Vice President – Carol Stewart
Director of Finance – Jennifer Kryworuchko
Director at Large & Sport Development Committee Chair – Elise Cantner
Director at Large & Officials Committee Chair – Anne-Marie North
Director at Large & Competitions Lead – Sonja Dickinson
Director at Large – Rhonda Vanderfluit
Director at Large & High Performance & Coaching Committee Chair – Susan Kemper
Director at Large – Krista Guloien
Please visit the Board of Director’s Meeting Minutes page for minutes now available to the membership.
Synchronized Swimming in British Columbia has been organized since 1952. Synchro BC governs the sport in ourprovince, providing opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Our programs include a wide range of PARTICIPATION, RECREATION, and COMPETITIVE levels to participants of all ages, genders, and skill levels.
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RaeAnne Rose is President of Pharos Fundraising Strategy + Communication, based in Surrey, British Columbia. Since 1995, RaeAnne has worked with over 80 non-profit organizations in Western Canada focusing on capacity building, fund development, and communications strategy. Her clients span the full spectrum of the non-profit world from healthcare and social services to education, sport and the arts.
RaeAnne has been a member of the BC Aquasonics since 2009 and the Club President since 2014. During her tenure as President, the Club developed a strategic plan, overhauled its governance, business and communications practices, launched a dynamic new website, and expanded to a new location.
RaeAnne’s expertise is broadly focused on strategic and program planning, annual gift and capital campaign fundraising, grant research and writing, and communication. Working with her clients, she has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in the non-profit sector and positioned them for greater success in the future. She has assisted numerous clients to navigate the community gaming grant system as well as develop better governance structures and management systems. Overall, her intent is for each client to become more self-sufficient and effective, and to make better decisions because they have the tools and knowledge to do so.
Carol Stewart has been a member of Synchro for over 30 years as a parent, club executive, meet manager, official (judge and referee) both provincial and national. She has been on the board for the past few years and still an member of the officials committee.
Jennifer Kryworuchko is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and mother of 4 lovely athletes – one in synchronized swimming. In her professional life, she teaches undergraduate and graduate programs in the UBC School of Nursing. She also is a researcher at UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and the BC Centre for Palliative Care. Her research focuses on person centered health decision making in advanced illness.
Jen is also the mother of four kind and hardworking athletes, including a talented young synchronized swimmer. She has been involved in supporting synchronized swimming, kayak and hockey clubs and associations since 2008. Prior to moving to BC in 2015, she was the President of Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan, the provincial sport governing body for the sport of Canoe-Slalom, and board member of the Saskatoon Aqualenes. She is President of Pacific Wave Synchro in Richmond, BC. Jen has expertise in community engagement, policy writing, and implementation. She is looking forward to working with athletes, parents, clubs and the Synchro BC board to improve the structure to support synchronized swimming in BC.
Elise Cantner (nee Fagnan) is a Competition Development Certified coach with a diploma in Kinesiology. Elise has coached in the province in many different capacities – recreational, provincial, national, masters, and summer games.
Prior to coaching she was an athlete with Vancouver Pacific Wave for 10 years. This time as an athlete and now as a coach has grown her passion for sport and sport development.
Currently, Elise is the chair of the Sport Development committee and is working towards her Bachelors in Nursing degree.
Anne-Marie joined the Synchro community in 1998. During her 18 year involvement she has participated as a Parent, Masters Athlete, Club Board Member , Official, Official Educator and more recently Synchro B.C. Board Member.
Her range of experience with Synchro BC brings value to her role as a Board member. Anne-Marie also carries with her, professional attributes in a leadership role that lend themselves well to a Boardsetting.
Anne-Marie brings a passion to the sport that extends to every athlete of every ability. She aspires to grow membership and interest in Synchro.
Sonja believes in the adage that “you can’t complain about the outcome if you’re not part of the process”. To that end she has devoted extensive volunteer hours to numerous sports organizations in many different roles. Most significantly, she has been a part of the synchronized swimming scene in BC since 2008, first as a volunteer with the North Vancouver Cruisers Swim Club and the BCSSA and in the last 5 years with the Vancouver Pacific Wave Club, four of those years as a board member. She has participated in most competitions doing various jobs, from refereeing, scorekeeping, announcing and videotaping at competitions, coordinating club travel and events and chaperoning for teams, both Club and Canada Winter Games. Most recently her daughter competed internationally for Canada on the national junior team, giving her a new insight into the sport at the international level.
With a diploma in Operations Management from BCIT and 17 years working as a business analyst for a large crown corporation, Sonja has been involved in implementing numerous successful projects designed to improve business processes and systems, as well as customer service/support. She has a keen eye for detail, a natural sense of curiosity, and is not averse to challenging the status quo in her pursuit to improve processes.
Sonja is a true believer in the benefits of synchronized swimming, having witnessed the transformation and growth of her daughter, not only in the sport, but also in her development as a person. Sonja would like to continue to devote some of her time and energy to a sport that gives girls--and hopefully more boys in the future--such a wide spectrum of skills and ultimately, a great foundation for their life’s journey.
I started synchro in Saskatchewan as a child. I left after the Saskatchewan Winter Games because family moved to Terrace, BC where there was no synchro club, so I played water polo through high school and undergrad at UBC. When I moved to Toronto to do a second degree, I returned to synchro with the UofT Varsity team. I was Head Coach of UofT synchro in my last year. I continued to play water polo and swim synchro as well as coach while at UofT.
I have now been swimming with Vancouver Masters Synchro for 16 years. I have represented VMS at many Provincial, National and International competitions. My daughter also now swims with VPW/PWS.
I have been on the board of directors of Vancouver Masters Synchro for 14 years and VPW/PWS for 4 years. I will be completing my term as President of PWS and taking over as Registrar for this upcoming season.
I also have extensive board experience with the Youth Parliament of BC Alumni Society, an educational and service organization. I have served in many different board positions with that organization, including chair.
Susan Kemper has been active in synchronized swimming for over thirty years as an athlete and coach for BC and Canada. She coached Synchro Canada’s National Team for seven years including Head Coach of the 2008 Olympic Team. Susan has also developed multiple National Team athletes from the province of BC including a 2008 Olympian. Today, she is a highly sought after High Performance Consultant mentoring colleagues across the country, running multiple High Performance Camps for both provinces and clubs each season, and Head Coach of the BC Aquasonics.
Susan is a Chartered Professional Coach and in 2006 she became a fully certified NCCP Level 5 Coach, the first coach in synchronized swimming with Level 5 Certification and the ninth woman in Canadian Sport. In 2009, Susan was inducted as a “Builder” for sport into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, a huge honour at this early phase in her sporting career. As member of Synchro Canada’s Coaching Development Team, a Master Learning Facilitator for their Competition Development Coaching Program, and a coach for Synchro BC, Susan is influential at all levels of the sport, building strong, well-balanced, successful athletes for the province and the country.
Krista Guloien is a world-class athlete who achieved the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal for Canada in women’s rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Falling in love with the sport during her first practice, and inspired by other great Canadian rowers like Silken Laumann and Marnie McBean, Krista began working and dreaming toward the goal of rowing in the Olympics one day. Her quick rise through the ranks was nothing short of meteoric. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with Rowing Canada’s National Team and competed in her first Olympics in 2008.
Known for her hard work, consistency, and boat feel—the innate sense of when the boat is in balance and going fast—Krista became a team leader who was valued and respected for her ability to push herself and encourage her team members at the same time. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates competed in the women’s eight and won a silver medal for Canada.
Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach, and mentor young athletes. She contributes her time to numerous community events and charitable causes, including Fast and Female, 60 Minute Kids’ Club, Game Ready Fitness, viaSport, and KidSport. All are either provincial or national organizations dedicated to encouraging youth to lead more active and healthy lives by getting involved in sport.
Her achievements in rowing at the national level in World Rowing Cup Regattas, World Rowing Championships, and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing.
After the London Olympics, Krista settled back at her home in Vancouver. Through writing about her transition from high-level athlete to the next chapter in her life, she hopes to help others prepare and manage the transition from sport successfully. Since her time in sport, she has taken a one-year fashion merchandising program at Blanche Macdonald Centre, and worked at Lululemon in store and on the website. She now coaches youth, leads indoor cycling classes, and coordinates events for Fast and Female in British Columbia. Writing and speaking to share her journey, as well as motivate and help others in their journey, have become her full-time commitment.
She is passionate about helping people to feel empowered, confident, motivated, and worthy. She is also passionate about her family and her two dogs Charlie and Arthur.