Central Sport’s Board of Directors has named Trevor Thomas as its new CEO effective March 2023. Thomas brings with him 25 years of experience in post-secondary as an Instructor, Chair, and Associate Dean as well as almost a decade of coaching experience in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. 

“Our Board of Directors is thrilled to introduce Trevor Thomas into this new role with Central Sport. His expertise and commitment will allow Central Sport to continue to grow our mission to be the voice for sport in Central Alberta, connecting sport organizations through sport advocacy and development, sport hosting and event development, and sport inclusion and celebration.” says Russ Wlad, Board Chair. 

Thomas is well known in the community and transitions from a Board Director to this new role. He succeeds Scott Robinson, who is now the CEO of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce 

“Being a Board member on Central Sport for the past year, I see how important this organization is in Central Alberta”, stated Thomas, “Local Sport Organizations need support more than ever coming out of COVID . Our Mission to be the voice for sport in Central Alberta, connecting sport organizations through three distinct operational pillars: sport advocacy and development; sport hosting and event development; and sport inclusion and celebration helps fill a gap in our region.” 

Additionally, Central Sport strengthens its Board of Directors by appointing five new board members: Shawna Pearman, Rick Polutnik, Evan Hardy, Renae Clark, and Patrick Callan. Each of these new board members brings with them unique credentials, experience, and perspective to inspire growth in community development of sport in Central Alberta. They join current Board members Chair Russ Wlad, Past Chair Allan Ferchuk, Trent Rix, Lori Schiller, Todd Thiessen, and Patrick Wigmore. 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are proud to welcome these five individuals to our organization. They each bring with them tremendous value and contributions in their respective fields with a shared focus on excellence and collaboration,” says Wlad. 

As the Board of Directors continues to serve Central Sport and the Central Alberta community, diversity of skills and backgrounds of its members are key factors in influencing the growth, awareness, and collaborative opportunities Central Sport provides for local sport organizations and the community. 

“I am thrilled with the strength and diversity of our Board. Everyone here is looking to make an impact and help Local Sport organizations in Central Alberta. 

New Board members were elected during the March Board Meeting and began serving at the end of March