AFL Quebec 2023 Committee & Leadership Roles

Morgan Whyte

Morgan Whyte

President

Member since: 2012
Committee roles: President (2023), Vice-President (2019-2020), Director (2017-2018)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I was searching online for an Aussie pub to get a job when I first arrived but found the club instead, never played before but always wanted to so I came to training and never looked back. 
Which AFL team do you support? Sydney Swans

 

Tony Purdie

Tony Purdie

Vice-President

Member since: 2015 
Committee roles: Vice-President (2023), President (2019-2021), Secretary (2018), Director (2017)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? Loneliness. 
Which AFL team do you support? None, I don’t follow AFL

 

Tim Leser

Tim Leser

Treasurer

Member since: 2019
Committee roles: Treasurer (2020 – Present)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I’ve always loved Aussie rules so even before moving to Canada I checked there was an AFL league. 
Which AFL team do you support? North Melbourne

 

Melissa Marino-Piques

Melissa Marino-Piques

Secretary

Member since: 2022
Committee roles: Secretary (2023)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? My partner is Aussie and while planning for him to move to Montreal, I looked to see if there was a local footy league for him to join. AFLQ had an Intro to Footy Day in 2022 and I decided to check it out for myself, was the best sporting experience I’ve ever had, so I decided to stick around.
Which AFL team do you support? Brisbane Lions  

Chris Cuellar

Chris Cuellar

Director

Member since: 2013
Committee roles: Director (2022 – Present), Équipe Montréal liasion (2017 – Present), Social Media (2019, 2021 – Present)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I got involved in AFLQ to give back to our community. I’m passionate for our community to be fun, close-knit and welcoming/inclusive.
Which AFL team do you support?  West Coast Eagles (Despises all Victorian teams)

 

Brett Whyborn

Brett Whyborn

Director

Member since: 2017
Committee roles: Director (2019, 2023), Vice-President (2020-2021)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I just looked up the league when I arrived, as I thought it would be a great way to meet people! I played in a league in Japan when I was living there and it was a great way to entrench yourself in a community!
Which AFL team do you support? West Coast Eagles

 

Bogdan Rotaru

Bogdan Rotaru

Director

Member since: 2011
Committee roles: Director (2023), Vice-President (2013-2016)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I got involved thanks to Kyle Graham and a few beers after losing in the final of a cup game in soccer. Returned to committee due to a weather related incident. 
Which AFL team do you support? Blue baggers (Carlton Blues)

 

 

David Marra-Hurtubise

David Marra-Hurtubise

Director

Member since: 2022
Committee roles: Director (2023)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I was introduced for footy by my Aussie brother-in-law back in 2019. Since then, I’ve been watching each round religiously on TV. After the pandemic I decided to see if there was an organized league in Quebec and found AFLQ, and was invited to a match. Great community, great people, great sport!
Which AFL team do you support? Geelong Cats. Truly the best team! Go Cats!

 

Roxanne Besner

Roxanne Besner

Director

Member since: 2015
Committee roles: Director (2023), Secretary (2017)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I joined. theleague in 2015 when a friend tricked me into playing this crazy fun sport – It was supposed to be a relaxing day in Ottawa. I then came to training that year and fell in love with the sport when I played proper season in 2016. 
Which AFL team do you support? Passionate Adelaide Crows supporter since they launched the AFLW in 2017

 

Caroline Leduc

Caroline Leduc

Consultant
Football Development

Member since: 2016
Committee roles: Consultant (2023 & 2017)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I was looking for a new sport to play & a new challenge after playing basketball for 15 years, and trying soccer for 2 seasons didn’t satisfy that. My best friend, who I was playing basketball with, got recruited the year before and insisted for a year that I should come & play. 
Which AFL team do you support? West Coast Eagles

 

Tom Fancke

Tom Fancke

Consultant
Umpires

Member since: 2015
Committee roles: Consultant (2022 – Present)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I was looking for an Australian community in Montreal
Which AFL team do you support? North Melbourne

 

Brandon Dick

Brandon Dick

Consultant
Pride

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Aaron Stone

Aaron Stone

Consultant
Coaching

Member since: 2017
Committee roles: Consultant (2023), Vice-President (2022), Secretary (2021)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I got involved due to my love for footy and looking for Aussie mateship away from home
Which AFL team do you support? West Coast Eagles

 

Joanna Rutkowski

Joanna Rutkowski

Quebec Saints Manager

Member since: 2017
Committee roles: Saints Manager (2023), Director (2019)
How did you get involved in AFLQ? I started playing footy before I moved to Montreal. It became my favourite sport, so naturally, I joined the league when I arrived here.
Which AFL team do you support? Whoever the underdog is.