Executive Committee

2017–2018

Charles Friesen

President

I’m truly delighted to serve on the board (again) for an LGBT organization of my favourite sport. The VTA is a welcoming place that happens to offer a lot of great tennis. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I have. Please reach out to me or any member of this amazing board and help us make the VTA even better!

Email: president@vtatennis.ca

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Carmine Di Giovanni

Vice President

I am excited to be serving on the board again for 2017/18 after spending two previous years as VP in 2013-2014. I began playing tennis at age 8 and was a member of VTA in 1992 and 1993 after moving to Vancouver from Ottawa. I played tennis sporadically after 1993 but became more serious about making tennis my #1 sport in 2008 when I rejoined VTA and it was the best decision I could have made. VTA offers so much to its members and I value the relationships fostered and grown over the years.

Team tennis is my passion and I have participated in almost every Pac Cup event since 2008 and I initiated Team Tennis for VTA in 2015. We have had 2 successful sessions each year since. It is my objective that all team events thrive in 2018 and we put our best teams forward!

Email: vicepresident@vtatennis.ca

 

Rachel Sarsan

Treasurer

I started playing tennis in the summer time of 2016, it is such a fun sport. It is not only a good way to stay fit and healthy, but also a great way to connect to more mind-alike people. I relocated to Vancouver from Toronto due to a job transfer in 2015. I am still in the process of discovering Vancouver. VTA’s welcoming environment made it easier for me to adapt to the new environment. This is my first year being a volunteer on the board, I feel honored to be part of this amazing team.

Email: treasurer@vtatennis.ca

 

Adam Williams

Secretary

I have been with the VTA for a long time! My tennis is more “social-focused”, though I want to play more and improve my game. I really appreciate the opportunity to play with other members of the LGBQT community, and the Friday evenings in the summer are a highlight for me after a long work week. I live a very active lifestyle, and am a yoga enthusiast, cyclist, snowboarder and just learned to ski, showing you can really teach an old dog some new tricks! I enjoy all this and more, but it means I’m more a jack of all trades and master of none. I look forward to working with members to facilitate some great tennis.

Email: secretary@vtatennis.ca

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Aaron Barrett

Play Director

I grew up on the eastern tip of Canada surrounded by ice and snow. Needless to say tennis wasn’t an avid sport. After moving to BC I was in search of a new challenge and after 30 years of thinking I started playing tennis in August of 2014. My first tournament was at Pride the following year; it boosted my confidence as well making some great friends. My love of the sport continued to grow and I joined the VTA Board in October of 2015. I now play 4-5 times a week, in between working two jobs. A true man of character knows his limitations – but doesn’t accept them. See you on the court!

Email: playdirector@vtatennis.ca

 

Vangie Johnson

Social Director

I have enjoyed every year that I have been a member of the VTA. It truly is a great club with a fantastic group of players. Coming back to serve on the Board is a no-brainer for me, after taking time off for a couple of years. The club gives us so much – social events, friendships, laughter and tennis – and it is my pleasure to give back in my own humble way. I hope to meet most of you during the social events we have planned this year, and also on the courts of course.

Email: social@vtatennis.ca

 

Harry Young

Tournament Director

I have been a member of VTA since 2007 (I think). I joined the club shortly after returning to BC following a long stint Ontario. The club has done so much for me in so many ways. I am delighted to be back as an active member of the VTA board.

Email: tournaments@vtatennis.ca

 

Damian Jolley

Communications Director

I’ve been playing with the VTA for three years now. You’ll find me playing VTA Social Doubles in Winter and Summer – make sure you say hello!

Email: communications@vtatennis.ca