The Virden Oil Capitals are proud to announce the addition of Karen Forster to its board of directors.
Forster, 52, is a longtime Virden resident who is well known in the community and has years of experience in the business sector. For the past 15 years, Forster has worked at Andrew Agencies and prior to that, she owned and operated the Shell Restaurant and had previously spent time working at CIBC in Virden.
Hardly a stranger to sitting on director boards, Forster is a strong community-minded person who is also an Oil Caps billet mom.
“I love the team,” said Forster, who was raised in Lenore before moving to Virden back in the early 80s. “I enjoy the billeting part and made some really good friends out of the process, so I just thought that the board would be very interesting and something I would be interested in helping out with.”
Jamie Hodson, director of business and hockey operations for the Oil Capitals, says the club approached Forster for a reason.
“She’s exactly what we look for in terms of bringing on good people within the organization,” he said. “Karen’s extensive business background will be a huge addition to the board that’s focused on growing our fan base in southwestern Manitoba.”
Forster has become such a fan of the organization, she even takes time to travel to watch players who have graduated from the club, including Zach Whitecloud, who is now a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Bemidji State Beavers.
“It’s to the point where now we drive to Bemidji to watch Zach (Whitecloud),” she said with a smile.
Forster’s family includes her husband Jack and daughters Meaghan Forster and Tricia Studer, who is also an Oil Caps billet.
Forster, a soon-to-be grandmother of six grandchildren, is currently Hunter Cloutier’s billet.
Welcome aboard Karen!