Community Department Mission:
“We are accountable to our many partners, which include but are not limited to, Tennis Canada, PHE Canada, and various community organizations throughout British Columbia. We value long-term athlete development and aim to utilize our many resources to help families make knowledgeable decisions regarding their child’s tennis involvement. We link parents with professional programs in their community that share our high standards for age appropriate pathway development while also providing a safe and fun learning environment.”
Building Tennis Communities Strategy
…is a collaborative effort between Tennis Canada and Provincial Tennis Organizations to grow the game of tennis in communities across the country. The goal of the BTC Strategy is to bring more people into the game of tennis and to keep them playing for life while facilitating growth and sustainability. To learn more about BTC Strategy click here.
Tennis Canada provides funding assistance to Community Champion(s) for a three year period and after that we work together to find the resources to ensure that tennis continues to contribute to the health of the community.
Person or group who are passionate about tennis and well connected to other community leaders (e.g. youth group leaders, town/city counselors, health professionals, local business people etc.) in his/her community. Community Champions are integral to Tennis Canada’s Building Tennis Communities Strategy. The mandate of this program is to grow and sustain the growth of tennis by addressing the needs of communities.
If you are interested in becoming a community champion in your area, please contact Jeannie Rohr, Director of Community Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-808-3610.
BC’s Current Community Champions (2014)
Kazue Fujiki – Nanaimo, Year 2
Kazue promotes healthy life style in her community. She played tennis competatively in her youth and now shares her passion for the sport with her students. Kazue works very closely with Nanaimo Park Recreation and Culture and offers tennis programs for the whole family. Kazue is a Tennis Canada certified Instructor.
Kazue was interviewed during the 2013 BTC National Conference. Click here to read the article.
Charlotte Willis – Fernie, Year 3
Charlotte is a Tennis Canada Club Pro 1 certified coach with over 10 years of coaching experience. She played at the top level for club divison tennis in her native country England. For more information about Charlotte’s programs offered in her community click here.
Kiyo Breiting – Coquitlam, Year 3
Kiyo goes above and beyond in growth and promotion of tennis in her community. She has strong partnerships with the Schools and Parks and Recreation Departments and offers a variety of programs including Rogers Rookie Tour, senior tennis and tennis in schools. Kiyo is the recipient of BTC’s Tennis Friendly Community of the Year Award for 2012. Well done Kiyo!
Brenda Dean – Comox Valley, Year 3
In the past 2 years, Brenda has introduced tennis to almost 1000 children in the school system in the North Vancouver Island area. She has partnered up with the Canadian Diabetes Association to help (through tennis) with education and prevention of type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Brenda is a Tennis Canada Club Pro 1 Certified Coach.
She is the owner of In Your Court Tennis and Fitness Academy. Comox Valley, BC led by Brenda Dean was recognized as the Tennis Friendly Community of the Year for 2013. For the 2013 BTC Award winners, please click here.
Check out this great video put together by the Comox Valley Tennis Club & Brenda Dean!
Sabine Cooperman – Clearwater, Year 1
Sabine is a true leader in her community. With her co-champion, Eleanor Collins she has decided to continue what a previous community champion, Skye Buck had started. She is well connected in the community and hopes to introduce tennis in schools as well as open up this sport to the community for adults and youth. She is a certified Tennis Instructor as well as a Ski and Yoga Instructor.
Graduated Community Champions (as of 2014)
- Rosie Schaich (West Kelowna) – Year 4
- David Bellm (Kimberley) – Year 5
- Marianne Banman (Salt Spring Island) – Year 5
- Doug Holmes (Summerland) – Year 5
- Robert and Jo-Anne Bettauer – Penticton/South Okanagan
- Adrian Gowing – Mayne Island – Year 7
- Chill Yin Lee – Tri-Cities – Year 7
- Stacy Lewis (Whitehorse, Yukon) – Year 7
- Darrell Krell – Langley
- Dean Gillis – Victoria
- Doug Rawson (Salmon Arm) – Year 10
- Willie Jung – Kelowna
- West Martin (Nelson/Castlegar)
- Kirk Paterson (Whistler/Squamish/Pemberton) – Year 8
- Paul Devilliers – Rossland/Trail – Year 8