AMBASSADORS

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL MARATHON SOCIETY
Meet Our Ambassadors

Ambassador Program

The non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society is represented by influential members of the community who support our mission and values.

The Society recognizes the importance of community to the success of its events, and to the celebration of sport and healthy living. Each year, the Society reaches into the community to attract nearly 4,000 volunteers and dozens of business, community, and charity groups. To aid in the ongoing connection to the community, the Society also brings together a special group of long-term supporters including volunteers, runners, current and former board members, business leaders, elite runners and local residents as Community RUNVAN® Ambassadors.

RUNVAN® Ambassadors assist the Society in promoting itself by attending various community events, networking opportunities, schools, charity events, running clubs and other community outreach opportunities. As a special volunteer, RUNVAN® Ambassadors receive special benefits including entry into the BMO Vancouver Marathon and commemorative gear. Ambassadors have familiarity with our events, are comfortable speaking and motivating groups, and have flexibility to attend events. In addition, RUNVAN® Ambassadors agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Conduct and respect its values.

2019-2020 Ambassadors

David Papineau

Ambassador

David is a graphic designer and the former marathon clinic instructor at the Broadway Running Room. He ran his first marathon in Vancouver in 2004 and has now completed 38 marathons, nine of them in Vancouver.

Greg Herringer

Ambassador

Greg is an IT consultant with a passion for road and trail running. Greg has enjoyed running since 2006, when a friend asked “Why don’t you try it?”.

Siobhan McCormick

Ambassador

Siobhan is a research technician in the PET Program of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at UBC and a pace group leader for the Right Shoe run clinics. She began running in January 2008 as part of a challenge to exercise every day for a month. 

Karl Shen

Ambassador

Karl is a senior IT professional at Aviso Wealth in Downtown Vancouver. After participating many years in the Sun Run, Karl considered quitting running. He completed his first marathon in 2017 at the age of 56. 

Justin Bonzo

Ambassador

Justin is an avid runner, PhD candidate, and marathon instructor at the Denman Running Room. In October 2011, Justin ran his first race, which also happened to be his first marathon. Since then Justin has ran almost 30 marathons.

Kate Inch

Ambassador

Kate is a P.E., Youth Outdoor Ed. and Science teacher at Templeton Secondary School. An outdoor recreation enthusiast and advocate for community health and active living, Kate loves to be outdoors running, mountain biking, hiking or skiing around Vancouver.

Chris Seto

Ambassador

Chris is a current marathon clinic instructor and pace lead at the Denman Street Running Room. In 2015, Chris achieved his goal of becoming a Marathon Maniac, Half Marathon Fanatic, and Double Agent at the same time.

Jennifer Taylor

Ambassador

Jennifer is Community Engagement Coordinator for the Kitsilano Community Centre. Jenn ran her first marathon in Walt Disney World when she was a 19 year old “Cast Member” at Epcot. She has since run 7 fulls and countless other runs.

Hayley Gulayets

Ambassador

Hayley is a runner, nutrition nerd and community connector in Calgary, Alberta. Hayley loves supporting the Calgary run scene as a pace crew leader for YYCRunCrew and enjoys working with children as a pediatric dietitian.

Vince Slupski

Ambassador

One of two Seattle RUNVAN® ambassadors, Vince ran his first marathon in 1983 in Wisconsin. After chasing PRs in the late 1980s, he took 10 years off from long distances, ran Portland again in 2000, then tried his luck at Portland 2015.

Liam Baird

Ambassador

Liam is a civil engineering student and passionate runner who wants to inspire others to reach their athletic potential. He completed his first half marathon in 1:45 at the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon in 2016, and fell in love with the sport.

Donna An

Ambassador

Donna is the Marketing Director, and one of the founders of the Lapower running team, the largest Chinese running club in the lower mainland. A runner since 2014, Donna is focused on social runs to help bring more people into running and healthy lifestyles. 

Andy Arevalo

Ambassador

Andy is an active runner, personal finance advisor, and one of the group leaders at LaPower Running Club. After losing more than 20 lbs, and becoming more confident and happy overall, Andy had ran his first BMO Vancouver Marathon in 2017.

Patrick “Packie” Kiernan

Ambassador

Born in Ireland, Patrick is living 8 years in Edmonton, working as an Engineering Assistant Manager for a Window and Door Company. Running at a young age, he gave it up for team sports, but was lucky enough to rediscover his love for it 3 years ago.

Arthur Chen

Ambassador

Arthur is a passionate outdoor runner, a creative CPA and an open-minded photographer. Since 2016, he started to enjoy running and saw it as a way of meditation to reform his self-awareness and bonding to nature and community.

Krista Wollny

Ambassador

Krista is a PhD student at the University of Calgary, a Registered Nurse, and teaches in the Faculty of Nursing. In her free time, she coaches for YYCRunCrew and loves spending time in the mountains. She is also a triathlete.

Emily Ticong

Ambassador

Emelyn is a Project Manager at TELUS who is not new to running, but new to running long distances. In May 2019, Emelyn stepped out of her comfort zone and decided to run her first half at the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, finishing at 2:11:58.

Spencer “Spenny” Lee

Ambassador

Spencer is a registered nurse who helps people get back on their feet. Whether it is helping sick clients get back to home or helping runners with their goals, Spenny always puts others first. 

Mariya Zhalovaga

Ambassador

Mariya is a Vancouver Police Officer and a former marathon clinic instructor at the Burnaby Running Room. She ran her first half marathon in Vancouver in 2016 and has now completed 8 half marathons and 3 full marathons.

Craig Premack

Ambassador

Craig is a leader of the North Burnaby Runners, who started out competing as a road cyclist and triathlon athlete.

Nikka Andrade

Youth Ambassador

Nikka is a grade eleven student at Templeton Secondary in Vancouver. She is part of the Templeton Run Club and helps to promote running and physical activity within her community. 

Batseba Kassa

Youth Ambassador

Batseba is a grade 11 student at Templeton Secondary. Growing up, Batseba has competed in various cross-country and T&F events with her elementary team, ‘Hastings Hornets’. So far, she has proudly completed all four RUNVAN® events.

Jeffrey Low

Youth Ambassador

Jeffrey is a grade 12 student at Windermere Secondary School and passionate runner. Jeffrey ran his first half marathon in early 2018 and has since completed four half marathons and eight other races.

Justin Yan

Youth Ambassador

Justin is a Grade 12 student at Windermere Secondary and has run multiple half marathons and 10Ks all over the Lower Mainland. Justin is one of the leads for the running club at Windermere, which holds biweekly training sessions before school. 

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