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Photo Credit: Leslie Kennah, Rhizome Media

  BOARD MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS  

AIDA Canada Board of Directors, elected February 28, 2021 and current volunteers.

Board Members

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JILLIAN RUTLEDGE

President

Jillian was a marine mammal trainer for 12 years and learned to breathe and dive like dolphins. For several years she crewed on a live-aboard boat in the Bahamas specializing in freediving and interacted respectfully with dolphins.  She has trained with some of the world’s top athletes such as Umberto Pelizzari, Sara Campbell, Emma Farrell, Mike Maric and William Trubridge.  In 2012, she became an instructor with Apnea Academy in Sharm el Sheikh. She is a life and performance coach, utilizing breath techniques, intuitive and experiential learning to enhance awareness, skills and techniques.  Her specialty is recreational freediving certifications while diving with marine animals on adventure retreats in the Bahamas and Hawaii. You’ll also know her from her years of dedication on the board of directors as Secretary.

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ANN-LOUISE FORTIN

Vice President

Anne-Louise’s first contact with freediving was by watching ‘The Big Blue' movie, but only started freediving in 2012 while traveling in Indonesia. She immediately fully immersed herself into the sport and decided later this year to become an AIDA instructor in Long Island, Bahamas.
 

While on Long Island during the famous Vertical Blue competition, she decided to take part in a judge course and began her Journey as a AIDA judge. 
 

In 2015, she started teaching AIDA courses and yoga in Moalboal, in the Philippines, but soon had to leave her dream life as a freediving instructor behind and come back to Canada because of Family issues.
 

However, being an AIDA judge at local and major compétitions still allows her to be part of the amazing freediving community and also brings her opportunities to travel and discover many great freediving locations.
 

Some of her favorite freediving spots are Mexican cenotes. She found in-depth freediving a perfect way to relax her mind and body, release tensions, and better cope with emotional and environmental stress.

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Currently Accepting Nominations

Secretary

Secretary
The Secretary may be empowered, by resolution of the board, to carry on the affairs of the Corporation under the supervision of the officers thereof and shall attend all meetings and act as clerk thereof and record all votes and minutes of all proceedings in the books to be kept for that purpose. He shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the members and of the board, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the board. He shall be custodian of the seal of the Corporation, which he shall deliver only when authorised by a resolution of the board to do so and to such person or persons as may be named in the resolution.

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Currently Accepting Nominations

Treasurer

AIDA Canada Treasurer open for nominations.

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ROBERTA CENEDESE

Past President (Consulting)

Roberta has been a mainstay of the Vancouver freediving community for over 15 years. One of the original founders of AIDA Canada and former president of the Vancouver Apneist Club, she has organized competitions - including Nationals - and training and recreational outings. Currently she teaches AIDA and PADI freediving courses in the Vancouver area and organizes annual pool and depth competitions in Vancouver. She is committed to the development of the sport of freediving across Canada. She will continue to be active with select projects as she transfers her regular duties to the new acting President of Aida Canada

Volunteers

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JEAN-

CHRISTOPHE 
PELLETIER

Volunteer Translator

Montreal

Jean-Christophe made the switch from an avid snorkeler to a freediver in 2016 after hearing the call of the deep during a trip in the Caribbean. Ever since he has enjoyed the camaraderie that surrounds the sport and keeps finding new places to dive with his buddies in Québec. He also helps translate AIDA Canada's communications in french.

Interested in volunteering with AIDA Canada? Let us know what skills you can offer.

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