Our staff members can be contacted directly using the information provided below. Alternatively, you may contact the club using our general email form on our contact page.
Kristeen DeGobbidirector of membership & hr
Jenn McDonaldsenior accountant
Fabio Walkerdirector of racquets
Fabio began playing pickleball in 2018 in Palm Desert, California. With quick hands and amazing reflexes, he picked the game up quickly and began to compete. Fabio played Division 1 League for Deep Canyon Tennis Resort in California and was undefeated on Court 1. Fabio feels that pickleball is a natural and good fit for tennis players to enjoy. He thinks everyone should give it a try! Fabio is a Certified USAPA Pickleball Coach.
Amy Walkerpickleball pro and coordinator
Amy began playing pickleball in 2018 in Palm Desert, California. She competed in the Desert Pickleball League Division 1 for two seasons and in her final season was undefeated on Court 1. Amy teamed with daughter Angie to win Silver at the USA National Qualifier Women’s Doubles in Idaho in 2019. Amy went on to compete in the Margaritaville Pickleball National Championships in California and win Gold with husband, Fabio, in the Kelowna Open Mixed Doubles Championships. Amy looks forward to coaching and passing along her love for the game to players at the NSWC! Amy is a Certified USAPA Pickleball Coach.
Bob McCuaigdirector of hockey operations
Bob has been working at NSWC since February 2015. Having been involved in coaching at every level of minor hockey for the past seventeen years, Bob has experience with teams from Atom through to Major Midget. He coached the Vancouver North East Chiefs, North West Giants, and is currently coaching the Northwest Hawks. Bob has also worked with the BC Hockey High Performance program coaching U15, U16, and U17 programs.
Before joining the NSWC, Bob spent ten years as the Head of Athlete Development at Burnaby 8 Rinks as well as a the Head Coach for the Hockey Canada Skills Academy out of Burnaby North. Through his work as a Skills Coach, Bob has helped to develop players from every level!
Emily Allenhockey operations coordinator
Emily has been a lifelong member at the North Shore Winter Club, and played hockey all the way from Cookie Monsters to Juvenile. Emily graduated from Brock University with a Sports Management Degree and was lucky enough to start working in the NSWC Hockey Department back in July 2016. Emily has a strong passion for sports but is happy her career has started off at the grassroots level of hockey. Through her work at the NSWC, Emily has been an integral part in the creation of numerous hockey related tournaments and events at the club. She is extremely passionate about the NSWC and believes this is the best place to grow up playing hockey in the lower mainland.
Just recently, Emily was hired as the General Manager of the U18 AAA Greater Vancouver Comets.
Kim Hirjidirector of recreation & club events
Garth Prousedirector of fitness
Garth is an industry veteran with extensive expertise training private clients, coaching teams, and teaching a variety of fitness classes. With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, he has helped clients of all ages attain their maximum physical potential and overall health goals. Garth’s approach to strength and conditioning has helped enhance the performance of his varied clientele, not limited to but including professional and junior athletes, children, teenagers, expectant mothers, business professionals, and seniors.
Garth is a former member of Canada’s National Rugby Team, as well as a BC Junior A Hockey alumni. His time in the BCHL with the New West Outlaws, Surrey Eagles, and Trail Smoke Eaters taught him resilience, discipline, and patience, as did competing amongst some of the fittest in the world as one of the first Canadians to attend the CrossFit Games. Now retired from competitive sport, Garth carves out time to serve as the head coach of the Capilano Rugby Club. His experience with high-level athletics lead him to develop a unique training method, focused on proper mechanics, balanced programming, and encouraging clients to reach their desired levels of physical performance through safe and consistent progress.
As the Director of Fitness at the NSWC, Garth oversees all fitness operations, providing leadership for team and group classes as well as personal training. Garth manages the strength and conditioning for hockey, tennis, and swimming, whilst creating and coaching new class formats and generating a fantastic culture and environment for all fitness users.