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OTTAWA, ON – Following the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on Saturday September 24, Archery Canada is pleased to welcome back a returning board member and two new Directors-at-Large.

Robert Tataryn, of Manitoba, was voted returned to the position of the VP, Finance and Administration to complete his final term in this role. Mr. Tataryn has been on the board since 2008 and has filled the vice-presidential role since 2018; this will be his second term. He boasts 37 years of experience with the Canada Revenue Agency in Audit and Criminal Investigations which included roles in a management position. Mr. Tataryn brings to the position an analytical approach which is rooted in his years of experience and training including Canadian Police College Forensic Interviewing Training. He has been active in Archery since 1998, attending many national and provincial events.

Saribel Deslauriers (NS), who is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Downtown Truro Partnership, was newly elected as a Director-at-Large. As an athlete for her country in handball, she has extensive experience in the sports world. For the past six years, Ms. Deslauriers has been involved on the board of the Canadian Team Handball Federation and has grown their member base by creating marketing campaigns and improving their social media. She has also served as a member of Women’s Development Coordinators for Inclusion and Diversity for North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation, representing the Canadian Team Handball Federation. Ms. Deslauriers has represented Handball Canada at COC meetings and traveled internationally providing support as team lead.

The second person voted to the board is Kevin Booker (NB). Mr. Booker is currently completing his term as the President of Archery New Brunswick, and is the President of Twin Rivers Archery Club. Through his time in the sport he went from archer to active participant to someone who saw a vision for growth of the sport. His current efforts are focused on elevating archery to a collegiate level and trying to develop a program in which the sport is seen on an even playing field with team sports in the Interscholastic Athletic Association. Mr. Booker is also working with Education and Recreation to further grow the sport in his province to try and reach all persons to give them access. 

Aaron Bull, President of Archery Canada, is looking forward to seeing what Ms. Deslauriers and Mr. Booker will bring to the organization. “Myself and the rest of the Board of Directors is elated by the group of high quality candidates that put their name forward to be part of the Board. Saribel and Kevin were elected by the members and we look forward to getting them up to speed and integrated into the Board. I know they will both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience we can use in growing and promoting archery across the country.

Archery Canada would like to recognize its two outgoing directors, Jason March and Alec Denys, and would like to extend sincere thanks to them for their contribution and dedication to the sport of archery in Canada. The organization also looks forward to seeing the progress that the Board will make in the coming years. 

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For more information, please contact:

Zoe Meil, Communications & Safe Sport Coordinator

zmeil@archerycanada.ca

(613) 260-2113 ext. 3