My Mountain Co-op is run by a Volunteer Board of Directors. The Board has nine director seats. Positions are for three years. Members collectively choose – through a vote – individuals they think will best lead and direct the co-operative. Any member can become a Board Member!
The primary role of a Director is to oversee and direct the affairs of the organization. While being true to our mission statement and vision, the MMC Board of Directors ensures that the co-operative and Shames Mountain incorporate MMC’s four cornerstones into every facet of their organizations.
The cornerstones of the board are: Collaboration, Affordability, Sustainability and Innovation.
Stephen Salem moved to Terrace with his family in 2015 for a Director role at the College. Steve grew up snowboarding at Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island and has ridden and worked at resorts all over BC. He was pleasantly surprised by the hidden gem that is Shames Mountain, which can only be described as one of the best family oriented powder-mountains in the province. Steve joined the MMC Board of Directors in 2017 bringing leadership, enthusiasm and innovation to help continue the success of My Mountain Coop.
Dave Gordon has been riding the Shames’ lifts since the days of Kitsumkalum ski hill. Dave is a retired business owner in Terrace who has supported My Mountain Coop since its inception. He brings many years of business and project management experience to the Board. As corporate liaison, he looks forward to building on existing, and creating new relationships with the many regional, national and international corporations operating in our area.
Position: Vice-Chair & Corporate Liaison
Meagen Grossmann was born and raised in Kitimat BC, where she grew up skiing Shames. Meagan can still remember the day she conquered the T-bar and headed for the black diamonds! Today, she is grateful for Shames’s expansive backcountry and all the terrain begging to be explored. Meagan loves that Shames connects three northern communities and is excited to help showcase it to the world.
Position: Social Media
Sam Harling was born in Nelson and raised in Kelowna. Sam spent years snowboarding at Big White and other BC or European hills but after travelling and working outside of Canada, Sam knew he wanted to be in BC. He and his wife moved to Terrace in 2004 and now have 2 young daughters snowboarding here. Sam’s first job was as a ticket checker at Shames and quickly knew that this place and these people were for him. He has extensive business management and development experience and was even part of the Friends of Shames group that did the legwork leading to Shames transitioning from being a private corporation to the current community co-op. His passion for the area and Shames is undeniable.
Position: Volunteer & Events Coordinator, IT Liaison
Kasia Kistowska moved to the Northwest when My Mountain Co-op was forming. She was inspired by the strength and initiative of the community, the mountain, the lifestyle and the regional beauty! After instructing snowboarding for a few years in Nelson and Japan, she made Terrace her home. Kasia has a background in environmental consultancy with a particular interest in coastal ecology.
James Seib joined the board in 2016. Since moving to Terrace in 1999, Shames has played a key role in his surviving northern winters. James spent his first 10 seasons at Shames as a CSPS patrol, providing first aid services on weekends. Now a carpenter for the City of Terrace, James brings construction and building experience to the board. He’s also the mountain safety liaison with our CSPS patrol. James is also a board member for the Shames Mountain Ski and Snowboard club and can often be found helping the club run their on-hill events, like the popular Mini Rippers race series.
Position: Ski Patrol.Mountain Safety & Operations
Sarah Zimmerman has been snowboarding at Shames Mountain since she moved to Terrace from Alberta in 2000. Eighteen seasons later, Sarah continues to raise her three children on the slopes at Shames – just like so many families that call this amazing place their home hill. All it took was one epic powder day and she was hooked. A self-confessed volunteeraholic, Sarah is excited to take her turn on the board of directors for My Mountain Coop. She is also a director on the board of the BC Games Society and the Northern Lights Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Position: Secretary & Marketing
Evan Van Dyk grew up snowboarding on Shames Mountain and now wants to give back to the hill. He is the owner of a small business that supports the Co-op. Evan brings experience to the board as a Chartered Professional Account (achieved through the Certified Management Accounting program). Prior to that, he graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia with a Bachelors of Commerce, from Northwest Community College with a diploma in Business Administration. When not on the ski hill, Evan is probably at home cheering on his beloved Kansas City Chiefs or Vancouver Canucks.
Officer of the Board
In the event that there is an open seat on the Board, an Officer of the Board can be appointed by the Board of Directors. An officer of the Board takes on the role of a director for a period of one year or up until the next Board of Director election.