Meet Your 2021 - 2022 RMMHA Board
Nick Della Peruta - President
I have coached and volunteered for over 9 years with the association. Having grown up in Metro Vancouver I moved to the Ridge Meadows area with my wife and 3 children in 2008.
My goal is to help guide the association through these very important upcoming years. I hope to work with the team (our board and its members) to make Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey association even better for all of our athletes and parents.
Brad Scott - VP Administration
Peter Mandoli - VP 'A' Hockey
I have been a part of RMMHA coaching for the last 4 years and have met so many good people along the way. My wife and I both grew up in Coquitlam & moved to Maple Ridge to raise our 2 kids. I started minor hockey late at 9 years old and was drafted at 14 by the Spokane Chiefs (WHL). I ended up playing 4 years of junior hockey in the KIJHL, BCHL and OPJHL before moving onto university. I attended UBC where I was a student/athlete, academic all-Canadian & received a BSc in mathematics. After graduation I pursued a career in Financial Planning. I continue to play beer league today with friends that I met in minor hockey.
Devon Sivecki - VP 'H' Hockey
Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association has been at the centre of my life since I was five years old. I have been a player, a referee, and a coach. My first job was working at Bill’s Skate Shop, where I’ve sharpened more skates than I can count and learned there is always work to be done.
I am following in the example set by my Dad, who not only coached my brother and I, but served on the Board of Directors as Referee In Chief. My Dad showed me the importance of being a volunteer.
Together with my wife, Kim, we love watching our boys grow up in this association and are grateful for all of the volunteers who work to make minor hockey happen.
My goal for this season is to help the Board in creating a culture that allows all of our Rustler families to love this game and get as much from it as I have.
Sarah Bunten - Director of Managers
My husband and I moved to Maple Ridge in 2015 with our 2 boys Bradley 10 and Jack 9 who are very close in age. I have been involved with RMMHA for 3 years as a division manager. I am a hockey loving stay at home mom who enjoys volunteering with the hockey association. We have made some wonderful friendships that started because of our love for the game.
Nick Davis - Director of Volunteering, Social Media & Community Engagement
I’ve coached in the RMMHA for the past seven years and hope to continue for years to come. I’ve also coached soccer, softball, baseball and ball hockey and am always looking for opportunities to develop my coaching abilities.
My wife Kellie and I moved to Maple Ridge in 2009 and we have a son (Kolby) and daughter (Hailey). I may not have played a super high level of hockey, but I grew up playing minor hockey from the age of 4 until I was 17. Nearly every one of my favourite memories growing up has to do with hockey, hockey teams and hockey friends. Today, although scattered around BC and Alberta, most of my closest friends are the friends I played hockey with from the time I was 4 years old.
This is what I hope for our athletes. We need to focus on player development, but I also think we need to focus on growing a love for the game and instilling life skills and character traits that will benefit each player for the rest of their life. As an association, we win if our athletes look forward to the next practice, game and season.
Sarah Bettesworth - Secretary and Director of Communications
I grew up in Vancouver and was lucky enough to play many different sports as a kid, including a pretty impressive stint as road hockey goalie for my two older brothers! I started playing Ringette at the age of 11 (not as a goalie!) and eventually switched over to hockey in my early 20’s. I still enjoy playing Sunday night hockey with a great group of friends whom I’ve played with for years. I have been involved with Ridge Meadows minor hockey since my son started H1 in 2011. Over the years I have logged many volunteer hours as so many parents do! I have been a team manager several times as well as a health and safety person.
Kevin Roberts - Tournament Director
Father of two rambunctious boys, I just wrapped up my third season coaching minor hockey and I couldn't love it more! My goal from the beginning was to create a lifelong passion for hockey, and have these kids playing in recreational leagues well in to adulthood. I enjoy travelling, time spent with the family, and I work as a Realtor in the area. I played minor hockey in Coquitlam, and continue to play beer league with friends.
Jim Konowalchuk - Risk Manager
My name is Jim Konowalchuk and I was born and raised in Vancouver. I was the second youngest of five children and played hockey growing up – originally at Grandview Community Centre in East Vancouver. I eventually ended up like almost every hockey player I know… playing senior men’s league hockey! I mainly played for police teams, and participated in many World Police and Fire Games between 1985-2009, with great opportunities to travel with teams all over North America.
In my working career, I was employed by BC Corrections for 30 years and worked at St. Paul’s Hospital for 10 years. In retirement, I enjoy coaching hockey, and playing/restoring vintage drums.
I’m married and have two grown children and two younger children. We moved to Maple Ridge from Surrey two years ago. I have had the honour of coaching my two youngest boys in hockey since they were first on skates at the age of two. I was their head coach for most of their initiation years when they played for Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association, and I still work with them on the ice whenever I can. Last year, I was an assistant coach on the U15 A1 team and I assisted on the U15 C7 team.
My passion and love for the game of hockey has not diminished over the years and that is why I continue to give back where I can. Several years ago, I co-coached the RMMHA Atom A1 team to a President’s Cup victory, and had so much fun seeing kids develop and grow, while having fun and experiencing success. I’m affiliated with the High Performance Red Wings spring hockey program. I have also volunteered with the Vancouver Giants for the past three seasons, setting up the ice crews responsible for the “10-minute mark scrapes” during each period.
I am pleased to be joining the RMMHA Board of Directors and hope to add value wherever I can, drawing from my years of hockey experience. I hope that our 2021-22 season will see hockey return to some version of “normal” and that we will see the kids get back to game play. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve on the Board for the next year.
Dale Lupul - Director of Coaching
I grew up playing minor hockey in Poco. My hockey path included two years with the Ridge Meadows Flames, three years JR A for the Burnaby Bulldogs, four years at University of Wisconsin Superior, five years in the minor leagues in Louisiana and New York with an NHL tryout for the New York Islanders.
This will be my 5th year in Rustlers hockey as my son Ashton enters U11 as well as coaching last season. I have a passion for coaching and enjoy being on the ice with the kids.
My favourite sports besides hockey include lacrosse, golf, and slo-pitch.
I am a Burnaby Firefighter as well as have a rustic furniture company called Rustic Meadows that I work along side my wife, Jerra.
I look forward to returning to the BoD and continue working with everyone in the Rustlers association for years to come.
Käla Raymond - Sponsorship Director
Hi, my name is Kala. This season marks my 10th with the Rustlers association. I have 2 boys playing at U13 & U15. You could absolutely describe me as a serial volunteer!
I have primarily worked on the annual golf tournament from its inception in 2013. It was, for a time, the largest fundraising event in the association. I have managed many teams and/or their money over the years and have run a portion of the dryland training for the annual summer sizzlers and rep prep camps offered through RMMHA for the past few seasons.
My focus is to ensure no athlete is left behind. I strongly believe in the ethics organised sports teaches young minds. Every aspiring athlete deserves the opportunity to build these skills, setting the foundations for a successful future. Respect, communication, dedication, team work, accountability, sense of community, pride, sportsmanship and leadership are a few that come to mind.
In my professional life, I teach functional movement training, pilates and yoga. I was recognised as one of Canada’s top fitness trainers in 2019, through Impact Magazine. I also have a background in event management, marketing and finance. I love a good glass of wine and I LOVE to travel!! Immersing myself in various cultures around the world and introducing different ways of life to my kids, makes my heart sing.
Team work makes the dream work!
Derek Dudulec - Treasurer