The 2020 Kelowna Minor Hockey AGM will be taking place on Wed Aug 12 at 6 pm. Due to the pandemic that has disrupted all of our lives and the restrictions on gatherings, our AGM will be held via Zoom. This will be a first for us, and we expect it will be a little challenging.
As AGMs are members only events, you will need to register for it. An email will be sent out via TeamSnap to all of our members with the registration link. Please do not share this with anyone else. Please only register if you intend to come on the call.
We will have an election this year. 2 people have come forward for Director at Large.
Todd Barth – I am interested in a position on the board. I bring 9 years of coaching experience and have been a player for 40 years. The position I am interested in would be director at large. My involvement with KMHA has always been on the recreational side. I feel this is a very important part of KMHA. Many kids benefit from this program and look forward to playing hockey on the recreational side.
I have had the opportunity to represent KMHA at this level in the district championships on two separate occasions. I am very passionate about the game and try to emphasize the importance of being a team player. I focus on the different aspects of the game as well as teach them how to be an effective, responsible and fair player. I feel that team sports is not just about the sport, it is also about Learning life experiences and growing up to be great young gentlemen and ladies.
I feel both my life experiences and passion for the game would be a great asset to the board of Kelowna Minor Hockey.
Robert Starke – Robert Starke is originally from Montreal, Quebec and after living in Australia for the past 15 years he moved to Kelowna with his wife and two sons in November 2019.
Rob is a corporate, commercial and property lawyer with over 12 years of broad legal experience and a specialty in business advisory and contract law.
During his time in Australia, Rob was a board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, a council member of the Children, Young People and Families Advisory Council and a board member of the Newcastle Northstars Ice Hockey Club.
Before Rob became a lawyer, he played 4 seasons of NCAA college hockey, attended an NHL rookie camp and training camp, played 5 professional seasons in North America and Europe and then enjoyed 15 seasons as a player and coach in Australia. Rob also has extensive experience coaching minor hockey and was heavily involved in coaching during his time in Australia.
Rob’s experience as a lawyer and professional hockey player and coach has taught him the importance of strong team dynamics, a dedicated work ethic, communication skills and time management.
We had 1 person come forward for 2nd Vice
Aaron Piva – Born and raised in the lower mainland, Aaron moved to Kelowna with his wife, son, and two daughters in the summer of 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University and is the local franchise owner of Real Property Management which proudly serves Kelowna and the entire Okanagan valley.
Aaron has been devoted to sport, teamwork, and fair play all of his life. He played minor hockey at a rep level in North Delta and has consistently played in a men’s hockey league for the past 20 years. Since becoming a father, Aaron has coached every sport his children have played, including soccer, baseball, and hockey. He has been particularly involved in female hockey, having coached his daughters’ Novice teams with the Surrey Female Hockey Association, as well as at the Pee Wee and Atom level with the Kelowna Hockey Association. Personable, patient, competitive, and observant, Aaron’s coaching style has made him a favorite with players and parents alike. Aaron’s other interests include real estate investing, golfing, coaching, and spending time with his family.
1 Person has come forward for 3rd Vice
Dylan Michie– Being born and raised on the Westside, I spent all of my minor hockey playing time with Westside Minor Hockey until I went to play a year of Junior A hockey with the Penticton Vees. I feel fortunate to have experienced tremendous coaching in my time spent in minor hockey, teaching and developing us much in the same way as Kelowna Minor Hockey does now by bringing in skating instructors, leading to us being very successful in all the seasons I spent there. This experience led me to my transition to Junior A which further built not only my on-ice knowledge, but my off-ice knowledge as well.
Today, my oldest son plays minor hockey in Kelowna, and there is no better time for me now than when I get to spend it in the stands watching him play and develop as his own player, much the same as I did when I was his age. His first year in initiation I was his team manager, but after the birth of our daughter, I felt that time could be better spent helping my wife-to-be at home.
In this time away from the game, I find myself more and more wanting to get out on the ice and be a part of the players’ development, to help coach and teach them the same way that I was coached and taught and impart skills for not only on the ice, but off it as well.
I was born in to hockey. My grandfather, John Michie, was one of the first Presidents of Westside Minor Hockey, leading to him becoming the President of BC Hockey for a number of years. In his time there, he was instrumental in creating the stop sign on the back of all minor hockey jersey’s across Canada. My Grandfather also played a large part in bringing the Warriors to West Kelowna near the end of his time. This continued with my father, Jay Michie, who for the better part of 30 years has volunteered his time to Minor Hockey, either as a Director or coaching minor teams, at all age groups.
For these reasons, I feel that it is my turn to impart the knowledge others have given me and play an integral part in the development of all the players that make their way through Kelowna Minor Hockey. Hockey has played such a huge role in my development as a person and as my family says, “Football, Baseball and Soccer are sports. Hockey is a lifestyle.” With this sentiment in mind, I wish to put myself forward for the transition into the role of 3rd Vice-President of Kelowna Minor Hockey.
Taryn Kuiack will be coming back for her 3rd term as Secretary and Mark Grabas will be returning as Risk Management. Mark joined the board last year filling the Director at Large position and will move into Risk as Tracy Muise had to step down.