Board of Directors 2019
President: Louise Martin
Hank Van Moorsel
Board of Directors Role:
All board members donate their time every month to meet and do the important work of directing PRANCE endeavours. Board members also instruct lessons, sponsor horses, and volunteer with riders and events. We thank these people for their dedication to the PRANCE program.
Louise Martin: Louise Martin has served on the Board of Directors for five years as president and has also functioned as treasurer of our annual craft show during that period. With 34 years of experience as a registered insurance broker and the head of accounting in her office, Louise brings to us a wealth of experience, which coupled with her love for all things PRANCE, makes her indispensable to our organization.
Ahsan Muhammad: Ahsan joined the Board of Director in 2017. Ahsan brings his experience of managing a not-for-profit organization he lead which built a school in South East Asia. As a young professional, it is Ahsan's goal to ensure that PRANCE, an organization lead by volunteers provides a positive and a lasting impact for the community .
Hank Van Moorsel joined the PRANCE Board of Directors after witnessing firsthand, as a leader and side walker, the benefits the program provides to our challenged equestrians. As a 35 year member of the Tiverton and District Lions service club he is aware of the necessity to volunteer for governing bodies to keep important programs such as PRANCE viable. He considers it an honor to work with the active and dedicated volunteers and staff at PRANCE.
Ian Cruchley: Ian joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Ian brings 30 years of technical and business experience to PRANCE to assist in developing and expanding program offerings through efficiencies and business principles. As a horse owner, Ian knows and understands the power these majestic animals bring to the health and well being of the people they touch.
Philip Wright was introduced to the programs at PRANCE seven years ago and was impressed with the learning and growth of riders. He hopes to help ensure the sustainability of programs that benefit so many, in positive ways. The roles of Dad, minor hockey coach and retired manager give Philip the people skills, teamwork and questioning attitude required to assist the Board in longevity of the facility.
Brad Pryde: Brad and his wife Kathy built the facilities associated with Miramichi Farms in 1992. The primary purpose of the horse stables and horse riding arena was to provide accommodation for PRANCE in which Brad and Kathy were the original founders. Brad has been on the Board of Directors since 1993 and assists in the administration of PRANCE.
Colette Wood: Colette enjoys the benefits and challenge of volunteering with PRANCE both at the Board level and as a leader in the therapeutic sessions. She is an enthusiastic rider who enjoys time with McJake and along with her mom, makes riders happy with all the baked goods she generously bakes and shares!
Alex Taylor: Alex is a new addition to the board who brings with him decades of experience in the horse world as an owner of quarter horses. He worked in the financial services sector in his professional life and in recent years, has been active as a volunteer with the Legion, Boy Scouts and Minor Hockey. As busy as he is, Alex always finds time to volunteer as a leader in the therapeutic program.
Patty O'Rourke: Patty is the proud owner of her horse Tate and has been a volunteer in the therapeutic riding program at PRANCE as well as a member of the EFW team. A former educator and currently a small business owner, Patty also finds time to travel the world and to support the causes she believes in.