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For Immediate Release

Jan. 28, 2010

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport





VICTORIA – The Province is adding four new members and renewing the appointments of three members of the BC Games Society board of directors, announced Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong.


“The BC Games are an important part of an athlete’s progress through the performance pathway as they work to compete at national and international competitions,” said Chong. “The experience, dedication and commitment of the BC Games Society board members are an integral part of our athletes’ success.”


The new board members are Susan Bock, Jamie Choi, Dena Coward and Cathy Priestner Allinger, and returning board members are Dorothy Paul, Anoop Sharma and Sharon White.


The board is responsible for setting policy and direction to ensure the objectives of the society are met. The BC Games Society provides opportunities for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport environment which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.


“Having Cathy and Dena join our board is one of many legacies to come from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Kelly Mann, BC Games Society president and CEO. “Their reputations and their experience in sport will be invaluable to the BC Games Society, and the professionalism and experience we gain through our other appointees will further strengthen our community-based board.”


The BC Games Society is a leader in providing opportunities for the development of sport, communities and volunteers, and promoting healthy lifestyles for British Columbians.


The Prince Rupert 2010 Northern BC Winter Games take place Feb. 4-7, followed by the Terrace BC Winter Games March 4-7, and the 2010 BC Summer Games July 22-25 in the Township of Langley.



A backgrounder follows.




For Immediate Release

Jan. 28, 2010

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport





New Board Members:


Susan Bock – Kootenay West

Bock is the founder and president of Bock and Associates and is a certified executive coach and online faculty member of the executive coaching program at Royal Roads University. She has a professional coach certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a licensed facilitator of the Excelerator Coaching Program.


Bock is an affiliate with Hiring Smart Canada Inc. and has more than 25 years experience in human resource strategies and leadership development. She is an active member of her community and has held a number of key volunteer roles including her current role as second vice-chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce.


Jamie Choi – Vancouver/West End

Choi is a certified general accountant with the Art Institute of Vancouver. Prior to joining the Art Institute, Choi established and managed the office of Snap-On Tools in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a bachelor of arts from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea and completed the Certified Public Accountant program.


Dena Coward – Vancouver/False Creek

Coward is the director of Paralympic Games with VANOC. Previously, she was the director of Sport Tourism with 2010 Legacies Now, the manager of transportation and Paralympic Games with the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, and an event management consultant with the BC Games Society.


Coward is a director with Promotion Plus, an advisory committee member with Camosun College Sport Administration, was an assistant chef de mission with the 2001 Canada Summer Games, Team BC and an event services volunteer with the Sydney Summer Olympic Games. She holds a bachelor of physical education from the University of Manitoba.


Cathy Priestner Allinger (Co-Chair) – West Vancouver/Sea to Sky

An Olympic medallist in speed skating, Priestner Allinger has been involved with all aspects of sport and sport management. She is currently the executive vice-president, Sport and Games Operations with VANOC. Prior to this, she was the managing director of games operations for the 2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games and she became the first female managing director of sport for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.


Priestner Allinger is an Olympic Order recipient and inductee of the Canadian Hall of Fame and Olympic Hall of Fame.


Returning Board Members:


Dorothy J. Paul – Saanich North and the Islands

Paul is a master learning facilitator for the Aboriginal Sport Circle. She was previously involved in the National Coaching Certification Program for the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association of B.C. as well as the Tsartlip First Nation. Paul has been involved with various soccer associations and was an assistant coach to the Central Coast girls’ soccer team during the 2004 BC Summer Games.


Anoop Sharma (Disability Sports Representative) – Vancouver/Fraserview

As an active member of his community, Sharma is a board member and treasurer of BC Disability Sports. He is involved in theatre and music organizations and hosts a weekly radio show on UBC Radio.


Sharma has a master’s degree from UBC in business administration and project management, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His professional experience includes large industrial projects, internet start ups, offshore software development outsourcing and project management consulting. He believes in giving back to his community and helping people with a disability to achieve their goals in life, both personally and professionally.


Sharon D. White (Sport Branch Representative) – Esquimalt/Royal Roads

White is currently employed as an acting director with the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. As a member of the mission staff for the 2001 Canada Games, White assisted in the area of communications and logistics.


As an athlete, official and race organizer, White understands the importance of grassroots development and support for sport and recreation.




Media Contact:


Jeff Rud

Communications Director

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport

250 952-2387

Kelly Mann

President & CEO

BC Games Society

250 387-4684


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