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Board of Directors

Your 2018-2019 Board

The DSABC, Victoria Branch, is entering an exciting time as demand for our services continue to rise. We are looking for new opportunities to grow our program, expand our services and provide quality sailing opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our communities.  



Doug NuttingDoug Nutting
Acting Commodore & Director of Operations

(Executive Director of Recreation Integration Victoria)

Doug Nutting has been Executive Director of Recreation Integration Victoria (R.I.V.) since its inception in 1990.  Hired in 1988 as the Coordinator of Integrated Recreation Services, an Inter-municipally funded service, Doug guided the development of Integrated Recreation Services into the partnership of services known as Recreation Integration Victoria. R.I.V. is recognized across North America as a premier inclusive leisure and recreation service delivery and funding model. He is also a founding member of DSA Victoria and has been involved since its inception.


IMG_0103Peter Simpson
Director of Fundraising

(Cruising Instructor, Retired CPA)

Peter is a retired CPA who is a Sail Canada sailing instructor and teaches Sail Canada cruising and CPS marine radio courses. He teaches these courses on his sailboat ‘Tula’, a 40 foot Beneteau Oceanis. Peter and his wife Michelle Forest arranged guest donations at their wedding in 2010 to enable DSABC to purchase the ‘Iris Jean’, one of our Martin 16’s.


Amie Renaud

(Past Instructor, OneAbility Contractor)

Amie Renaud  grew up in Ontario and came to Vancouver Island when her partner was posted to 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron. Amie graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.Sc. in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, with a minor in Health Sciences, from the University of Ottawa. She also has 10 years of experience working with disabled sailing organizations. Amie is familiar with the Disabled Sailing Program as she was a sailing instructor with the organization in 2014. When Amie is not working or sailing, she enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the Vancouver Island.


Jim Russell
Director of Fleet Maintenance 

(Avid Sailor, Retired from Real Estate)

Jim Russell has joined the DSA board as the Director of Fleet Maintenance. Jim is a sailor and member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and still races a regatta or two in local waters. Jim is retired from a successful 28 year real estate career. He grew up in Northern Ontario, graduated from the University of Guelph, worked in Montreal as an advertising copywriter and came out west to Victoria in 1976. A proven co-ordinator,  Jim will keep DSA’s small fleet of boats in top shape with the generous assistance of the sailing community, friends and volunteers.


Kirsty Jack
Director of Athletic Programming

(Coordinator of Services at Recreation Integration Victoria)

Kirsty Jack recently has taken the role of Coordinator of Services at Recreation Integration Victoria.  She has a Masters of Public Health and Social Policy from the University of Victoria.  She grew up sailing the gulf islands on summer holidays from ages 4 – 16 and completed her basic CYA course when she was 18.  When Kirsty is not working, she enjoys running, cooking/baking, and reading.



Ken Kelly

Ken Kelly
Director at Large

(Former Paralympic Sailor, Retired Computer Analyst)

Ken Kelly, retired computer analyst, is a retired Paralympic sailor. He has competed internationally in the Sonar class in twelve World Championships and two Paralympic Games. He has served on the DSA board for many years as a director and key roles from Commodore to secretary-treasurer.  



Join the Board 

We wish to have board and community members who believe in our mission and are willing to be active in their governance roles. Being a board member of DSA Victoria is an opportunity to gain board experience, network with others and to make an impact on individuals in  your community. Meetings are held approximately once a month and candidates do not need to demonstrate any sailing experience. Background or experience in the fields of business, marketing, fundraising or computer technology an asset.  If you are interested and feel you are well suited for the role, please e-mail the following: 

Additional Specific Vacancies 

DSA Victoria reserves the right to accept or reject applications or nominations at its sole discretion and according to its judgment as to suitability based on its Constitution and By-Laws.


There are also volunteer committees who assist in executing the annual strategic plan in the following areas: Equipment & Maintenance, Events, Marketing and Fundraising, Tech Support (Website & Social Media).

DSA Victoria committees:

Meet several times per year (frequency determined and agreed upon by committee members) to plan and execute certain area of program logistics. If you are interested in volunteering on a DSA Victoria committee, email