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2019-20 Board of Directors

  Kenric Exner, Chair
Exner was nominated to the Board in 2017 by the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA). Prior to being named Chair, Exner served as the Secretary Treasurer. He has also sat on the Sport Funding, Administration Centre Advisory and Provincial KidSport Committees, as well as the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council. Exner, who coached minor hockey for several years, has organized and instructed various youth hockey schools and specialized clinics for the SHA. 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. Exner has a Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Accounting and Finance.
 

  Leslie Blyth, Past Chair
Blyth was nominated to the Board in 2016 by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association (SSA) and served as Chair in 2018-19. Prior to that, 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 also previously served on the Trust and Community Funding Committees. Blyth is a long-time soccer supporter who is also a former President, Vice President and Past President of the SSA. During her time as SSA President, she chaired several provincial competitions and served as the provincial representative for the Canadian Soccer Association National Championships. For over 35 years, Blyth has worked as an educator in Regina.
 

  Jessie Buydens, Vice Chair, Lotteries
Buydens was nominated to the Board in 2018 by the Football Saskatchewan. She is an active member of the amateur sport community who has served as President of the Wild Oats Rugby Club, Saskatoon Valkyries and North Saskatchewan Rugby Union. A former rugby player, Buydens also 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 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 and a two-time National Powerlifting Champion. Buydens has a Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and practises law in Saskatoon.
 

  Carol Chernishenko, Vice Chair, Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation
Chernishenko was nominated to the board in 2018 by Synchro Saskatchewan and has previously sat on the Sport Funding and Officials Advisory Committees. Chernishenko has been an active member in the Saskatchewan synchronized swimming community for nearly 20 years. In that time, she has served as the Vice President of Sport Development and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Synchro Saskatchewan. She is also a synchronized swimming provincial-level judge and national-level referee. Chernishenko 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. Chernishenko has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina and more than 35 years of experience as a business consultant for a leading information technology company.
 

  Angella Pinay, Vice Chair, Sport
Pinay was nominated to the Board in 2018 by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association after previously serving on the Board from 2011-14. Pinay is a member of the Indigenous Sport Leadership Council and has previously 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 and education, as well as 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 works as a Superintendent of First Nations and Metis Education.
 

  Josh Shankowsky, Secretary Treasurer
Shankowsky was nominated to the Board in 2018 by the Sask Games Council. Shankowsky is designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and has a Bachelor of Business Administration 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.
 

  Elan Ballantyne
Ballantyne was nominated to the board in 2017 by Golf Saskatchewan. In 2018-19, she served as Vice Chair, Lotteries. She previously sat on the Lottery, Sport and Officials Advisory Committees. Ballantyne 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.
 

Julie Brandt
Brandt was nominated to the Board in 2019 by the Saskatchewan Games Council. Brandt is a former board member of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, President of Freestyle Ski Saskatchewan and Chair of the Saskatchewan Games Council. Brandt is a member of the Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and has served as Medical Liaison and Mission Staff at Canada Games and Western Canada Summer Games. Brandt has worked as a chiropractor in Saskatoon for more than 20 years.
 

Lance Dudar
Dudar was nominated to the Board in 2019 by Triathlon Saskatchewan. Lance is a Co-ordinator with the Regina Intersectoral Partnership (TRiP), an initiative that provides services to vulnerable children and their families. Prior to that, Dudar was a 28-year member of the Regina Police Service. Trained in strategic management and leadership, Dudar has received several honours for exemplary service, including Community Policing Awards in 2002 and 2005.
 

  Al Dyer
Dyer was nominated to the Board in 2017 by Special Olympics Saskatchewan. In 2018-19, he served as Vice Chair, Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. Prior to that, he was the Chair of the Sport Funding Committee and served on the Trust, Community Funding and Parasport Committees. With Special Olympics Saskatchewan, he served as Chair of the Board and on the Audit Committee. Dyer is the organizer of the North Female Hockey Program and has been involved in several major events, including the 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.
 

  Dale Reed
Dale Reed was nominated to the Board in 2017 by Gymnastics Saskatchewan. In 2018-19, he served as Vice Chair, Sport. Prior to that, he sat on the Lottery, Sport and Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Management Committees. Reed was an active board member with Gymnastics Saskatchewan who served as Chair and sat on the Nomination, Strategic Planning and Ends Policy Committees. In addition to those contributions, he has served two terms on the Gymnastics Canada Board of Directors. Reed was previously the Referee-in-Chief for the Regina Community Basketball Association with 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.
 

  Murray Stroeder
Stroeder was nominated to the board in 2019 by CURLSASK after previously serving a one-year term in 2018-19. Prior to that, Stroeder spent three years on the board of CURLSASK and 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 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 acted as the ice co-ordinator for the Moose Jaw Figure Skating Club and served on many boards in Moose Jaw, including minor hockey, little league baseball, figure skating and the Hillcrest Golf Club.
 

Kim Wudrick
Wudrick was nominated to the board in 2019 by Football Saskatchewan and comes to the organization with a wealth of experience in the non-profit amateur sport sector, including 13 years as President of Football Saskatchewan. In addition to that service, Wudrick is also a long-time member of Football Canada's executive board and has served three years as its president.

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