Contact us

Executive Director

Sian Blyth
(604) 333-3531
sian@bcwbs.ca

Let's Play Director

Marni Abbott-Peter
(604) 333-3531
marni@bcwbs.ca or info@letsplaybc.ca

Provincial Coach

Simon Cass
(250) 661-2373
simon@bcwbs.ca

Program Manager

Nadine Barbisan
(604) 333-3532
nadine@bcwbs.ca

Program Coordinator

Orion Ng
(604) 333-3530
programs@bcwbs.ca

Women's Coach*

Makiko Harada
(604) 333- 3530
makiko@bcwbs.ca
*On Maternity Leave until May 2021

Special Project Manager

Carrie Linegar
(604) 333-3532
carrie@bcwbs.ca

Finance Coordinator

Elizabeth Magai
604-333-3520 ext. 206
finance@bcwheelchairsports.com

Communications Manager

Michelle Comeau
(403) 512-7671
michellercomeau@gmail.com

Address
BC Wheelchair Basketball Society
780 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver BC V6P 5Y7

Phone: (604) 333-3530
Fax: 604-326-1229
Email: info@bcwbs.ca

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.

Treasurer

Amanda currently works as a staff accountant at Ernst and Young. She is an accomplished high performance Paralympic athlete and this has resulted in the ability to organize, prioritize and work under extreme work pressure, heavy work lead and deadlines. Exceptional abilities in leadership, conflict resolution, discipline, self-motivation, and analytical and strategic thinking.

Amanda was introduced to wheelchair basketball through the Bridging the Gap (BTG) program and went on to play for the BC Breakers and then the women's National Team and had the honour to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Secretary

Living proof that tall men should not wear plaid, Brad first got involved in wheelchair basketball when his 6-year old son said, "Daddy, I want to do that". He has been the head coach of the Chilliwack Cheetahs program in the Fraser Valley since then and loves seeing the smiles when kids first try the sport. He is excited to develop our sport at the community and school levels and dreams of the day when every student in B.C. can get the opportunity to experience Wheelchair Basketball before graduation. A current Vice-Principal, past Elementary school teacher, accordian enthusiast and former varsity athlete, Brad's main job these days is to follow his kids around the house and turn off lights.

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

Manu is a senior executive with 20 years of experience in various industries across government, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is the Executive Director at Actsafe Safety Association. He currently holds a variety of volunteer roles as Board of Director at Work Wellness Institute and President Elect positions at the Association of Canadian Ergonomists BC-Yukon Region and Rotary Club of Cloverdale. He also is quick to say, he is an ex-physiotherapist, having graduated with his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Physiotherapy. He also has post graduate degrees in Education, Ergonomics and Business Administration. As a passionate academic and pursuer of higher education, Nellutla, works to provide authentic and inspirational leadership to drive organizations in the path of innovation, transformation, and growth. In 2020, he was recognized as one of the finalists at RBC Top 75 Canadian Immigrants Awards and is also a TEDx speaker.

You can see Manu’s TedX Presentation here.

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 VancouverBasketball.com, 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.

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