Nancy Thompson

Executive Director

Nancy has over 30 years’ experience in senior level roles in the non-profit sector including the provincial sport organization field.  Her work and volunteer experience ranges from leadership, people management, strategic thinking, collaboration and operational delivery.

Nancy was most recently President of Squash BC (resigning to take on the Executive Director role) and prior to that sat on the Board in the positions of Vice President Finance and Player Development. As a player, parent of a junior, past Board member of two clubs and sport organizations, Nancy is a passionate and effective advocate for the benefits of squash. She has a solid understanding of squash in BC.

The Executive Director position is a part time position (2 days a week) and focuses on providing sound governance including strategic leadership in keeping with Squash BC’s vision and mission; operational leadership as it relates to fulfillment of the Strategic Plan and implementation of core programs; financial management and oversight; Board and stakeholder relationships; staff and contractor management; to name a few.

“Having worked almost exclusively in the non-profit sector as a consultant and senior director, I understand working with Boards, volunteers, members, government, sponsors and other key stakeholders. The mission, core values and goals of Squash BC resonate deeply with me and I am looking forward to the challenge of strengthening and growing squash in BC under our new and changed leadership model.”

Liana Schou

Coordinator, Member Services and Operations

Liana is a hands-on business professional specializing in planning and operational improvement. During her 15+ year finance career she has held a number of management positions leading teams in progressively larger companies. She has decided to return to a more hands-on role in a more intimate work environment. Liana was looking for an opportunity to use her skills towards her personal interests and passions. And our Squash BC opportunity was an ideal fit.  Liana is an avid squash player who plays out of the Jericho Tennis Club.

Through my 25-year Squash BC membership, I learned about the great game of squash, have enjoyed playing league, competed in tournaments across the province and, most importantly, built many friendships.  I appreciate the community created by Squash BC and am excited to join an organization that introduces the sport to others and grows the game in BC.”

Liana’s role as Coordinator, Member Services and Operations supports the organizational operations and member services through the coordination of special projects, squash programs and day to day functions. She will be the lead on a variety of programs and services provided by Squash BC like rankings, tournament liaison, officiating, coaching, junior development, support of the Executive Director and Board to name a few. Liana’s position is full time.

Joanne Veltri

Coordinator, Business Development and Member Engagement

Joanne is a sponsorship strategist with senior level capacity in sport marketing. She has worked in the sport, not-for-profit as well as the private sector in regional and national capacities. For the past 16 plus years she has dedicated her career to optimizing organizational performance, building brand personality, reputation and revenues for her employers and clients.

"The new Squash BC change leadership model represents a true game changer for both amateur sport and non-profit management - and it's a change momentum I truly want to be part of"

Joanne is Squash BC’s Coordinator of Business Development and Member Services which includes the prime responsibilities of revenue generation through sponsorships, individual giving, grants, and memberships; working closely with Steve, they will plan and implement a compelling member engagement strategy to build stronger member relationships and to collaboratively grow squash throughout the province; and to develop and implement a marketing and communications plan to support Squash BC’s strategic and operations plans. Joanne’s position is a part time position currently at 3 days per week.

Steve Hawyes

Coordinator, Community Relations

Steve joins the team in the newly created position of Coordinator Community Relations.  For the time being it is a part time volunteer position to continue the important work of member engagement that Tom Bedore, our former Executive Director started. The concept of the position is to meet one on one with clubs, leagues, zone reps and others to share information about Squash BC – its programs and services; help finds ways for squash facilities to best access those programs and services to support their objectives; and work collaboratively to grow the game of squash locally and provincially.

Steve originates from South Africa where he co- owned a 12-court squash facility in Johannesburg as well as owning and operating his own business. He moved to Terrace two years ago and just recently a new squash court was built in Terrace and Steve was the driving force behind that development.

Steve is passionate about our great game and his past experience as a high-level player, parent of high level juniors, Jester, Ex-President of Gauteng Squash, coach, official and club owner will be invaluable to squash in BC. He is looking forward to meeting with our squash community. 

“I am passionate about Squash and building relationships that will enhance, develop, and build our great game. To be an ambassador of Squash, working together with, and on an enthusiastic team and serving a community of Squash lovers in BC, is a huge honour and privilege!”

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