June 24, 2020
Vernon Winter Carnival Elects New Board
It was a great turn out for the 2020 Vernon Winter Carnival Society AGM held Tuesday June 23rd. Members were physically distanced, but the enthusiasm for Carnival was apparent.
The Vernon Winter Carnival Society would like to extend their gratitude to the out going directors for their service and contribution to the Society and Festival including:
Chair – Deb White
Vice Chair – Corinne van de Crommenacker
Director – Roel van de Crommenacker
Director – Annette Timm
Director – Joy Stafford
Director – Dawn Tucker
The evening also marked the end of an era for Vernon Winter Carnival Society with Deb White completing her last event as Chair – a position which she had held for 5 years. White had also been a director for over 10 years. Join us in welcoming the new directors to the board and the newly acclaimed directors and executive for 2020/2021:
Chair – Erik Olesen
Vice Chair – Laurell Cornell
Treasure – Brian Langner
Secretary – Ruth Hoyte
Amanda Wilms, Boris Ivanoff, Josh Winquist, Justine McPherson, Leah Martel, Peter Kaz, Natasha Kositsin
Caroline Radics, Kirbey Lockhart, Paul Cousins, Rod Koenig, Shelley Ward
“I’m really excited for this new board. It’s a great mix of experience and new ideas.” Says Vicki Proulx, Executive Director of Vernon Winter Carnival. “We know that we will have to be creative for Carnival 2021 and I think this is the perfect group of people to do it.”
New Chair of the Society, Erik Olesen, brings with him lots of board and community involvement. Erik has been Chair of the Alzheimer's Walk Vernon for the last three years, the Youth Accessibility Leader for 2 years with the Federal Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund initiative bringing dollars to the community and region to build a more accessible future for youth, a volunteer for the Sunshine Festival and other community driven initiatives. "I am pleased that I have been selected as the 28th Chair of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society at the age of 28. I know that I have a huge responsibility moving forward as well as big shoes to fill as we say goodbye to the outgoing Chair Deb White after years of dedication to the Society & Community through Carnival. I am very excited to get planning with the new and returning Board of Directors. We will face challenges moving forward and are unsure at this time how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Wild West Carnival 2021. The resilient community of Vernon with the dedication of our directors, executive director, volunteers, sponsors and all who make Carnival what it has been over the last 60 years will continue to move forward. I look forward to working with our team of directors to bring new ideas forward, continue to provide a wonderful carnival experience for locals and visitors, and most importantly, look to bring Carnival into a new era. Wild West Carnival 2021 here we come and many more years after!"
The board would like to encourage the community to come forward with suggestions for events, or to volunteer. Visit vernonwintercarnival.com for more information on events, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.