Jamey Paterson has taken over the helm of the BC Games board of directors and will be chairing the 2020 Summer and Winter Games. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

‘Everyone wins’ volunteering for Games – chair

Langley’s Jamey Paterson has taken the helm for the 2020 winter and summer competitions

Monique Tamminga/ Special to Black Press

Volunteering has been Jamey Paterson’s biggest reward in life, aside from his family.

The Langley businessman has played a major role in the success of so many local and regional events – including the 50th Langley Walk and the 2010 BC Summer Games that were held in his hometown.

Paterson said he liked being “behind the scenes” as vice chair of the 2010 Games in Langley.

But this time around, he is chairing the 2020 BC Winter and Summer Games.

“I just really like being involved. What I really enjoy is meeting the volunteers. There are over 3,000 volunteers at each Games who make them the success they are. I love seeing it all come together,” Paterson said.

The BC Winter Games takes place in Fort St. John, and Maple Ridge is hosting the BC Summer Games in 2020.

Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and involved more than 350,000 participants and volunteers, and thousands more as spectators and supporters.

The BC Games bring together British Columbia’s best emerging high-performance athletes, trained coaches, and certified officials for four days of competition.

It’s often a launching pad for B.C. athletes who go onto compete in the Olympics.

“It’s so gratifying to be part of helping them launch their Olympic dreams,” he said.

Next year’s Winter Games has 2,100 athletes and the Summer Games is anticipating 3,200, Paterson elaborated.

Each host community has to submit a bid to win. Maple Ridge submitted in its bid that it will be building some top notch turf fields.

“They made some promises in their bid that will be a legacy for their town. I’m really looking forward to being so close in Maple Ridge,” he said.

Paterson has been serving on the Games board since 2017 and will continue on past the Games, until 2021.

He also added that the Games are well run with a top notch staff and Olympic medalists like Simon Whitfield and Pamela Rai among the many talents on the board of directors.

Paterson reaches for success in everything he does.

In 1979, Paterson started his own sales agency called Paterson Products Ltd.

Now 40 years later, he has 10 employees across Western Canada, representing 14 different manufacturers. His wife has worked alongside him running the office. The happy couple also do a lot of volunteering together including a school breakfast program.

“We’ve been two years in the high school, and we’ve really gotten to know the students. It’s just fun,” he said. “We feel we get just as blessed as those we serve. Volunteering is almost self serving in a way because we get so much out of it.”

His business’s success has allowed him and his family to live a comfortable life, and it also allows him time to volunteer.

“Why I like to volunteer is I believe my main role is to make others successful in whatever they’re doing – whether it be volunteers, athletes, and staff alike. Everybody wins,” said Paterson.

In 2000, Paterson was the assistant to the chairman for the BC Games for people living with a disability; in 2005, he chaired the Langley Township’s Communities in Bloom Committee; in 2012, he chaired the 50th anniversary of the Langley Walk committee; in 2010, he was the vice-chair of the 2010 BC Summer Games; and, in 2013 he was vice-chair for the 2013 BC Special Olympics.

His time with the Special Olympics is one that he cherishes.

“The kids I got to meet, the experiences we shared, I will never forget it,” he said.

To say Paterson is active in his community may be a bit of an understatement.

He has served on the Building Supply Industry Association for 10 years. He also served on the Sharon Village Seniors Housing Society for six years, and was vice-chair of the BC Challenge Drug and Alcohol Recovery Centres for men and women for eight years.

“At BC Challenge centres we have a high success rate of 85 per cent [who] were still clean after five years of leaving our program,” said Paterson. He attributes that success rate to how the centres are run.

“They have to be in the program for one year so that already changes them mentally and physically and in that time, their outside influences change and move on. Their suppliers move on or are hopefully arrested,” he said.

PAST COVERAGE: Summer Games leave lasting financial legacy

Now, his focus is back on the Games.

The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that sets policies and direction to ensure the continued success of the BC Summer and Winter Games.

“We are also committed to creating the best environment for Team BC to thrive at the Canada Games,” he explained.

The 14-member board is appointed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and is responsible for setting policy and direction to ensure the objectives of the Society are met.

The BC Games Society recently announced the appointment of five new members to the board.

“I am very excited to lead this talented group of directors and to work together with staff to continue to build a strong organization supporting the development of participants, volunteers, and communities,” said Paterson.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

Langley’s Wyatt twins make Pan Am team

Wyatts back home after completing freshman year at University of Memphis

VIDEO: Beer lovers tip a few for Langley Rotary Clubs

17th Annual Tip ‘n Taste at Cascades Casino serves up craft suds for local charities

Former Langley school moved to new site for condo project

The old Murrayville Elementary’s core was shifted on its site

VIDEO: Langley couple’s home goes from worst to first

Penny and Leif Sogaard get home makeover on HGTV reality show

Cutting a path to a brighter future in Langley

Syrian refugee takes ownership of Ol’ Crow Barbershop in McBurney Plaza

VIDEO: First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred B.C. burial site

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Alleged driver of semi-truck in fatal Burnaby hit-and-run identified

No charges have been laid and police say the driver is cooperating with the investigation

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

VIDEO: Plane makes forced landing on highway in Surrey

Police say no one was injured and no damage to aircraft or vehicles

Edmonton police seek owners of items possibly stolen in Lower Mainland

Three people are facing a total of 130 charges after being arrested in Edmonton on Jan. 25

Most Read