SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2001
Chris is someone who makes a difference.
As an SFU student in the mid 1980's, he studied business and competed as a wrestler. He represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games and 1994 Commonwealth Games. He was a two-time World Cup Champion and won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World Championships. In 1994, he started the Esteem Team, a role model program comprised of Olympic athletes, who speak to young people about goal setting and making intelligent choices. By 2002, the Esteem Team became a national non-profit organization, now called Motivate Canada – www.motivatecanada.ca. In 1995, Chris received the Johnny F. Bassett Award as the Canadian athlete best combining athletic success with strong community values. He is a member of the BC, SFU, Coquitlam, NAIA and Canadian Wrestling Halls of Fame, and in 2002 he won an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award for Athletic Achievement.
Chris has lived in Coquitlam for 24 years and has been a true champion for his community. He has coached numerous sports including wrestling. In 2010, he was selected to be a torch bearer to light the ceremonial cauldron at Coquitlam’s 2010 Winter Olympic community celebration. He is a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Homelessness and Housing Task Group and the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise where he’s been a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Chris is a regular volunteer with SHARE and coordinates the Operation Red Nose safe ride home program in the Tri-Cities, New West and Burnaby. As the Executive Director of KidSport Tri-Cities, he has provided help to thousands of low-income kids, by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
On October 26, 2013 he was elected to Coquitlam City Council in a by-election. Congratulations, Chris!
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