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.
bridget martin - Finance chair
Bridget is the Director of Finance for the TwentyTen Group Strategic Marketing and Communications Inc., a legacy company from the Vancouver Olympic Games. She also manages the financials for the board of the 2010 Games Operating Trust. An SRC member for more than 10 years, she can usually be found down in the flats at Straight-Up Stables or practicing dressage tests in the McCutcheon ring. Bridget grew up taking riding lessons and leasing horses on the North Shore. At 13, she finally convinced her dad this wasn't "a phase" by getting a part-time job at MacDonalds to save up for her first horse, Maxcima. Bridget and Max evented every summer until Bridget went to university, when she bred Max and got a lovely colt, Rataxus, better known around Southlands as Tazz. Outside the barn, Bridget can be found on easy hikes on the North Shore or trying the latest Vancouver hipster coffee shop.
BRONWYN WILKINSON - PAST President
Bron is a communications consultant with about 26 years’ experience as a journalist, daily newspaper editor and in Investor Relations and corporate communications in South Africa, the UK and Canada. Bron started out as a reporter covering the troubled transition to democracy in South Africa in the 90s before a stint in sports journalism. She eventually switched to the other side of the “fence” as media manager for the South African cricket team and later moved into more corporate roles. Having learned to ride on borrowed horses for a couple of years in her early teens, Bron came back to riding in 2001 when she could almost afford her own horse. She joined Southlands Riding Club soon after moving to Vancouver from London, UK, in 2009. Bron is owned by the distinctive 17.2HH pinto warmblood, Sky, with whom she does dressage and a bunch of tricks.
**Biography coming soon**
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.
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.
Jane Milton is a trust and insolvency litigator with more than 30 years of experience and is a partner in a large downtown law firm. Jane is also a Q.C. (Queen's Counsel). Jane Milton has been a board advisor to a number of her clients and has also been a member of her firm's executive committee for four years. At 10 years old Jane was given her first pony as a Christmas present. She competed for several years throughout the province in equitation, English and western pleasure until she went to university. It wasn’t until 2013 that Jane re-entered the horse world when she wanted a refresher riding course to prepare her for a horse back safari in Botswana. Shortly thereafter, Jane realized her passion for horses was soon to become a reality once again and the search for the perfect horse began. In 2014 Jane found Hershey and she became a member of the Southlands Riding Club. Jane has been instrumental in revising our club bylaws which was a very complex process lasting several months. Jane also has a private pilot's license.
Jackson is currently a graduate candidate studying towards a Masters in Public Health. He first started riding in Southlands at a very young age, only to take a hiatus from the age of 6 to 12. However the horse-bug had bitten, so he returned to the equestrian world and he has been riding ever since. Since then, Jackson has had the opportunity to ride and work extensively in the equestrian industry, as a groom, rider, and veterinary technician. He has worked in the Lower Mainland; Calgary - as a working student for Jim Ifko; the United Kingdom; the Netherlands; and France - where he helped manage the insemination centre of one of the national studs.
Outside of horses, Jackson has diverse professional experience that he believes will be an asset to the Board. During his undergraduate degree at UBC, Jackson was a Vision Portfolio Director for the UBC Arts Student Centre project: a $2.5 million student lead initiative. He was the liaison between the member-at-large committee and the professional planning committee, and he was responsible for the compiling the year-end strategic report. More recently, while living in Montreal he managed two ISP remote technical support campaigns
Lori started riding when she was 6 years old. At 13 her Dad bought her Kokeo. Kokeo was a half thoroughbred and quarter horse gelding. Lori grew up in Burnaby and when growing up had her horse around the corner at Burnaby Lake Riding Stables. In her late teens moved her horse to what was then called Grey Ross Stables…for 2 years.
Lori - now a successful realtor - worked in the cosmetic industry for 24 years in sales and marketing. Lori then left the cosmetic industry to run her own boutique Marketing, Event and Media Relations Company for 15 years. Lori developed creative marketing plans, which helped to brand her clients companies.
Lori is passionate about the Southlands community and feels truly blessed to be living in this amazing area we call Southlands. She would honored to sit on the Board and help the Southlands Riding Club achieve short term as well as long term goals with her lifelong experience and connections.
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.
margot vilvang - community REPRESENTATIVE
Margot Vilvang has been a riding instructor at Southlands Riding Club for more than 20 years. Margot was born and raised in Southlands and continues to live here with her husband Jim. Jim and Margot raised their three children in Southlands. Margot has a BSc. in Animal Science from UBC and her Canadian Pony Club "A" level. Margot serves on the Society Board as the instructor representative. She also serves on the Southlands Riding Club Company Board as President and volunteers as an instructor for the PRDA program. Margot was a coxswain on the Canadian National Women's Rowing team (1983) placing fourth in the World Championships in Germany. Horse wise, Margot has represented Canada for Prince Philip Games as both a rider (1976) in England and as a coach two times in Australia. In 1984 Margot represented Canada in Holland (individual bronze) at the Student World Cup (dressage and Show jumping). In 2011, Margot coached the Inter-Pacific Exchange Team (Gold) in New Zealand.