren served as Chair of Sask Sport in 2017-18, and as Vice Chair of Saskatchewan Lotteries in 2016-17. He joined the Board in 2015 after being nominated by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and has served on numerous volunteer committees, including: Audit, Dispute Resolution, Lotteries, Sport and the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Management. In addition to his volunteer activities with Sask Sport, Darren has been responsible for fundraising for the University of Regina men's hockey team and has served on the board of the University of Regina Cougar Hockey Alumni Association. He has also organized several golf tournaments for the university as well as the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers.

  Elan Ballantyne, Vice Chair, Lotteries
Ballantyne served on the Lottery, Sport and Officials Advisory Committees in 2017-18. She was nominated to the Board by Golf Saskatchewan in 2017. She is a community consultant for the City of Saskatoon and the director of golf and basketball for EB Sports Academy. She has been actively involved with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women’s Basketball Foundation, serving as Chair of the Golf Tournament committee and as a member on the Annual Breakfast committee.

  Al Dyer, Vice Chair, Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation
Dyer was the Chair of the Sport Funding Committee in 2017-18 and served on the Trust, Community Funding and Parasport Committees. He was nominated to the Board in 2017 by Special Olympics Saskatchewan, where he served as Chair of the Board and the Audit Committee. He is the organizer of the North Female Hockey Program. Dyer has been involved in several major events: 2015 Special Olympic Canada Summer Games (mission staff), 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games (Chair) and 2013 Special Olympics Canada National Games (mission staff). Dyer has extensive experience in management and administration positions.

  Kenric Exner, Secretary Treasurer
In 2017-18, Exner served on the Administration Centre Advisory Committee, Provincial KidSport Committee and Indigenous Sport Leadership Council. He was nominated to the Board in 2017 by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and has spent several years coaching minor hockey. Over the years, he has organized and instructed various youth hockey schools and specialized goalie clinics for the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. Exner played minor hockey in Regina with the Pat Canadians and went on to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. Kenric has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, specializing in Accounting and Finance.

  Dale Reed, Vice Chair, Sport
Reed served on the Lottery, Sport and Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Management Committees in 2017-18. He was nominated to the Board in 2017 by Gymnastics Saskatchewan where he was an active board member as the Chair, and serving on the Nomination, Strategic Planning and Ends Policy Committees. He has also served two terms on the Gymnastics Canada Board of Directors. Till 2018, Reed was the Referee-in-Chief for the Regina Community Basketball Association, which had responsibilities for recruiting, training, mentoring, evaluating officials and providing advice to the Board of Directors. Reed recently retired in 2017 as a Superintendent of Education from the Prairie Valley School Division in Regina.

  Misty Alexandre
Alexandre was Vice Chair, Sport in 2017-18. She was nominated to the Board in 2016 by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. She has been the chair of the KidSport Saskatoon Breakfast Committee and was also a committee member for the recent U of S Ice Facility Campaign. Alexandre was a former player with the U of S Women's Huskie Hockey Team, and later acted as an assistant coach and colour commentator for the team's web broadcasts. She is now one of the lead organizers for their Alumni fundraising committee. Alexandre has both a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She now practices law as a partner with a Saskatoon law firm.

  Todd Hollinger
Hollinger has served as Vice Chair, Lotteries in 2017-18 and on the Sport Committee, Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Management Committee and Lottery Division Committee. Todd was nominated to the Board by the University of Regina in 2016. He was a founding member and Director for the Cougar Hockey Alumni Association—a non-profit organization which raises money for scholarships and brings together members of the business community. He was a member of the University of Regina Cougar hockey team from 1992-1997. He has also served as a coach in the Regina Community Basketball League and Hockey Regina. Hollinger works in information technology management and strategy.

  Jessie Buydens
Buydens is currently the President of the Wild Oats Rugby Club in Saskatoon. She served as the President of the Saskatoon Valkyries from 2010-2014 and the North Saskatchewan Rugby Union from 2009-2015. She recently retired from playing rugby and has coached the Wild Oats junior girl’s program for 18 years. During her time playing football, she was a member of the Saskatoon Valkyries and also Team Canada—where she earned a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships. She is also a former member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Track and Field Team, a two-time National Powerlifting Champion (2014 & 2015), and she was on the National Powerlifting Team in 2016. Buydens has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan and practices law in Saskatoon.

  Carol Chernishenko
Chernishenko has been an active member in the Saskatchewan synchronized swimming community for nearly 20 years. She served as the Vice President, Sport Development since 2012 and previously as the Vice President, Finance and Administration for Synchro Saskatchewan, and she is a synchronized swimming provincial-level judge and national-level referee. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Synchro Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2017, as well by Sask Sport in 2014. Synchro Canada awarded her Grassroots Official of the Year in 2016. She is currently a member of two Sask Sport committees, including the Sport Funding and the Officials Advisory Committees, and also a member of the Synchro Saskatchewan High Performance and Rules Committee. Chernishenko has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Regina, and over 35 years’ experience as a business consultant for a leading information technology company.

  Angella Pinay
Pinay previously served on the Sask Sport Board from 2011-14 and is currently a member of the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council. She has also served on the board for the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and Saskatchewan Volleyball Association. She competed in volleyball at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in 1993, 1995, 2002 and 2006. Pinay, who has degrees in physical education, education and a Master of Business Administration, has coached club volleyball, basketball, badminton and track in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She also served as a coach for Team Saskatchewan at the 2008 NAIG. Pinay is from the Sakimay First Nation and she works as a Superintendent of First Nations and MĂ©tis Education.

  Josh Shankowsky
Shankowsky is designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina. Shankowsky values the importance of sport in community, and is excited to contribute his corporate skills to the Board. Professionally, he specializes in delivering comprehensive taxation services and ongoing business advice.

  Murray Stroeder
Stroeder has spent the past three years on the board of CURLSASK and the past four years on the board of Curl Moose Jaw. He has coached high school curling in Anaheim and Humboldt and has officiated many curling events, including three provincial play downs. Stroeder has enjoyed a successful curling career at the competitive and club level, curling in cash spiels and three different levels of provincial play downs. He has also been the ice coordinator for the Moose Jaw Figure Skating Club for eight years. Stroeder has also served on many boards in Moose Jaw including minor hockey, little league baseball, figure skating and the Hillcrest Golf Club.


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