Storm Soccer Club is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who make up our Board. Read on to discover who they are and what they do to help grow our Club.....
Since its inception in 2010, Storm Soccer Club has had many enthusiastic volunteers. Coaches, team managers, parents and players have all given their time and their efforts have helped the Club become what it is today. But, did you know that we have a volunteer Board that spends a great deal of time organizing and planning to make sure the Club stays on course? The list of our Board members is below, along with each person's contact details. Read on to discover a bit more about each of them and their role in the group:
Sean first joined the Storm Board in November 2016, taking on the role of Club President in 2017. Now entering the third year of his Presidential term, Sean is keen to continue to work with the Board to grow and evolve the Club. Husband and father to two Storm girls, Sean is also part of our coaching team. Sean's focus is helping our coaches get the education and support they need to promote the long term development of our players. A Star Wars afficiando, Sean is a hockey boy at heart. He has made room in his life for soccer over the last several years, following all the MLS action when he can and attending HFX Wanderers games. Always with a smile on his face, his positive attitude and enthusiasm has added fresh energy to the position of President. And the man loves a good Power Point presentation!
An involved member of our Board since November 2017, Stuart Thompson has assumed the role of of VP Youth. Stuart is passionate about his coaching education and we are proud of the fact that he is a C-Licenced certified coach. Stuart is also a die hard Manchester United fan and (quite possibly) our most enthusiastic Storm coach. Born to run, he enjoys participating in ultra marathons (50km - 82km courses!) and trains regularly to keep himself in shape. Stuart has also been the driving force behind getting our first Senior Mens team off the ground and can be found between the posts as keeper.
Joining our Board in November 2019, Chris's experience coaching our younger players will be a huge asset to his new role of VP Minis. A dedicated dad to two Storm boys and an enthusiastic Mini coach since 2017, Chris is also a long time recreational soccer player and he is trained in coaching, ethics and safety. Chris hopes he can foster his same love of the game at an early stage with the Storm Mini program. His goal is to make every training session and game inclusive, fun packed, full of movement and an opportunity to learn key soccer skills. When he is not wrangling the U6's and U8's, he is biking, hiking with his dog or enjoying movie nights with his family.
Susan has been filling the role as Club Treasurer, otherwise known as the "money lady", since November 2014. Treasurer is a key position in any non-profit organization, but "sharp as a tack" Susan is ALL over this role. Susan has also been a team manager season after season. Her organizational skills, efficiency and no-nonsense approach make her the ideal candidate to keep an eagle eye over our books. Susan is also the first to pitch in with any Club fundraising efforts, which makes her a Storm volunteer extraordinaire!
Justin Poupart, HR/Risk Management
Responsibilites of Role
Justin joined our Board in November of 2016 as Club Secretary, but he is looking to switch things up by taking on the role of HR/Risk. Responsible for making sure our volunteers have their Criminal Record Checks complete, he will also assist with maintaining our coach certifications and making sure our coaches have proper training. Justin has spent well over a decade living in China with his family, but returned to Canada a few years ago and hit the ground running. Even though he spends a good deal of his time travelling for work, he has his trusty laptop and can complete his volunteer duties from halfway around the globe.
New to our Board in November 2019, JP Michaud is a familiar Storm face. A certified Coach, JP has been coaching teams of different age divisions for several seasons and is one of Storm's most passionate supporters. JP has taken on the important and time consuming role of Equipment Manager and he will be responsible for organizing and maintaining Storm's supply of nets, pinnies, cones and never ending supply of balls. An avid Moosehead fan, JP also supports the HFX Wanderers and can often be found pitch side working security at their matches. In his rare downtime, JP enjoys spending time with his beloved "Doggo", coaching for Storm and planning his next (well deserved!) vacation.
Lucy Stoops, Communications
Responsibilites of Role
Joining our Board in November 2019, Lucy is a long time Storm parent to two boys. The role of Communications is a great fit for Lucy; she is a seasoned business analyst and also knows what it's like to be a busy parent. Her aim is to get you the info you need when you need it and she'll be on the lookout for ways to make your life as a Storm member easier, more inclusive and more fun. In her time away from work and volunteering, you can find Lucy trail running with her dog Annie, drumming in a Samba band or researching ways that non profits can operate more efficiently. Help Lucy out by letting her know what you'd like to see on Storm's website and social media. We encourage our Storm community to send her good news stories, member achievements, team pictures and email her with any questions.
A member of our Board since January 2018, Jay takes care of booking the facilities that we use for indoor training and summer use. Keeping our practice venues in order can be a mind boggling task, but it has been a doddle for Jay; his career as a project manager and problem solver puts this role right in his wheelhouse. A Valley boy who grew up on the Bay of Fundy, Jay became a city mouse after completing a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Dalhousie. In his spare time, Jay has numerous hobbies; robotics, camping, canoeing, most sports, photography and fly tying. (had to get on the google for that last one!!) Not one to stand on the sidelines, Jay also furthers his involvement with Storm by helping to coach when he can and taking on the role of Team Manager.
Derrick enthusiastically agreed to take on the role of Clothing Manager in November 2018, which means he's the one you need to contact to get your player kitted out in our Storm orange. A proud Cape Bretoner, Derrick graduated from the Culinary Institute of Canada in 2002. This talented chef has made cooking his passion, the man can prepare bacon in a myriad of ways! One of the Club's most ardent supporters, he also carves out time for his beloved baseball, he's a die hard Blue Jays fan. A family man with a heart of gold, Derrick also enjoys camping, cooking over an outdoor fire and spending his free time relaxing with his wife and kids. Derrick seems happy enough to give up a (not insignificant) corner of his house to store the mountain of Storm practice kit.....all those shorts, shirts and socks take up a lot of room.
Jude Ronayne, Jersey Manager
Responsibilites of Role
After a brief hiatus, we are pleased Jude has returned to our Board in November 2019. Jude previously held the role of Clothing Director, but has now moved into managing one of the Club's biggest assets, our numbered game jersey collection. (A veritable mountain of shirts that have to be sorted, inventoried, distributed and collected twice a year, members can make Jude's job easier by returning their jersey promptly to their team manager each season!) Jude enjoys watching soccer; his own kids' games, other age divisions in the Club and has season tickets to the HFX Wanderers. A lover of animals, Jude also enjoys the quiet company of his canine and long road trips on his motorcycle.
When Storm was created back in 2010, we operated under the Dartmouth Women's Club umbrella. In 2013, Storm officially amalgamated with them and both clubs now operate under the banner of Storm Soccer Club. Depending on the season, Storm has two or three senior women's teams. (Conquerers, Justies and Propellors). In addition to sitting on our Board as Senior Women's representatives, Karen and Kathleen oversee all the registration and management of these teams. Storm is very pleased to have these senior teams in our Club, as they provide an outlet for those players who have "graduated' from the youth division. These teams play in the Metro Senior Women's Soccer League (MSWSL).
Stuart McCormack, NSSL Representative (Non Board position)
After two years as VP Youth, Stuart McCormack took on the role of Storm Club President. Finished with his Presidential term, Stuart was keen to stay active in the Club, so he represents Storm at NSSL meetings and report back to the Board. Stuart is, without a doubt, one of Storm's most passionate football fans. He is a lifetime Sunderland supporter, but we know Storm is his second favorite Club. Stuart is a long time Storm Coach and he always appears ready to coach at a moments notice. (He is usually kitted out in some type of football gear...). We love his passion for the sport! Stuart brings to the table a wealth of coaching experience, his vast knowledge of the game and referee calls, as well as an ability to help understand the politics surrounding the administrative side of soccer.