Executives

Stuart Teather - President

 

 Stuart has been a Davisville member for the past 17 years -- and our esteemed leader for 14 of them! Aside from his long tenure as president, he has held many other leadership roles, including stints as treasurer and heading up socials, player development and communications. He's been a men's B and mixed B doubles champion and says he is still "searching for the elusive B singles" win. Stuart started playing tennis with his grandfather in Southampton, Ont. As if he isn't busy enough leading DTC, he is also social director of NTSC, a tournament director at ICTA, a "proud captain" of an N division hockey team, and vice-president of marketing at a communication company. Whew! His words of wisdom to new DTC joiners: "On a warm spring or summer day, there aren't many places as nice as Davisville to spend your time with friends enjoying a sport that you love," he enthuses. "Come to the club often and, pretty soon, you will be there all of the time."

Naomi Brown - Vice-president

A mother of two working in new technology at a bank, Naomi was "twenty-something" when she first learned to play tennis in Toronto. A Davisville member for the past eight years, Naomi has learned a thing or two about how to play at DTC. "The fences are close to the court, so hit deep topspin lobs to win," she advises. "That, or play better than your opponent."

 

Sarah Rogers - Secretary

 

Sarah has been a DTC member for more than 10 years and board secretary for eight seasons. Her "favourite part of Davisville is the people I've met and the friendships I've made.  It's a pretty special community and I feel lucky to be part of it," she says. To keep herself in tennis racquets and dress code-compliant gear, Sarah works in financial services. When it's not tennis season, "you'll find me running or playing hockey." Her top tip for newcomers: "Come out and get involved," she says. "There's no better way to meet people than taking a lesson, playing in the Davisville Cup, going for a beer after social tennis or volunteering to help."

 

Simon Kantor - Treasurer

Simon has been playing tennis since the age of 13, when he took up the game with friends on public courts in his hometown of Edmonton. A chartered accountant, he joined the club in 2013, and became treasurer in 2015, responsible for overseeing financial matters ranging from day-to-day duties such as bookkeeping and banking to preparing and presenting financial statements at the general board meeting. "I am fortunate to be part of a great team of board members and membership, which makes this club the great place that it is," he says. His top tip: "If you want to play, just tag up. Someone will join you."

  

Terry Brodie - Communications

Terry has been playing tennis for as long as she can remember, self-taught on cracked surfaces with fraying nets at suburban public hard courts in Toronto.  A journalist and editor by profession and a mother of two grown daughters, she has long loved the competitiveness, strategy and social camaraderie of the courts -- and experiences the game as a great way to de-stress. A member of Davisville for four years who joined the board for the 2017 season, she advises all newcomers to "join as many activities as you can. Tag up, play ladders, join house league, enter tournaments and be part of social tennis. It's the best way to meet and get to know other players at the club." 

 

Kris Dmytrenko - Teams and Tournaments

Kris developed a love of  tennis at age 10 on the hard courts of Deep River, Ont. As an adult, his passion fell dormant until a hometown friend gushed about her wonderful new tennis club -- Davisville, of course. Kris joined in 2011 and soon became addicted to the thrill of competitive play. Wanting to bolster DTC's  competitive spirit, he served as teams and tournaments director from 2012 to 2014, rejoining the board in the same role for 2017.  "A unique characteristic of Davisville is how members regularly gather on the hill overlooking the courts to cheer on their friends," says Kris, who, when off the court works in communications, waxes his beloved red VW and gets his tan on Cherry Beach.  "There's something special about watching a novice player grind out his or her first tournament win, or encouraging a doubles team as they overcome their nerves in high-stakes league play."

 

Nina Sampaleanu - Player Development

Nina has been a member of the club since 2013, and a board member since 2015. "I play tennis with passion, but I cheer (and comment) from the bench with even greater passion and zest," she says. When not at Davisville, she is "in my studio struggling to make art out of wax, as an encaustic artist." She's modest about her artistic talent. Her advice to DTC newcomers: "Plan to kill some time on the hill, talking to people. It is the best way to meet players and make friends."

 

Pete Cooney - Membership

Pete was just four years old when he first learned to play tennis at Iroquois Tennis Club in Scarborough. He has been a very involved Davisville member, serving as membership director in 2014-2015  before he returned to the role for the 2017 season, as well as volunteering for various club activities (which earned him the title of "volunteer of the year" in 2010. He has also played for Intercounty C, B and A teams over the past few years – not to mention that he was men’s B doubles champ in 2008.  "Don't be afraid to come out to the courts on your own," the father of two advises. "The tag board is a great way to meet other members and get a match in!"

 

Stuart Teather - Social Director (acting)

Being social director for a club as active as Davisville is no small challenge. Over the course of a month, there will be at least 10 events to organize and plan for our membership.  Of course, this is a mere drop in the bucket compared to all of the social events that our members organize themselves as unofficial get-togethers with other members at the club or at nearby restaurants. Davisville has a well-earned reputation as a social club and, in our fiftieth season, we will attempt to amp up the frequency and quality of the member experience through the opportunities to be part of something larger than simply a tennis club ...  Davisville is a community that you can call home.

Look for socials throughout the summer on Opening Day, Social Tennis, House League, Fun Round Robins, Special Functions, Davisville Cup, barbeques, and at our fantastic year end party. If you want to get on board to help, we are happy to have you involved.  Just shoot me over an e-mail at any time.

 

Colin Sampaleanu - IT Director


Colin has been a club member since 2013  -- when he won the "most enthusiastic new member award" -- and a board member since the 2016 season. His professional background in software helps explain why he is so valued  in his role at Davisville. Aside from playing tennis, his favourite pastimes include learning new languages and travelling. Colin's tips for new members: "Try to push your limits a bit and go outside of your normal comfort zone, for example, talk to and play with some people you don't know. Or take a group lesson or private lesson," he says. "Or come to the club at a time you don't normally come. While this may take a bit more effort, I think you will find that the payback is well worth it."

 

Chairs

  • Gene Parker - Teams And Tournaments Chair
  • Glen Thomas - Communications Chair
  • Vacant - Social Chair
  • Manny Urbino - Player Development Chair

Pros

2017 Staff

Ryan Lapchies - Clubhouse Manager

Mason Brooks - Assistant Clubhouse Manager

Eric Davidson - Court Steward

 

 

 

 

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