Bruce Deacon brings to the organization over 30 years of international race experience as an athlete and coach. A Pan Am Games silver-medalist, two-time Olympian,and competitor at four IAAF World Track and Field Championships, he is now a national team coach working with world class and junior-age athletes. He created and continues to operate and coach the successful Prairie Inn Harriers Youth Team, and is the official online coach for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon.
Bruce owns a sport consulting business with clients such as Athletics Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Sport for Life.
As a 27-time Canadian National Championship medallist in Track, Cross Country and Road and 12-year national team member, Ulla Hansen brings a wealth of running event knowledge to the Board of Directors. Ulla has represented Canada seven times at the World Cross Country Championships and knows how important cross country is to the development of middle and long distance runners on the international scene.
After a career as a high school teacher in Victoria, Ulla currently supervises teacher candidates for the University of Victoria. She is also elite athlete coordinator for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and the TC10K. Her deep roots in Victoria’s running community and a commitment to promoting running participation and excellence in our beautiful city align perfectly with VICCA’s philosophy.
Vice-President and Privacy Officer
Chris brings experience to the committee and board as an event organiser, race director, coach and life-long runner.
He is the managing editor of the online magazine Athletics Illustrated and associate editor of Canadian Running Magazine.
It was his vision to potentially host the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in 2023, that brought the team together to form the association and committee to bid on the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup at Westin Bear Mountain.
Paul Siluch is a Portfolio Manager for Raymond James Ltd. in Victoria and has been in the investment management business for 33 years. He has been an active runner since the 1980s and is still able to place 1st or 2nd in his age group in local road races. He is married, has one son, and also enjoys writing and farming.
Jonathan Foweraker is very active in the running industry and has served on many race committees. He was Technical Manager for the Tc1oK and the Goddess Run, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Treasurer and then President for the VIRA (Vancouver Island Runners’ Association). He currently serves as President of the Victoria Marathon Society and continues to be on the board at VIRA.
He has run several marathons but is happiest running trails – he completed his first 50km trail race in May and is training for another one in December. He is a certified race course measurer and is a run clinic coordinator with Frontrunners.
Thelma Wright is a four-time Canadian champion in the 1500 metres, and seven-time Canadian champion in cross country. An Olympian (1972 and 1976), she has bronze medals from the 1970 and 1974 Commonwealth Games and silver medals at the 1975 World Student Games and the 1975 Pan American Games. She has represented Canada as an Athlete, Coach, Manager or Delegate at 30 IAAF World Cross Country and 14 NACAC and Pan Am Cross Country Championships. As Head Coach for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games & 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, Team Leader at the 2019 NACAC U18/U23 Championships, Thelma continues to inspire young athletes to achieve their dreams. She is a member of the IAAF Road Race Technical Panel, IAAF Cross Country Committee 2007-2019, and sits on the Pan Am and NACAC Cross Country Commissions.
Thelma is inducted into the Athletics Canada, UBC and BC Sports Hall of Fames, and is a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal and IAAF Veterans Pin for her lifelong dedication and volunteerism in Athletics.
Louise Hodgson Jones
Louise Hodgson Jones is a communications professional who works with several organizations in the Greater Victoria area including Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Greater Victoria Sports Half of Fame, GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Pacific Cycling Centre, and Victoria Sports News. She is also the General Manager of the Vancouver Island Race Series and race director of the Oak Bay Half Marathon.
A former editor of Calgary’s Impact Magazine, she has run many marathons including London, Boston and New York. She also gives back to the running community by being a marathon clinic leader with Frontrunners.
Julien Marceau is a Chartered Professional Accountant working for the provincial government. From Quebec City, he started running aces in 2009 and has since completed four marathons, and has participated in the TC10K for the last nine years.
Tom Michell has had a successful athletic career on track and road. In 1974 he was the BC High-school Provincial Champion in 200m and 400m. He competed in three Vancouver Marathons from 1981-1983 – recording a fifth-place finish in 1982 (2:25.08). He went on to become a successful masters athlete and in 1996 he was the Canadian Masters Track Champion in 800m and 1500m. The same year he was BC Masters cross country champion and the Canadian 10K Road Champion (31:38).
He has since exchanged his running shoes for a tractor as owner of Michell Farms in Victoria.
Lori Chestnut (nee Bowden) is Canada’s most successful Ironman athlete. Five-time Ironman Canadian Champion, she was also crowned Hawaii Ironman World Champion in 1999 and 2003 and was the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Champion. She was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.