Executive Director / CommissionerShawn Banerd
I've been in the league for 7 seasons and just can't get enough. It has provided for me a way to stay active, a wonderful community of lovely people, and so many great friends. Every chance I get I recommend the league, and am so happy to be a part of it.
This will be my third season on the exec, the first two as the Director of Communications. I've really enjoyed being a part of the executive team running the league, it's given me a newfound appreciation for everyone who has and continues to contribute each year ensuring its success. I'm excited for the upcoming season and look forward to many more good times.
Director, CommunicationsDave Reis
Dave has played soccer since he was little, although he had a lengthy 7 year break, he started back up with soccer through DST. Entering into his 8th DST year, Dave will be returning to the executive as the Director of Communications. Previously, Dave served on the executive in 2014 and 2015 as the Director of Membership and has been a co-captain for a few seasons. Outside of the soccer pitch, you can catch him hiking with his dogs, having drinks on a patio or stuffing his face with food!
"I canít wait for the 14th DST season to start! It will be great seeing you all again and meeting all you new members. You will be hearing from me regularly, but feel free to shoot me a message anytime!"
Director, FinanceScott Plume
Director of Finance, Scott Plume, is returning to DST for a fifth year. This will also be the fourth year that Scott has volunteered as our Director of Finance. When Scott isnít balancing the budget, or harassing the executive committee about their spending, he is busy studying Construction Management (B.Tech) at George Brown College, learning to play hockey as a member of the Toronto Gay Hockey Association, or back home in rural Ontario working for the family businesses.
ďAs a member of DST, I have had the opportunity to meet an amazing group of people through sport, something I wouldnít have thought possible 5 years ago. I am a shy, unskilled player, but DST provides a friendly, recreational environment to meet other people of all skill levels for some fun, exercise, and to learn to play the game. I know that many of the relationships I have made through DST will be lifelong. I encourage everyone to get more involved in the league, because when you do, you get so much more out of it!"
Director, Information ManagementSebastian Skupek
Sebastien has been playing soccer since he was young. Joining DST was the first thing he did when he moved to Toronto, and 2017 will be his 4th season with the league. By day, he's an investment manager at an American investment bank.
On the 2017 Exec he hopes to grow the awareness of the league in the LGBTQA community. Sebastien appreciates how positive and welcoming the DST community has been for him Ė and he hopes to extend this experience to new and current members!
Director, EventsBrian Ashworth
As the Events Director for DST, this will be Brian's first year as a part of the executive; having only been in the league for two years. Before DST, Brian had never played soccer in his entire life! However, having met his partner who plays in the league, Brian spent many days on the sidelines cheering him on and decided he may as well get on the field as well.
This will be Brian's third year playing soccer and he still isn't very good which is OK because he also seems oblivious to the fact. Hopefully his event planning skills are better than his passing ability!
"I always look forward to Sundays in the summer, I really enjoy playing soccer and I think I'm really getting good at it!"
Director, Equity / OmbudspersonMeg Shannon
2017 will be Meg's seventh year in the league, and her third year on the Executive. Meg was Director of Communications in 2014 and Director of Equity/Ombudsperson in 2016 and is excited to continue on in the equity role for another year.
Meg is looking forward to another great year of soccer, including working to make sure each and every member of our league feels welcome and appreciated. She hopes DST can be a place where everyone can come together and play the beautiful game. Corny? Maybe - Meg is nothing if not an idealist.
When not on the pitch you can usually find Meg writing for her wine blog, cooking up a new recipe, or attending yet another beerfest.
Director, League OperationsMatt Fawns
Hi, I'm Matt Fawns.
I work in the Healthcare field as a Patient Scheduling clerk at a few hospitals while also going to school to pursue Nursing.
I've played sports throughout my life. Soccer and hockey being my favorite. I also play in the Dodgeball League and Toronto Gay Hockey League.
After having a great summer playing on Russelo and working with the executive team, I decided to stay on as a member of the executive for another year. This will be my 3rd year in DST and my 2nd year on the executive.
Looking forward to another great year!
Director, MembershipCarlos Anton
I joined DST 9 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 2017 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.