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Linda Palm – Chilliwack – new member – B.C. Disability sports rep
Linda’s experience in the provincial sport system dates back over 20 years with her active involvement in swimming and the Coaches Association of B.C. As manager of the PacificSport Centre in Abbotsford, Linda understands the linkages between B.C. Games and the support for elite athletes. Her role as board member of B.C. Disability Sports gives her additional knowledge on the needs of athletes with a disability and how the B.C. Games Society plays a potential role in the development of the Paralympic athlete and coach.
Frank Lento – Fernie – new member
Frank’s past duties as chair of Hockey Canada and his role in civic and district politics in his home of Fernie will provide a great depth of knowledge to the board. With many national and international experiences related to hockey, Mr. Lento looks forward to helping the B.C. Games Society grow stronger as a policy board. As a contributor to the bid for 2010 or as a mission staff member at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, Frank’s expertise is highly respected and sought after. His duties outside of sport include his career as an elementary school principal and being a proud grandfather.
Scott Braley – Vancouver – new member – 2010 LegaciesNow rep
A long time professional in the provincial sport system, Scott was formerly the executive director before coming to his new position as director of Sport and RecreationNow. Scott has great insights on the role of the provincial sport organizations in the development of coaches and athletes while recognizing their role as the platform for a strong sport system.
Wendy Landry-Beaudry – Vancouver – new co-chair
Wendy brings a variety of perspectives to her position as co-chair of the B.C. Games Society. She was a nationally ranked swimmer, a member of the Ontario and B.C. senior field hockey teams and a FIS World Masters champion in telemark skiing. Past volunteer positions include community field hockey coach, Sport B.C. board member and KidSport Fund chair. With her husband Michel Beaudry, she encourages daughter Maya (16), a member of the Canadian national swim team, and Jenna (11) who swims, plays soccer, field hockey and basketball. Wendy has an MA in sport administration and is committed to increasing physical activity opportunities for B.C. youth.
Marni Abbott - Vancouver – current board member
Having recently retired from the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, three-time Paralympic gold medallist Marni Abbott is one of the world’s premier wheelchair basketball athletes. Her skills as a coach and mentor have encouraged many athletes to explore wheelchair sports. She currently coaches B.C.’s Canada Winter Games basketball program and has coached at three B.C. Winter Games. Marni is also the assistant coach for the Junior National Wheelchair Basketball Team. Her success and dedication to her sport and her ability to overcome her injury to become an Olympian, helped Marni earn B.C. Wheelchair Sports’ “Female Athlete of the Millennium.”
Gary Young – North Vancouver – current board member
Gary is past president of the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association and was the recipient of their Citation of Outstanding Achievement. As the former director of the North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Gary was directly responsible for the leisure services provided to the 130,000 residents of Vancouver's North Shore. During his mandate as director he cultivated a culture dedicated to innovation and customer service. A skier and runner, Gary also finds time to coach hockey and chair the Keats Camp board and was a founding member of the successful Vancouver bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tony Fiala – Williams Lake – current co-chair
As a past vice-president and technical director for the sport of biathlon, Williams Lake’s Tony Fiala has seen first hand the impact of the B.C. Games on young athletes. As a two time Olympian, Tony has taken his skills as an athlete and parlayed them into becoming a level 4 coach in his chosen sport, coaching Team B.C. to a best ever showing at the 1999 Canada Winter Games. Additionally, as a former provincial and national team coach, Tony sees how the sport system develops athletes at a young age and brings them through the system to achieve their own personal best. Married, with a young girl and baby boy, Tony spends his free time looking after his kennel of twenty sled dogs.
Kimberly Gilhooly - Vernon – current board member
Vice president, coach, manager, director and mother all describe Kimberly Gilhooly. Currently the interim manager for PacificSport – Okanagan Regional Centre, Kimberly also divides her time as a member of the board of Sport B.C. and the Canadian Olympic Association. With a background in marketing, Kimberly has assisted many groups in the Okanagan in the areas of economic development and sport tourism promotion. Other past accomplishments include the implementation of the Women in Coaching Program for the 1994 Commonwealth Games, involvement with Sport Kelowna, and being an alpine ski coach for the Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games Team. Kimberly’s enthusiasm and recognition of strategic alliances is a valued addition to this board.
Jennifer Williams – Duncan – current board member
Jennifer Williams was born and raised in Duncan where she now resides after 16 years in Victoria. Jennifer is the gymnasium manager for Cowichan Tribes, a position she has held for 16 years. Jennifer has been a member of the B.C. Games Society board for six years but this is not her only experience with the Games. When Duncan hosted the 1991 B.C. Winter Games, Jennifer served on the board of directors as the liaison from Cowichan Tribes and she has been involved in the successful Cowichan Valley bid for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. Jennifer graduated from the University of Victoria (BA, human performance) where she also played junior varsity basketball. Jennifer has ties to sport including soccer and paddling that span her whole life. She is a committed community member serving organizations such as Cowichan Water Sports, Tribal Recreation and Youth and Recreation Committee and she is a founding member of the Aboriginal Sport Association of B.C.
Bruce Johnson – Penticton – current board member
With a personal mission “to put back” as much as possible into the province, Bruce Johnson is certainly living up to his words. A long time teacher and administrator, Bruce has influenced thousands of children through his unique style of humour, dedication, and optimism. His numerous volunteer commitments include national and provincial posts with the Canadian Cancer Society and president of the Okanagan Sunshine Fund to help disadvantaged youth. These leadership roles and others recently led to Bruce receiving the Governor Generals Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. A true leader by example, Bruce is always there to help others and is committed to “never having a bad day”.
Rod Cox – Terrace – current board member
Rod Cox is the corporate group controller with Northern Management Systems Ltd. Rod is also past president of the Northern B.C. Winter Games Society and has served as treasurer of that society for a number of years. Rod joined the B.C. Games Society board in June 2000 and is currently chair of the finance committee. Rod was vice-president and co-chair of the Terrace 1997 Northern B.C. Winter Games and media centre chair for the B.C. Winter Games both in Kitimat in 1993 and again in Smithers in 1994. Rod has lived in the North for over 20 years and likes to golf, ski, and curl in his spare time.
Bob Irwin – Kitimat – current board member – Northern Games rep
As a teacher in Kitimat, Bob recognizes the importance of sport and recreation in the lives of students. Out of the classroom, Bob has taken his love for sport onto the field and into the gyms where he coaches; as well, he finds time to work as president of the Northern BC Winter Games Society. Bob also found time to act as the sport director for 18 sports when the B.C. Winter Games went to Kitimat in 1993.
George Kawaguchi – Burnaby – current board member
George brings extensive experience in the high tech industry to the B.C. Games. He also carries a wealth of sport experience including six years as chair of the City of Burnaby Parks and Recreation Commission, his active recreational participation in sport leagues including hockey, golf and volleyball and over 40 years participating and coaching soccer and basketball. Recently, he has experimented with snowboarding – to which George says, “you are never too old to snowboard!” George also volunteered when the B.C. Summer Games came to his community in 1997 – he served as the director of transportation.
Sharon White – Victoria – current board member – Province of B.C. rep
Sharon is currently employed as a sport consultant and policy analyst with the Sport Branch. As a member of the Mission Staff for the 2001 London Canada Games, Sharon assisted in the area of communications and logistics. As an athlete, official, and race organizer, Sharon understands the importance of grassroots development and support for sport and recreation.
Elsa McIntee – Richmond – current board member – Seniors Games rep
As a member of the B.C. Seniors Games Society since their inception, Elsa has dedicated herself to the betterment of the health of seniors through the B.C. Seniors Games. A retired teacher, Elsa recognizes the value of the family of games and works diligently to protect that partnership.
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