Last weekend at the AGM, we happily announced three additions to the BCO Board or Directors: a warm welcome to Linda Wolverton, Dick Price, and Tony Laurita! Although, "welcome" doesn't quite seem to be the right word as these three have already contributed so much to our club over the years.
Linda returns to BCO after leaving the Board in 2012 when her daughter, Hannah, graduated after 5 years of playing with BCO. During her time off, Linda focused on her three sons' athletic pursuits, lending her insight to rugby and soccer. This year we've finally managed to convince Linda to come back to BCO and the land of dry, warm indoor sports and games that aren't (usually) played in the rain. In all seriousness, we are grateful to have her grounded parent perspective back on the BCO Board of Directors.
Richard is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia and has previously worked on a project under the UBC President's Office to attract top Canadian athletes to CIS schools rather than the NCAA (USA). He also has an extensive basketball background as a player at the University of Alberta and a coach at the high school level for boys and girls. If Richard's last name is ringing a bell, it might be because his daughter, Anna, wrapped up her 5 years with BCO on the 2015 18U Elite team. She currently plays for the UBC Thunderbirds, but we are very happy that Richard has agreed to join our Board of Directors and keep a Price at BCO.
Speaking of 18U Elite, our third addition to the Board of Directors is one of last year's 18U Elite Assistant Coaches, Tony Laurita. Tony is a teacher at Burnaby North Secondary and served as a long time director on the BC School Sports Volleyball Board until we snagged him for the BCO Board. He is renowned in the BCO 18U community for his creative scorekeeping skills during practice. His two daughters, Jenna and Kiera, played at BCO; Tony brings the coveted combination of coach and parent input and we are lucky to have him.
Although we are excited to welcome the new additions, we unfortunately must say goodbye to Nina Hoppe as she steps down from the Board of Directors. Thank you for all of your tireless work with our boy's programs!