ERURS Executive Team
I've been refereeing in Edmonton since 2011 and in that time, I have occupied many roles with ERURS, including Development Officer for 5 years before becoming President. I currently referee in a number of organizations, including Rugby Alberta, Rugby Canada, World Rugby and Major League Rugby. I have a passion for always improving as a referee and helping others to do the same.
I was elected to the ERURS Executive Board in 2019 and have served as the Treasurer ever since. I joined the board for two main reasons. First, I was in school studying accounting and figured this would be an excellent way to build up my resume. The second is that age diversity is a big miss for most boards. As a society, the ERURS relies on building and developing the next generation of referees. I hope to advocate for the younger referees and build up the ERURS through recruitment and retention. I now hold a Bachelor of Commerce, Double Major - Accounting and Business Law, and I plan on pursuing law school in the coming years.
I became a rugby referee because I grew up watching my brothers and sister play. I played, as well, for a number of years. After a few injuries, playing no longer became an option. While watching my nephew play, I thought to myself that I could do a better job than the match official I was watching and so I decided it give it a go. After officiating my first match, it was a lot harder than I realized and I gained great respect for anyone who picks up a whistle and gives back to the game. I also joined the Executive team as the Social Director with the intention of adding to the positive experience of being a referee around Edmonton and help increase the retention rate of referees.
Member-At-Large (Social Media)
I enjoy refereeing because it keeps me active, allows me to teach players in a different way and it keeps me involved in the local rugby community. I joined the ERURS board mainly because I have a hard time saying "no", but also because I want to help contribute to the betterment of refereeing around the Edmonton area.
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