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Meet the team

Great relationships are at the heart of everything we do at Zero Ceiling. Every member of our team is engaged with Zero Ceiling because of a strong belief in the organization’s transformational work, and each person involved moves mountains to make that work happen.

Sean Easton

Sean Easton

Co-Executive Director

Sean has found his dream job at Zero Ceiling. It has afforded him the opportunity to combine his careers as an outdoor educator and youth worker. Prior to joining the Zero Ceiling team, but following his time a grungy raft guide, Sean worked with youth in the justice system though a custody diversion program. In this job Sean learned the power of therapeutic relationships and the need for them to be unconditional.

It has been a focal point in Sean’s work to create a sense of family in our programs and he believes this approach is the means in which our participants achieve success. Sean is an outspoken advocate for youth’s rights and uses his privileges to give voice to those who are not heard. Further to this, Sean teaches those in our program to become self-advocates to ensure they will be heard beyond their time with us.

Chris Wrightson

Chris Wrightson

Co-Executive Director

Originally from Australia, Chris spent time living in Papua New Guinea and France in her younger years, sparking a desire to see the world and experience other cultures. 

After completing a Bachelor of Business, Chris gained significant experience in program development, research, advocacy and policy while working on a diverse range of programs at the Dusseldorp Skills Forum and The Whitlam Institute in Australia.

Since moving to Whistler with her family in 2012, Chris has completed a Masters of Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University and has worked with Whistler Arts Council and Whistler Blackcomb. She has also discovered a love of downhill mountain biking. Chris is excited to bring her skills and experience to Zero Ceiling.

Mikey Barton

Mikey Barton

Support Worker

Hey, I’m Mikey B. I’m happy to be working for Zero Ceiling as a Support Worker. I’m also the Whistler Snowboard Leader for the Indigenous Life Sport Academy and love being there for young people in both of my roles.

I’m a long-time Whistler local and always down to adventure around the mountains, winter or summer!

Lizi McLoughlin

Lizi McLoughlin

Development Manager

Lizi was born in the UK and is an uninvited settler on the stolen lands of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and Líl̓wat Nations. She loves working in the non-profit sector and hopes to spend her career creating positive change. She recognizes the privilege she has had and is passionate about changing systems to better serve everyone in our communities.

At Zero Ceiling, Lizi manages our fundraising, communications, volunteer, and partnership programs. She gets excited about sharing our stories, inspiring others to create change, and seeing Zero Ceiling grow and evolve year after year. You can often find her and Sean talking about big ideas when they should be doing something else.

Outside the office, Lizi is a climber, backcountry skier, and trail runner who is so grateful for every day she gets to spend in the mountains with the people she loves.  She finds joy in being a decidedly average outdoorswoman and aims to make up for any lack of expertise by practicing maximum enthusiasm at all times.

Bridgit Muldoon

Bridgit Muldoon

Youth Case Worker

Bridgit has been living in Whistler on and off since 2005 and after traveling around the world, in 2012 made Whistler her permanent home. Although you can’t tell from her strong Canadian accent, Bridgit was born in Sydney, Australia, and came to Canada when she was a baby. Growing up in a multicultural neighbourhood in Ottawa, Ontario, Bridgit learnt about the world around her through the eyes of her friends and has had a passion for community ever since.

Bridgit is stoked to be part of the Zero Ceiling crew as a Youth Case Worker. Although new to the ZC Crew, Bridgit has been a Youth Worker for the Resort Municipality of Whistler for the past 7 years and helps run the Whistler Youth Centre. Bridgit is part of many community programs and is passionate about supporting youth of all ages. She is a founding member of our community’s LGBTQ2S+ program called “Alphabet Soup” and believes that it is vital that youth see themselves in and through their community and its members. Bridgit loves being part of the Whistler Community and a little known fact is that her favorite neighbourhood of Whistler is Function Junction, Funky Town as the locals call it.

Michelle Neveklovska

Michelle Neveklovska

Office Administrator

Michelle moved to Whistler in 2014 with the intention of staying for a season but has now made Whistler her home. She previously worked at the Whistler Sliding Centre as a Sport Manager where she was responsible for developing and managing the sliding sport programs.

She is excited to bring her experience and support to the Zero Ceiling team. When the ski season is over, Michelle can be found hiking, biking, and camping.

Cedy Nkunzumwami

Cedy Nkunzumwami

Adventure Sessions Coordinator & Peer Support

Cedy’s an avid adventurer straight from Burundi, a mountainous small country in Eastern Africa and land of subsequent political unrest. He came up in Whistler for the first time through a Zero Ceiling snowboard Adventure Session from a Vancouver youth shelter where he stayed as a refugee.

In the summer of 2018, Cedy applied and got enrolled in the Work 2 Live program, in which he graduated 12 months later. Since then, he has become a local outdoor-driven workforce and brings his experience to the program; as well, he leads ZC Adventure Sessions offered to Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky youth participants.

Jill Patrick

Jill Patrick

Grant Writer

Jill was born and raised in N’Quatqua, a small First Nation about 75 km north of Whistler in the St’at’imc Territory. After high school, she did the opposite of most folks, and moved eastward to get a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph. She’s been lucky enough to live in: Guelph, Ontario; Konstanz, Germany; and York, England. But she couldn’t resist the call of the mountains, and returned home to Beautiful British Columbia in 2017.

Jill is excited to bring her passion for writing and storytelling to Zero Ceiling. An avid bibliophile and dancer, she’s thinking it might be high time to learn how to do a snow sport.

Laura Rudderforth

Laura Rudderforth

Life Skills Coordinator

Laura grew up in Vancouver, where she studied visual art at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and Education with a major in Psychology at SFU.  She studied in Europe for a year which consolidated her passion for travel and began over a decade of living abroad working primarily in the non-profit sector.

Laura worked with agencies in Chile, Cambodia, Morocco, and the Philippines to promote environmental education and advocacy in rural areas.  She returned home to BC in 2014 to work in the DTES of Vancouver as a mental health and addictions worker. Among other roles since returning to Canada, she has delivered Life Skills programming for Community Living BC, and is an Outreach Support Worker for Howe Sound Women’s Centre.

Laura first visited Whistler when she was 10, on a school field trip.  The snow and beauty of the mountains were always a fond memory and she made Whistler her permanent home in 2016.  She enjoys stargazing, snowboarding, and is thrilled to take on the unique privilege of helping youth thrive in this special place at Zero Ceiling.

Rhianna Russell

Rhianna Russell

Youth Case Worker

Rhianna grew up in England and always had a passion for the outdoors. She completed her degree in Psychology in Manchester and began a career working in mental health, specializing in women’s mental health. She later returned to Manchester to complete a Masters degree in Mental Health Practice.

But along the way, she stumbled into snowboarding at her local slope, and couldn’t get enough of it. She became a sponsored snowboarder and decided to put her career on hold to pursue her passion for snowboarding. Through snowboarding she spent time in Colorado, France, and Canada. Once she spent one season in Whistler, there was no going home!

As Zero Ceiling’s Youth Case Worker, Rhianna is finally in a place where she can combine her two passions: mental well-being and snowboarding.

Dakota Williams

Dakota Williams

Support Worker

Dakota was born and raised in East Vancouver. He is First Nations from back east coming from Ojibway, Cree and Mohawk descent. Spending most of his time in high school learning hands on skills like carpentry, he always yearned to try out snowboarding. He now lives, works, and plays in the mountains year-round snowboarding and mountain biking. Dakota originally moved up to Whistler through our Work 2 Live program and now thrives in the mountains. He’s done it all when it comes to Zero Ceiling: attending Adventure Sessions when younger, going through the Work 2 Live program, then volunteering for Ride Days and Adventure Sessions as a Bike Instructor. Dakota sat on the Board of Directors in his second year of living in Whistler and is now a Peer Support Worker for Zero Ceiling.

If you can’t find Dakota working in the office, you’ll find him snowboarding in the winter on the mountain! He spends all his free time in the winter snowboarding, trying to get as many days on the mountain as he can. In the summertime you can find him hiking up in the mountains or in the Bike Park. His favorite pastime is sitting next to a body of water. Photography is a way he likes to connect with his family who do not get to experience living in the mountains.

One day, Dakota wants to run his own non-profit for low-income families that do not get to experience the mountain lifestyle that many people access yearly. He’d like to give families the chance to go as a family (instead of most programs where kids get to experience these things on there own in a day camp or youth group) so they can enjoy it and make memories of a lifetime together.

Meet the Board

Jill Johnston, Co-Chair

Jill Johnston, Co-Chair

Director of Communications, Family Services of the North Shore

Nicole Chetwynd, Co-Chair

Nicole Chetwynd, Co-Chair

Business Owner

Mathieu Bouchard, Treasurer

Mathieu Bouchard, Treasurer

Accountant, Gordon Wiber and Associates

Nicola Bentley

Nicola Bentley

Strategist, Facilitator and Educator

Nikki Best, Secretary

Nikki Best, Secretary

Managing Director, Snowberry Consulting

Kristi Collins

Kristi Collins

Whistler Community Services Society & Zero Ceiling Graduate

Jon Dietrich

Jon Dietrich

President, Couloir Project Management

Catherine Power-Chartrand

Catherine Power-Chartrand

General Manager, Whistler Magazine

Russ Wood

Russ Wood

Senior Director of Snow and Bike School, Whistler Blackcomb

 

FOUNDER

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Founder of Zero Ceiling, Founder of Big Mountain Bike Adventures

Chris Winter founded Zero Ceiling in 1997 after being given an opportunity to help several street youth from Vancouver have a chance to experience an adventure of a lifetime on the slopes of Whistler.

From personal experience, Chris knew the value of living an active and healthy lifestyle and he knew bringing disadvantaged youth to the mountains would be an amazing opportunity for them. Chris has spent over 20 years living in the Whistler area and he travels the world with his mountain bike and road bike touring companies, Big Mountain Bike Adventures and Cycleventures.