Board of Directors
President | Board Chair
Max started with the Vancouver Lifeguard Association back in 2009 as a participant in the Beach Alert and Junior Lifeguard Club programs. Over the years, Max’s keen enthusiasm towards aquatics and recreation has never stopped. He has worked in many capacities with the VLA including on the Board of Directors, as a manager, Head Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Instructor . In 2014 Max became an employee of the City of Vancouver as an Outdoor Beaches & Pool Lifeguard and an Indoor Pool Lifeguard. Max teaches advance aquatics courses to new lifeguards for example the National Lifeguard Option Course. Recently Max has pursued becoming a licensed Paramedic through the Justice Institute of BC and is now working for the British Columbia Emergency Health Services, BC Ambulance. Max aspires to gain more education to further his career in Paramedicine, while teaching Prehospital care medicine to search and rescue providers, ski patrol and park rangers across BC with PEAK Emergency Care Training Inc.
Vice President | Co-Chair
Rachel has been with the City of Vancouver Aquatic Services for over 20 years in both Outdoor Beaches & Pools and Indoor pools systems. Throughout her time in aquatics Rachel has work in the capacity of lifeguard, supervisor and recreational programmer in both Vancouver and other Metro Vancouver municipalities. She loves being part of a growing community of lifeguards and recreation enthusiasts. She believes in the key values of having fun, keeping people safe, teaching and educating others to continue and pursue their passions. Rachel holds a Bachelors of Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Andy's passion in recreation and aquatics began in 2003 with the City of Vancouver. Throughout his time in aquatics he has worked in various roles including lifeguard/ swim instructor, Aquatic Leader, Pool Programmer and most recently Supervisor of a Large Aquatic Facility. Andy holds a diploma in Recreation Leadership with a Bachelors of Recreation Management. Andy's passion is to provide leadership and education in aquatic safety and recreation to all. He brings his knowledge of leadership and recreation management to the VLA to help the organization further promote aquatic educating and safety in their programs and services.
Kim Cook became the treasurer for the Vancouver Lifeguard Association in November 2018. Her passion for swimming is what got her started in the recreation field leading to lifeguarding for Vancouver Aquatic Services. She studied at Langara College in recreation and in 2012 received her diploma. Kim is passionate about building community ties and has been working in many community centers in a variety of different positions including clerking, cash handling and training. These experiences have helped her develop a strong awareness regarding the importance of community for building a strong, healthy and happy society. Having taken part in the Bay Challenge on numerous occasions, she realizes how important the VLA is to the safety aquatic community and public. She a well rounded skill set the VLA. When not working, Kim loves to travel with her family and is very active in her softball community where she plays third base.
Victors aquatic career started in 2015 with the City of Vancouver, Aquatic Services. In 2016 Victor completed his Automotive Technician Certificate in a level 2 apprenticeship with Honda. After his time in school Victor quickly realized how fulfilling aquatics and recreation is and returned. He now is a Regular Part Time Aquatic Leader with the City of Vancouver and a Healthcare Security Officer with the Paladin Security Group in various Metro Vancouver Hospitals. Victor hopes to bring a new fresh ideas and strong leadership to the VLA.