Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Corinne Ambor Parks Stewardship Manager

District of West Vancouver

Jennifer Folkersen Recreation Programmer II

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission

Current employment:
 Recreation Programmer II at North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.  I oversee all fitness, sports and youth programming including a youth centre for the Lonsdale corridor in 3 facilities.
Professional and Academic Credentials
Relevant education includes Diploma in Recreation Leadership (Langara); Masters of Arts in Leadership (Royal Roads University)
A brief overview of professional experience in recreation and focus within the industry
I’ve worked in the field of recreation for the past 20 years both in Municipal and private recreation.  I’ve held a variety of roles including program leader, Personal Training Coordinator, Recreation Programmer II, Recreation Facility Clerk Supervisor, Program Coordinator Assistant, and have had experience in all program areas including health and fitness, sport, youth centre programming, childminding, parent participation and family programming, facility rentals including arenas and aquatics, and community events.

Julie Milner Chief Operating Officer

International Council on Active Aging

Julie Milner has been actively involved with the health, wellness and fitness industry for over 35 years. In the past 21 years, Milner has served as Chief Operating Officer of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). This membership association is dedicated to providing education, training, resources and tools around the seven dimensions of wellness and five levels of function to professionals working with the 50+ market. Prior to ICAA, she was Vice President of The Fitness Group for 24 years. At The Fitness Group, Milner designed and implemented wellness programming, led a team of internationally and nationally recognized educators, and provided on-floor fitness instruction. She was the recipeint of the IDEA Program Director of the Year award in 1999 and the Mall Peepre award in 2002 and has been part of the Langara Advisory Board since 2000.

Tara Nazemi Community Engagement Assistant

Vancouver Civic Theatres City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Heather Nivison Athletics Director

Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club

I am currently working as the Athletics Director at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club. I have a Human Kinetics Diploma from the College of the Rockies and a Bachelor of Recreation Management from Langara College. I am also a BCRPA certified personal trainer and supervisor of fitness leaders. My experience in the recreation industry started with a fitness focus. I worked as a weight room attendant, fitness coordinator, and personal trainer in various corporate fitness locations and also in the private club industry before moving into a sports management role at Vancouver Lawn where my experience expanded to include aquatics, racquet sports and various large sport-related events.

Susie Saunders Manager, Recreation Services

Vancouver Parks Board

Current employment:

  • I work at the City of Vancouver
  • Managing Director, Non Market Housing & Social Operations with Arts, Culture, and Community Services
  • I oversee the delivery of social, cultural, community, and housing services through operations at Community Centres in the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South, housing operations at city operated single room occupancy and non market housing buildings, and cemetery and cultural services at Mountain View Cemetery

 

Professional and Academic Credentials

  • BA in Psychology and Political Science from UBC
  • MBA in Executive Leadership from Royal Roads University

 

A brief overview of professional experience in recreation and focus within the industry

  • I have been involved in recreation and community service since I was a young as a Camp Counsellor. Since that time I have worked with non profit, corporate, and municipal organizations focused on the delivery of recreation, sport, cultural, entertainment, education, and social programs and services. With the Vancouver Park Board I led the delivery of citywide recreation services in the areas of aquatics, arenas, fitness and sport, as well as community youth development, and access and inclusion. This included not only programs and services but also the development of policies and long range strategies to meet community need. I currently oversee the provision of community based recreation, social, and cultural programming and critical essential services such as health, hygiene, and food services at community centres serving the DTES and Downtown South in Vancouver, as well as cultural and social programs provided at Mountain View Cemetery. Since my very first days in recreation as a young person my focus has always been on ensuring equitable access and full inclusion of all people in community based recreation, social, and cultural programs and services. Community based recreation is critical to the health and well-being, as well as resiliency, of individuals and communities alike.

Chris Siddaway (Chairperson) Coordinator – Plans, Policies and Community

City of Coquitlam

Current employment:
 Recreation Programmer II at North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.  I oversee all fitness, sports and youth programming including a youth centre for the Lonsdale corridor in 3 facilities.
Professional and Academic Credentials
Relevant education includes, Diploma in Recreation Leadership (Langara); Masters of Arts in Leadership (Royal Roads University)
A brief overview of professional experience in recreation and focus within the industry
I’ve worked in the field of recreation for the past 20 years both in Municipal and private recreation.  I’ve held a variety of roles including program leader, Personal Training Coordinator, Recreation Programmer II, Recreation Facility Clerk Supervisor, Program Coordinator Assistant, and have had experience in all program areas including health and fitness, sport, youth centre programming, childminding, parent participation and family programming, facility rentals