Committee

Ross PriebeRoss Priebe: President

Ross has been playing Pickleball since the spring of 2011. He played in his first BC Senior Games August 2011 and has competed in the Games each year since. Ross has also played in the Western Canadian National Pickleball Tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ross enjoys having fun while experiencing a good workout, whether recreational play or at a higher competitive level.

Jane CassieJane Cassie: Vice President

Jane’s intro to pickleball began just before she retired in 2010. While waiting for a fitness class to begin she was asked by a threesome of ‘seniors’ if she wanted to play. How hard could it be to hit a little plastic ball over the net with a super-sized paddle? Within short order the score was 11-zip (for the other guys), and Jane had learned her first lesson in pickleball humility. Since then, her keenness has grown to passion and as well as joining her boomer buddies in South Surrey she can be found on courts down South every snowbird season. She looks forward to spreading the news and helping others feel the same way about this growing sport.

JohnJohn Robertson: Treasurer

John learned to play Pickleball at the Palm Creek Pickleball Club in Casa Grande AZ.  He volunteers his time for the Palm Creek Club in many ways, including serving on the Tournament Committee, the Training Program, is a Round Robin Captain, the Director of the Vendor Sponsor Program, works with the Medical Team, and is a Certified Referee.  John, for much of his life has always participated in one sport or the other and when he found Pickleball, it was a challenge worth taking up! Prior to retirement John was in the RCMP, and that was followed up by a career in the Satellite Telecom Industry in a Senior Executive role. John is excited about all the pickleball activity that is growing in the Lower Mainland and is looking forward to helping the Surrey Pickleball Club grow to one of the premier Clubs in the area.

WandaWanda Cassidy: Secretary

Wanda is a keen and enthusiastic Pickleball player while still in the development stages of her game!  She took up the sport at Palm Creek Pickleball Club in Casa Grande Arizona.  Wanda is well known as being the “go to” person for getting things done relative to many projects. At Palm Creek, she supports the Club’s tournament team in running the operations desk, training new people and scheduling the volunteers. She also has served on training team in helping to develop the many clinics put on by the Club, and supports the vendor sponsor program with her creative brochure and document publishing capabilities. BP (before Pickleball) Wanda enjoyed a career as an Executive Assistant to the CEO’s of some of Canada’s most well-known high tech companies. Wanda is looking forward to supporting and building a great Pickleball Club with the other Surrey Committee members!

Marilyn CrossMarilyn Cross – Member At Large

Marilyn learned how to play pickleball two years ago in Arizona and a year later collaborated with the City of Surrey to bring outdoor pickleball to Dufferin Park in South Surrey, and continue to organize play. Her background includes senior management with a large retail chain, Instructor at BCIT in the Marketing Program, and Volunteer Management for a non profit organization. Marilyn also serves on the Mayor’s Seniors Advisory and Accessibility committee for the City of Surrey, chaired by two of our city councillors. She is very passionate about engaging seniors to connect with people and activities in the community.

Brent CassieBrent Cassie: Member At Large

Brent was introduced to pickleball while he was teaching elementary school but never played himself until he retired in 2010. Having previously played racquetball, badminton, and ping pong, it was easy to pick up this new sport. It has become something of an addiction for him, playing anytime he has spare time. He likes the challenge of trying to improve and the workout that comes when one plays hard. He feels it is a great sport for all age levels, but particularly for seniors.