2014-2015 Snoman Executive
President: Alan Butler (Snowtraxx Snowmobile Club), Western Region
Vice-President: Sylvain Paquet (Dauphin & District Snowmobile Club), Western Region
Treasurer: Albert Wyborn (Southwest Snowtrackers), Western Region
Past President: Ernie Smelski (Whiteshell Snowmobile Club), Eastern Region
Central Region: Russ Henderson (Cross Country Snow Drifters), Ken Henderson (Pembina Valley Snowkickers)
Eastern Region: Tonya Kemball (Maskwa Snowmobile Club), Tim Garand (Maskwa Snowmobile Club)
Interlake Region: Les Thordarson (Interlake Snow Trackers), Wayne Vandersteen (Northern Trail Blazers)
Western Region: Bill Musey (Swan Valley Snowmobile Association), Sylvain Paquet (Dauphin & District Snowmobile Club)
Northern Region: Kelly Martens (Thompson Trail Breakers), Dan Taylor (Kelsey Trail Sno Riders)
Central Region: Brian Franzmann (Cross Country Snow Drifters)
Eastern Region: Gus Wruck (Eastman SnoPals)
Interlake Region: Carol Mikula (Inwood Snowmobile club)
Western Region: Darcy Wyborn (Southwest Snowtrackers)
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. 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".
Ken HendersonCentral Region Director
No bio provided.
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.
Tim GarandEastern Region Director
No bio provided.
Tonya KemballEastern Region Director
Tonya has been a member of the Maskwa Snowmobile Club since 1993 and a Director of the club since 1995. She was elected 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 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 reside. 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 volunteering at the club as well as the trails.
Tonya looking forward to continuing to work with the individuals that invest many hours of time and work to make snowmobiling a great, fun, and safe way to spend time with family and friends. She is dedicated and excited to learn and grow with the organization and the people.
Les ThordarsonInterlake Region Director
No bio provided.
Wayne VandersteenInterlake Region Director
No bio provided.
Bill MuseyWestern Region Director
No bio provided.
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.
Brian FranzmannAlternate Central Region Director
Started snowmobiling with an Alouette (dad called it a 2 to 1) 2 days in the shop and 1 day riding. I then had a 72 Charger and a 74 Colt SS. One year when there was an overabundance of snowfall, I got stuck on the barn roof. Dad never could figure out how those shingles got torn off.
I started farming in 1982 when dad passed away from cancer. Farming was tough in those days so I started a contracting company and worked in a welding shop for several winters and always enjoyed welding projects of my own in my shop, leaving little time for snowmobiling.
In 2007, I started riding again, and became President of the Cross Country Snow Drifters in 2010. The enjoyment that I get of being a President is meeting new people and making new friends, sitting by the fire at a shelter. Oh yeah - I like to ride too! I hope to trailer to different parts of Manitoba in the future.
Gus WruckAlternate Eastern Region Director
I was raised on a farm and graduated from veterinary school in 1966. Practiced in Selkirk for several years then participated in Canada’s foreign aid on two dairy development projects in southern Africa. Worked for some 18 years with MB Agriculture in various positions.
We had bought a cottage property in the Lac du Bonnet area in 1983 and always planned for it to be our retirement project. The property was developed over time until we built our house there in 2004.
I purchased my first sled, a 1971 Massey-Ferguson Ski-Whiz. While in Africa and a period of time afterwards, I took a recess from snowmobiling but it was always an interest. In 1998, I bought a new Ski-doo Grand Touring. I became hooked on the freedom of travel in the back-country during the winter months that snowmobiling offered.
In 2014, I upgraded my old Ski-doo with a new Grand Touring. Numerous improvements in sled design have been made over the past 16 years.
Became president of the Eastman SnoPals in 2005, when the club could not find anyone to assume that role. Found there was much work to do to make the club work effectively and get all the work accomplished. Much of my riding was focused on club trails to monitor conditions.
Since retiring to the Lac du Bonnet area in 2006, I became involved in numerous community activities in the Lac du Bonnet area. Some of these activities include:
· Became involved, usually as the leader, in other activities including: Senior’s Housing, local community foundation, and the ice fishing derby (a local fund raiser).
· I was the founding member of the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation in 2007.
· I have also served on local municipal council for a couple of short terms and have governance experience from there.
Snowmobiling, I find, is an excellent cure for winter “cabin fever” and is a valuable recreation activity. We need to stay active even in retirement.
Carol MikulaAlternate Interlake Region Director
No bio provided.
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).