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89th Annual Far West Ski Association Ski Convention

June 9 - 12, 2022

Holiday Inn Portland —Columbia Riverfront
909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, OR 97217 • 503-283-4466

Rollin' on the River”

Council's Volunteer of the Year Recognition

The Far West Ski Association honors top volunteers each year through the Councils’ Volunteer of the Year Program. Each council may nominate a member to be honored throughout the convention. A panel of judges scores the résumés of the nominees and conducts on-site interviews. The winning candidate is announced at the Saturday evening banquet as the FWSA Volunteer of the Year. Big White Ski Resort, our generous sponsor of this program since 2001, gives the winner a ski vacation for two at the resort.

Many may not be aware that the FWSA Councils’ Man and Woman of the Year Recognition Program started in 1982, fol-lowing several different iterations (beauty pageants and “Kings” and “Queens”) that began in 1975. In 2021, the presidents of the FWSA member councils voted to change the award once more, reflecting ever-changing socio-dynamics that de-manded a more gender-neutral title. As a result of this change, we’re pleased to bring you the very first “Councils’ Volun-teer of the Year Recognition Program,” and its very first honorees!

And while we’re here to honor these exceptional volunteers, we also want to extend our extreme gratitude to Big White Ski Resort, who has been our sponsor for more than twenty years. This program would be nothing without their continued support. We look forward to sending our winning honorees to visit our friends in Canada for many years to come.

Here are your 2022 Volunteer of the Year Honorees:

Arizona Ski Council

Linda Johnston

Linda has been the spirit of the Phoenix Ski Club for many years. Currently, she serves as Club President, and has previously served as board member at large, Vice President of Activities, and ski trip coordinator. As Ski Trip Coordinator, Linda has increased member participation by creating popular trips filled with extra events that capture the flavor of each ski resort.
Bay Area Snowsports Council

Karen Albrecht

Karen is a life-long skier and long-time Inskiers Ski & Snowboard Club member, serving on its board for close to 20 years. She enjoys travel, sports, adventure and spending time with family and friends.

Central Council

Fran Long

Fran is a long-time, active member of SLO Skiers in San Luis Obispo, CA. She has served in many positions on the SLO Skiers board, as well as on the board of Far West Ski Association. She believes strongly in giving back to the organizations that give her such pleasure.
Intermountain Ski Council

Paul Markowitz

Paul lives in Boise and has worked for the Forest Service for twenty-five years. He likes to ski, fish and spend time with the grandkids. He has skied for 65 years, including instructing in the Army.

Los Angeles Council of Ski Clubs

Hannah Nishimoto

Hannah is a long-time member, ski instructor and volunteer of the Unrecables, an adaptive ski program. She is an advocate for adaptive sports and recreation and is currently the equipment manager for the club.
National Brotherhood of Skiers – Western Region

Lori Moore

In addition to being an avid skier, Lori Moore has been a volunteer with nu-merous ski clubs within the National Brotherhood of Skiers since the 1990s. She enjoys scuba diving, photography and traveling the world. When she’s not on the slopes or underwater, Lori is an ophthalmologist in Los Angeles.

Northwest Ski Club Council

Sue Rimkeit

Sue has been a volunteer for the Cas-cade Prime Timers for 22 years, including the board of directors, and chairing the “Socials” committee. She is the greeter at every social/meeting and chairs the club Adopt-A-Highway pro-gram. She is also Vice President of Northwest Ski Club Council.
San Diego Council of Ski Clubs

Chris Gill

Chris has served as the VP of Council Services for FWSA for the past three years, as well as Membership Chair for the National Ski Council Federation. She enjoys skiing, hiking, overseas travel and volunteering within the organizations.




 Sheri Parshall
Volunteer of the Year Program Chair


Online Registration is now Open.

Book your lodging by May 10, 2022 to secure your room.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, June 9-12, 2022