President: Troy Becker
Troy, founder of CRIS continues as our steadfast President today as well as CRIS’s 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.
Vice President: Debbie Dupasquier
Debbie has been with CRIS since it early years and has always stayed involved with hiking as well as kayaking even with running her new business she stays involved and up to date on all things CRIS. Never afraid to lead a group to any destination and take an active role with the good old fashioned grunt work, Deb is hard working, loyal and fun loving and an all around asset to the CRIS family.
Treasurer: Lynda Becker
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.
Secretary: Alyssa Parfitt
(shown with Kurt Becker) Even with her hectic school schedule she has joined our board and taken on the duties of Secretary. Along with her duties a student and Secretary she enjoys Adaptive Wilderness Adventures whenever she has the time and is a keen and able volunteer in any situationon. We look forward to working with and adventuring with Alissa for years to come.
Clayton March (Director of Adaptive Youth Adventures)
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!
Always eager to assist the organization in any way possible, Les is committed to advocating for people with disabilities through his board position with CRIS and numerous other community connections. Les enjoys all CRIS activities but especially kayaking, we look forward to working and adventuring with Les in the future.
Mary first came to CRIS as a participant but we are not lucky enough to call her a volunteer. She uses her gift as a writer to construct insightful and interesting articles. We welcome Mary to the 2012 board. Mary also assists whenever possible with events and sometimes if we are lucky we even get to hear her sing!
Executive Director: Dawn Widdifield
Full Time Volunteers
Kurt has been with CRIS Adaptive Adventures since its inception. He is a constant presence on Vernon trips and occasionally makes the trip out to Kelowna to do some ‘trail maintenance’ on hikes. Judging from the number of gashes Kurt gathers during these outings, we suspect that he is actually engaging bears in hand-to-hand combat. In any case, if you ask Kurt about his latest wound you’ll be sure to get an entertaining story in return! Kurt doesn’t just bear wrassel though; he is a very caring and patient individual who keeps CRIS going by emanating good will, fixing equipment, and training everyone.
Originating from Manitoba, Ryan came to CRIS in 2007 bringing his smile, white cane, and endless repertoire of funny and sometimes true stories. His stockpile of tales has grown considerably during his stint at CRIS and you’ll probably stumble across a couple if you talk to him for a few minutes about the organization. Even if you don’t talk to him, you’ll probably overhear part of the ongoing hilarious battle that is Ryan and Kurt’s relationship. Besides his humor and friendly personality, Ryan’s other notable feature is his dedication to enable people with disabilities to get outdoors. By leading by example and by helping out on CRIS events, Ryan truly lives his belief that the great outdoors is the best place for everybody, and everybody deserves to get out into nature. A note though: if you are on a kayaking trip with Ryan DO NOT start a water fight with him unless you’d like to get soaked to the bone. He may not be able to see you all the time, but he’s still deadly with a water pump and paddle.