June 25, 2021
Sport BC would like to share some staffing updates with members and the BC sport sector.
After seven years Christine Wong is moving on from Sport BC to pursue her passion for golf in a more full-time capacity. She will be a full-time teaching professional at the University Golf course among other pursuits. Of her time as one of the longest serving staff members of Sport BC Christine shares, “I very much appreciate the support and friendships that the organization provided me over the years, especially our CEO, Rob Newman who took me under his wing and taught me everything I know about the sport sector in our province. Sport has played a huge role in my life and I am forever thankful for the opportunities in my roles within the organization as the leading sport federation in BC! I will forever be grateful for the skills that I have gained to run my own business under Christine Wong Golf. Thank you to staff, board of directors, and Rob for being so supportive over the last 7 years. I would not be where I am today without SPORT BC!”
Christine will be with Sport BC until July 15, 2021. We wish her nothing but the best as she pursues her goals in sport of passion and trust she will be a part of our Sport BC family moving forward.
Andy Price has joined Sport BC in the new role of Manager of Development. This new role is to serve our members with their sport philanthropy efforts. Sport BC believes that sport philanthropy will play a critical role in providing the amateur sport sector with sustainable funding. Andy has two decades of experience in the philanthropy sector working primarily with sport organizations. Andy was Executive Director of the Fortius Foundation, the charity owner of Fortius Sport & Health. He developed, and fundraised for, all community programs at Fortius, including KidsMove, a physical literacy program created in partnership with Steve Nash. He was previously Director of Fund Development for BC Adaptive Snowsports and prior to that managed the Whitecaps Foundation through the club’s move to MLS. Over the last decade, Andy has helped charities raise around $100 million in donations.
Andy is a member of Cycling BC and rides with Lake City Cycle Club. He is a former UK elite junior rower and is a mostly retired recreational runner. Andy joined the team on June 7th and can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 778.836.2639. Andy will be providing support to help increase donations for BC Amateur Sport Fund projects. Details of his first fund development workshop will be sent out shortly. Of joining Sport BC Andy shares, “I’m thrilled to join the Sport BC team. I have a deep belief in the power of sport to build stronger communities. This is a unique moment for us as a sector to articulate our impact to new donors, to ensure the long-term sustainability of all our organizations. I look forward to supporting all the incredible work our members do and I hope you will join me in this game changing, life changing opportunity.”
Angela Crowthers is joining Sport BC on Monday, July 5 as our KidSport BC Fundraising Manager. Angela has over 14 years experience in the nonprofit sector working in healthcare philanthropy. She advanced her career, starting as an intern, working her way up to a Philanthropy Officer, and most recently as a Marketing Specialist at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. During her time at BC Children’s Angela managed a wide variety of fundraising programs, including direct response marketing, tribute giving and community giving. She also worked on the Foundation’s signature family fun run, RBC Race for the Kids, as well as the A Night of Miracles gala. During her time with the Marketing & Communications team, Angela led the redesign of the Foundation’s website, digital marketing strategy, participated in the development of the Foundation’s most recent brand campaign and acted as a strategic partner for the Foundation’s corporate and community fundraising teams.
Angela’s passion for sport stems from her long history and personal experience as an athlete. She played collegiate softball at Simon Fraser University while she earned her Bachelor’s Degree, where she was a two-time All- American. Angela also represented Canada as a member of the National Women’s Softball team for six years, during which time she competed in two World Championships, a Pan American Games and the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 2004. In 2018, Angela was inducted into SFU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She continues to stay active through a variety of activities and remains connected to sport through her two children and as a member of the North Delta Baseball Association Executive.
Angela is thrilled to be joining Sport BC in this critically important KidSport role. She looks forward to pairing her passion for sport with her nonprofit experience to give kids across the province the opportunity to experience all benefits sport has to offer. Angela will be able to be reached through email@example.com as of July 5, 2021.
Katelynn Ramage is joining Sport BC in a new role of Program Administrator starting June 28, 2021. As Program Administrator Katelynn will be supporting all efforts of Sport BC, communications, events, membership engagement; and specifically supporting our signature program KidSport BC. She will play a key role in all of Sport BC’s efforts to support our KidSport Chapters, KidSport families, and Sport BC members. Katelynn is a high-performance athlete with excellent knowledge of the amateur sport system in BC. She brings her exceptional administration experience, customers service skills, and passion for amateur sport to the Sport BC team.
Her sport journey was inspired in 2000 when Katelynn’s hometown of Nanaimo hosted the BC Summer Games. At the age of 7, she saw those athletes as Olympians and she wanted to do what they were doing. Ten years later she got her real start in athletics and competed at the Western Canadian Games. That made her realize her goal was not just to represent her school, city, or province, but to wear the maple leaf internationally. She achieved that goal by qualifying for the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup where she posted a personal best time of 1:49:30 in the 20km race walk.
Katelynn credits being a KidSport recipient as a young athlete as a critical part of her personal sport journey having paved the path for her to compete in sport at the highest level and attend university. She has been a committed KidSport BC ambassador for a number of years and we know she will bring this enthusiasm for our program and the power of sport to her new role at Sport BC. She will be able to be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org as of June 28, 2021.