BCSGS Announces New Board Members

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.


For more information contact:

Website: https://www.55plusbcgames.org
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Media contact: Wes Zawertailo, Communications Chair, BC Seniors Games Society comms@55plusbcgames.org

  1. M. Fraser 2 months ago

    I was a participant in the dragon boat events. The races themselves were run well. It was a bit of a walk from our venue to the docks however the worst part were the toilets. Three washrooms were not near enough for that many participants. There would be long line ups too use them and they were never cleaned. The toilets were filled to the brim by the second day and the odor was horrible. Unfortunately, the marshalling area was right in front of the toilets and the participants had no choice but to be exposed to the stench. We were told there was a flush toilet a few blocks away from the venue however those who know dragon boaters know that they all have to run to the washroom just before they are being marshalled because of nerves and there is no time to go a few blocks away. It was absolutely disgusting. I hope there is a more considerate set-up in Abbotsford.

    • Judy Joseph-Black 1 month ago

      Thank you. We will forward your thoughts to Abbotsford.

  2. Sue Dulley 1 month ago

    Thank you for the newsletter. As a track-and-field participant in the 2019 BC 55+ Games and the 2022 Canada 55+ Games, I opted out of the BC this year (and accidentally failed to renew my membership by not realising it had to be done by timely use of Games registration forms) and I’m disappointed but not really surprised to see no mention of the controversy and resignations over Rule 9(f) which I and many others would like to see rescinded. I hope this will be addressed in the next newsletter.

    • Judy Joseph-Black 1 week ago

      At the BCSGS Board meeting in Abbotsford November 14-18, 2022, the Board voted to rescind rule 9f.

  3. Lyn 1 month ago

    The 2022 games were great! Is it an option in Abbotsford for folks to BILLET games participants?
    My friend and I would be happy to bring our sleeping bag to stay at a Abbotsford home for the few nights.
    Please ask if this is an option for accommodation.
    We also would like each ZONE to host a get together on the * like Happy Hour.
    – we could all. from our zone introduce ourselves, meet at a park or community centre…
    the day before the Games as we met NO ONE else from our zone- as we played with
    folks from other zones across the province.
    Thank you. Lyn Stewart 604 401 9280 cell / text.

    • Judy Joseph-Black 1 week ago

      The accommodation plan will be released shortly. At this time, I don’t think billeting is in Abbotsford’s plans, but I will pass on the message.

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