Surrey BC Summer Games
July 20, 2012
Ali Sunderland, Bill McNamara, Kim Ealge and Councillor Linda Hepner
On July 20th at the Surrey BC Summer Games Civic Luncheon, ProMOTION Plus, the City of Surrey and the Surrey BC Summer Games Society honoured Kim Eagle with the Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to girls and women in sport.
Kim Eagle has a long and rich history of involvement in sport.
Growing up in East Vancouver, Kim was gliding along the ice by the age of five, skating and playing hockey. Encouraged by her sports-loving dad, she was involved on many sports teams, excelling at softball and field hockey.
In Grade 11, Kim was actually a participant in the 1978 BC Summer Games, competing in Field Hockey.
Kim received her teaching eduaction at UBC and has spent her 25 year career in Surrey, specifically at schools in the Cloverdale area. Her most recent posting was as Surrey School District #36 P.E. Helping Teacher, where she connected teachers, coaches and students with available resources.
Kim took on the colossal role of Equipment Chair for this year's BC Summer Games, working tirelessly to ensure all venues have exactly what they need for their competitions to run smoothly.
This fall she will return to the classroom and gym, working once again directly with the students that she loves to teach, coach, mentor and encourage.
When asked why she loves what she does, she replied:
"There are so many words for why sports are important. The first would be
'empowering', especially for girls. Through sports they learn leadership skills
and confidence that they often do not find in other ways."
Kim feels strongly that, particularly for young girls and women, being part of a sports team is an important social feature in their lives that must continue to be actively supported by everyone in the community.
PISE Women in Sport Celebration
April 1st, 2012
ProMOTION Plus Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Irene Schell of Victoria. Irene was honoured at the Celebration of of Women in Sport Gala held on April 1st, 2012 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
Irene Schell and Sue Griffin
Irene has volunteered and worked for various non-profit organizations for 23 years. Her involvement has ranged from serving as the Executive Director, to working on a committee, to chairing the Board.
Irene has been an Event Manager with the BC Games Society for the past 13 years. In this capacity she provides support and resources to community volunteers as they plan and stage the BC Summer Games. She also serves as the Technology Manager, overseeing the organization’s computer systems and custom softward development.
Prior to moving to Victoria in 1999, Irene held the position of Executive Director for Judo BC for seven years.
Irene served on the ProMOTION Plus Board from 2003-2010. During this time she held the position of Chair for four years and Past Chair for two years. She also chaired the Steering Committee for the Women in Sport Leadership iniative which brought 99 women sport leaders together in January 2009.
Irene has served on various Team BC Mission Staffs culminating when she served as Chef de Mission for the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games for which Irene led a Mission Team of 22 and a Sport Team that inlcuded 345 athletes and 72 coaches competing in 18 sports.
Irene has been a volunteer with United Way’s Volunteer Leadership Development Program, and is a trained facilitator for the Women in Leadership workshop series managed by ProMOTION Plus. She is also an In-school Mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria since 1999; over this time she has mentored six girls, each for multiple years.
Irene has served on various boards and committees for sport and service organizations including Karate BC (1990-1996) and the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown (1994-1999) and has also served on various sport sector committees. She is currently in her third year as a memember of the Sport BC Board.
Vernon BC Winter Games
February 24, 2012
Ali Sunderland, Barb Wilson, Akbal Mund
On February 24th at the Vernon BC Winter Games Civic Luncheon, ProMOTION Plus, the City of Vernon and the Vernon BC Winter Games Society honoured Barb Wilson with the Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to girls and women in sport.
Barb has inspired women and girls throughout the community of Vernon for many years through her participation and mentorship in volleyball and soccer.
Barb moved to Vernon in the early eighties after graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education and her teaching degree from the University of British Columbia. Basketball was her first coaching position at Vernon Secondary School but she soon moved over to the volleyball court. After several years of coaching volleyball, her two young daughters were old enough to start playing organized sports and soccer was added to her coaching resume.
Barb not only coached high school sports, she was involved in the rep soccer and club volleyball programs in the North Okanagan. The rep soccer teams she was invovled with twice won the Interior Cup and a Gold and Bronze medal at the BC Soccer Provincial Cup competitions. In past Winter and Summer games held in Vernon, Barb was always eager to volunteer and help out where she could.
Barb was instrumental in developing the curriculum for the healthy lifestyles course at Vernon Secondary School which takes teenagers that are not involved in school or community sports and teaches them proper nutrition and shows them how then can participate in different activities to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle. She was also the teacher and coach at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Soccer Academy which, is still a main main stay at Vernon’s Vantage One Soccer Centre.
Nearing the end of her teaching career Barb has given up most of her on court coaching duties and instead spends time recruiting and mentoring new young coaches. Any student or young adult that has been fortunate enough to have Barb as a teacher, coach or friend will certainly agree that Barb has had a very positive influence on their lives.
March 8th, 2012 ProMOTION Plus honoured Diana Chan with a ProMOTION Plus Leadership award at Sport BC's President's Awards.
Diana Chan and Sue Griffin, ProMOTION Plus Chair
As a business professional Diana has spent many years work with and supporting women in business. In her off work time she has been a community basketball coach for the past 14 year and an active volunteer in the sport system. While working with girls between the ages of 13-17, Diana has seen the benefits offered to young women while being physically active. Through her work with ProMOTION Plus and with basketball organizations, she has been able to reach a larger group of young women with this message. Most recently Diana was elected as the first female president of Basketball BC and continues to focus on making a difference for young women in BC through sport and physical activity.
ProMOTION Plus honoured Patti Hunter with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Celebration of Women in Sport gala held April 3rd, 2011 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
ProMOTION Plus and BC Rugby Union Honour Laura Foreman with a Leadership award at the annual BC Rugby Hall of Fame Awards
P+ Chair, Sue Griffin, Laura Foreman and Director of Operations, Christine Bradstock
About Laura foreman: With a grandfather who was President of the New Zealand All Blacks, rugby was part of her life from an early age. A graduate Brookswood Secondary School in Langley, Laura played both high school and club rugby, for her home club Bayside where she has established herself as a team leader and an important role model, especially given Bayside women’s move from 1st Division to the Premiership.
Connie Klimek and Bobbie Reber honoured at the Langley Civic Luncheon during the 2010 BC Summer Games On July 23rd at the Langley Events Centre Civic Luncheon, ProMOTION Plus, the Township of Langley and the Township of Langley BC Summer Games Society honoured Connie Klimek and Bobbie Reber with two Leadership Awards for their outstanding work in the world of sport. These two excellent leaders have inspired women and girls throughout the community of Langley for many years through their participation and mentorship in hockey and equestrian sports. Bobbie Reber - Hunter/Equitation Judge; Trainer and Coach Connie Klimek In 2005, Connie Klimek attended one of her first meetings as a member of the Executive for Langley Minor Hockey Association (LMHA). In that fateful meeting, Connie learned that LMHA had lost a grant in the amount of $35,000 because they were not seen as “inclusive”. Not one to simply accept a loss and move forward, Connie instead set out to restore the grant and to make hockey “inclusive” rather than “exclusive”. Out of this loss rose a dream – Promoting Community Through Kids In Sport – now known as PuCKS. PuCKS is not just a “hockey” program or a “sports” program, it is a Holistic Approach that provides access to sport, life and education. This is embodies in the PuCKS slogan "Building Hockey Scholars... Putting Kids on the Powerplay ~ For Life!" Read Connie's full bio
Connie Klimek and Bobbie Reber honoured at the Langley Civic Luncheon during the 2010 BC Summer Games
On July 23rd at the Langley Events Centre Civic Luncheon, ProMOTION Plus, the Township of Langley and the Township of Langley BC Summer Games Society honoured Connie Klimek and Bobbie Reber with two Leadership Awards for their outstanding work in the world of sport. These two excellent leaders have inspired women and girls throughout the community of Langley for many years through their participation and mentorship in hockey and equestrian sports.
- Hunter/Equitation Judge; Trainer and Coach
Hunter/Equitation Judge; Trainer and Coach
In 2005, Connie Klimek attended one of her first meetings as a member of the Executive for Langley Minor Hockey Association (LMHA). In that fateful meeting, Connie learned that LMHA had lost a grant in the amount of $35,000 because they were not seen as “inclusive”. Not one to simply accept a loss and move forward, Connie instead set out to restore the grant and to make hockey “inclusive” rather than “exclusive”. Out of this loss rose a dream – Promoting Community Through Kids In Sport – now known as PuCKS.
PuCKS is not just a “hockey” program or a “sports” program, it is a Holistic Approach that provides access to sport, life and education. This is embodies in the PuCKS slogan "Building Hockey Scholars... Putting Kids on the Powerplay ~ For Life!"
Read Connie's full bio
ProMOTION Plus and BC Rugby Union Honour Anna Schnell at BC Rugby Hall of Fame Gala
Anna Schnell (centre) with P+ Board members Sue Griffin and Lynda Cannell at the awards ceremony
Photo courtesy: Hugh Jervis
On May 21st, 2009 ProMOTION Plus and BC Rugby Union presented Anna Schnell with a Leadership Award for her excellence and leadership in womens' rugby at the annual BC Rugby Hall of Fame gala at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
Anna has been and integral member of the BC Senior Women’s Provincial Team for 3 years. For the 2009 National Women’s League Season she will be co-captain (along with Marlene Donaldson – last year’s winner of this award) the BC Women, who will be looking to complete the three-peat of national titles.
Anna has represented her country around the world collecting seven international caps and including the 2006 Rugby World Cup. Anna is a carded athlete through the Sport Canada carding program. She's had 6 seasons with the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, where she has led the Premier Women to three provincial titles, including a dramatic victory 2 ½ weeks ago at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.
In her professional life off the rugby pitch, Anna is regarded as a leader in the industry of Commercial Real-estate. After successfully working on the launch and leasing of the new Vancouver Convention Centre, Anna was promoted this past January. As testament to her leadership qualities, Anna was promoted to Project Manager of National Initiatives for Colliers Internationation, where she is a member of the Canadian Leadership Team.
ProMOTION Plus & ASRA Honour Melissa Perron at annual ASRA Spirit of Excellence Feast
October 25th, 2008
ProMOTION Plus Executive Director, Beverley Siver, Melissa Perron &
Joan Wharf-Higgins (Co-Chair, P+ Victoria)
ProMOTION Plus and ASRA presented Melissa Perron with a leadership award at the annual ASRA Spirit of Excellence Feast on October 25th, 2008. Melissa Perron is recognized for her work as a coach, leader and role model. This Grade 11 Student currently coaches Grade 8 Girls Volleyball and helps out with the Junior Boys Volleyball team at Ecole Victor Brodeur in
Melissa is an athlete on two Volleyball teams; she represented BC at the National Francophone Games in
Most recently Melissa was chosen to be on the swim team for Aboriginal Team BC at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games in
Marlene Donaldson receives Leadership Award at BC Rugby Union Hall of Fame Gala
Marlene Donaldson (far right) with team mates at the BC rugby Union Hall of Fame gala September 17th, 2008.
“The British Columbia Rugby Union is proud to partner with ProMOTION Plus to implement an annual award to recognize women who are leaders in our community” said Jeff Sauvé, BC Rugby chief executive officer. “Both on and off the rugby pitch, our inaugural recipient is a testament to the leadership qualities required to enhance the amateur sporting experience for women. As a premier league player, captain of our senior provincial team, high school coach and BC Rugby board member we are proud to acknowledge Marlene Donaldson and thank Irene Schell for her excellent presentation at our awards gala.”
Marlene Donaldson is originally from Ontario, where she played rugby for the Toronto Scottish club. Marlene has made her mark on the BC rugby scene since she relocated to Victoria four years ago. As Captain of the senior women’s side at Velox, Marlene led her team to a provincial championship this year. She is also Captain of the BC senior women’s team, a position she has held for four years, and has been an active member of the National Senior Women’s Team since 2001. Her rugby journey also included two seasons of premier-level rugby with London Wasps in the United Kingdom. Over the past few years, Marlene has been highly involved with coaching and managing youth rugby at Velox and last year coached the U19 Women’s Crimson Tide program. A student at Camosun College, Marlene is transferring to the University of Victoria in September to pursue a teaching certificate.
Leadership Award recognizes lifetime commitment to sport
July 31, 2008
Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepard, Yvette Delcourt and ProMOTION Plus Chair Deborah Pyne
Kelowna figure skating coach Yvette Delcourt was recognized during the B.C. Summer Games for her lifetime contribution to girls and women in her sport.
The City of Kelowna, together with the 2008 B.C. Summer Games, partnered with ProMOTION Plus to honour Delcourt with a Leadership Award, in recognition of her exemplary achievement in the sport of figure skating over the past 50 years in Kelowna and the province of B.C. The award was presented during the 26th B.C. Summer Games held in Kelowna July 24 to 27.
“Leaders like Yvette inspire us with their passion and their dedication to their work,” said Mayor Sharon Shepherd. “They are frequently unaware of the far-reaching, positive effect their commitment has on their team, their league, their sport and their community at large. Yvette was instrumental in the designation of the Kelowna Skating Club as a PacificSport Regional Training Centre and, today, Kelowna Skating Club is the largest skating club in Western Canada.”
Leslie Lindberg and Jill Carley receive Leadership Awards
at 2008 BC Winter Games
Feb. 25th, 2008
Leadership Award Recipient Honoured at ASRA Spirit of Excellence Conference
Oct 21st, 2007
ProMOTION Plus and ASRA partnered to recognize Karen Collins with a special Leadership Award at the ASRA Awards and Recognition Banquet held Oct. 20th as part of the Spirit of Excellence Conference in Richmond, BC. ProMOTION Plus Board members, Kim Appleton and Jennifer Fenton were on hand to present the award.
Karen Collins with former Board member and presenter Jennifer Fenton
Karen, a member of the Cowichan Tribes in Duncan, BC was chosen for her lifelong involvement in sport as an athlete, coach, and volunteer. She serves as an ASRA Board member for Region 4 - Vancouver Island. Among her many achievements, Karen was an Aboriginal Team BC Coach for the North American Indigenous Games in 2006 and will be an Aboriginal Team BC Coach at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games. She is BC’s representative for the Aboriginal Sport Circle and is currently employed as the Cowichan Tribes University Advisor. She has coached softball, basketball and soccer in her community. Karen is passionate about her work and says
"I love working with youth, and feel my training in child and youth care/social work and addictions would be a benefit when working with youth. I live a very healthy lifestyle, and feel you need to lead by example to help youth in crisis, and keep them playing sports or participating in cultural events."
Judy Shanley (left) and Gillian Thomson were this year's recipients of the ProMOTION Plus Leadership Awards. Congratulations!
Judy Shanley is recognized for her work benefitting women over the age of 19 - the Outward Bound Urban Women of Courage program. Judy created this unique program while a student at Langara College. The Urban Women of Courage program is the first urban-focused program for Outward Bound and has been so successful they are looking at its potential as a national program.
Gillian Thomson is recognized for her work with girls and women under the age of 19… for her dedication to the sport of sailing as an athlete, volunteer and leader. Gillian's sailing career has spanned over 22 years during which she competed both provincially and internationally. She was named one of the most influential people in B.C.’s sailing community by Pacific Yachting Magazine, a local sport Hero by Sport Kelowna, and Canada’s 2006 Sailor of the Year by the Canadian Model Boat Association. Gillian was instrumental in the development of the International Trapseat 16 catamaran class for disabled athletes and has worked tirelessly to ensure access and opportunity to those in Kelowna who want to learn the sport of sailing. Through her efforts, the Learn to Sail program in the Central Okanagan Sailing Association has expanded from 60 students to a record 2,000 students last year – It is the largest and most successful program of its kind in Canada and is unequalled in North America.
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Joe Sullivan, Assistant Coach, Hazelton Secondary Wrestling Team - bio
BC Wheelchair Basketball Society - bio
SFU Women’s Softball, Burnaby BC bio
On the Move Category
Erin Murphy, Port Coquitlam - bio
Young Woman Category
Minh Ngo, Surrey BC - bio
Karen Tung, Vancouver BC - bio
Mikela Grady, Vancouver BC - bio
Norma Foster, Burnaby BC - bio
Individual Contribution Awards
Co-winners Robert Jackson, Richmond BC - bio
Gayle Guest, West Vancouver BC - bio
On the Move Category
Sara Deteves, Housten Secondary School Athletics bio
Young Woman Category
Jasmine Dowker, Vanier Secondary School, Courtenay - bio
Cheryl Thomas Aboriginal Sport/Rec Association - bio
BC Women & Karate bio
Osteofit Program at BC Women’s Hospital - bio
Merritt Secondary School Physical Education Department - bio
The North Shore News, Sports Editor: Andrew McCredie -
On the Move Category
Rachel Corkum - bio
Young Woman Category
Bev Seebaran - bio
Alexandra Guarascio - bio
Dorothy Jean Paul - bio
Jenny John bio
BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health- bio
“Abreast in a Boat” Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Team - bio
Steve Ewen - bio
Rosalyn Hicks - UBC Women's Soccer
Ashlea McManus - SFU Wrestling
Lauren Woolstencroft - Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team,
Leslie Clarke - Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team, Winner - bio
Trish Kayne - Kicks Girls Soccer
Ashley Rowe - Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club
Angela Pelleirn - Burnaby Girls Soccer Club
On the Move Category
Jeraldine Chan - SFU Wrestling
Joe Crocco - Coquitlam Minor Softball Association
Lauren Koerber - Mid Valley Wrestling Club
Brian Lewis - Tri-City Eagles Field Hockey Association
Sarina McKenzie - Women's Only Soccer Camps, Winner - bio
Young Woman Category
Jeraldine Chan - SFU Wrestling Team
Lauren Koerber - Mid Valley Wrestling Club, Winner - bio
Katherine Hobor - Teenspeed Cycling Club
Ron Suzuki - Strathcona Community Centre, Winner - bio
Sarina McKenzie - Women's Only Soccer Camps
City of Coquitlam Gender Equity Committee, Winner - bio
Sarina McKenzie - Women's Only Soccer Camps
Ashley Rowe - Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club, Winner - bio
Teenspeed Cycling Club and Coaches
Michael Booth - Sports Editor NOW Newspaper
Sarina McKenzie - Women's Only Soccer Camps
Barbara Stewart - Writer, Winner - bio
Ron Suzuki - Strathcona Community Centre
Greater Victoria Velodrome Association
|Previous Leadership Award Winners
ProMOTION Plus and Kimberley-Cranbrook 2008 BC Winter Games Society were delighted to present two Leadership awards at a special luncheon on Friday, Feb.22nd during the 2008 BC Winter Games in Cranbrook, BC.
L-R: Games President Rob McIntyre, Leslie Lindberg, Jill Carley and P+ Executive Director - Bev Siver
Leslie Lindberg of Kimberley, BC
Leslie began her dance career at tender age of 4 in Allan, Saskatchewan. She worked hard over many years to become an accomplished dancer and choreographer. In 1991 she moved to Kimberley and opened the doors of the Kimberley Dance Academy and although she loved to perform in Kimberley she found her passion, which was to Teach. Dance along with sport provides children with all the benefits of physically activity in addition to increased self esteem, confidence and discipline.
Leslie’s favour quote is:
A good teacher....explains
A superior teacher.......demonstrates
A great teacher........inspires
And we believe Leslie is a Great teacher as she encourages her pupils to believe in themselves and in their dreams.
Jill Carley of Cranbrook, BC
Jill is always willing to lend a hand and in fact rarely says “no” when it involves young women and her passion of basketball. Graduating in 1990 at Mount Baker High Jill went on to not only to play basketball in college and university she was named the Academic All Canadian from 1993 to 1996 while University of Lethbridge. After university she coached girls basketball and made Cranbrook her home again in 2003. Not only a talented coach Jill is a phenomenal role model for these young athletes.
The Leadership Awards were developed to recognize the achievement of women, men, groups or organizations, who through their work (be it professional or as a volunteer), have created or developed opportunities for women and girls in BC to participate more fully in sport or recreation.
Congratulations Leslie and Jill!