BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Silver Star Resort Association board members volunteer their time to this process on behalf of the community. Their bios are included here so readers can learn more about the experience and expertise each member brings to the table. Full details of the make up of the resort association board can be found in the Approved Bylaws found in the Legal Documents section of this website. Look for further details on the election process and how you can become involved. To help the election process run smoother, if possible please send your mailing address (if you are a property owner) along with email contact (if you don’t already received email updates from us) and Silver Star address to firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Board of Directors
Dave Gibson (Chair) - Dave Gibson retired in 2019 as President and CEO of Marmot Basin Ski Area in Jasper Alberta after 43 years in the ski industry and moved to the Okanagan. Dave has extensive experience in the ski industry, commencing with 11 years at Sunshine Village (from Ski Patrol and Maintenance to Vice President of Mountain Operations), then moving to Jasper to manage Marmot Basin Ski Area in Jasper National Park.
Two years after starting at Marmot Basin, Dave was tasked with managing Naskiska Ski Area for two years, in parallel with his management role at Marmot Basin. Dave was a long standing member of Canada West Ski Areas Association, CWSAA from 1982 – 2019, voted in as Chairman of the board twice, was Chairman of the Risk Management Committee, and, travelled internationally with CWSAA for Ski Area Education; 4 European countries, 5 US states. Dave was a board member, then Present of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce early 90s. He was a founding member of the Jasper Rotary Club and previously Banff Club Ski. Enhancing Visitor experience in the resort town of Jasper, making memories for guests was always very high on his agenda.
He resides as an owner in Creekside over the winter months.
Shawn Lee - Shawn and his wife, Jocelyn, moved to Vernon from Alberta in 1984 with four children and 2 more to come. Discovering the sunshine of Silver Star Resort, skiing became their major winter recreation. At least four little Lee’s terrorized the instructors of the “Stardusters “program as the whole family learned to ski at Silver Star.
Besides being a dedicated family man, Shawn is an entrepreneur and a professional. A dentist, he has successfully operated his Vernon dental practice for 36 years. Shawn has significant experience in the governance of organizations, and is proud of his ability to address conflicting viewpoints in a respectful, collegial, and collaborative manner. As a Vernon City Councillor, he supported major initiatives to improve traffic flow in Vernon, served on the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, and served on the Okanagan Regional Library board where he participated on the steering committee for the realization of the new Vernon Branch. He later served as president of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, focusing, successfully, on raising its profile.
In addition to his community involvement, Shawn contributed to his profession both locally as president of the Vernon and District Dental Society and as president of the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society, and provincially by serving eleven years on the Council of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. While on this council he chaired the Quality Assurance Committee. Shawn has also served on the Silver Creek Lodge strata council.
In 2005, Shawn and Jocelyn bought a condominium in Silver Creek Lodge, expanding the opportunity for enjoyment of the “Hill”, even as their family expanded to include 12 grandchildren, and the tradition continues.
Silver Star Mountain Resort serves as the year-round home of Tim and his wife Sue. Tim and Sue have owned property at Silver Star since 2006, originally in the Snowbird Lodge and in 2018 purchased a single-family home on the Knoll. Visits to Silver Star (driving with 4 children from Brandon Manitoba!) started in the late 1990’s and Silver Star’s vibrancy served as a key factor in making this their retirement home. After a 34-year career as a Chartered Professional Accountant with MNP LLP, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada, Tim retired in 2017.
Since retiring, Tim and Sue have been able to spend time travelling, skiing of course, biking – both downhill and cross country at Silver Star, golfing and spending more time with their four children plus spouses and significant others and their two grandchildren.
For many years Tim was involved with the Snowbird Lodge strata council and in June 2017 became involved with the Silver Star Marketing Task Force which established the Resort Association. Presently, Tim and Sue do not rent their home nor have any commercial interests at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
Oscar has been a proud member and employee of The Bulldog Canada since 1991. He first started with the company in Vancouver, for the majority of the time he was operating in the hub of the downtown core. Since then, he has travelled around the world representing The Bulldog Canada including Amsterdam, Rome, Bali and of course Silver Star Mountain. He has assisted with the operations since 2006 and has been honoured to work with their team and the family that has developed since our beginning at the resort.
Kevin Cherkowski – Kevin is a is a longtime Vernon resident and recent owner/part time resident at Silver Star. He is happily married and has two children, Nicholas and Anne—both of whom are attending college leaving Kevin and his wife, Sabre, to be new members of the empty-nest fraternity.
Kevin is a lawyer with Cherkowski Marsden LLP and practices mainly in the areas of real estate, banking law and company law. In his spare time Kevin can be found on the ski hill, biking trails and at the Vernon Golf & Country Club where he is a member and a Board member.
Ross Foden (Vice Chair) - After a 35 year career as a senior banker, Ross retired to Silver Star in 2014. His career started in London, UK, with the 15 years prior to retirement spent in different parts of Asia.
Ross has served as a Director on the Board of the Silver Star Property Owners Association (SSPOA), being Vice President and Chair of the Utilities Services Committee for the past 2 years. For the initiation phase of the Resort Association, Ross chaired the Silver Star Resort Association Task Force between June 2015 and April 2017. This period included acting as the spokesperson for the Task Force during the public outreach phase and drafting of the Bylaws.
Ross is a keen downhill and classic cross country skier in the winter and runs the trails and mountain bikes in the summer months. He is also a keen motorcyclist and a totally average golfer.
Silver Star is the year round home of Ross and his family, who have owned the house they now live in since 2004.
Lindsay Brennan - Lindsay Brennan owns and operates Silver Star Stays. Silver Star Stays is a personalized reservation services company that manages over 90 properties right here on Silver Star Mountain.
Lindsay sits on the Silver Star Property Owners Association Board of Directors and the Creekside Strata Council. Lindsay graduated with a journalism degree from Thompson Rivers University.
In the past years, she worked for CIBC, and though she got promoted quickly, she wanted to do work that she was passionate about. She moved to the United Way in the North Okanagan specifically in fundraising and has sat on the Investment Funding Committees evaluating applications from organizations applying for United Way funding.
When not working with Silver Star Stays owners and guests around the mountain, Lindsay and her family are skiing and snowshoeing with their dogs in the winter and downhill and cross-country biking in the summer.
Lindsay owns a condo in Creekside which she enjoys with her family and rents out when it is not in use.
Rob Durant - With over 21 years’ experience leading award-winning corporate and leisure travel teams, Robert has a proven track record of building and maintaining strategic relationships with key stakeholders to drive innovation, growth, and revenue.
For over 30 years Robert has been active in the travel and tourism business and community in roles such as Regional Chair of Finance, Technology, and International Expansion of Ensemble Travel Group, Regional Chair of Association of Canadian Travel Agents, and International Chair of American Association of Travel Agents.
In addition, Robert has also acted as Owner & Operator of W.D. World Travel and Canadatravels.com for 27 years, with his current role for the past four years being the Director of Global Solutions of Direct ATPI Travel.
Robert has a strong passion for the Silver Star experience and has been active in the community since 2007. Within the following year, Robert became the owner of two homes at Silver Star with four units that are rented out year-round.
Additionally, Robert thoroughly enjoys his experiences in the resort community through participating in various summer and winter mountain-focused activities and events, including downhill biking, cross country biking, hiking, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing.
Marion Drummond, is one of two representatives of Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. on the board. She is the Resort Sales Director at SilverStar Mountain Resort Ltd and has worked for SilverStar since 2008. After opting for a lifestyle change, Marion first came to SilverStar in 2007 and joined the Snowsports School team the following season.
She came for one year and kept coming back to work the Winter Seasons! In 2015 she was successful in her application for a year round position, and now gets to enjoy the Summer and Winter months at SilverStar. In Marion’s previous life in Financial Services she had a number of Leadership roles over the years, in areas such as Customer Service, Sales and Operational Performance, People Development and Business Banking. This background and training means that she is passionate about ensuring that our team delivers the absolutely best service to our guests.
Ian Jenkins - Ian is the other representative of Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. on the board. He is currently the Director of Sales, Marketing and Accommodation at Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd.
Formerly Director of Sales at Whistler Blackcomb, Ian moved to Colorado to work for Vail Resorts when Vail acquired Whistler. Ian and his family moved to Vernon in 2018 when he accepted his position at SilverStar.
The Board would like to thank the former board members: