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The People of the False Creek Rowing Club

Audrey Tsai, Head Coach: Lessons & Member Programs

Audrey came to us from the Thunder Rowing Program operating from the University of British Columbia Boathouse. An engineering student, Audrey has been coaching our lessons and member program this past year. She has been instrumental in creating an environment that respects our goals of being safe, respectful and welcoming. Experienced in teaching rowing to both adults and youth and having been part of a competitive team we appreciate Audrey's time in supporting our people as they become better at what they do. She has been through the Learn To Row instruction process provided by Rowing BC. 

We are lucky to have Audrey: the attitude the she brings to our club mirrors what we are trying to achieve as an organization. 


 

 

Mark Hetherington
Mark Hetherington, Boatman: Equipment Care and Repair

The False Creek Rowing Club is pleased to welcome Mark Hetherington as our boatman. The role of boatman includes not just the maintenance of the equipment, but also on creating a culture of care for the infrastructure around us. With new rowing boats (or "shells") costing more than many cars, being a rower means not just being an athlete (or a coach, volunteer or parent), but also being responsible for, and respectful of, your actions and the people and things entrusted to you.

Mark's previous experience as boatman for the Regina Rowing Club, as well as a volunteer administrator there sets him up for success. A Rowing Canada Aviron licensed umpire, Mark was responsible for building the medal presentation podiums for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and has been involved in mentoring young people in woodworking and construction.

Other clubs and individuals are welcome to contact Mark at for their own repair and woodworking needs.


Simon Litherland, President

Simon has been working to establish a rowing program on False Creek since 2004 when he was President of Rowing BC. Invited by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to create opportunities for this sport to return to False Creek with respect to community accessible programs, he has been working with the Dragon Boat community and the City of Vancouver (notably on the False Creek North Joint Working Group studying the shoreline developments at the east end of False Creek ) to establish a boathouse.

Currently an Rowing Canada Aviron licensed Chief Umpire, and recipient of the Sport BC President's Award in 2015, previously he has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Parks Board in 2011 for his work with the Vancouver Sport Network, and has also been recognized by his employer, RBC Royal Bank, as a dedicated community volunteer both through their employee volunteer grant program, and their Community Spirit Award in 2011. Previously Simon was Rowing Captain at the Vancouver Rowing Club and President of Hostelling International - Canada - BC Region. He is a certfied Rowing Canada Aviron Coach in addition to being part of the Local Organizing Committee for the RCA National Rowing Championships.

Simon has been the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the annual Head Up The Creek rowing regatta since its inception in 2011.

Our Current Board of Directors

  • Simon Litherland - President
  • Jessica Lowe - Secretary
  • Anita Wong CPA - Treasurer
  • Jennifer Nash - Director At Large
  • Dr Don Marshall DDM - Director At Large
  • Lauren Isbister - Director at Large
  • Eve Limbrick Oldfield, PhD - Director at Large

Historical Information

  • Presidents
    • Simon Litherland       May 12, 2011 - present
    • Dr. Don Arnold, PhD  November 7, 2010 to May 12, 2011
    • Simon Litherland       October 3, 2008 to November 7, 2010
  • Directors - the following people have served as directors of the False Creek Rowing Club either presently or in the past.
    • Don Arnold, PhD
    • Jennifer Bigler
    • Lois Boxill, PhD
    • Rory Carr
    • Dr Gene Cashman, DVM
    • Jennifer Coelho, PhD
    • Barbara Creighton, CA
    • Ben Curry
    • Roberto Dosil
    • Robert Falconer, QC
    • Heather Holden PhD, CIM, FCSI
    • Lauren Isbister (current Board member)
    • Eve Limbrick Oldfield PhD (current Board member)
    • Simon Litherland (current Board member)
    • Jessica Lowe (current Board member)
    • Hoa Ly (current Board member)
    • Dr Don Marshall DDM (current Board member)
    • Kuhan Milroy
    • Jennifer Nash (current Board member)
    • Mike Petrychanko
    • Rolf Skala
    • Dr. George Szasz CM, MD
    • Anita Wong, CPA (current Board member)

We acknowledge that our compound is located on the village of Sen̓áḵw, within the traditional territories of the Squamish First Nation.