CW Board of Directors
Club President - Matt Gordon
Matt has rolled up his sleeves since joining our club some twelve years ago as he has had considerable experience coaching young players and attacks that task with gusto. He then championed the Third Division cause in his role as Chaplain, mustering the Sunday Wonders as the club sought an outlet for those chaps who wished to play the game at a more social level. The Islanders have now become a club fixture. CW is lucky to have Matt. He has led the club through a growth period as the Premier Women have come on board and the girls youth program has mushroomed. Matt's experience with communications in his professional life stands him in good stead as he often needs to wend his way through swampy waters!
Professionally, Matt runs his public affairs company Varig Strategies and also serves as a Senior Associate for Edelman Canada, the largest private public relations firm in the world.
Matt originally hails from the Ottawa Valley (however don’t ever suggest he’s from Ottawa) and while he spends much of his time focused on all things Ceedub, if you are ever desperate to find him try calling the Maui Tourism Association because he seems to spend more time in Maui than in Canada! His next project may well be CW team based on his favourite Hawaiian island.
Vice-President - Anne Jones
Anne started as a volunteer with Mini’s Program in 2009 and in addition to her role as VP she is the club’s Registrar. Anne works as a Purchasing Project Leader for a global engineering firm and in her free time enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.
Treasure - Jason Lewis
Originally from Toronto, Jason played rugby across Eastern Canada in his younger days, and then for a stint in Australia and New Zealand. His home clubs include the Toronto Scottish RFC and the 'world-famous' Gentlemen's Inter-Toronto Select (GITS) RFC.
Jason and wife Stephanie, along with their two children, moved to Victoria in 2016. Raised in rugby, Jason followed the sage advice of former colleagues to connect with CW when he got to town. A Kelowna Tour, some matches, 12 Bars of Xmas and an occasional stop-in to Friday's Happy Hour at the Temple secured new friendships and an invitation to join the Executive (most likely in recognition of better contribution to the club's financial oversight than actually securing clean ball in the ruck... though his lineout jumping was phenomenal!)
Having spent more time in rehab than training, Jason decided to retire his boots in 2018 (Queeny says his brother has them). Jason is now pursuing less concussive activities like rowing, running, cycling and spectating. Helping to secure CW's legacy is Jason's way of emulating those who gave him support and a chance to grow through rugby over the years.
Corporate Secretary- Jon Donald
Jon Donald (“JD”) has an affiliation with the Club dating back to the pre-merger Oak Bay Wanderers days when he played with a few of the Carson brothers, Gareth Rees, and many other long-termers, including the still-active Don Swainson. He is also the proud father of a former women’s prems player, Olivia Donald.
Jon is in his second year as the Club’s Corporate Secretary; a position he believes he was offered because he “writes English real good”. He and his wife Shelby are long time Oak Bay residents who live within walking distance of the Penny Farthing, their regular, neighborhood pub. They’re also enthusiastic fans of boating and travel; Shelby and Jon recently returned from the fantastic Langara Fishing Lodge in Haida Gwaii, where they were able to indulge both interests, having purchased the trip during the live auction held at the Club’s annual fundraising dinner (special thanks to Rick Bourne of Langara for donating TWO trips as part of this year’s event)
Director Senior Men’s Team Representative Riley Ilnicki
Riley has been an active player with CW since 2010, and an executive member since 2014. Riley works as a Chartered Professional Accountant at local Victoria firm Field & Company LLP. Riley originally hails from Williams Lake in the Interior of BC home to the "Williams Lake Rustlers Rugby Football Club". Outside of Rugby you can catch Riley biking or hiking around Vancouver Island with his wife.
Director Senior Women’s Team Representative Lauren Sargent
Lauren Sargent has been a contributor to the CW club on and off the field since joining our inaugural women’s program in 2015. She is a true Island 'product'. She started playing in Grade 9 at G P Vanier under Coach Dwayne Mills. She has been a representative player (Tsunami and BC) throughout her youth career. In addition, she had the opportunity to attend a Dog River Howlers tour to Colombia in 2013.
Lauren is a true club person and, has made contributions at the Executive level, youth coaching and recently stellar leadership work in leading the inaugural CW volunteer event at the Royals Hockey game this past spring. We are very fortunate to have her involved in the club and her contributions to the girl’s program have been significant. This year, she will be paired with Shane Muldrew to lead the U16 Girls team. This age grade is an important link for our graduating U14 players, and these two coaches will have a great influence on the girls.
Lauren continues to develop her coaching resume and she will be coming to us this Fall fresh from a head coaching role with the U15 BC girl’s team. We are very excited to have her on board for another season. Her attitude is best summarized by her quote:
"I am happy I joined the coaching staff this year, it feels so good to be able to pay it forward. Looking forward to developing my coaching career with Castaway Wanderers over the next few years."
Director at Large- Pierre Lachetti (Junior Boys Rugby)
Since moving to Victoria in 1995, Pierre has been a loyal supporter of CW and in recent years has stepped up to take on the role of director of the juniors and minis program and serve on the executive committee.
Rugby has been a central influence on Pierre's life since he started his playing days at Ancaster High School under the tutelage of legendary Welsh coach and teacher Eric Pritchard. He went on to play for the Hamilton Hornets, Jasper Dregs, and Ancaster Loyalists, and played his uni rugby for the eastern powerhouse McMaster Marauders under legendary coach Dr. Phil White.
These days, most players and coaches know Pierre as a referee and allocator for the Island, but occasionally he can be convinced to dust off his boots and make guest appearances with the CW 3rds and Ebb Tide old boys. Originally from Barbados, Pierre lives in Victoria with his wife and two kids and their numerous pets. When he is not obsessing about rugby, he enjoys travelling with his family, hiking, kayak trips, tennis, and volunteering in his community. To pay the bills, Pierre works as an environmental consultant and research scientist who specializes in sustainability and resiliency issues on local and global scales.
Director at Large- Brian Huse
Brian became involved with CW in 2011 when his daughter Chloe joined the Jr. Program. Chloe has since gone on to play for not only CW, but regional and BC teams. In addition to being a member of the CW executive committee, Brian contributes to CW by managing both the U16 and U19 girls Jr. Teams.
Brian comes from a sailboat racing background and has participated competitively in some amazing events in fantastic locations. Since retiring from a life of professional sailing, Brian works locally for Fraser Yacht Sales as a Yacht Broker. When not on the side of a rugby pitch he can often be found sailing in the gulf islands with his wife Tish Hill.
Director at Large- Erin Vipond (Director of Mini Rugby)
Erin grew up playing many sports throughout her youth, but it wasn’t until university that she was introduced to rugby. She instantly fell in love with the intensity on the pitch and the sense of community off of it. Erin played rugby for McMaster, Queen’s, Halifax Wanderers RFC and was selected to play for Nova Scotia. Her career with the Royal Canadian Navy pulled her in a different direction, but several years later still feeling the pull of the rugby pitch and community she was back - this time in Victoria. Erin has been coaching with our Mini program for three years and has enjoyed watching her daughters learn the sport she is so passionate about. Last year Erin took on an additional role with CW - Mini Rugby Program Coordinator. We are pleased to have her continue in this role and as our U12 Girls coach.
Director at Large - David Crossley (Director of Female Rugby)
David, "Bing" is a well-known former player, having worn the colors of UVic, Oak Bay Wanderers and VIRU Crimson Tide. He has been a leader in female development at CW and in the local region and high school system. As the principal driver for a female pathway development in the region, he has driven a vision of development that has attracted players from the mini to senior level and grown the program to become a major component of the club.
Active in refereeing on the island, David is involved in junior and senior refereeing and promoter of developing youth refereeing. In addition, David has worked with our web master scribe, Ian 'Macca' Maclean, over the history of its 10-year history of the club website.
Dave is also a “do-er” and his word is his work. CW is excited about the future of women’s rugby both locally and nationally and we believe its advent with us helps "complete" our club.
When he is not involved with rugby on the weekend, he enjoys traveling, tennis, back country pursuits (hiking, skiing) and volunteering in his community. To fund these interests, David works as an independent technology consultant specializing in Enterprise Architecture, solution design and implementation.
PAST PRESIDENT - Don Swainson
Don came to us from Ontario where he coached age grade Provincial teams, being Level II NCCP certified and he was extremely active in his club, Highland RFC. He is a certified referee to boot. He first played for the club in the "year of the merger", 1989, under the wand of King Billy Rees. Don provided a term of office that took the club in many new and exciting directions. A job well done and it ain't over yet as he continues to seek avenues he can lend his shoulder to.
The Executive meets monthly, either at a Director's or full Board level. We are always open to ideas, not just ideas but some volunteer time to back them up. CW is a members' club, from eights to eighties.