2018 Bike Rally Leadership

Volunteers Make It Happen!

The Bike Rally started as a volunteer driven event and to this day, that tradition continues.

Over 45 volunteers – Executive Committee, Steering Committee, and Team Leaders – commit an average of 40,000 hours annually to make it happen.

PWA provides staff support and together they plan and execute an event that profoundly changes lives.

2016 Steering Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Composing of the current and the previous years’ Bike Rally Co-Chairs, and PWAs Executive Director, Philanthropy & Communications Director, Philanthropy & Sponsorship Manager, and Special Events Coordinator – the Executive Committee provides oversight and leadership to the annual goals and performance.

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee is responsible for the overall planning and execution of the Bike Rally working closely with the support of PWA. The Committee comprises of 12 subcommittees with 2 Co-Leads on each. There Rider focused, Crew focused and overall event subcommittees. The Committee meets monthly, beginning shortly after returning from Montreal each year. The Bike Rally is driven by dozens of dedicated volunteers, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

Co-Chairs

Ted RTed Robinson

2017 & 2018 Co-Chair

9th year on the Bike Rally
I rode in my first Bike Rally in 2009 to honour a friend who couldn’t do it himself. I’ve ridden every year since then because in honouring my friend, I found a village where I knew immediately I belonged. I am humbled to have been entrusted with the responsibility of co-chairing the 19th and 20th bike rallies, and I am so excited to work with my friend Todd Davies , the thoughtful, dedicated and generous people on this year’s Steering Committee, the staff at PWA, and the entire Friends for Life Bike Rally community as we do what we can to make sure PWA can continue to do its vital, beautiful work. It takes a village to raise a child, for certain; it also takes a village to sustain each of us as we live our lives. I’m proud and grateful to be part of this village.

 

StephanieStephanie Pearl-McPhee

2018 & 2019 Co-Chair

7th year on the Bike Rally

I am very excited to be coming on board as a co-chair for the 18th Annual PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally. This will be my 13th year with the Rally and I look forward to working with everyone to continue our goal of raising funds for PWA. When I joined many years ago, it was from a desire to give of my time to a worthy cause and support my friends who were dealing with HIV/AIDS. Although this goal has not changed – we still battle the stigma and disease – it is heartening to see how many people have joined us along the way to work towards our common cause. Every year the enthusiasm we see, both on the Ride and from the communities we pass through, is infectious and helps us move forward towards our common goal. A big thanks to those who have helped me over the years and I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the next 2 years.

cochairs@bikerally.org

Community Engagement

Jeff GJeffrey Graham

Community Engagement Co-Lead

10th year on the Bike Rally

I’m thrilled to be returning for my 10th year on the Bike Rally and my 4th on the Steering Committee. After three years of telling the story of the Bike Rally as co-lead for Media and Communications, this year I’m excited to co-lead the Community Engagement committee and look at more ways to grow the Bike Rally community. In Toronto as well as in communities along the route, we will be reaching out to businesses, organizations and agencies to raise the profile, the mission and message of the Friends For Life Bike Rally and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. This will be an exciting year for the Bike Rally and I’m thrilled to be playing a small role in it!

 

Billy ABilly Axelrod

Community Engagement Co-Lead

5th year on the Bike Rally

I can’t believe it’s already my fifth Bike Rally! I’m delighted to be part of the Bike Rally Steering Committee for the third year and continue to help us share our Bike Rally stories with the world. And, don’t forget… follow @F4LBR on Twitter and like us on Facebook 🙂

community@bikerally.org

Food Crew

Leadership, KarenKaren O’Conner

Food Crew Co-Lead

11th year on the Bike Rally

I joined the Friends for Life Bike Rally as a way to celebrate the life of one of my dearest friends. The opportunity for a personal challenge, the bonds of friendship, and most important the chance to give back have enriched my life is many ways. Our Health is a gift – one we must never take for granted. I started out as part of the food crew and found my niche on the rally. This will be my 10th year on the ride and 9th year on Steering Committee as Food Co-lead. Each year my journey is different but always full of joy, remembrance and new friendships. It is an honour and privilege to be part of a group of dedicated committee members, PWA agency staff and the Bike Rally participants who truly understand what a difference we can make.

 

Todd DTodd Davies

Food Crew Co-Lead

14th year on the Bike Rally

I’m a 11-year Bike Rally veteran, having joined the team in 2006. My introduction to PWA and the Bike Rally was when I was invited to see a friend off on Departure Day 2005. Although at the time I knew absolutely no one living with HIV/AIDS, I was so moved by this singular experience that I signed on as a member of the Food Crew the following year. To date I have no regrets about that decision! This year, I am honored to be Co-Lead of the Food Crew. The sense of community, fellowship, lifelong friendship and the sheer optimism of everyone involved in the Bike Rally I encounter compel me every July to start dusting off my camping gear. Roll on F4LBR19!

food@bikerally.org

Media & Communications

StorieStorie Serres

Media & Communications Co-Lead

2nd year on the Bike Rally

This year will be my 9th year riding in the Friends For Life Bike Rally and I’m excited to be back co-leading Media and Communications once again for the third time. I first signed up to do the Bike Rally in 2006 after reading an online media clip about some bike ride from Toronto to Montréal. Here I am, eight rides later, each ride better than that last, conquering new challenges, creating new memories, making new friendships and strengthening existing ones, all while being able to support an organization that does so much for those living with HIV/AIDS. During my years being involved in the Bike Rally, I’ve been a Rider each year, a member of the Media and Communications Committee for three years and Team Leader for one year. I’m thrilled to be co-leading the Committee this year once again with Billy Axelrod. Together, we hope to spread the message of the Bike Rally and the PWA, to both the Bike Rally community and to as many people as possible from Toronto to Montréal and all communities in between.

media@bikerally.org

Participant Engagement

Gilbert MGilbert May

Participant Engagement Co-Lead

6th year on the Bike Rally

I love that participating in the Bike Rally gives me an opportunity to support PWA; that cycling, something that I enjoy very much, can be so noble. From my very first training ride in 2006 and continuing through every kilometre of four bike rallies as a cyclist and eventually as a team co-lead, participating in the F4LBR has meant being embraced as family. I support the Bike Rally in large part because of the sense of inclusiveness and belonging that it generates, the feeling that we’re one big family working towards a bigger goal. As this year’s co-lead in participant engagement, I look forward to helping everyone find that spirit of family.

 

 

Jehd CJehd Canceran

Participant Engagement Co-Lead

5th year on the Bike Rally

I love that participating in the Bike Rally gives me an opportunity to support PWA; that cycling, something that I enjoy very much, can be so noble. From my very first training ride in 2006 and continuing through every kilometre of four bike rallies as a cyclist and eventually as a team co-lead, participating in the F4LBR has meant being embraced as family. I support the Bike Rally in large part because of the sense of inclusiveness and belonging that it generates, the feeling that we’re one big family working towards a bigger goal. As this year’s co-lead in participant engagement, I look forward to helping everyone find that spirit of family.

engage@bikerally.org

Recruitment

Leadership, MattMatt Lamb

Recruitment Co-Lead

8th year on the Bike Rally

This is my seventh year on the Bike Rally and I’m super excited to be a member of the Steering Committee leading the Recruitment Committee with Pato Vera-Rodriguez. I’ve been a Team Leader three years (twice with my husband and once with Steve Yeates) and last year my father and I rode together! The Bike Rally is a special experience and I hope you will join us fundraising for PWA. I have met so many wonderful Friends for Life over the years and I’d like for you to meet them too!

 

 

 

Warren DWarren Duffy

Recruitment Co-Lead

7th year on the Bike Rally

This will be my 8th year riding. I originally joined for the physical challenge but over the course of the 6 days I built amazing friendships and slowly realized that the same amazing people that I had come to know were some of the people that need the services from the PWA. It was that moment I realized that I had a reason to ride. The bike rally has become such a huge part of my life over the last few years. As soon as my work schedule steadied, I jumped at the opportunity to join the steering committee. I’m honoured to take on the role on the recruitment team and can’t wait to meet the new riders.

recruit@bikerally.org

Rider Team Lead

Cameron McLean

Rider Team Lead Co-Lead

6th year on the Bike Rally

This will be my 6th year as a Rider on the Friends for Life Bike Rally, and second year on the Steering Committee. The week of the Bike Rally has really become the highlight of my year. Cycling, camping and eating are three of my favourite things in the world, and I cannot imagine a more entertaining, interesting and devoted group of people to do it with. I’m grateful for this opportunity to act as Co-Lead of Rider Team Leads together with Stephanie, and looking forward to doing what I can to support PWA and everyone involved in the Rally.

 

 

 

Dallas PDallas Pomeranz

Rider Team Lead Co-Lead

3rd year on the Bike Rally

This will be my third year on the Bike Rally and my first on steering committee. I’ve made incredible friends, had a ridiculously fun time, and have always loved the challenge of the ride. I’m excited to be part of the Bike Rally again this year as Co-Lead of Rider Team Leads with Cameron and am looking forward at the opportunity to help shape the Rally and support PWA.

 

 

 

teamleader@bikerally.org

Road Support Crew

Leadership, David HDavid Hughes

Road Support Crew Co-Lead

9th year on the Bike Rally

Very late one evening in 2001 it seemed like a sensible idea to accept a challenge from a friend and join a small group of cyclists riding to Montréal the following summer in support of an organization I knew nothing about, PWA. In July 2002 we left Nathan Phillips Square in the pouring rain and I wondered what on Earth I had signed up for. Seven rides later (accompanied by my wife 5 times and my daughter twice – we’re still working on my son!) the Friends For Life Bike Rally has become a big part of my, and my family’s life. As a member of the Road Support Crew last year, it was gratifying to assist Riders on some very long, hot days. I am really pleased to be the Co-lead of the Road Support Crew again this year with Paul Dawson, and look forward to building on the success of previous years’ rides and making the experience a great one for the Riders.

Leadership, PaulPaul Dawson

Road Support Crew Co-Lead

6th year on the Bike Rally
This will be my 6th year participating in the Bike Rally, and every year the personal rewards and memories made keep getting better and better. I started in 2011 on the 13th year of the ride on Food Crew. The following year I moved to Road Support, and have never looked back! Over the years, I have developed strong friendships with many participants, and have also been blessed with the opportunity to help out and give back to PWA and the clients they serve. Volunteering on the Bike Rally has been a wonderful experience for me, allowing for personal growth and a chance to do my part to ensure our Riders have the guidance and support needed to make the journey from Toronto to Montreal.

Once again, I will be taking on the Co-lead role for Road Support for the 19th annual Bike Rally. I look forward to the exciting times and new challenges which lie ahead. I am also happy to be working again with my Co-lead partner, David Hughes.

roadsupport@bikerally.org

Rubbermaid Rustler Crew

Leadership, BobBob Beerman

Rubbermaid Rustlers Crew Co-Lead

11th year on the Bike Rally

I have been volunteering with the Friends for Life Bike Rally since 2007. I believe in giving back to my community and I enjoy participating with the Friends for Life Bike Rally. I have always worked with the Rubbermaid Ruslters. I have met and worked with many amazing people over the years, and I am looking forward to the 2017 Friends for Life Bike Rally.

 

 

 

Brent EJBrent Everett James

Rubbermaid Rustlers Crew Co-Lead

17th year on the Bike Rally

The 19th Annual Friends for Life Bike Rally will be my 16th year with the Rubbermaid Rustlers since 2001, and after a couple years away from involvement in coordinating, my tenth year on the Steering Committee. I’m excited to be back, and look forward to working closely with Bob Beerman again and building a great team for 2017! This incredible event is extremely rewarding, both personally and spiritually. The energy of the Rally and excitement of the Participants each year remind me why I returned after my first year. I continue to participate with inspired passion, thoughts and memories of dear friends, and the anticipation of new bonds and friendships! Here’s to 600 kilometres of smiles and cheers to the Bike Rally family!

rustler@bikerally.org

Sponsorship

Tim-LTim Ledger

Sponsorship Lead

10th year on the Bike Rally

This will be my 8th as a rider and 5th year as part of the Steering Committee. I’m excited to be back as Sponsorship lead and looking forward to helping the Bike Rally continue to support those in our community living with HIV/AIDS. Along with all the volunteers and PWA staff our sponsors are a very important part of making the Bike Rally a success.

sponsorship@bikerally.org

Training & Support

DempseyDempsey Cruz

Training & Support Co-Lead

5th year on the Bike Rally

What started off as a physical challenge for me four years ago had evolved over time into a genuine passion for community service. The Friends for Life Bike Rally has proven to me that there really is strength in numbers and that anything is achievable when a committed and passionate network of people come together with a true, common purpose. I am humbled to be joining the 20th year of the Bike Rally in my fifth year as a Rider, and the Training and Support Co-Lead in my third year on the Steering Committee. I am very excited to share my experience and skills on training and performance in supporting my fellow riders on their Bike Rally journey!

 

 

JordanJordan Simard

Training & Support Co-Lead

5th year on the Bike Rally

Having done the Bike Rally for 4 years now, I am passionate about the power that effective training can provide in helping cyclists reach their goals (like getting to Montreal!). My first year on the Bike Rally was also my first year as a road cyclist, and it really cultivated my love for cycling. As a co-lead for Training & Support, I want to help others grow that same love and passion for cycling, while also providing Bike Rally Participants the support they need to ride safe and strong.

 

 

training@bikerally.org

Wellness

Margaret-MMargaret McCormack

Wellness Crew Co-Lead

10th year on the Bike Rally

This is my 9th year on the Bike Rally and every year has been a little different but always amazing. I have been so fortunate to be able to take part and to meet all of the wonderful people that make up the ride. A bit of background – I am a Registered Nurse and I currently work for the Connecting GTA Program – developing the first regional electronic health record. I look forward to meeting everyone. Drop by for a chat – even if you don’t need our assistance!!

 

 

 

Bill-SBill Smith

Wellness Crew Co-Lead

11th year on the Bike Rally

Hi Everyone, this is the start of my 10th year on the Friends For Life Bike Rally. I was a member of the Wellness team for 2 years and have been a Co-Lead of Wellness 6 times and a Rider twice. I bring my experience of working as a Paramedic for the City of Toronto to assist all the amazing Riders and Crew that will be making The Friends For Life Bike Rally 2017 the best ride yet!

wellness@bikerally.org