Meet our dedicated team

Did you know the Sportsplex is run by a non-profit society? Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers with a shared commitment – they are dedicated to better health and vitality in our community.

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Introducing our Board of Directors


Don McClintock


Don McClintock has from an early age been keenly interested in organized & recreational sports activities. These included ice hockey, curling, track & field, tennis, cycling,  sailing & scuba diving. Don has previously served as a Director of the Chesterfield Sports Society Board from 2006 - 2014 and President 2007 – 2013.  Don regards the Cowichan Sportsplex as a Recreational Jewel in the Cowichan Valley and is proud once again to be serving as a Director and President of the Society Board of Directors.


Laura Dewit

1st Vice President

Laura grew up in Victoria playing softball and school sports and was a coxswain on the UVIC Women’s Rowing team from 1983-1987. She enjoys volunteering and believes participation in sport builds character, health and a sense of community through teamwork. She coaches for the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association and is President of the CVAC Track and Field Club. Laura became a Sportsplex Director because she believes the facility brings people together. She also believes that the Sportsplex will become a destination point for sport groups across BC which would aid our local economy.

Laura Ferreira

Laura Ferriera

2nd Vice President

An avid field hockey player, Laura played and coached extensively in the Cowichan Valley, as did her husband and her children. Her passion for the sport got her involved in raising money to build a turf field, and by 1999 she was on the board of the Chesterfield Sports Society, actively supporting the vision of the Sportsplex. Laura cherishes the excitement that the original vision of the Sportsplex started, and is proud to continue her tenure on the Board for such a valuable regional and community asset.

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis


Originally from England, Richard moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1981. With a background in banking and business ownership, a friend asked him to become the Treasurer of the Chesterfield Sports Society in 1999. As such, he was very involved in the fundraising and planning that went into bringing the Sportsplex to life. Richard is immensely proud of the sense of community created through the vision and development of the Sportsplex, and the unique community model the Sportsplex has become.

Melanie Brancato


Melanie was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley - playing ice hockey, basketball and field hockey through high school here. She went on to play field hockey at UBC and had the honour of representing Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. She coached at UBC and in the provincial program while living in Vancouver finishing her BPE and then her RMT training. Melanie moved back to the Valley in 1996 and has since been involved in whatever activities her children were involved in - volunteering with their schools, the Duncan Skating Club, the Cowichan Field Hockey association, and the local Terry Fox Run. Melanie believes that sport and recreation, at all levels, is important for a healthy body and a healthy community. This amazing facility in this amazing small town has created a base for young and old alike to try new things, socialize, and support outstanding athletes.

Jamie Goodman


Jamie grew up in North Cowichan and strongly believes that youth sports and fitness is essential in the positive growth and development of children. His four daughters are active in field hockey and soccer two of the many sporting activities that can be enjoyed at the Sportsplex. He can often be found around the Sportsplex  either watching or coaching his daughters or  taking advantage of the track and trails around the facilities for his own fitness.  Jamie also believes that The Sportsplex provides world class sporting and fitness facilities for all ages and that everyone in the Cowichan Valley should be proud this jewel in the heart of our region.

Jim Dias


Jim graduated from BCIT Diploma in Business Administration with Honors, 1970. His working career 1970-2010: Retail, Banking, Provincial Government and finally Local Government with the District of North Cowichan 1974-2010, last 20 years as a CAO. Member of the Rotary Club of Duncan since 1991 (25 years). Member of Providence Farm Board 2010-2016, last two as Board Chair. Currently Private Consultant. Chair of Ceremonies for 1991 BC Winter Games held in the Cowichan Valley. Oversaw Men’s Recreational Hockey in BC Seniors Games, also held in the Cowichan Valley. Married to Maureen for 45 years, and together they have two sons and daughters-in-law, plus five grandchildren. Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016 from the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, designated Freemen of the District of North Cowichan in September of 2011. Enjoys fishing, gardening, golfing, old-timers hockey, RVing, retirement and his grandchildren.

Questions & Answers

The Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each month except July and August.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting is held during the week of October 24-30.