I am submitting this application to the Nominating Committee with great enthusiasm, as I am very interested in serving on the VTMHA board of directors.
The Thunderbirds is a significant community organization which provides important opportunities through sport to our next generation of leaders, and I believe I have the experience and skill set to provide VTMHA with a meaningful contribution at the board level.
I am a passionate sports fan and played many different organized competitive sports growing up. My two sons started hockey in the Seafair organization (which we were a part of for 4 years), and are entering into their 4th year with the T-Birds, at both the Recreational and Rep levels, and I have served as a team manager and/or HCSP for four different teams, including three seasons with Tbirds. I am also the co-founder of the Vancouver Warbirds, a 2007-aged spring hockey program comprised of mostly Tbird players. This year the Warbirds partnered with Nate Leslie who served as our professional development coach and by all accounts this program has been very well received by all participants.
Professionally, I am a British Columbia called lawyer (called to the BC Bar in 2000) and partner at Lawson Lundell LLP, where I serve as Chair of our Real Estate Practice group and oversee a team of over 20 lawyers and staff. A more fulsome description of my professional experience and community involvement can be found at the following link: http://www.lawsonlundell.com/team-Peter-Tolensky.html
Not only have I been recognized as a leading lawyer in the country, but I have also been fortunate to serve as a director on the Congregation Beth Israel Board from 2008 to 2010, and more recently served on the Board of the Richmond Hospital Foundation from 2013 to 2016, where I was Chair of the Governance Committee. In both such instances our boards were involved with launching major capital campaigns, and I still Chair the annual “Swing Fore Kids” Congregation Beth Israel golf tournament which raises approximate $40,000 per year.
I have always looked for meaningful ways to give back to my community, and I see this opportunity with VTMHA as another exciting volunteer challenge; and since I am no longer serving on any other volunteer boards, I am committed to devoting the time and energy I expect is needed at the VTMHA board level.
Not only do most boards appreciate and value having an experienced lawyer at the table, but my previous experience at Seafair and now with the Tbirds has given me insight into ways that I believe I can help this organization continue to improve so as to meet the very high expectations of its membership. I am well suited to assist with governance matters, which is an issue that seems to have taken up valuable board energy and resources over the past few years. With new leadership at the executive level and at the coaching level, the Tbirds are well positioned to build a much improved organization, that I believe can still do better at connecting with the community; and I would like to help contribute to this ongoing change, by bringing a fresh perspective and a new voice to the table. Also, as one of my sons has been a goalie for many years, I am interested in helping the association continue its development of a robust goaltender program.