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Executive Director

Marni Abbott
(604) 333-3530
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High Performance Director


Junior Program Head Coach

Adam Frost
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Let's Play Director

Nadine Barbisan
(604) 333-3532
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Program Coordinator

Jacob Emerson
(604) 333-3530
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Administration Manager

Makiko Harada
(604) 333- 3530
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Special Project Manager

Carrie Linegar
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Finance Coordinator

Jodie Appell
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Communications Manager

Michelle Comeau
(403) 512-7671
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BC Wheelchair Basketball Society
780 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver BC V6P 5Y7

Phone: (604) 333-3530
Fax: 604-326-1229

If you would like to contact a BCWBS Board Member, please contact BCWBS directly.

Chair of the Board

Bo Hedges began playing wheelchair basketball in 1995 by starting a team in Fort St. John. Bo moved to Prince George in 1998 to further his education at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and continued playing there with the PG Titans, making the senior men’s provincial team in 1999. He participated on the National Junior men’s team in 1997 and 2001, received his Business Marketing Degree from UNBC in 2004, and then moved to Vancouver in 2006 seeking a better training setting.

The move proved fruitful, as he made the senior national team in 2007, and was a silver medallist in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and a gold medallist at the 2012 London Paralympics. In preparation for the 2012 London Paralympics, Bo moved to Alabama to complete a Masters degree in Sport Management while training and playing with the Crimson Tide. Bo is currently based in Toronto with the Canadian National team and was co-captain of Team Canada at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Hamburg, Germany.

Vice Chair

Bryan has been a leader both on the court and as a volunteer in the BCWBS community for many years. Thanks to his dedication, he has progressed from a recreational athlete to a high-performance athlete who participates in numerous events, high performance camps, Division 1 leagues and the BC-CWBL team.

His leadership style and his friendly demeanour have not gone unnoticed, and his commitment to the Okanagan Thunder has been instrumental in keeping wheelchair basketball alive in Kelowna. For his willingness to lead and grow the game of wheelchair basketball, and his dedication as a BCWBS athlete, Bryan is reminiscent of our good friend MJ, which made him an excellent recipient of the 2013 MJ Boudreault True Sport Award.

Andy Yu

Andy has more than twenty years of accounting, finance, and treasury experience in progressive leadership roles in the for-profit sector and hands-on strategic and operational experience in the not-for-profit sector as Treasurer, Board Chair and President.  He was a board member of the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia from 2010 – 2017, taking on first the Treasurer role and then the Chairman and President for the next five years.

In recognition of his significant contribution to the Association, he was awarded the Chartered Professional Accountant’s Community Service Award in 2013 and the BC Achievement Award in 2018.  As a person with cerebral palsy, his mission in life is to serve and inspire other people with disabilities to live a life without limits and make a positive difference in their lives.  

Andy believes that his personal mission, together with his love of basketball, are aligned with BCWBS’s mission and we are confident that his experience and skills will be an asset to BCWBS.  

Director at Large

BCWBS has played a huge part in the MacEachern family’s lives since their son Keaton attended a Chilliwack Cheetahs practice and never looked back! Kevin went with him when Keaton was selected as a member of Team BC for the 2022 Junior National Championships in PEI, where they took home the Gold Medal Kevin has spent the last 25 years working for the Federal Government with the Correctional Service of Canada. Working at 5 different Federal Institutions and a manager since approximately 2010.

He was a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for 8 years and the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team for 2 years. He also has a pretty impressive baseball performance!

Director at Large

Bryna joined the Board in 2016. She is a member of JW Sporta: Health, Physical Activity and Sport Education Consultants, responsible for the initial development, implementation and management of Action Schools! BC (2004-2015) and the Premier's Sport Awards Program (p.s.a.p.) (1985-2015). She is involved with numerous endeavours promoting physical activity and sport at a grassroots level and has served on numerous committees. Accomplishments include: past Chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity; past Chair and current Honorary Board Member of Promotion Plus; current member of viaSport's Girls and Women Advisory Group; current member of th eBe the Change Advisory Council; past Board Member of Sport BC; and current Board Member of BC Recreation and Parks Association and Motivate Canada. Bryna was a member of the Expert Panel of the Formative Evaluation of the Canadian Sport Policy (2012) and the Thematic Review of Physical Literacy and LTAD. Bryna was a member of the National Advisory Committee - Children and Youth and Physical Activity Guide, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the National Roundtable Children and Youth and Physical Activity and a Sessional Instructor at UBC.

Director at Large

Rodrigo is the Associate Director of Digital Recruitment for Navitas North America, responsible for creating and implementing a strategic approach for digital marketing and digital activities.  He has strong skills in marketing, project management and strategic planning. Rodrigo has a passion for basketball, podcasts , digital photography and social media and e had his first experience playing wheelchair basketball at Hoopfest 2019.

Director at Large

Mark is a resident of Vancouver, Ohio-native and former NCAA athlete with a passion for technology, basketball and brand. Currently the CEO at Victory Creative Group, a global brand & sports marketing agency, Mark is the former Nike Brand Director (Portland, OR) and leads some of BC's grassroots basketball organizations including, The Vancouver Basketball Academy™, The Vancouver Metro Basketball League and The Vancouver Basketball Foundation™. With a passion for inclusion in sport, digital and technology, he is the founder of TEDxVancouver & TEDxPortland and was named to Vancouver's Top 40 under 40 list in 2018.

Director at Large
Lawrence Sandford

BCWBS has been a huge part of his family’s life since their son Lachlan Sandford began playing basketball through a let's play, try it event. Seeing the impact this organization has had on Lachlan's confidence, and overall happiness is something very inspiring and much appreciated to Lawrence.

Lawrence is a firefighter and acting captain for the District of Mission. Collaboration, planning, advocacy and minute-taking are among his many skills.

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