CW Board of Directors



Board of DirectorsPresident - Brian Huse

Brian became involved with CW in 2011 when his daughter Chloe joined the Junior Program. This current season, Brian has served as Club Register as well as managing both the U16 and U19 girls Jr. Teams. He now steps to the plate as President.

Suffice to say, his volunteering for this position did not come about naively! His ten years of involvement since registering his daughter in Age Grade rugby has covered everything from soup to nuts, ensuring he knew what he was volunteering for and enthused him with his interest in the job. Brian has worked with all of the Executive in recent years and he is a team leader. He is a successful and astute businessman and apart from his recently acquired rabid interest in rugby, he will offer his skills to lead the club

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.

Board of DirectorsVice PresidentErin Vipond

Erin joined with CWRFC about five years back when she became involved, coaching her daughters at the U10 – U14 age grade level. At that time, she worked with Ed Knaggs, Aaron Cook and Olly Winser.  Erin is a former player who played her rugby on the East coast and is an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces based at Naden.  Since joining she has become committed to the club, enjoying the culture and all matters CW. Erin served on the Board before allowing her name to stand for V-P.  Erin was elected as VP at the last AGM.  She is a hard worker and has good ideas to help move the club along. It is a first for the club to have a female President- Elect.  We are very proud of what Erin has done for the club and her work ethic over the past six years and feel confident of her leadership to keep us moving forward.  ‘onya, Erin.

Treasurer - Vacant


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 third year as the Club’s Corporate Secretary, a position he believes he was offered because he “writes English real good”!  He has been a steadying and innovative influence on the Executive with his consulting background.  A former Wanderers/CW player that saw the transition to the merged clubs in the early nineties, Jon is well versed in the history and culture of the Club and we are very pleased to have back on Board for this season.


Board of Directors - Ken Goodland

Ken started his coaching journey with CW and now, some twenty years later, he is honoured for this opportunity to come "full circle".  Ken notes; "I look forward to supporting all of our players and coaches in pursuit of their goals and dreams and to continue building the program to be the best it can be."  Ken will oversee and be responsible for all club rugby programs, a new position and he will need to have a reciprocal relationship from our many programs.  His DoR role will be in conjunction with his role as Head Coach of our Men's program.  Ken has managed to see his way clear to give total devotion and attention to these tasks.  We are very pleased to welcome Ken in this very new roloe and wish him every success.


Board of DirectorsDirector Senior Men’s Team Representative - Brandon Gerhardt

As one of the few Victoria-born members of CW, Brandon began his "career" in the Junior program under the tutelage of Roger Robinson, Ken Goodland, and Seamus Gay.   Graduating to the senior men's side in 2008, Brandon "The Queen" experienced many highs and lows with the club, as well as personal achievements, and failures to match.  With large boots to fill courtesy of Riley Ilnicki's long time at this station, Brandon's primary goal will be to build upon the framework established for keeping the club connected off the field, and competitive on the field.

Board of DirectorsDirector Senior Women’s Team Representative -
Jessica Hardy

Jess began her rugby career in Manitoba. She has played for multiple clubs across Western Canada and has finally settled in Victoria with the Castaway Wanderers. As a Junior player she participated in the U-19 Rugby Canada development program and has played provincially for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Jessica has her Red Seal Journeyman certificate in carpentry. She balances a busy schedule with her wife, taking care of their son and running a small business.


Board of DirectorsDirector at Large - Boy's Youth Rugby - Byron Mcallister

Byron has moved into the role of Junior Boys Co-Ordinator overseeing the development of the U15, U17 & U19 programs. With two sons in the CW program, Byron brings a personal interest and passion for the continued growth of the boy’s junior program.  He took over during summer and jumped in with both feet, leading the Return to Play protocols for the boy's program which included his company’s donation of necessary PPE and sanitizer ! 


Board of DirectorsDirector at Large – Girl’s Youth Rugby – Olly Winser

Olly Winser, native of Montreal, came to our club as a senior men’s player while attending UVIC, studying Education for five years.  He stepped up as a coach in the girls youth program and he has coached all of our age grade levels in the girl’s youth program over his last five years. In addition, he has coached at regional and provincial youth levels and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Coaching at UVIC.  Olly also has had a wide experience of teachng in Victoria schools. CW is very lucky to have his continued involvement and we look forward to his leadership with coaching innovation and insights.  

Board of DirectorsDirector at Large -  Director of Mini Rugby - Dave Hill

Dave has been arouond CW edges on and off since returning to Victoria some years back.  Once his youngsters were of age their interest in the game enticed dad to make a commitment to the club.  His services the past couple of seasons have been extremely valuable. David continues to be a key contributor to the development of the National Coaching Certification Program having played a lead role in the coach evaluation and the development of the new Advanced Coaching Diploma. He has enormous passion for legitimizing the role of coaching in Canada, by increasing the professional status of coaches and advocating for the value of coach education, coaching and athlete development.  Welcome to the Board, Dave.


Board of DirectorsDirector at Large - Brent Johnston

I’m looking forward to returning to the CW Executive at a time where so many good things have happened and continue to happen within the Club.  Thinking about the last time I was involved at the Exec level, there were only two teams. Currently, the Club is so big and impactful throughout our Rugby and general communities.  I hope to bring some historical perspective to the group when needed/asked, whilst being cognizant of a moving forward, progressive organization that needs a lot of opinions and perspectives to achieve the best results for the Club.

Board of DirectorsDirector at Large - John Braddock

When I contemlpated moving to Canada I got in contact with CW and James Bay clubs. In classic Brent Johnston fashion he called me straight away and chewed my ear off over an hour. Needless to say my mind was made up. From day one CW has been an integral part of my life. CW has given me some of the greatest friendships and the best friendship of all, my wife. Now that I’m feeling like I’m entering the twilight years of my club rugby career I really want to give back to the clubs that’s done so much for me.



Board of DirectorsAdrienne Shepherd - Director at Large

I came to rugby late, only starting to play in 2011 during my second year at UVic. I learned the sport there when the women’s side was still a club team before it switched to Varsity. I played four seasons with the Vikes, not playing very much but learning plenty, and then I decided to come to CW when I heard they were starting a women’s team. My dad has long been involved with CW and the Wanderers before that, so it was an easy choice. I’ve now played and been involved with the team for six years. I playerd both flanker and prop. Now that I have had my time on the pitch, (and hopefully, for a bit longer yet), I would like to try and get involved with our club in other ways by volunteering as a Director at Large. 


PAST PRESIDENT - Dave Crossley

Dave's leadership during his term of office was respected and appreciated. He has been involved for many years in many capacities. He had a vision for Castaway Wanderers and the development of women’s rugby and youth rugby, girls, and boys, via a pathway of progressive coaching and competition to become their best, was foremost in his goals for the club.  CW thanks him and wishes him all the best.  One suspects, 'Bing' will be sought out on occasions for his experience and opinions.


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.