FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2022
Sidney – The BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the Board of Directors, John Buis (President), and George Pajari (Development Chair) and one veteran volunteer, Cindy Simpson who now takes on the role of Vice President. The three were elected at the recent Annual General Meeting held September 15, 2022.
Buis is new to the BCSGS but has an extensive background in provincial sports organizations including 25 years with Basketball BC and over 40 years with the BC High School Boys’ Basketball Championships. He recently retired after a successful, 45 years of service to Canadians as a member of Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
“I would like to publicly thank Paul Kingan and the entire Executive and Board of Directors for returning the 55Plus BC Games to the Greater Victoria area last month after a three year absence due to COVID-19 Provincial Health protocols,” says Buis. “I would also like to congratulate Michael O’Connor, the President of the Greater Victoria Host Society and his board of directors for successfully hosting the Plus55 BC Games earlier this month in and around our provincial capital. Well done.”
“I look forward to leading the Plus55 BC Games Society for the next two years as we emerge from the pandemic and return to improving the health, lifestyle and image of BC’s 55+ population.”
Simpson is a career sport volunteer who is a 24 year participant in badminton. She has held many roles with BCSGS including being a member of the board of zone 2, sport chair and sport advisor, referee, president and now vice president. She currently sits on the rules committee, software committee and is a registrar for zone 2 as well as for BCSGS.
“I absolutely love multisport games and all that they entail,” says Simpson. “I will do my best to contribute to the success of the upcoming Games in Abbotsford during my two-year-term.”
Pajari is an enthusiastic cyclist who only got back on a bike after 40 years of not peddling anything that moved, when the pandemic kicked him out of the gym. He is a former Chief Information Security Officer for a multinational tech company and followed that up as a consultant helping start-ups, as well as large corporations, with their cybersecurity policies and programs.
“Being active is the best medicine and I’m honoured to be a part of this society helping more seniors and improving their quality of life,” adds Pajari. “Cycling has helped my health so much I want to share my enthusiasm for sport with others.”
The 55+ BC Games is an annual, multi-sport competition celebrating active and healthy adults 55 years of age and older. The Games are funded primarily by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) and the Provincial Government. They are an important part of the Sport 4 Life Long Term Athlete Development, with many of the Provincial Sport Organizations providing support.
The BCSGS is the parent organization that is responsible for the overall governance of the Games, the sport specific rules, and the liaison with the participants. Each year the Games attract approximately 3,600 participants and require approximately 1,200 volunteers to stage and deliver the Games in the Host Community.
In 2017, an Economic Impact study found that the 55+ BC Games provide an impact of over $3.3 million to the host community. In addition, Host communities benefit from the development of capacity to host large multisport events by training volunteers and improved infrastructure through the Games Legacy program. Please visit www.55plusbcgames.org for more information.
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