Volleyball Canada Announces New Board Members

Volleyball Canada, after its AGM this weekend in Mississauga, is pleased to announce its new President and Board Members.
 
"It's exciting to welcome new members to the Board," said Volleyball Canada Executive Director Mark Eckert. "They bring a wide array of experience to the table and we look forward to working together to grow and promote the sport in Canada."
 
Debra Armstrong of Russell, Ontario, is the new president.  A senior vice president at TD Bank in Ottawa, Armstrong has been a member-at-large with Volleyball Canada since 2008.  She is a lawyer by training and has served on several volunteer boards and committees.  Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University – where she is currently on the Board of Governors - and a Baccalaureate of Laws from the University of Ottawa. 
 
“With the support of our terrific staff and the provincial and territorial associations, Volleyball Canada is well positioned to grow the sport in this country and develop world leading programs,” said Armstrong.  “I’m looking forward with great optimism to what we can achieve.”
 
Armstrong replaces Hugh Wong of Kelowna, B.C., who was elected in 2007, after serving on the Board of Directors from 1997-2005. Previous to that he was BC Volleyball president from 1990-93. Wong is Volleyball Canada’s International Relations Officer and the representative on the Boards of Administration for NORCECA and the FIVB, until 2016.
 
New Volleyball Canada members at large include:
 
Kevin Boyles: Boyles, a 1992 Olympian, has experience at all levels of the Canadian volleyball system - from club to the national team. He is currently CEO and is on the Calgary Winter Club's Board of Directors; was president of the Alberta Volleyball Association from 2002 to 2008, and coached the provincial volleyball team. 
 
Alain D'Amboise: D'Amboise brings more than 18 years of sport management experience to the board -  he was Volleyball Quebec's Executive Director from 2001 to 2013, and previously served as the technical director in Quebec. He works in the University of Sherbrooke's faculty of physical education, and has coached at various levels of the sport. 
 
Monica Hitchcock: Hitchcock has been a competitive volleyball player since the early 1970s, and was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1977 to 1985, including the 1984 Olympic team. She has been very active at the provincial level in New Brunswick, and is a member of the NB Sports Hall of Fame and the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame. 
 
The new members join Athlete Rep: Ahren Cadieux (acclamation) and members at large, Dan MacIntosh and Roman Kocur.
 
About Volleyball Canada:
 
Since 1953, Volleyball Canada (previously called the Canadian Volleyball Association) has been the governing body for the sport in this country.  The organization has 64,000 members and oversees many areas of the sport, including the National Programs for Indoor, Beach and Sitting Volleyball. 
 
Contact: Kanika Thakar -  kthakar@volleyball.ca
 
Media Contact, Jackie Skender - media@volleyball.ca