SOUTHLANDS RIDING CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A volunteer Board of Directors is elected by the membership. All Board members are Senior, Golden Age (65+) or Student members of the Club, and non-voting Junior/Intermediate, Parent and Instructor representatives also provide input at regular Board meetings. Elections are held annually at the Club's AGM, with Directors serving two-year terms to a maximum of four consecutive years. The Board's mandate is to set policy, guide and ensure the continuing future viability of Southlands Riding Club, while serving the best interests of its membership.
WHITNEY SANTOS - PRESIDENT
Whitney has been a member of SRC since 2000 and has been a horse lover and rider her entire life. What started as a one day a week lesson at Maynards turned into horse ownership and barn management in Southlands. Whitney has volunteered at SRC throughout the years, most notably hosting the TREC event and Sunday morning road walks from her barn Hurlingham Stables. Whitney, together with Debra Schmidt, are the current “Co-Presidents” of the Trail Riders Group.
In her non-horse life Whitney is the Practice Manager of the class action department and a Paralegal at the law firm Klein Lawyers. She is a Bar Method disciple and Instagram enthusiast. In addition to her adorable horse Tango, Whitney is blessed to have a wonderful husband and two crazy cats (see Instagram).
TINA BERTHAUDIN - VICE PRESIDENT
Originally form the UK, Tina has lived in Vancouver for the past 18 years. She met and married her husband in Vancouver and together they have a 7 year old daughter. Tina has been riding in Southlands for the past 12 years and while not wholly competitive, enjoys the razzle dazzle of the shows and a bit of fun competition. Mad about ponies and anything furry from a young age, Tina was lucky to grow up riding in the Dorset countryside. Pony club camps, rally’s in the middle of no-where, endless summer days of hacking all over the place on cheeky ponies made for a great introduction to riding that has become a life passion.
Outside of Southlands life Tina is an Associate Partner of the Transfer Pricing & International Tax practice of Ernst & Young LLP, Ernst & Young’s global member firm in Canada. A lawyer by training, Tina specializes in dispute resolution services, corporate restructuring in connection with IP migration, relocation of business functions, risks and assets, and advance pricing arrangements.
Barbara has been riding at Southlands since the late 1990’s, first as a lease member and then a full member. She has been a volunteer with Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) program for many years, and has supported the Country Fair as a planner and volunteer since its beginning. Barbara feels the riding club is an important part of the Southlands community and wishes to support it by volunteering her time.
Deborah Bell started riding lessons with Nancy Brook at the age of 6. Since then horses have been a huge part of her life. She spent many years as a member of the Vancouver Pony Club which included winning the 1997 Canadian National Championship as a member of the Prince Philip Games ‘A’ Team with Margot Vilvang as coach.
Deb’s special interest in show jumping began when she started taking lessons with Amy Dundas Head and had the opportunity to travel to several shows as Amy’s groom. Deb and her parents bought Shannon Stables in 2010 and started a riding school. She also was a working student for Jay O’ Jay learning natural horsemanship and helping start many young horses. During that time Deb met her husband Darren, and moved to San Diego, California. While in San Diego she trained with World Cup rider Mandy Porter and showed extensively throughout Southern California.
Deb and Darren moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she connected with Hauri Stables. During this time she trained with two-time show jumping Olympian Max Hauri and one-time Olympian Heidi Hauri. While in Switzerland, Deb had the opportunity to compete internationally throughout Europe, with much success. After spending two years abroad, Darren and Deb moved back to Vancouver and now call Southlands their home. Deb currently trains with Laura Balisky and has brought along a young mare that she plans to compete in the 1.30m classes this year.
Deb also owns a rescue horse that she brought home with her after living in Nelson for 5 years in her early 20s. She was heavily involved with the Nelson SPCA during this time and worked as an assistant at a Veterinarian Hospital while attending school.
Southlands Riding Club, where she obtained her first membership at the age of 10 is a very special place for Deb and she hopes she can be an asset to the board with her almost 30 years’ experience. She is looking forward to helping preserve the club while making it an even better facility for the members to continue to use.
Przemek Cerazy is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has a passion for numbers, business and the community. Przemek graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and concentrating in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Finance. In 2014, Przemek began his journey towards attaining the CPA designation while working in commercial banking. The year before writing the CPA designation Common Final Examination (CFE), Przemek joined an international professional services firm where he spent three years auditing non-profit organizations, charities, government entities and various private businesses.
Outside of his profession, Przemek is a proud dad and husband that who enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer and riding his “steel horse” (bicycle) during the summer. He is currently involved with the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, where he sits on the U40 Committee and was previously part of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow and Company of Young Professionals programs.
By getting involved, Przemek wants to show his daughter the need and value of giving back, share his experiences as an accountant, provide insights, guidance and best practices which he has seen on other boards, develop board member experience and continue developing his network.
Sacha has been a Partner of the McLean Group of Companies for 22 years and in 1999 was a founder of Vancouver Film Studios, one of Canada’s largest film and television production facilities that today includes 12 sound stages and production offices, a theatrical lighting and grip services company (Pacific Backlot Services), a telecommunications division (Signal Systems), an aerial film unit (Blackcomb Helicopters), and a factual television production division (Gun Lake Pictures). He is also Chair of 50° North Productions, a scripted television production company founded in 2015. Sacha is also a Director of KCTS Television based in Seattle.
A commercial helicopter and jet pilot for over 24 years, in 1999 and 2006, Sacha led the expansion of McLean Group’s aviation interests, resulting in the establishment of Blackcomb Helicopters, a helicopter charter company operating a large and varied fleet of aircraft, out of seven permanent bases on the west coast of Canada.
Sacha gives generously of his time to the community and is the Chair of YPO-BC (Young President’s Organization) and serves as Finance Chair and Director of West Point Grey Academy. Former community board positions include several years on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Sauder School of Business at UBC, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and as Vice Chair of the Whistler Film Festival.
Sacha has had a lifelong passion for filmed entertainment, both in front of and behind the camera. Throughout his career, he has developed and created several factual programs and has led a team to create an industry leading scripted television production company. He has also produced numerous corporate productions over the years.
Sacha and his wife, Melanie, have been lifelong horse lovers and more recently have had the opportunity to share that passion with their three children.
Sacha was a winner of an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 with his brother, Jason, and is a Business In Vancouver 40 Under 40 Award winner. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in Urban Geography as well as studies in Film Production. He has completed the Families in Business program at Harvard University.
Autumn grew up on a farm in the West Kootenays and at the age of five started riding the neighbours’ horse. By the age of 12 she had saved enough money to buy her own horse, a half Arab she named Star, which she kept and cared for on her own. They spent countless hours exploring the countryside until 1990 when Autumn left for the University of Victoria. During and after University, Autumn continued to ride when opportunities presented themselves. This included an unforgettable work experience as a jillaroo in Australia for a few months in 1995. Riding opportunities lessened as career and other responsibilities increased, but Autumn’s love for riding never did. Although she couldn’t ride every day like her younger self, she made sure to incorporate riding into her life whenever possible.
In 2014, Autumn decided to make riding a regular part of her life again and began taking lessons once a week. But once weekly lessons only “whet her appetite”. Riding is much than a hobby to Autumn. It brings her joy, clarity, and peace. She joined the Southlands Riding Club in 2017, and now rides at least three times a week. She is dedicated to improving her skills and enjoys participating in local shows. Autumn expects to remain a member of the Southlands Riding Club for life. She owns a stall at Windsor stables and has been searching for the perfect “resident” for the stall.
Autumn is a lawyer with the BC Prosecution Service and is currently in the role of Administrative Crown Counsel. She has been with the Crown for 18 years, and has occupied a number of roles throughout her career.
Autumn is thankful for the Southlands Community’s warm welcome. She has made friends with people who are equally passionate about riding and enjoys spending time with them. She is looking for a more active and meaningful role in the community. If elected to the Board, Autumn plans to use her drive and experience to help the Southlands Riding Club continue to achieve its mission. She is dedicated to raising public awareness of the Club’s community. She ultimately hopes to encourage more people to take up riding so that they too can experience extraordinary joy and peace.
Paul Sullivan joined Burgess, Cawley, Sullivan and Associates (BCS)in 1992, and became a partner in 2004. On graduation from the University of British Columbia, he approached Geoff Burgess, who persuaded Paul to join the firm. He began learning the appraisal side of the business, but soon found his passion in the tax appeal aspects of BCS.
Mr. Sullivan is not only head of the property tax division here at BCS, he is the most renowned property tax specialists in British Columbia. Every year, Paul and his team save clients millions of dollars in annual property taxes. He not only negotiates on clients’ behalf; he appears as an advocate during BC Assessment appeals process.
Paul spends his leisure time playing polo, cycling, windsurfing and skiing. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and their equestrian pursuits.
JONATHAN VAN NETTEN
Jonathan Van Netten is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office, practising in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on debt recovery litigation, insurance defence, personal injury and general corporate commercial litigation.
Jonathan's broad litigation experience has included contract cases, defamation cases, real estate litigation, franchise litigation, construction litigation, product liability defence and commercial leasing disputes. Jonathan also has experience acting for plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury claims.
Jonathan has gained extensive experience in the debt recovery field, assisting financial institutions and public and private companies in the recovery of various debts, including through the enforcement of guarantees. He provides advice and services to clients at all stages of the process, including the pre-litigation, litigation and post-judgment execution phases.
Jonathan has represented clients before the Provincial, Supreme, and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and in arbitrations before the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce. He also has experience assisting clients in resolving their disputes through various forms of mediation.