Your 2017-2018 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.  

Blank Membership PhotoKris Thannhauser

(DSA Sailor, Retired Tradesman Oil & Gas)

Kris, retired tradesman (Oil & Gas) has been a member of DSA Victoria for 5 years now, and has been serving as the program’s commodore for the past two  years. Prior to losing his mobility to MS, Kris worked as a driller for the oil and gas operating rigs throughout Alberta and BC, as far north as the Alaskan border. Kris sailed dinghies and catamaran’s with his father growing up, and moved on to windsurfing for the past 15 years. He discovered DSA by chance after moving to Victoria, and quickly immersed himself in the program; he even has his own boat moored at CFSA!


Doug NuttingDoug Nutting
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.


Ken KellyKen Kelly

(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.  


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 PhotoAmie Renaud
Director of Athletic Programming 

(Past Instructor, Coordinator of Services for Recreation Integration Victoria)

Amie Renaud has recently joined our team as Coordinator of Services. She 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 recently 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.


Blank Membership PhotoJoanne Russ
Board Member




Blank Membership PhotoAlex Cruikshank
Director of Communications 





David Leigh – DSA Sailor

Jeremy Carr – Lawyer, Jeremy Carr & Associates

Join the Board 

Our program is growing! 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