Troy, founder of CRIS continues as our steadfast, level-headed leader and visionary. By observing what he does with his time you’ll soon see that Troy’s mountain man exterior is just camouflage for the big softy inside. His humanitarian nature shines through in his career as a Firefighter as well as in his voluntary job at CRIS. Once you experience a ‘Troy Hike’ that pushes your every limit, you may think that he is some sort of sadist… but when you conquer the mountain and witness the view from the summit, you will understand his motives and appreciate the grunt work that it takes to get there.
Clayton first came to us many years ago as a participant. Since then he has grown into a kind compassionate, well-spoken board member, advocate and young man. We are thankful to have him working with us and grateful that he is always willing and ready for ANY Adaptive Adventure. A true pioneer.
Auto Sales Associate. Past program coordinator, summer student, and trip leader. CRIS was his launch into the wilderness. Eric’s most memorable experience was sleeping on his water bladder in a mountain tent on his first CRIS mountain expedition.
Involved since CRIS’ first steps as well as teaching them to the Founder/President, Lynda has been (and is) a quiet and vital member of CRIS. We are lucky enough to have this lovely woman to make sure all things treasury related are dealt with in a timely and accurate fashion. On top of all of that she also assists on the adaptive winter activities.
Occupational Therapist, past Executive Director for CRIS, past summer student and trip leader. Enjoys the outdoors and the impact on community programs. One of her favourite events SMA Camp.
General Board Members
SHELLEY BUCHANAN GILMORE
CEO and General Manager
Calling the Okanagan home for 25 years, Shelley has made a habit of taking advantage of where she lives and loves anything outdoors; skiing (downhill and cross-country), snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, paddling, golf, cycling and just plain working outside on her property gardening and building a semblance of her own hobby farm. Working in the charitable sector for the last 20+ years, both in leadership and board roles, she has always ensured that her passion for justice is front and centre. Being an advocate of inclusion, acceptance and always working to eliminate obvious or systemic injustice, she has built a career on being a voice, opening doors and building partnerships and community. Joining CRIS in 2019 really did bring many parts of Shelley’s world together – her love of the outdoors and her passion for fighting injustice as well as her hope for a better more inclusive community. Being able to break down barriers for anyone facing challenges to outdoor sport and recreation, promoting positive mental and physical health and supporting the building of inclusive community as the CEO of CRIS is a dream role.
Director of Programs
A recently retired Canadian National team athlete in the sport of field hockey, Danielle has found the perfect fit at CRIS bringing together her passion of sport and outdoor recreation with a strong desire to share and promote the physical, mental, and social benefits of physical activity. As a kinesiology graduate, athlete, and coach she brings a knowledge of physical literacy and fundamental movement skills to CRIS and has helped develop our programming to include these concepts which are integral skills to enable people to be active for life. As manager of partnerships, she is helping further develop CRIS’ presence throughout the Okanagan to better serve the entire valley community. She is an avid hiker, runner, skier, and climber herself, so she thoroughly enjoys the perk that some work days at CRIS involving being out in the mountains with clients and volunteers.
Community Liaison Coordinator
Originally from Northern BC, Briann came to the Okanagan and CRIS with a wild spirit, wanderlust, and a love for adventure and traveling (and the occasional shenanigan). She began as a client, but was quickly recruited as CRIS’ Community Liaison in December 2020. She brings an education from the UK in the non-profit sector, a history of advocacy, as well as her lived experience as a person with a disability, and a daughter of a person with a disability. Briann is always down for trying something new and is a master at adapting anything. She loves both the water and the snow and always keeps her humour even when things go sideways. Don’t tell her she can’t do something, because she will do it.
Manager of Program Delivery for Accessible Wilderness Expeditions
A Recreation Therapist and outdoor enthusiast, Laura has called BC home for ten years. Growing up in small town Ontario is where Laura’s passion for nature, wildlife and sustainability began. Her work in health care, as well as BC/Y Easter Seals, has inspired her holistic, person-centred approach to helping others. Laura finds happiness in supporting people with barriers and making imagination become reality! As Manager of the AWE program, Laura believes in the importance of being connected with nature, and that everyone should be given the opportunity to experience the role that nature plays in fostering that connection with one’s self, others and the environment. When not planning the next AWEsome adventure, you can find her outside mountain biking, skiing, gardening or hiking with her dog.
Equipment and Maintenance
Still relatively new to the Okanagan life, Russ grew up in rural Ontario before completing a degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Russ enjoys backcountry camping, golf, running and overall exploration. Russ values Active For Life principles and believes being outdoors has a positive effect on our health and wellness. Russ strives to keep CRIS’ vast fleet of highly specialized equipment in top-notch shape, to break down barriers and ensure everyone has access on the beauty of the Okanagan… and beyond!