Thank you page
Since 2008 – at the inception of BCpickleball.com – duly registered and official for BC, Authorized to use the British Columbia name in correspondence etc, we have looked for people who have worked with us and who have grown the sport. These are people who have not looked for recognition but have steadily, week after week, year after year have stood the test of time and increased their numbers in their local area. It is important in all sports that these people be celebrated and that all members and players know what they have accomplished . Below are those now being recognized and those from the past who also are and will be recognized on our Thank You page as well as the welcome page this year. Why has Pickleball grown so fast in Canada ? These people have played a big part. They are our heroes.
- TERRI FOKKER – programmer at South Surrey Rec, who helped get more times for Pickleball in the largest program in Canada when other sports were attempting to buy all the times. She was also key in keeping the Surrey Rec centers Recreational in their tournaments and play and Surrey not allowing the tournament players to take over play or tourneys.
- Ms Dorita Gaspar – P/E instructor at Star of the Sea elementary school in Surrey , who 13 years ago decided to offer pickleball and not badminton to her students. She has facilitated many seniors to come into her school and teach her grades 4-7’s for all those years. This school is now rated 4th in BC academically and 1st in athletics.
- Carol Bissell – for her role in communication in the Comox , Courtenay, Parksville area over several year making this area, one of the biggest hubs for Pickleball in the province. She also played a strong role in administration and teaching as well as tournament play.
- Lorne Landry – For his role as coordinator, organizer at 100 mile house , l08 mile house , Lac la hache in developing new courts, and teaching a good sized play group with instructors.
- Frank Kika – For his organizational role and teaching in Williams Lake and Quesnel in the school system, outdoor play , and indoor facilities while injured himself. He is certified instructor.
- Ray Cumberworth – For his role in Growing a Church – led group to over 200 players – Peace Portal Alliance in Surrey and starting a second at Gracepoint with over 100 players He is a certified instructor and has helped in our school teaching outreach program.
- Aki Takeda – For his administrative role as Vice President of BC pickleball and hands on role of facilitator for Coal Harbour Rec as well as the Roundhouse Rec in Vancouver and many hours playing and setup work in almost all the 24 Rec centers in Vancouver, most of which BC pickleball started. He has also taught in our school outreach program.
- Valentina Paasonen – for outstanding teaching effort over many years in Abbotsford, Centennial Sr Center new Westminister, in Port Moody Rec, in Hillcrest Rec Vancouver and most recently in Edmunds Rec center in New Westminister as their chief instructor. She has also taught in our school outreach program.
- Brent Johner – For his early role in adopting our sport into his school and his rec center teaching program as well as his racquet network – the fifth largest in the world. He has also been a strong supporter of BC pickleball and hosted the first Canadian National Tournament. He has been instrumental in growing the sport in Calgary and Alberta. He also run a retail store www.racquetnetwork.com and www.okpickleball.ca the oldest internet service in Canada.
- Brooke Siver – For outstanding service and energy expended in growing a retail presence in BC, and indeed throughout Canada and the USA. He is a certified instructor both USA and Canada, has played in more venues than surely any other player on the planet and is President of Manta Sports who have supported pickleball for the past several years.
- Bill Macgregor – For his communications skills as Surrey instructor , a seniors Representative in the largest program in Canada , for his help in giving back to the kids in out outreach program with the kids in the schools . He has taught in other Rec centers, is a certified instructor and , until recently, was President of the Canadian Pickleball federation.
- Stan Freyer – Stan’s recognition for his years of service to South Surreys Pickleball Association.
- Valentina Paasonen –
NOTE: Should you see deserving people who should be recognized and celebrated for their efforts, Please let me know – 604-536-9602
THANK YOU PAGE
FOR VOLUNTEERS AND INSTRUCTORS FOR OUR TEACHING PROGRAM
1- INSTRUCTORS PROGRAM – NORTH DELTA REC CENTER – JAN 5TH 2-18
AKI TAKEDA – JAMES MIN – TONY CASEY
2- INSTRUCTORS PROGRAM – NORTH DELTA REC CENTER – JAN 21ST – 2018
DION STEYN ,
3- ST BERNADETTES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – SURREY BC – JAN 29TH TO FEB 2
200 STUDENTS TAUGHT – FINALE TOURNAMENT – FRIDAY – ATTENDEES 250.
DOUG WELLS, CARMAN ROSS, BRIAN SULLIVAN
4- STAR OF THE SEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – SOUTH SURREY –MARCH 5,6,
8,9,12,13,15. WITH FINAL TOURNAMENT TO OCCUR ON THE 29TH .
250 STUDENTS TAUGHT FOR THE 13TH YEAR IN A ROW. – OUTSTANDI4-536-9602NG ! –
GUNDUZ YEREBAMAZ , MATT FONG, RICH WELDON
KATHY AND KEVIN SULLIVAN , DORITA GASPAR
5- RICHMOND TENNIS / GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB – RATED #1 IN CANADA
TIMES TBA MARK STRONG , KAREN SMITH – AKI TAKEDA
JAMES MIN , JIM MARCHAND, TERRY BUCKLEY,
KIM WONG , MONA LEE
NOTE :THE GO PROGRAM FOR P/E DROPOUTS @THOMPOSON IN RICHMOND WAS TAKEN ON BY IN – HOUSE STAFF . THE YOUTH PROGRAM FOR CAMBIE CANCELLED ON THE FIRST TRY DUE TO ZERO REGISTRANTS – GO FIGURE WITH A HIGH SCHOOL NEXT
DOOR THAT TEACHES OUR SPORT AND ROYAL HEIGHTS IN NORTH DELTA AFTER
ASKING FOR THE COURSE WAS NOT HEARD OF AGAIN. ALSO BURNSIDE SECONDARY
NORTH DELTA , HAVING BEEN APPROACHED DUE TO REQUEST FROM A PARENT – IS GETTING READY TO DO IT NEXT YEAR AS THEY HAVE 750 STUDENTS.
THAT SUMMARIZES OUR EFFORT FOR THIS YEAR . IF YOU HAVE A SCHOOL NEAR YOU
THAT YOU WISH TAUGHT – LET US KNOW – 604- 536-9602
Thank you to RICHARD KWAN OF
1331 COTTON DR VANCOUVER
FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION
OF TWO PORTABLE SETS.
THE BC 2014 OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
CAROL BISSELL OF COMOX
Carol started playing pickle ball in Campbell River following the second annual PB senior games . Campbell River at the time did not even have a program and one of their Programmers helped us to run the tournament with a computer program all set up and scheduling of all the games was done in advance. Following the games Carol attended a ” play and learn clinic put on by BC Pickleball instructors, headed by C Lefaive and subsequently started to play. When arriving into Comox she saw a need for communications to keep players abreast of what was happening both indoor, outdoor and regionally in Victoria as well as Nanaimo , two major regional centres adjacent.
Carol has also taught new players and has an interest in kids and and schools . Last summer she organized a large outdoor play date at their lovely four court facility in a deserted Lacrosse box , using Sportive portable sets. Many from different areas came and had fun in a social interactive venue. Executives from BC Pickleball, Pickle Ball Canada and the World Pickle Ball Federation attended. The power of reporting, in a leadership manner earns Carol this award. Last year it was Ms Dorita Gaspar for teaching PB 7 yrs in a row in her school, and the year before, to Lori Vance for humanitarian effort to a man who had had a heart attack.
In view of the rapid growth of the Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland area as well as Campbell River – the fishing destination place , we have to thank Carol for all her efforts. I have heard that Telegraph Cove also wishes to start pickle ball in its high end fishing homes. With Whistler now coming on board, Mission, 108 mile house , and Cambie Rec center in Richmond – pickle ball is expanding in all directions.
Let’s hope next year, you will win the annual award for your volunteer efforts.So, let us know what you are doing.
ph – 604-536-9602
La Ronde School – Ocean Park
In South Surrey – 400 children from K – 7. October 7-11 – 2013
Our thanks from BCpickleball and the Canadian pickleball federation go to the following volunteers :
1. Chuck Lefaive – Instructor
2. Doug Wells – North Delta – Instructor
3. Gary Wilson – South Surrey
4. Shelley Lang – South Surrey
5. Rita Lefaive – South Surrey
6. Margrit Elmiger – South surrey
7. Elaine Kott – South Surrey
8. Ruth Simpson – Newton – Instructor
9. Marielle Venne – Surrey
10. Ron Cook – Surrey
11. John Friesen – Manitoba.
This puts our BC teaching effort at 1340 students for 2013. Our thanks also go to all the teachers who participated in the program and all the parents who attended to watch their children compete in the last day tournament .
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR HELP IN
THE BC PICKLEBALL TEACHING PROGRAM FOR 2013
1- STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL – 440 KIDS – ANDY MEZEI – S SURREY
– JIANG WEI “
– DOUG WELLS N Surrey
– INGE SCHOLZ S Surrey
– AL FULLER “
– CHUCK LEFAIVE “
2. – BAYRIDGE ELEMENTARY – 500 KIDS – GUNDUZ YEREBAZMAZ
– DOUG WELLS – N SURREY
– RUTH SIMPSON – NEWTON
– VALENTINA PAASONEN – BURNABY
– PATRICK NILSEN S SURREY
– CHUCK LEFAIVE – S SURREY
3- JESSIE LEE SCHOOL – 330 KIDS – PATRICK NILSEN – S SURREY
– ANITA EWERT – WHITE ROCK
– GUNDUZ YEREBAZMAZ S SURREY
– C LEFAIVE – S SURREY
4. CHETWYND REC CENTER – 80 PLAYERS – MARCIE FOFONOFF – CHETWYND
+ ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – MOBERLY – KEITH MAISEY “
-TERRY GRENDUS “
– GRANT SPELSBERG “
– TYRIA PLAMONDON “
– STERLING BRUKE “
– C LEFAIVE S SURREY
THIS LARGE EFFORT BY SO MANY VOLUNTEERS SPEAKS HIGHLY FOR THE
DEDICATION OF OUR PLAYERS AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO GIVE BACK TO THE NEXT
GENERATION COMING FORWARD . ALTHOUGH SLOW , PROGRESS IS BEING MADE.
THANKS TO ALL.
THANK YOU TO THE MAPLE GREEN DOZEN ON SAT OCT 13 2013,
Who came out in the rain to play and learn and compete in Pickleball in the wonderful park set aside by Parks and Recreation , Surrey with a lock box with free paddles and balls ( forever ) donated by our seniors from South Surrey, a sign that says “ This is a Tennis Pickleball Facility” with courts marked 1-8 on three levels and a practice board for the bottom two courts .
Keys for this facility may be signed out from South Surrey Rec , White Rock Parks and Rec, , and Guilford Rec Center. Please bring your friends and play.
GORD STEUER – KEATS ISLAND
DOUG JOYCE – SURREY
KELLEY DINNEY – SURREY
CHUCK LEFAIVE – SURREY
EUGENE LEEE – SURREY
JENNY LEE – SURREY
SU JUNG LEE – SURREY
ILISHA AULAKH – SURREY
KANWAL PRAAT AULAKH
FLASH – APRIL 19 – 2013
THE BC PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION AWARDS THE FIRST
OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD TO A BC SCHOOL AND P/E TEACHER IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SYSTEM.
This award reads “ for service in teaching Pickleball for seven continuous years at Star of the Sea School,” – awarded to Ms Dorita Gaspar P/E head and to the school as well. The 440 students shouted out the Pickleball start “ 002 are you ready?” For all the teachers , students and parents in attendance – over 500 people . The grade 5’s wrote a song and the Music Department helped which will now be the “ official “ Pickleball song.” Here it is :
THE PICKLEBALL SONG I DON’T KNOW BUT I’VE BEEN TOLD. FOR PICKLE BALL YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD ! MS GASPAR IS THE PICKLE BALL QUEEN A BETTER SHOT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN P.I.C.K.L.E. IT’S A SPORT, NOTHING YOU EAT. PADDLES, BALLS AND KITCHEN LINE. PARTNERISM, COUPLES, SOLOS FINE SERVE IT! SMACK IT! GROUND STROKES TOO HERES SOME SHOTS TO NAME A FEW THANK YOU TO OUR SENIORS HOPE YOU’LL BE BACK FOR YEARS AND YEARS P.I.C.K.L.E. PICKLEBALL JUST CAN’T BE BEAT !
PLEASE SHOW YOUR FRIENDS.
Our thanks go to:
Dr Elizabeth Luke,
Ron St Pierre and
for their donations to bcpickleball.com
Our thanks go to Lori Vance, player at South Surrey, who, during the holidays had the foresight – lacking an appropriate posted protocol – to have perhaps saved a life in our Rec center.
Details : a man, in his sixties came to play, during the first game, complained of not feeling well and at the end of the game that he was intending on going home. He was asked by Lori to sit down, then to go upstairs, which entailed going up two flights of stairs.
The gentleman in question was about to climb the stairs when Lori , who accompanied him, said “ let”s take the elevator.”
That may have saved his life.
After calling his wife and 911 he was taken to hospital with tightness in the chest and left arm pain. clotbusters were administered and within 60 minutes it was determined that he was indeed having a heart attack, was given clotbusters and was sent to Royal Columbia hospital where stents were inserted within 60 minutes.
We would like to give Lori the BC Pickleball Association humanitarian award for quick thinking and also staying with the chap and helping him along the way. Peter and his wife are thankful and very appreciative of all that Lori has done for him.
The Humanitarian award will be presented at our Annual General Meeting to be held in February.