High Park Ski Club

Board Of Directors

Below are the volunteer board of the High Park Ski Club

Justin Graham

President

Even before I started skiing as a teenager, I was aware of High Park Ski Club. I first learned about the club when it was profiled along with others in a local magazine.  It seemed like so much fun!  After graduating university, I talked a friend into joining with me, and was a member for 6 years.  After not skiing regularly for about 15 years, I wanted to get back into the sport, and since my old friends no longer skied, decided to rejoin HPSC, and have been a continuous member since 2007.

We really are only as strong as a club as the connections we make with each other!  Because of close friendships and a desire to give back to the club I started to volunteer.  I have realized that the portfolios that I have assisted with have something to do with bringing our members together and in helping to make these connections!  My desire as President is to ensure that our members continue to develop these friendships and as a result strengthen our club. 

To paraphrase JFK, “Ask not what your ski club can do for you . . . “  

Erika Clark

Alpine Daytrips Director

 When I moved to Toronto in 2017 I decided I wanted to learn to ski, and to meet new people, so I chose to join HPSC. I immediately felt at home and that I had created a new family of friends within the club. I began volunteering as a bus captain on downhill day trips and since then have also been a trip leader on the recent weekend Tremblant trip, as well as volunteering in other capacities with the club. I was the Downhill Day Trips Director for one season (2018-2019) and worked to increase the attendance on downhill day trips, partner with cross country to offer more buses, partner with new hills to offer members more variety to improve their ski and snowboarding skills, and continued to welcome and support members to get out on the slopes through our day trips.

For the next two seasons, my goal as the Director of Downhill Day Trips is keep the momentum going. I want to build upon the fantastic success of the previous seasons and continue to fill buses, encourage new members and returning members to attend day trips and expand our ski and snowboarding program with HPSC’s snow school. With the help of the downhill volunteers, my desire is that every member looks as forward to, and enjoys, going on a HPSC day trip as much as I do. Joining HPSC is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I began as a new skier and have now travelled around Ontario, Canada and the US enjoying the best of winter skiing with my HPSC friends. Becoming involved as a volunteer has led to many wonderful opportunities. I encourage all members to get involved in any way they can!

Jennifer Beatty

Marketing Director

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and learned to downhill ski in Banff. I have skied several hills in Banff, as well as in Golden and Whistler, BC. I moved to Toronto in October 2018 for a job in Marketing, and was looking for something to keep me active in the winter months. That’s when I discovered the High Park Ski Club and it’s been the best thing I’ve done since moving to Toronto! Having never cross-country skied before this past winter, I advanced from Classic 1 to Classic 3. I also made some great friends, and had tons of laughs along the way! I’m a marketer in my day job, and also take marketing courses when I’m not skiing! I’m excited to use my skill set to further advance the HPSC member experience, and continue to attract new members to keep our club running strong for years to come!

Suzanne de Grandpre

Communications Director

Having grown up in Alberta, I started skiing in Banff and Whistler during university. After a hiatus of a number of years, I moved to Toronto and wished to get back into skiing. I didn’t even know people skied in Ontario until I joined High Park Ski Club, of which I have been a continuous member since 1998. My time in the club has consisted of everything from day trips to overnight trips to Quebec and the US and, of course, the charter trips which I eagerly anticipate every year! I have made many friends and gained many fond skiing memories over the years. The excellent instruction I received from our amazing instructors has taken my skiing to new levels. It has also been a most gratifying experience giving back to the club as a volunteer, director, co-trip leader and bus captain. I am looking forward to continue serving the club as Communications Director.


Karen Snow

Administration Director

I grew up in Barrie and first learned to ski at Horseshoe. I used to go night skiing occasional, but I didn’t really take up skiing until I moved to Toronto. A friend of my told me about High Park Ski Club back in 2002 and I have been a member ever since.  When I joined, I was still snowplowing my way down the hill. Participating in the lessons has greatly improved my skiing and my confidence, the instructors are well trained and really care about your progress. I still remember my first ski trip with the club to Quebec, what an experience! I look forward to many more. Not only does this club improve your skiing but it also enriches your social life.

Over the years I have volunteered on the Social Committee and as an Ambassador. I decided to take on a larger role as Director of Administration to give back to a club that gave me some much.


Kim Wiebe 

Long Trips Director

Joining HPSC seemed almost like destiny to me.  My father grew up in High Park and along with his brother, strapped on wooden skis and skied down the hills in High Park.  I watched ski racing with him as a child and can remember hoping that one day I would get to try it.  That opportunity came in high school when I went on my first ski trip to Mount St Louis. I was hooked!  The toughest part in those days was making it up the ski hill without falling off the t-bar!  Trips to Tremblant, Jay Peak, Killington and Utah followed.  

Like some of you, I was busy with family activities and did not ski much for many years, but decided to get back into it and joined HPSC.   I have never looked back, and for almost 20 years, skiing has become a big part of my life and planning ski trips became my passion.  I've worked behind the scenes with the long trips committee for 15 years, volunteered as a trip leader on many trips, and have spent the last few years taking the lead in planning our charter trips.  I was honoured when Bill asked me to take over as Director.  It's a big job that requires a team of experienced volunteers who, like me, are dedicated to providing the club with exciting new destinations and member favorites.  Experience skiing at many resorts over the years has been an essential part of understanding what will work for our members.  

My commitment to the club is to continue to offer the best experience and superior value trips to our members.  You can trust that the long trips team will continue to be in safe hands.


Ruth Schefter

Membership Director

I have been a member of the club for about 5 years, and am an avid skier. I learned skiing as a child and came back to the sport lately, as an antidote to our long grey (inactive) winters. Skiing has become the focus of my year now and I look forward to winter more than ever. As a personal benchmark I gained my Level 1 CSIA, and also bought cross country skis to round out the Ontario ski experience. I love this ski club and am very impressed with the level of professionalism in all aspects, especially in how smoothly the trips run. Obviously the volunteers are who make it work, so it's time for me to pay back and make a contribution in volunteer hours. I hope I can live up to the level of previous Membership Directors.


Heather Steel

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

I discovered the club in 2011 and haven't looked back! I live outdoors in the summer and was looking for something to keep me active and having fun in the winter. I found the club online, and, having never cross country skied before, I took the plunge and joined. The 2011 Scenic Caves New Year's Eve trip was my first experience; I remember tons of snow and a very friendly welcome…and I was hooked! Since then, cross country skiing has become my primary winter activity, a sport I could not imagine living without, and the reason why winter is my favourite season. In 2013, I became race director, a role I still hold, and in 2018, I passed my CANSI Level 1 and became an instructor. Joining the club has been an amazing experience in more ways than I could have imagined, with wonderful friendships formed and new skills developed (I can finally skate ski!). With everything the club has given me in the past 7 years, it's important to me to give back and help us continue the amazing work we do. I am particularly proud of the cross country side for developing a fun and supportive community of skiers. It's my goal as director to continue developing that community, working with the board to introduce new people to cross country skiing and growing the volunteer ranks of our community. A project manager in my day job, I bring the leadership and organizational skills necessary for this type of role, combined with a tireless love (or, some might say, obsession) with cross country skiing. See you on the trails!


David Manning

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Director (Snow School)  

When I joined HPSC in 2006 as a first-time skier, I thought I’d learn to ski and have a better winter. Little did I know that the club would change my life! High Park gave me the gift of skiing and snowboarding, training as an instructor, and an amazing circle of friends to share this gift with. My commitment to the club is to give an exceptional experience to the next generation of downhill skiers and riders. Backed by our talented snow school director and executive, I empower our snow school to successfully meet the needs of our learners. My qualifications include attaining CSIA level 3 partial (teaching), CSCF Entry Level, CASI-2 partial, ICP-2, and a master of education from Athabasca University.


Clark Seadon

Finance Director

Skiing has been a huge source of adventure and excitement throughout my life. It really started with downhill ski racing for my local club in Edmonton, and grew to include cross-country, a little back-country and trips to Europe. I became a new member this year to do more XC skiing and have been delighted to find so many people who enjoy winter. I’ve had many enjoyable conversations, and look forward to meeting a lot more members. In terms of Finance I have some useful experience to share, having been Acting Treasurer for the Charity my wife is in charge of, having been a Commercial Banking Lender throughout my career, and being a CPA, CA. Overall I really look forward to helping others enjoy skiing and winter with the Club, while helping to ensure the Club remains financially sound for years to come.


Amy Lam

Social Director

I love being active and being outdoors. In past winters, I casually went skiing with friends, but never took any lessons or joined a club. Last winter, I wanted to improve my skiing skills and meet other skiers. I googled "ski club", and found High Park Ski Club's website. Since being member, I have been blown away with the quality of lessons and trips the club offers. My skiing has greatly improved since taking lessons with the awesome HPSC instructors. This year, I started to volunteer as bus captain for Saturday alpine trips. I have such a blast meeting members, and being part of such a positive, active and winter-loving community. I recently completed my two year term as the Social Director for the Toronto Triathlon Club. I enjoyed organizing and hosting social events that bring together the community of athletes of all levels.  I love seeing the joy that social gatherings bring to members, after training sessions and at the finish-line of various races. It's the best way to meet new friends and be inspired by their journeys to be active healthy. I hope I can use my "party organizing" skills to come up with ideas for social events and gatherings that bring our wonderful community of HPSC members together. 


Alex Radulescu

IT Director
My first time on the slopes was when I was around age 11, learning to ski at Glen Eden. By the time I was able to ski comfortably down blues, I decided to try snowboarding. Maybe I was overconfident, but I was going down greens on my first day! Although by the time I was in high school, I stopped all winter sports until after I finished my post secondary education. I now want to perfect both my snowboarding and skiing, so you'll be seeing me switching every week. I only joined HPSC in 2019, but I'm excited to give some of my time back to the club. I’m volunteering to help maintain our platforms and try to provide easy to use solutions for both the volunteers and members to make it a more enjoyable experience! If you have any suggestions or want to help out please reach out.  


George Lorenz

Advisory Committee Chair


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