Executive Committee Bio's

Biographies

Executive Members, Delta Sport Council - 2014 - 2015

 Barry Howard - Chair

 

Barry Howard is a Coach with 25 years of success with basketball, soccer, ice hockey, football, baseball, softball, and field hockey. His passion for helping people reach their maximum potential paid off with a Provincial Championship in football and a trip to the Field Hockey Provincial Tournament, in addition to accomplishments in the areas of Executive and Career Coaching.

 

After working in an elite basketball club program, Barry co-founded the South Delta Basketball Association in 1997, an original franchise in the Junior Grizzlies movement, which now operates under the Steve Nash umbrella. He served as President, Director of Coaching, and coach for many teams until the summer of 2007. Based on a reputation for integrity, with the focus placed on what was best for the children, the program outgrew the number of available gyms and had wait lists at every age division. He is currently a Director on the Basketball BC Board, participates on numerous committees, and Chairs the Coaching Development Committee.

 

Barry’s efforts were recognized by Basketball BC in 2005 with the “Coach Who Makes a Difference” designation and in 2008 with the inaugural Steve Nash “Builder/Administrator” Award.

 

The Delta Sports Hall of Fame recognized Barry in the Sports Champions’ “Builder” category in 2005.

 

In 2008, the Delta Chamber of Commerce presented the “Volunteer of the Year” award to Barry for his 15 years of community service building a lasting community basketball program, coaching many sports, campaigning for the South Delta Food Bank, and growing the Love South Delta movement.

 

In 2009, Barry co-founded the Delta Sports Council with a vision to bring all community sports organizations together to share best practices in coaching, administration, and fundraising. He currently acts as the President.

After many years of coaching boys’ basketball at South Delta and Delta Secondary Schools, where he participated in many Fraser Valley Championship Tournaments, Barry retired in 2009. He is now committed to teaching Steve Nash Community Coaches the critical fundamentals that they can pass on to British Columbia’s youth, and mentoring Club Executives, to ensure that the game of basketball will flourish.

 Len Stroh - Secretary

Len Stroh grew up in Maple Ridge where he was active in many sports at the high school and community level. In 1960, he was selected as the Best Spiker at the Provincial AAA High School Volleyball Tournament. At university, he was a track athlete in long distance events. A teacher by profession, he completed a 32 year career as a Research Technologist in Forest Products in 2005.

Len has lived in North Delta for 36 years, serving the communities of Delta in various capacities for the past 35 years. For example, over 30 years with the North Delta Baseball Association as a League Administrator/Coach, coaching many teams to provincial finals and championships; 10 years as a high school and college basketball official, including provincial competition; 7 years as a Delta Parks and Recreation Commissioner; and 6 years as a Technical Baseball Instructor for Baseball BC. In the past 15 years, he has acted as a Master of Ceremonies at public events such as the North Delta Terry Fox Run and North Delta Secondary School Dry Grads.

 

 

More recently, Len was an inaugural board member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame, acting as Chair of the Nominations Committee the previous three years. For the 2010 Olympics, he was appointed as a National Olympic Committee Assistant assigned to the US Olympic Committee.

 

 Steve Krawchuk - Treasurer

 

Directors

 Steve Erickson

 Joy Fera

A member of Canada’s Rowing Team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Joy Fera recorded a seventh-place finish in the Coxed Four.  During the course of her career, Fera registered back-to-back bronze medal performances in the Eight at the 1977 and 1978 World Championships and helped her team to a fifth-place finish during the 1979 Worlds. 

Following her retirement in 1980, Joy continued to be involved in the Olympic Movement, participating in the International Olympic Academy in Greece in 1988 and the Olympic Academy of Canada in Halifax in 1987.

The co-founder of the Delta Deas Rowing Club, Fera has chaired the organization’s annual high school regatta for 21 years. She is also an inaugural member of the Delta Spirit of BC Community Committee & the Delta Sport Council, after previously being involved with Athletes 2010 during Vancouver’s bid process for the 2010 Olympics.

A member of the Olympians BC Board of Directors from 1998 - 2006, Joy continues to stay heavily involved in rowing.  In 2005, she placed fifth in the Mixed Doubles at the World Masters Games in Edmonton and was an umpire during the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina.

Joy competed in Alpine Skiing at the 1972 FISU Winter Games.  She has been a ‘Whistler Weasel Worker’ volunteer for seven years, most recently for VANOC as a high speed slipper for Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.  She consistently medals at the Canadian Masters Alpine Ski Championships, including the 2008 International FIS Masters races in Banff.  Joy has been named to the Canadian Masters Alpine Ski Team for ‘08/’09 and ‘09/’10 seasons.  Joy carried the 2010 Olympic Torch on Day 105, Thursday, February 11, 1020!

 

 Carlene Lewell

After growing up in Vancouver, and then a short stint living in Winnipeg and St. Albert, Carlene with her husband Rick and 2 children moved to Tsawwassen in 1979.  Carlene began helping with the Delta Gymnastics club which soon become her passion.  Carlene strongly believes in the youth of Delta and believes that by building self esteem and confidence through sport we are developing children to be responsible young adults.

Carlene has her Bachelor of Education, physical education major, has been a volunteer, coach and administrator for Delta Gymnastics Society for 31 years, she was a substitute teacher in Delta for many years, she is chair of the Delta Spirit of B.C. Community Committee, active in sub committees of the Delta Spirit committee, on the board of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and always willing to help the youth of Delta especially in the sport.

 

 

She is a committed volunteer and Chair of Operation Red Nose a ‘safe drive’ program for Delta/ Richmond.

 

 

In the gymnastics world she has been a board member with Gymnastics BC for 15 years, chaired and participated with and on many committees with Gymnastics BC, was a National level judge for gymnastics, Director of Zone 4 for 22 years, and has received many awards and recognition for the development of the sport of Gymnastics both provincially and in Delta

            Gymnastics BC – Volunteer of the Year - 2000

            Sport BC's President Award – 2000

            Gymnastics BC Member of Distinction -2003

            Nominated and finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award- 2005

            Burn's Bog Women of the Crane award for Community Spirit – 2006

            Lifetime Achievement Award – Gymnastics BC – 2007         

In 2008 Delta Gymnastics Society (her passion) was honoured with the Ed Brougham award for the Top Club in Canada for the philosophy that it stands for, the diversity of programs, its best practice models and the contributions to improving gymnastics locally, provincially and nationally.

 

 

The Delta Chamber of Commerce awarded Carlene with the Volunteer Service Award in 2008 for work and leadership with the Delta Spirit of BC and Delta Gymnastics Society.

 

 George Windsor