BC Games Society Staff

 

 

Alison Noble
President and CEO
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Alison is the President and CEO of the BC Games Society and has the overall responsibility of staging the BC Summer and BC Winter Games and the operations of Team BC. 

Most recently, Alison was the Associate Director of Community & Government Relations at the University of Victoria and prior to that, the Manager of the departments of Corporate Relations and Ceremonies & Events at the university. As well, Alison spent 18 months in Toronto as Director of Operations with the 2017 Invictus Games. With a background in sport, community relations and volunteer development, Alison also worked for six years as an Event Manager with the BC Games Society and liaised with communities for both the Summer & Winter Games as well as managed the corporate partner portfolio. 

As a founding Chair of KidSport Greater Victoria, a founding Chair of Promotion Plus Victoria, Mission Staff for two Canada Games, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Victoria 2000 BC Summer Games, Alison has worked with many partners in sport community and looks forward to strengthening those relationships in this role.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys working out, going for walks and watching any and all sports!

 
Faith Blenkin
Games Marketing Coordinator

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Faith brings many years of experience in administration and customer service to her role as Marketing Coordinator for the BC Games Society. In 2016 she won the World Class Customer Service Award at Telus Employer Solutions, and has held administrative positions with the Department of National Defense, Citadel Electrical Systems, and National Money Mart. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and enjoys utilizing her skills to tell the stories of the Games and Team BC athletes.

She grew up playing softball and is passionate about maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul.

 
Riki-Lee Jessup
Games Operations Coordinator

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Riki-Lee brings many years of experience in administration and event planning to her role as the BC Games Society's Games Operations Coordinator. She was the Event /Social Media Coordinator for the Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club, and most recently the Finance and Admin clerk for the Office of the Auditor General of BC. She is a graduate from Camosun College, with a degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership with a Specialization in Sports Management.

In her spare time, she plays rec league basketball and Sr. B Woman’s Softball.  She also coaches basketball for Westshore Basketball Association, and she coaches Softball for Langford Minor Fastball. She grew up in Victoria competing in many different sports, from swimming to football, finding her passion in sport at a young age.

 
Justine Johnson
Marketing and Engagement Manager

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Justine brings years of experience working for multiple sport organizations and a proven track record of success in marketing and communications to her role as Marketing and Engagement Manager.

Justine has had held various communications roles at the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council of BC, Sport for Life Society and most recently, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington where she competed as a scholarship athlete on the cross country and track and field team.

As the BC Games Marketing and Engagement Manager, Justine will provide marketing and communications expertise to the Society.  A key component of the position is to maximize exposure opportunities locally, provincially and nationally. In addition, she will work directly with volunteers to manage components of the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and Team BC.

 

Judy Joseph-Black

Event Manager

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BC Winter Games

As an Event Manager, Judy assists Host Community volunteers in the planning, operation, and staging of the BC Winter Games.  An admitted Games junkie, she also oversees the Team BC communications file which comes full circle as she as the assistant press chief for Team Canada at the 2012 and 2008 Paralympic Games, media attaché for the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Paralympic Games, Team BC communications manager for several Canada and Western Canada Summer Games and actually competed at two BC Summer Games in soccer (but she won't tell you which years!).

Judy comes to the BC Games with a vast background in sport administration. Most recently, she worked for the Provincial Government as a sport consultant, managed the national women’s soccer team, owned her own sport communications company, was the executive director for Badminton BC and the sports information director for the University of Victoria athletic department. 

Away from work, Judy runs a weekend B&B with her husband on Gabriola Island and enjoys playing rounds of golf with her old soccer cronies throughout the spring and summer.  She sits on the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame nominations committee as well as the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards selection committee.
 

 

Kyler Nurmsoo
Event Manager
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BC Summer Games, Summer Sports, External Transportation

Kyler joined the BC Games Society as an Event Manager in 2014.  In that role, he assists Host Community volunteers in the planning, operation, and staging of the BC Summer Games.  He is also responsible for participant registration and external transportation for each BC Games, manages the planning and delivery of BC Games G2G sessions, and provides general support for the Team BC program.  

Prior to joining the BC Games Society, Kyler worked in municipal recreation as a programmer with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Town of Osoyoos.  His experience in sport has also included roles with the Brock University Department of Athletics, the YMCA of Niagara, and Right To Play.  He has a degree in Sport Management from Brock Universtiy in St. Catharines, Ontario and currently sits on the Camosun College Sport Management Program Advisory Committee.

In his spare time, Kyler enjoys exploring the outdoors throughout the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two dogs.  You can catch him every week at the rink as he tries to hang on to fleeting NHL dreams.

 

 

Andrew Pitre
Event Manager
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BC Winter Games, Winter Sports

As an Event Manager for the BC Games Society, Andrew assists Host Community volunteers in the planning, operation, and staging of the BC Winter.  He also manages the partnership with Provincial Sport Organizations for sports in the BC Winter Games.
 
Andrew has extensive work experience in sport and games operation.  He previously worked with the University of Victoria and Vikes Recreation, Field Hockey Canada, and PacificSport - Canadian Sport Centre.  Further, Andrew was involved in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the Team BC program (Western Canada Summer and Canada Games).
 
Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, wife and two little girls.  He volunteers with the Parent Advisory Committee at Hillcrest Elementary and enjoys coaching youth in basketball and field hockey.  He also loves getting outside, especially if it is on his cyclocross, road, or mountain bike.
 

 

Jarret Poitras
Team BC Operations Manager
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As the Team BC Operations Manager for the BC Games Society, Jarret organizes and manages operational and logistical matters for Team BC, as well as provides support for the BC Summer and BC Winter Games.  Jarret works closely with the leadership and coaching staff for each of the Provincial Sport Organizations that compete in the Games to enhance preparation and oversee administrative matters.  Jarret also works alongside the Chefs de Mission to manage the planning processes for the Canada Games and oversees the team of Mission Staff volunteers who work diligently behind the scenes.

He was the Assistant Manager of the national rowing team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and has been part of several BC Games, Western Canada Summer Games, and Canada Games.

Jarret was the Assistant Coach of the Camosun College Women's Volleyball team program for five years and continues to stay involved in the local volleyball community.  A former varsity and provincial team indoor and beach volleyball player, Jarret now enjoys playing recreationally, as well as golf, tennis, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

 

 

Irene Schell
Event and Technology Manager
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BC Summer Games, Internal Operations, IT/Technology

Irene has volunteered and worked in sport administration in BC since 1989.  Since 1999 she has been with the BC Games Society where she is an Event Manager and also serves as the Technology Manager for the organization.  In her position she provides support and resources to community volunteers as they plan and stage the BC Summer Games and oversees all computer and technology requirements for the society, including maintaining the society’s custom registration software, websites, and providing training to staff and volunteers.  She also manages the partnerships with sports included in the BC Summer Games.

During her tenure in the sport system, Irene has worked and/or volunteered at over 55 multi-sport Games including Northern BC Winter Games, BC Games, Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Games, and Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She served as the Chef de Mission for Team BC for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games which were held in Kamloops.

Irene is the Past Chair of ProMOTION Plus (the provincial organization for girls and women in sport and physical activity), a past Board Member with the Sport BC, and has been an In-school Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria since 1999.  In her free time, Irene enjoys spending time with family and friends and stretching her creativity through a variety of pursuits.

 
Staff List
  • Alison Noble 
    President and CEO
  • Faith Blenkin
    Games Marketing Coordinator
  • Riki-Lee Jessup
    Games Operations Coordinator
  • Justine Johnson
    Marketing and Engagement Manager
  • Judy Joseph-Black
    Event Manager
  • Kyler Numsoo
    Event Manager
  • Andrew Pitre
    Event Manager
  • Jarret Poitras
    Team BC Operations Manager
  • Irene Schell
    Operations and Technology Manager