Whereabouts – BCRPA Members on the Move
MAINLAND/SOUTHWEST Yvonne Comfort joined the Port Coquitlam Recreation Department management team early in 2019. Port Coquitlam also welcomed new staff members Kegan Belina- Project Implementation Specialist in Business Operations, Yuriy Kostritsyn – Facility Maintenance Coordinator, Alex Bickers – Festivals and Events Producer, Mitchel Guest and Mike Por – Superintendents of Parks, and Doug Rose – Parks Section Manager. The following are new staff/positions at the City of Richmond: Elizabeth Ayers, Director, Recreation Services; Todd Gross, Director, Parks Services; Donna Bishop, Fitness Leader, Minoru Centre for Active Living; Kevin Cromie, Acting Community Facilities Coordinator, City Centre Community Centre; Dorothy Jo, Acting Inclusion Coordinator; Helen Kwan, Recreation Leader, Seniors; Loryn Legear, Arts Programmer; Shawna Lum, Community Health and Wellness Coordinator; Kelly Mack, Acting Accessibility Coordinator; Steve Mahon, Area Coordinator – Arena Services; Heather Muter, Program Manager, Community Social Development; Stefanie Myler, Community Facility Coordinator, Hamilton Community Centre; Danny Ronquillo, Fitness Leader, Minoru Centre for Active Living; Scott Schroeder, Area Coordinator – Leisure Services, Thompson Community Centre; Vanessa Tong-Pitcairn, Community Facilities Coordinator, City Centre Community Centre; Biliana Velkova, Public Art Planner
VANCOUVER ISLAND/COAST The Regional District of Nanaimo saw Val McNutt, Arena Programmer, retire in September 2018 after nearly twelve years with the department. The hiring process is now underway for her replacement. Lewis Jones joined the community programming team in September on a temporary basis as the Recreation Program Assistant. In December 2018, the Municipality of North Cowichan welcomed Maaike McCooey to the new position of Administrative Supervisor, Recreation. Maaike will work out of the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and comes to municipal recreation from the private sector.
THOMPSON/OKANAGAN Lori Mullen celebrated her one year anniversary as the Recreation Manager at the District of Summerland. Joanne Malar is back from maternity leave as the Recreation Program Coordinator at the District of Summerland.
NORTHEAST Paola Banks returns to the City of Fort St. John as a Recreation Programmer. Naomi Gallant has accepted a new position with the City of Fort St. John as the Community Development Coordinator. The District of Taylor welcomes Paula Calla as their new Community Services Program and Events Coordinator. Ross deBoer joins the City of Dawson Creek as the General Manager of Community Service.