Executive Director / CommissionerCarlos Anton
I joined DST 11 years ago. For me, it was an opportunity to play a sport I had never tried before and in a non threatening environment. It turned out to be a wonderful decision. The enjoyment I have experienced on the field pales in comparison to the people I have met and the relationships that I've forged while in the league.
With my experience in other sports leagues in the gay community, a few years ago I helped revamp the DST new player evaluation process with other league members Avery, Karl, and Dave. This gave me a glimpse into the amount of work and commitment that the executive puts forth every year to maintain the positive environment the league has become over the years.
I look forward to working with the executive team and league members to make the 2018 season a successful and enjoyable one. I am very excited and proud to have the opportunity to give back to a league that has given so much to me.
Director, CommunicationsAnthony Gitto
Anthony joined DST in 2015 after searching for an LGBTQ+ soccer league. He was instantly impressed by how the league was run, the camaraderie amongst players, and the focus on inclusion, which creates a diverse, safe space for soccer enthusiasts to play! Heading into his 5th season, Anthony is thrilled to be on the executive team again, and is committed to upholding the leagueís excellence and reputation. As director of communications, you can expect timely and informative updates from him, and prompt replies to your email!
Director, FinanceHeather Kay
I joined DST in 2016. I had recently moved from Ottawa, where Iíd played soccer for many years, and was looking to find a new league as well as meet new people in Toronto. DST has turned out to be more than a soccer league for me Ė Itís a community of like-minded people who share my passion for the rights of the LGBTQ+ Community and inclusion more broadly.
The 2019 DST season will be my 24th year playing soccer (which is weird, since Iím still 25). Itís with great pride that Iíve been welcomed onto the executive, particularly as the only female representative this year. We still have a ways to go in encouraging non-cisgender males into positions of leadership both in DST, and in the broader society.
Iím looking forward to a great soccer season, and a great year on the DST Executive. I hope to meet many more of you in person this year!
Director, Information ManagementChris Topolnikov
I have been involved with DST since its founding. As someone slightly adverse to playing sports I was leery at first to play in a soccer league. Thankfully my best friend coaxed me into joining and I never looked back. It was an eye opening experience for me to join a soccer league but the experiences and friendships forged within our awesome league have flourished and grown over the years.
Our league began humbly with only 4 teams and has now grown into a thriving community and queer positive space for members of the LGBTQ2 community and their friends to come together in fellowship and teamwork to play the beautiful game. I am looking forward to our 2019 season with great anticipation and can't wait to begin another great season of soccer.
As Director of Information Management my focus will be to improve the lines of communication for the league and keep all its members informed and up to date. My goals this season will be to make sure that all season statistics and standings are accurate and updated within 24 hours of completed games. As well as making sure important information is delivered to all members in a timely manor.
I was a Retail Travel Agent for many years specializing in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand and a Disney travel expert. I also had a contract as a Cultural Representative at EPCOT's Canadian Pavilion at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Director, EventsThom Stoneman
This is Thom's 5th year in DST, and he is excited to be a part of this year's exec. Thom has been playing soccer since he was a wee lad when he would sit on the field and make dandelion wreaths instead of caring about where the ball was. Since then, Thom seems to have not progressed much at his soccer skills, but loves planning fabulous events surrounding the sport.
Thom works as a theatre educator, and is passionate about integrating social justice into everything he teaches. Thom is thankful for the amazingly supportive community DST is, and very lucky to have met the amazing people involved. Thom's interests include mockery, event planning, petting dogs, and butts.
Director, Equity / OmbudspersonAlex Mason
I joined DST over 12 years ago, when the league had just 8 teams. I wanted to learn the game while immersing myself in a community that shared my values and ethics, and gave me a space to grow. Over the years, Iíve had the pleasure to play with a group of outstanding individuals, sat on the first events committee, and have seen the league through many positive changes.
As the new Director Equity/Ombudsperson, I am very fortunate and elated to bring my lived experiences to this role. As a volunteer ambassador and advocate for the LGBTQII+ community, I want to apply my skills and passions to ensure that DST is the most inclusive organization possible. I firmly believe that diversity is strength, and will work to bring my knowledge to DST members, sponsors, and allies with respect to exciting and important diversity initiatives. We live in an ever-growing and changing world, and our organization needs to use diversity to make sure we reflect the community in which we live, to do our part to make our communities more inclusive.
Besides volunteering in many capacities within my community and at work, I enjoy training for the 2019 Gay Games (Track and Field), fencing, running, and knitting!
Director, League OperationsThom Dancer
Thom has played soccer since he was a lad of 5 (you'd think he'd be better by now!). He joined DST soon after moving to Toronto for faculty position at U of T in 2015 and just finished his third year in the league and first as an executive. In 2019, he looks forward to building on the successes of last year, including the professionally led skills clinics, holiday mini tournaments, and Thursdays practices. When not reading, marking papers, or playing soccer, Thom enjoys sailing, watching (bad) movies, hanging with his cats, and mixing up a tasty cocktail.
Director, MembershipCarl Meschino
I am very grateful for having discovered DST. I joined for the first time in May of 2018 and I don't see myself leaving any time soon! I used to play soccer when I was a kid, and I've always enjoyed the sport. Playing with DST, although I still enjoy the sport, the community is what I truly appreciate. DST is a wonderful opportunity to play soccer, meet new folks, feel comfortable expressing yourself, and of course - have fun! I am very excited to be part of the 2019 DST Executive Team and to give back to the community.
As Director of Membership, I look forward to managing our intake and ensuring that teams are balanced in numbers and skill level throughout the season. I believe I can bring innovative ideas to handling membership as I work in university admissions on a full-time basis. I look forward to exploring new ways of managing our wait list and keeping our league members happy and engaged.
When I am not prancing on the field, you can catch me playing guitar, hockey, training in trampoline, or having a drink at the bar with Thom. Cheers!