Kelly Mann, president and CEO of the BC Games Society for the past 26 years announced last week that he will leave the position.

“I have had a great career working in sport in B.C. and it’s time to do something different,” he said in release.

Mann was involved with the Canadian Winter and Summer Games, Western Canada Summer Games, as well as the Olympic Games in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and in Vancouver in 2010. He was also the assistant chef de mission for Team BC at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and

“We shall miss Kelly’s vision and leadership, but understand renewal in this position can create new opportunities and partnerships,” said BC Games Society board chair Jamey Paterson of Langley. “He has raised the profile of the BC Winter and BC Summer Games as a significant opportunity for communities and provincial sport organizations.”

Mann is the co-founder of KidSport Greater Victoria. KidSport helps youth who face financial barriers to sport, by providing funding for registration.

During his time as CEO, Mann helped move the program to one of sport development, away from recreational involvement resulting in greater percentages of BC Games participants competing at Canada Games, and on national and Olympic and Paralympic teams.  His recent creation of the Powering Potential Fund has added value to hosting the BC Games through direct investment of new dollars in sport equipment and infrastructure, ensuring a growth in those related sports and sport tourism.  The fund also supports athlete and coach bursaries, supporting them through their next phase of education and/or sport development.

Mann was directly involved in 85 provincial Games involving several thousand participants and volunteers.

He was acknowledged for his leadership in the community and provincially and was honoured with the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and the BC Community Achievement Award.  He was also an Ambassador for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.

BC Games Society Board Chair Jamey Paterson of Langley said, “We shall miss Kelly’s vision and leadership but understand renewal in this position can create new opportunities and partnerships.  He has raised the profile of the BC Winter and BC Summer Games as a significant opportunity for communities and provincial sport organizations.”

“BC is proud of its sport programs and accomplishments on a number of fronts,” said acting Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lana Popham, responsible for the BC Games Society. “The BC Games under Kelly Mann’s leadership have provided communities and participants with opportunities to excel and grow. The Province of B.C. congratulates Mr. Mann and wishes him every success going forward.”

Mann’s departure will be this fall and comes as the BC Games Society celebrates its 40th anniversary of Games delivery to all corners of British Columbia.

A date for Mann’s last day will coincide with the hiring and orientation of a new President and CEO.  Mann’s future plans are yet to be confirmed.

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