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 member accounts & employee relations
Barb Hufsmithmanager of member services
Jenn McDonaldsenior accountant
Aaron Wilburdirector of hockey
Aaron joined the NSWC from the Northwest Giants, where he served as Head Coach for the last season and a half. Aaron’s coaching resume includes a BCHL championship as an Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator with the Penticton Vees (2008), a Keystone Cup (Western Canadian Championship) as Head Coach of the Richmond Sockeyes (2013), and two years as the Assistant Coach of the UBC Men’s Hockey program. In 2010, Aaron stepped down from UBC to found The Coaches Site, an online resource for hockey coaches and producers of the TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference. Aaron has also traveled extensively to China working on the development of grassroots hockey. In 2014, he produced a documentary on the growth of hockey in China in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and has acted as the Canucks ambassador in China, overseeing hockey schools and development programs in China and Vancouver.
For ten years, Aaron ran a summer defenseman camp through Vancouver Hockey School and has worked with players from amateurs up to professionals. Aaron’s passion is working with defenseman and he has developed a detailed training program that provides defenseman of all levels a solid foundation and tool box to build their game.
Bob McCuaigmanager of hockey administration
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 programs & events 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.
Fabio Walkerdirector of tennis
Fabio Walker was born and raised in North Vancouver. In the years 1984 to 1988, Fabio reached seven Canadian National Championship finals, winning four times – three singles and one doubles. From 1986 to 1988, Fabio was the number one ranked junior in the country and represented Canada in many international tennis events including Jr. Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open. He also won a gold medal for British Columbia at the 1989 Canada Games. In 1988, Fabio received a full tennis scholarship to Texas Tech University, a NCAA Division 1 school located in Lubbock, Texas where he played position one in singles and doubles. After graduating in 1993, Fabio decided on a career coaching tennis and competed in the local Tennis BC Men’s Open tennis circuit. Again, he achieved a number one ranking in both singles and doubles. Fabio worked as an assistant tennis pro at the Nautilus Racket and Fitness Club in Lubbock, Texas (1992 – 1993), at the New Westminster Tennis Club (1994 – 1995), and at the West Vancouver Tennis Club (1996). Fabio was the Head Tennis Professional at the Richmond Country Club from 1997 to 2012 and has been the NSWC Tennis Director since 2012.
Joe Woodassistant tennis director
Growing up in the UK, Joe won the U14, U16, and U18 Yorkshire Championships and competed in the U15 and 18 National Championships. He ended his junior career as the number eight player in the UK. At 16 years old, Joe moved to Somerset to play at Milfield School where his team won the National Schools Title in both his years. In 2007, Joe achieved a junior world ranking in both singles and doubles, earning a scholarship to play at the University of New Mexico. There, he made two NCAA appearances and won two Mountain West Conferences Championships. Upon graduating, Joe started coaching at the Lob Performance Tennis Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focused on high performance players between the age of 12 and 18. After coaching, he moved back to London to work for the tennis department at IMG and eventually to Canada. Joe has been with the NSWC since 2014.
Kim Hirjirecreation & executive coordinator
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.