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NEWS RELEASE · 10th August 2010
M. of Healthy Living & Sport
Team BC's mission staff for the 2011 Kamloops Western CanadaSummer Games have been chosen, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong announced today as Kamloops celebrated the one-year-to-go countdown to the Games.

"This talented team of mission staff from around the province will provide Team BC with the management and support it needs to perform at the highest level during next year's Games,"said Chong. "The ultimate goal of our athletes and coaches at these Games is to achieve a personal best and the mission staff will ensure they have the tools to get the job done."

Chef de mission Irene Schell will lead 15 mission staff members who will provide administrative, logistical and performance preparation support for the athletes and coaches attending the Games. This is Schell's first time as chef de mission. She has extensive Games experience as Team BC mission staff, and is the event and technology manager with the BC Games Society. The mission team includes practitioners, communications and other support staff.

Team BC will send 356 athletes aged 12 to 22 and 69 coaches to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. B.C. has won the Western Canada Summer Games Cup every year since the Games' inception in 1975.

The 2011 Western Canada Summer Games take place Aug. 5-14 in Kamloops and will bring together approximately 2,300 athletes competing in 18 sports, along with coaches, managers and officials from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.

"Our Team BC mission staff will be working extra-hard to help our athletes compete and win on their home turf, making this a very special experience for the entire team," added Chong.

These Games are Western Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. The Western Canada Summer Games bisect the Canada Summer Games and provide an opportunity for B.C.'s top age-class athletes to test their athletic talent against the best in the west.

Team BC mission staff for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops are:


Irene Schell, chef de mission
Event and technology manager, BC Games Society
Hometown: Victoria

Bruce Wasylik, assistant chef de mission
Sport consultant, Sport and Recreation Branch
Hometown: Victoria

Becki O'Rae, operations manager
Sport consultant, Sport and Recreation Branch
Hometown: Victoria

Judy Joseph-Black, communications manager
Sport consultant, Sport and Recreation Branch
Hometown: Gabriola Island


Shana Alexander, operations mission staff
Consultant - JW Sporta (Premier's Sport Awards Program)
Hometown: Vancouver

Wilma Devries, operations and sport mission staff: cycling
Director - regional representatives, Northern BC Winter Games
Hometown: Smithers

Joy Fera, sport mission staff: athletics, gymnastics
Recreation therapist, George Pearson Centre
Hometown: Delta

Katrina Galas, communications mission staff
Marketing and special events contractor
Hometown: Vancouver

Nancy Giesbrecht, sport mission staff: softball, swimming
Williams Lake Seniors Village, marketing co-ordinator
Hometown: Williams Lake

Ashley Guzak, sport mission staff: canoe/kayak, triathlon, field hockey
Athlete and coach services co-ordinator, PacificSport Vancouver Island
Hometown: Nanaimo

Kim Hawker, Sport Mission Staff: beach volleyball, rowing, golf
Coach, Vic City Rowing Club
Hometown: Victoria

Mike Hood, sport mission staff: baseball, soccer
Program director, Delta Gymnastics
Hometown: Vancouver

Jarret Poitras, sport mission staff: basketball, volleyball
Admissions, Camosun College
Hometown: Victoria

Cindy Simpson, sport mission staff: wrestling, badminton
Board member, Badminton BC
Hometown: Campbell River


Chris Graham, Team BC program manager
Sport Consultant, Sport and Recreation Branch, Team BC program manager
Hometown: Victoria

Jan Mansfield, home team communications co-ordinator
Hometown: West Vancouver