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Board of Directors in place for Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games

May 11, 2011

The team that will plan and stage the Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games is now in place. The Board of Directors, led by President Bill McNamara and Co-Chair Linda Hepner, includes 13 community leaders who have stepped up to take on various areas of responsibility.

Mayor Dianne Watts led a nominating committee who selected the Board of Directors for the Games. The Board will be supported through the planning process by the BC Games Society.

“The City of Surrey is thrilled to be the Host City of the 2012 BC Summer Games as we welcome thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers to our city,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The Games will be a great opportunity for us to showcase Surrey and our world-class facilities, as well as demonstrate our commitment to sport. The Games will provide a vital stepping stone in the sport development of the best young athletes in our province and will infuse close to $3 million dollars into the local economy. I know our community will rally behind the event and ensure it’s a resounding success!”

Surrey’s 2010 Good Citizen of the Year, Bill McNamara, continues his commitment to community in the role of President. McNamara is no stranger to Games planning having Co-Chaired the 2001 BC Seniors Games held in Surrey. The leadership team is also in good hands with City of Surrey Councillor Linda Hepner.

“The 2012 BC Summer Games Board of Directors possess a wealth of experience relating to the planning of highly professional community and sporting events,” said McNamara. “I look forward to working with all of the Directors to deliver a BC Summer Games that will showcase British Columbia’s young athletes. The Games will also highlight the people, community, and great sport facilities of the City of Surrey.”

“As BC’s second largest City, Surrey has a diverse and enthusiastic community to share in the excitement of the Games,” expressed Hepner. “The City boasts world-class sporting amenities and with a strong reputation as a sport hosting destination, Surrey is an ideal host of the 2012 BC Summer Games.”

The City of Surrey will welcome over 3800 participants in 21 sports for an exciting four days of competition. The BC Summer Games feature the best young developing athletes in the province supported by certified coaches and officials. Over 3000 volunteers will be needed to stage the Games.

“There has been tremendous growth and change in the City of Surrey since the BC Summer Games were last held here in 1989,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “The exceptional facilities that the City has to offer combined with your unique cultural diversity will make the Games an amazing experience for participants, volunteers, and spectators alike.”

For more information on the BC Games Society and the 2012 BC Summer Games please visit


For more information contact:

Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager, BC Games Society

Darryl McCarron
Manager of Marketing & Communications, City of Surrey