2013-2014 Snoman Executive
President: Alan Butler (Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club), Western Region
Vice-President: Sylvain Paquet (Dauphin Snowmobile Club), Western Region
Treasurer: Albert Wyborn (Valleyview Sno-Riders Inc), Western Region
Past President: Ernie Smelski (Whiteshell Snowmobile Club), Eastern Region
Central Region: Russ Henderson (Cross Country Snow Drifters), Allen Cuthbert (Club Snow Inc.)
Eastern Region: Tonya Kemball (Maskwa Snowmobile Club), Brad Wall (Lee River Snow Riders)
Interlake Region: Les Thordarson (Interlake Snow Trackers), Carol Mikula (Inwood Snowmobile Club)
Western Region: Bill Musey (Swan Valley Snowmobile Association), Sylvain Paquet (Dauphin Snowmobile Club)
Northern Region: Kelly Martens (Thompson Trail Breakers), Dan Taylor (Kelsey Trail Sno Riders)
Central Region: Ken Henderson (Pembina Valley Snowkickers)
Eastern Region: Todd Temple (Voyageurs Trail Grooming Association)
Interlake Region: Joe Thievin (South Interlake SnoRiders)
Northern Region: Rob Vipond (Kelsey Trail Sno Riders)
Western Region: Darcy Wyborn (Valleyview Sno-Riders Inc)
Regional Park Operations Supervisor: Shawn Lamb
Policy Analyst: Rebecca McKay
Alan joined the Snoman Board of Directors in 2010 as a Snoman Director for the Western Region. In April 2011, Alan was elected to the Snoman Vice President position and 4 months later at the Annual General Meeting was elected to President.
Alan and his wife and family have been snowmobiling since 1974. Alan & Linda's home for 30 years was in Stony Mountain were they rode a lot of the Interlake trails. Upon his retirement Alan & Linda moved from Stony Mountain to Foxwarren and became a member of the Snowtraxx's Snowmobile Club; Alan's first involvement with the club was taking over the trail signing responsibilities for 40 kilometers of trail. Alan was elected Vice President of the club and it was at this time he attended his first Western Region meeting. Alan was elected as Club President and club represative to the Western Region. In 2008, Alan was elected as Chairman of the Western Region and in 2010 became the Regional Snoman Director.
Alan has always been a strong community supporter and volunteer and has considerable experience on volunteer boards both at the community and Provincial level. Being employed by one of the largest Aero Space Companies in Manitoba for 35 years Alan as Manager of Aircraft Operations was responsible for a work force in excess of 250 employees and therefore has considerable experience in labour relations, budgeting and management.
Alan and his wife Linda raised a family of three, of which all snowmobiled and has one son and his family of two that are avid snowmobilers. There is nothing better than going for a ride with your grandchildren. Alan and Linda usually ride about 2500 miles per season, do not go south but stay at home and enjoy our winters.
Alan believes that the club is the strength in the Snoman organization and we must all work hard to strengthen the relationship between the clubs and the Snoman Board.
Sylvain PaquetVice-President, Western Region Director
Sylvain has been a member of the Dauphin Snowmobile Club since he moved to Dauphin, Manitoba six years ago. He has enjoyed being the President of the Dauphin Snowmobile Club for the last three years. After serving as the Alternate Director for the Western Region for two years, he was elected Director last fall. In addition, Sylvain was recently elected Chairman for the Western Region Snowmobile Association and he is looking forward to working with both the Western Region's Club and Snoman's Board of Directors.
Having a fulltime job really makes it challenging to manage these three volunteer positions. With the help and experience of past presidents, directors and great executive members, Sylvain can manage his time and efforts to accomplish the tasks at hand.
Sylvain and his wife Linda really enjoy being involved with the community and are not afraid to volunteer their time promoting an outdoor life style and active living. Every season has its benefits. Snowmobiling is one of the most challenging activities to promote with its very short season and it really depends on Mother Nature's kindness.
Albert is a member and Past President of the Valleyview Sno-Riders Inc. snowmobile club in the Brandon area. He is currently a director and a past chairman of the Western Region Snowmobile Association. As chairman of the region, Albert was elected Western Region Snoman Director and served on the Board of Directors of Snoman. In 2007, Albert was elected as Snoman Vice-President and served in that capacity until becoming Snoman President for one term from 2008 - 2009. It was during Albert's term as President that discussion and meetings led to an integration commitment in October of 2008. Albert is currently the Treasurer on the Snoman Board of Directors; as well he also serves on several committees.
Albert and his wife Shirley have lived in the Brandon area for the past 20 years and while they enjoy snowmobiling in winter, their summers are spent camping. Albert also has served as an Assistant Director of the Manitoba/North West Ontario Provincial Good Sam Club which is an International R.V. organization. He was recently elected as their Provincial Treasurer.
Ernie SmelskiPast President
Ernie's snowmobiling days go back to the family farm near Dauphin MB, where in 1963, he would ride his dad's Polaris sled to do the farm chores. His snowmobiling interests continued on throughout his 38 years in Manitoba Conservation. Employed in 1969, he worked through the ranks of a Resource Officer and management throughout the province, working with many communities and organizations until his retirement in 2008. For the past 24 years, Ernie has been involved in the organized recreational snowmobile program, developing programs, policies and guidelines relating to snowmobile safety, risk management and infrastructure. He has contributed significantly for the betterment of Snoman and recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba as the Conservation representative sitting on the Board of Directors of Snoman since 2000-2008.
Shortly after his retirement from Manitoba Conservation, he was elected as Vice President in 2008. Ernie was instrumental in providing direction and guidance for many of Snoman's current programs. Thanks to Ernie's efforts and direction, Snoman has been very successful with the Integration program, Trail Audit program, Sign Training, Risk Management and National Trails Coalition programs, just to name a few. During his time, Snoman gained in excess of a million dollars of grants from the Federal and Provincial governments which has never before been achieved in the organizations history. Ernie has also been active on the national front with the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations as 2nd Vice President. As a result, this provided Snoman Inc. the opportunity to bring new initiatives to our programs.
Ernie was a very dedicated President, serving 3 terms from 2009-2011. He worked tirelessly, his interest and dedication to the Snoman organization was second to none and as a result through his efforts, Snoman will be able to move forward with a very good foundation. Ernie did set a Snoman President record; he is the first President to have four Executive Directors. Thanks to Ernie's efforts Manitoba has one of the safest trail systems in North America. He continues to provide guidance and recommendations to the Snoman Inc. organization in the active capacity of "Past President".
Allen CuthbertCentral Region Director
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Russ HendersonCentral Region Director
I grew up on a farm in the Pembina Valley area riding Mercs, Massey’s and Olympics and I have lived in Headingley for 18 years with my wife Leslie and three kids. I have been snowmobiling actively for about 12 years in many areas.
I have worked full time with MacDon Industries for about 28 years,with most of my years spent in Product Support, much of that travelling. Currently the OEM Integration Manager for one our larger customers. I have been with the Cross Country Snow Drifters for one year and enjoy the close knit club.I look forward to supporting the Central Region with whatever I can contribute.
Tonya KemballEastern Region Director
Tonya is a member of the Maskwa Snowmobile Club since 1993 and a Director of the club since 1995. She was voted in as the Eastern Region rep for her club in September 2009 and became the Vice President of the Eastern Region in September 2011. Tonya joined the Snoman Board of Directors in 2011 as a Snoman director for the Eastern Region.
Tonya is married with 3 children. Her and her family spends much of their time riding in the Pine Falls/Powerview area where they live. Tonya was the owner of the local Chicken Chef restaurant until September 2011 when she sold it and is looking forward to spending more time on the club as well as the trails.
Although Tonya is fairly new to the Snoman board, she is looking forward to working with the individuals that all put in many hours of time and work to make snowmobiling a great, fun, safe way to spend time with family and friends. She is dedicated and excited to learn and grow with the organization and the people.
Brad WallEastern Region Director
My first ride on a snowmobile was when I was 10 years old on an old Ski Doo. The next ride was on a Moto Ski, then a Massey Ferguson an Evinrude on my grandfathers farm and then I purchased my first snowmobile in 1981, a 1969 Polaris Mustang single cylinder for $50. I was then hooked and the rest is history.
I went to my first snowmobile meeting about 8 years ago to see what it was all about and I put up my hand to ask a question, I was elected as a club director! Now I'm the President of the Lee River Snow Riders and have a cottage in the Lac du Bonnet area. If not on the trails riding, I can be found either in the groomer or working on the trails in the Lee River area.
Carol MikulaInterlake Region Director
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Les ThordarsonInterlake Region Director
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Bill MuseyWestern Region Director
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Kelly MartensNorthern Region Director
I started snowmobiling the winter of 1990, joined the Thompson Trailbreakers after that and started to get involved in the club. I enjoyed volunteering with the other club members and met some really good people.
As the years have gone on, I've gotten more involved with the Trailbreakers to the point where I've been the President of the club for the last 2 years. I've been a Snoman Director for just over 3 years representing the Northern Region, which I have really enjoyed. I've learned a lot during my time with Snoman - it's been a very good experience. There's always something going on with snowmobiling in the province of Manitoba, no matter what time of year it is.
I am an avid snowmobiler; I love anything to do with snowmobiles. I ride as much as I can all over the province – I rode from Churchill to Thompson and from Thompson to Brandon 5 times so far as part of the Lion's Club Journey For Sight.
Dan TaylorNorthern Region Director
Dan’s snowmobiling started in 1964 when a neighbor took him for a ride on a Snowcruiser and he was immediately hooked on snowmobiling. After doing summer jobs - delivering papers and shoveling sidewalks, he was able to purchase his very first snowmobile in 1967. Dan was a proud owner of a Polaris Colt SS snowmobile and thus snowmobiling became a passion for him and continues to be a big part of his life today.
He is his currently president of Kelsey Trail Sno Riders and is a dedicated groomer for the club who takes pride in making the trails look like white pavement. Dan got involved as a Northern Alternate Director in 2010 and is also currently a Trail Auditor with Snoman. Dan loves to ride and doesn’t need much coaxing to climb aboard his sled and go for a cruise on the white pavement.
Ken HendersonAlternate Central Region Director
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Todd TempleAlternate Eastern Region Director
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Joe ThievinAlternate Interlake Region Director
Joe’s interest in Snowmobiling began in 1970 helping around the shop with his dad, who was a dealer for Sno-Jet. His love of riding began with a 1969 Sno-Prince.
Joe’s desire to enhance snowmobiling goes beyond riding. Joe is one of the founding members of the South Interlake SnoRiders Inc. and in 2003, Joe purchased a share in a groomer to groom the trails in the Stonewall area. Since that time, Joe has continued to maintain the club grooming equipment in addition to volunteering in excess of 200 hours a year grooming club trails.
Joe has been a director on the Snoman Inc. board since 2003, holding the positions of Vice President, Media Spokesperson and Treasurer in recent years. He has also chaired the Trail funding and Administration Committee and numerous other committees.
Joe has assisted many municipal organizations develop snowmobile bylaws and provides information to other organizations on snowmobile related topics. Joe continues to have a passion for snowmobiling. On any given weekend, you will find him and his wife Nadine out working on the trails or riding.
Rob VipondAlternate Northern Region Director
In 1970, I founded local snowmobile club: The Pas Track & Trail Club. This was a race club and we organized local track, cross country, obstacle, and drag races into the late 80's. We were part of the Northern Manitoba race circuit with Thompson, Flin Flon & The Pas. Our members raced in SSRA events, as well as Winnipeg, St Paul, and Regina Minot events. Over these years, we also snowmobiled extensively to various parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, as well as Edmonton.
The race club folded and I founded the Kelsey Trail Snow Riders as a trail building club in the mid 80's, thus I became involved with Snoman. I have been a Snoman director for a many years dating back to late 80's, as well as Northern Region President. Yes - snowmobiling has been a passion for me, my family, and friends.
I was involved in the RV business as employee in the 60' - 70's, partner of Hot & Cold Sales 1977-1989, and owner of Northland Leisure 1989 – 1999. 2000 and beyond, I continue semi retired in mechanical, teaching, contracting and Geothermal business. Over these many years I have been involved with many local organizations & groups, including Chamber of Commerce director. I continue to be involved with various groups and enjoy personal interaction.
Snoman has offered me the opportunity to work with interesting and dedicated individuals with common goals. I trust offering some of what I have learned over the past 40 years is a benefit to organizations I continue to support.
Darcy WybornAlternate Western Region Director
Darcy has been actively involved with snowmobiling in the Brandon area since the incorporation of the Valleyview Sno-Riders in 2001. For 12 ½ years he was a member of their Board of Directors and the Snofund contact for the club. At the club level he held positions of President, and Treasurer (7 years). As their representative to the West Region Snowmobile Association, Darcy had attended every regional meeting since 2001 and became an active member at that level. Darcy has served as a member of the West Region Snowmobile Association’s Board of Directors for over 10 years, serving as their treasurer since October 2006. As a Regional Director he has enjoyed working with the West Region clubs which have continued to grow.
Darcy’s involvement with the club and region would not have been possible without the support of his wife, Tracy, and their two daughters, Jessica and Miranda. Together with the girls, Darcy has tried to turn every regional or snoman ride they could attend into a family riding adventure.
Shawn LambRegional Park Operations Supervisor
I was born in Killarney, Manitoba and began to participate in snowmobiling in the late 70's when my family moved to Cartwright, Manitoba.
I am married with two children and currently reside in Brandon, Manitoba.
I joined the Province of Manitoba in November of 2009 working in the Western Region as a District Park Supervisor out of the Boissevain District. I have been involved with the operation and maintenance of Provincial Parks since that time and was responsible for the snowmobile trail system located within Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.
I recently became a member of the Regional Parks Management Team as a Regional Park Operations Supervisor working out of the Brandon Regional Office and manage the delivery of parks operations delivered through district park field offices in the Western Region. In September of 2012 I was appointed to the Snoman Board of Directors as a provincial representative and look forward to working with the Snoman Inc. Organization to ensure that snowmobiling remains a safe, fun and environmentally friendly winter activity for all to enjoy!
Rebecca McKayPolicy Analyst
Rebecca has worked for Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship in various capacities since 2004. She has enjoyed supporting continued snowmobile organization in Manitoba by being a provincial representative on the Snoman Board of Directors since 2011. Rebecca studied Forestry at the University of British Columbia and began working for the province as a Forestry Development Officer. Now, as a Senior Policy Analyst, Rebecca is working with the Corporate Policy Branch.
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Rebecca had the fun job as a ski venue volunteer, transporting media crews on a snowmobile in the Callaghan Valley (Whistler Nordic Village).