Tom GroatPresident – Tom Groat

Tom and his wife Shirley moved to Shannon Lake in 2017 after living and teaching high school in Lloydminster, AB/SK for 30 years. An avid golfer, hiker and runner, Tom enjoys all aspects of Okanagan life. Tom has been involved in many community volunteer organizations over the years. He is also the administrator of the West Kelowna Safer Roads Facebook group, and looks forward to contributing to the Shannon Lake Neighbourhood Association.

Tony RipponVice-President – Tony Rippon

Originally from Nottingham, England, Tony and his family moved to West Kelowna in 2008, where he now owns a drywall company. Both his daughters attended Shannon Lake Elementary, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School and now Mount Boucherie High School. He is also the moderator of the Shannon Lake Friends Facebook page, and is an advocate for improving the safety and infrastructure of the neighbourhood.

Viola Cohen

Communications – Viola Cohen

Viola was born and raised in Vancouver and recently moved to the Okanagan with her husband for a lifestyle change. A Communications and Marketing Strategist at UBCO, Viola is also the President of her local strata. She is particularly interested in safe cycling opportunities and is excited to join the SLNA to advocate for safer roads throughout Shannon Lake. 

Dave Mathieson

Archivist/Member at Large – Dave Mathieson

A Shannon Lake resident since 2003, Dave has a long-term family history in the Westbank/West Kelowna area. Dave owns a general contracting company and has been active in many local organizations including the elementary school PAC, scouting, and swim club. Dave has been involved with the SLNA since 2008 and is keen to see the Association continue to advocate for improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety, parks and green space, and maintenance and upgrading of our neighbourhood city infrastructure.

Neil Kemp

Member at Large – Neil Kemp

Neil is originally from the suburbs of London in the United Kingdom. He has been a resident of Shannon Lake since 2012, and can often be found walking his dogs in Shannon Lake Park and the surrounding area. He is particularly keen to help improve the safety of the roads and the environment of the Shannon Lake neighbourhood.


Debra GalandzyMember at Large – Debra Galandzy

Debra and her partner moved from North Vancouver to Shannon Lake area in 2018. A Registered Nurse, outdoor enthusiast, and lake-lover (especially with her paddle board and cold water swimming), Debra is excited to be joining the SLNA. As a past cyclist who used to commute to work on two wheels she is especially interested in safer biking as well as traffic calming, traffic flow and general safety in the neighbourhood.


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