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2019/2020 OCF Board of Directors:
OCF directors each serve a 2-year term, overlapping such that 3 or 4 of the directors’ terms expire each year. New directors are elected each spring at the Annual General Meeting.
Sharon Vukojevic – Treasurer (Term ends May 31, 2021)
Sharon has been an active volunteer with the OCF for the past 6 years as a Judge, including as a Head Judge for the 2019 season. As a parent of two competition climbers, Sharon has a long-term interest in the further development of the Board and in playing an active role in the next evolution of the OCF and its athletes. Sharon is focussed on the further development of our athletes to support them to compete at the highest levels possible.
Elina Avramova – Registrar (Term ends May 31, 2021)
Elina has been a competition climber in both Ontario and British Columbia. She has competed at the National level and has represented Canada internationally in Briancon, France in 2017. Outside of climbing, Elina works for a National non-for-profit organization in a portfolio coordination role. She has experience with planning and implementing events and programs while working in collaboration with staff and volunteers – all of which is extremely valuable to the OCF. Elina is very passionate about competition climbing and supporting all OCF athletes in their development.
Manh Ellis – Director-at-Large (Term ends May 31, 2021)
Manh has competed out of Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa for about seven years and has represented Canada numerous times as an athlete in countries such as Russia, Italy, Austria and China. He competes in Lead, Speed and Bouldering in equal capacity, and believes the three disciplines deserve equal attention. When he’s not competing, Manh is helping to run competitions, either through judging or volunteering. He also coaches all ages at his home gym. Manh brings a fresh perspective to the OCF – of a competitor and non-parent figure. Living outside the GTA, Manh also adds location diversity to the federation.
Shaun Hunter – Secretary (Term ends May 31, 2021)
Shaun started working in the climbing industry in 2005 when he began instructing youth in the recreational programs at Toronto Climbing Academy. In 2010, he moved to True North Climbing where he created the youth recreational and competitive programs. He was head coach for the youth competitive team and later became the head route setter in 2013. In the competition scene, Shaun has been involved countless times as a route setter, competition organizer, problem judge, and as an open competitor. As a route setter he has helped set over 25 competitions from the provincial to the national level. In 2017, Shaun was selected to be an Assistant Coach for the Canadian Youth National Team. Shaun also represented Canada at four World Cups in the 2015 season.
Will Johnson – Vice Chair (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Will has been an active climber since 1995 when he started at the Guelph Grotto. Since then, he has taught introductory and technique lessons and climbed at various gyms in Ontario with a focus on training for and competing in local, national, and international competitions. Will represented Canada at IFSC Bouldering World Cups in 2016 in Switzerland, Austria, India and USA, and in Moscow in 2018. Will was involved in the development and deployment of the OCF’s new member registration system (member.climbontario.ca). He is an avid climbing photographer and can be found spending many evenings and weekends training with his teammates and friends at Joe Rockheads and Up The Bloc.
Laura Nuesken – Director-at-Large (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Laura is an engaged member of the climbing community in Southwestern Ontario and has worked at London’s Junction Climbing Centre for the past 2 years. She is the mother of two youth competitors and has been an active volunteer judge for the OCF over several seasons. Laura’s past community initiatives include serving as a school council member, aiding as a foster parent for the local CAS and facilitating a weekly parent-toddler group. Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, Laura was heavily involved in the sport of kayaking in Germany, as a white-water slalom competitor, coach, judge and volunteer. She gained Board-level experience as a member of the local Youth Kayaking Board as Treasurer, Secretary, Event-Coordinator and Vice-Chair. Laura has a vested interest in seeing competitive climbing continue to develop and assist the sport and its community to reach its fullest potential for the benefit of existing and future generations of competitive climbers.
Davis Barton – Chair (Term ends May 31, 2020)
Davis is an MBA graduate with over 15 years of experience in marketing, operations and management roles. She has Board-level experience in the not for profit sector, serving in various capacities (Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chair) and currently serves on the Board of her local gymnastics club in Kingston where she is the parent of a competitive gymnast. Davis has been involved with organizing competitions, events, volunteers and fundraising. She is relatively new to climbing, however this brings new perspectives to OCF discussions. As the mom of a Youth climber, she also brings a parent perspective to the Board.