CW Board of Directors
President - Karl Klashinsky
Karl has been around the club for almost 20 years, but only because he gave up on playing when it was clear he was never going to be selected, so he shifted his focus and attention to volunteer activities. He graduated from U-Vic (B.Sc and M.Sc), and recently retired after working in the tech industry for 35 years. Karl (or Klash, as he is known) has a passion for rugby, and for CW, and hopes to see the club continue to grow in depth.
Vice President - Dave Hill
David is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute BC. He holds a Master of Science from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of PE from the University of Calgary. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience in alpine skiing and rugby, where he coached from grassroots to national team programs.
Beyond his coaching, David spent three years at the Coaching Association of Canada in Ottawa before moving back to Victoria to join the Canadian Sport Institute in 2006. 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.
The Club is fortunate to have such an experienced candidate to take on the position of President-Elect. We look forward to Dave's leadership.
Treasurer - Linda Veitch
Linda is a life-long rugby fan and ACCA-qualified accountant who has recently relocated to Victoria B.C. from London, UK. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in Physical Education from the University of Birmingham, plus an M.A. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she lived between 1982-84. A former distance runner, she now enjoys cycling and trekking.
Linda has been an active member of the Saracens Rugby Club in North London since 1991. Both her children played in the Junior Section and her husband was an active age group and 1 st XV coach with the amateur club. She helped fund-raise for the Club’s major u.18 tours to Australia in 2002 and to Argentina in 2011, plus served as Treasurer for the Saracens Touch Rugby section from its formation in 2013. Other major rugby events attended include the RWC World Cup Final in 2007, British Lions tour to South Africa in 2009, Women’s World Cup Final in 2014, Touch Rugby World Cup in 2019 and numerous Saracens Premiership and European matches and finals.
Rugby on Vancouver Island is an important part of Linda’s life here in Canada and she is looking forward to contributing to the growth of Castaway Wanderers in her new role as Club Treasurer.
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.
Director 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 ! This past, non-Covid year has seen great growth in the Boy's programs, returning them to their former strengths on the Vancouver Island and Provincial scene.
Director at Large – Girl’s Youth Rugby – Rob Peel
With two daughters in the CW Mini and Jr programs Rob volunteered to step into the role of Jr Girls Director in the fall of 2022. A graduate of UVic, Rob is a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, with experience in organizational leadership and project management. His rugby experience is limited to playing Army rugby with 1 PPCLI and three years with the St Albert RFC’s 3rd Div. team. Presently, in between rugby injuries, he occasionally practices & plays with the Ebb Tide and CW’s Islanders. Rob is committed to carry-on and improve CW’s legacy of being the leader in girls’ youth rugby on Vancouver Island and BC. The main effort will be the growth of the program by the attraction and development of player athletes and coaching staff, while continually promoting girl’s and women’s rugby at all levels of competition.
Director at Large - Mini Rugby - Rodney Fraser
Rod grew up in Nanaimo before heading to Europe seeking adventure. He lived, worked and played rugby in France for a number of years before moving to the UK with his now wife, Victoria who is from England. They lived in London for a number of years before moving to Tunbridge Wells in southeast England where their children Sebastian and Isla were born. Rod coached youth rugby at TWRFC for 4 years before he and his family relocated to Victoria in 2021. Rod currently coaches U12 boys where his son, Seb, plays and is passionate about helping create an inclusive, safe, and enjoyable environment that is based on a strong rugby club community.
Director 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.
Director 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.
Director At Large - Madeline Berry
Director At Large - Merie Beauchamp
Director At Large - Gareth Rees
Gareth enjoyed his first organised rugby practice at Windsor Park under the guidance of Don Burgess c. 1977. He is very much a product of the Victoria School system, Castaways, and the CW Rugby community.
He completed his postgraduate studies in at Keble College, Oxford in England before featuring in the top European professional rugby leagues in France, England and Wales, winning championships and scoring titles along the way. Gareth along with many CW Players, was the backbone of Canada’s international team for 14 years. He won 55 caps and played in 4 Rugby World Cups. Gareth was the first Canadian inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame (2011) and is the first and only rugby player in Canada’s Sports Hall of fame (2014).
Gareth and his wife Denise have two sons Guy and Lleyton. He is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rugby Canada.
BOARD NON-VOTING ATTENDEES
Director of Rugby - 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.
Director 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.
Director 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.
PAST PRESIDENT - Brian Huse
Brian has been a Board member for five years, the last two, serving as President. Brian's leadership has left the club in a solid financial position In late 2021 we added a dedicated CW bookkeeper who has been very effective in managing our day-to-day cashflow. We have implemented systems to allow for reasonably seamless expense reporting and reimbursements. Our new Treasurer, is now onboard and is working well with the board and our bookkeeper.
Brian notes; "The Rugby side of the club is well handled by Ken Goodland. The addition of the DOR role was brilliant and critical to my ability to be the President. In my opinion it should be a mandatory role for any club our size. Ken does an excellent job of handling rugby issues and communicating with the President and the board. This allows the board to concentrate on the administration, governance, and organizational concerns of the club.
Recently the board has established sub-committees for various initiatives and issues. These committees which meet outside the board meetings, are tasked with make recommendations to the board. These committees are chaired by board members but open to any CW Member to be involved with.
Notable Sub Committees- Finance; Governance;Communications; and Youth Rugby."
Our club is fortunate to have had yet another creative leader, and we thank Brian for his service.
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.