V&D members were awarded the 2014 Bowls BC Volunteer of the Year Award were Kion Wong (Richmond) and Samuel Siu (North Vancouver). The selection committee concluded that both were equally worthy. Nomination letters are detailed below.
Please check with the Bowls BC website for information regarding the 2015 Volunteer Award Program.
Bowling Record: North Vancouver- 20 years; Vancouver South- 4 years; New Westminster – 3 years
Executive Positions at Club or V&D Level:
• North Vancouver: Treasurer (5 years) and Auditor (4 years and currently); V&D Treasurer (8 years & currently;
• PIBC: Treasurer (5 years.); Vice President (2 years & currently)
Tournament Management: assisted at club level and at the Canadian Championships (2013)
Other Volunteer Work: Royal City Curling Club – Treasurer 3 years & currently)
While Sam has been a member of Vancouver South for only four years, we at Van. South know very well of his many volunteer contributions to other clubs and organizations, especially in his field of expertise –MONEY! All clubs need a good treasurer - a position difficult to fill - and Sam has stepped up to the platemany times to help out, and continues to do so. He is a valuable person to have in an organization.
Nominator: Alice Duncalf, President Vancouver South LBC
Bowling Record: 18 years
Executive Positions at club/other V&D Clubs:
• Richmond: 1999, 200, 2001 – Treasurer; 2003- Men’s Games
Director; 2004 Vice President; 2005-2006; President; 2007-2009 –
Greens Director; 2010 – President; 2011 – Coaching Director;
2013 – present – President
• PIBC: 2006-2007 – Director
• V&D: 2007-2011 1st Vice President, Top Ten Convener; 2011-2012 President, Top Ten
Convener; 2014 – present - Past President, Top Ten Convener, Handbook Editor
Coaching Level: Club Coach since 2003
Officiating: Schedule 2 Umpire since 2004
Tournament Management: Richmond Gold Cup (9 years); V&D Top Ten (8 years); Hosing Provincial Mixed pairs (3 years); Organizing Chair of 2015 Canadian Senior Triples Championship
Significant Tournaments won or placed: 2000 V&D Mixed Fours – Gold; 2001 Provincial Men’s Fours – Sliver; 2010 V&D Men’s Fours - Gold
As an energetic bowler and a lawn bowling lover, Kion has demonstrated his unselfish wishes in volunteering jobs since 1999. He has served in various club positions including 6 years as President. He is always client- oriented instead of self-oriented, and hence is mostly appraised by his fellow bowlers.
He has been sponsoring an inter-club game - the Richmond Gold Cup - for 9 years by donating more than $1,000 per year to the game, but refused to use his own name for the tournament because his purpose was just to promote the image of Richmond Club. He also keeps close contacts with the City of Richmond regarding club functions, facilities and maintenance, including the new artificial greens and preliminary plans for a new clubhouse. Besides, he always helped in planning and organizing short-term bowling introductory events to local organizations with a view to further promote the sport of lawn bowling. As a result of all those achievements, he was elected as a Life Member at the clubin 2010.
Kion's volunteer efforts are not limited to the Richmond Club only. He has been an umpire since 2004, officiating in V&D, Provincial and National games. He also served in the V&D Board for 8 years, beginning in 2007. He has been the Top Ten convener for 8 years. In 2012 & 2013, he was elected as President of the V&D. Starting from last year,he also took up the position of V&D Handbook Editor.
He has been spending lots of his time in looking after the club as well as serving the V&D simultaneously. He alwaysencourages our club bowlers to take part in Provincial, V&D and inter-club games and is happy to see that Richmondalways occupied a big portion of the participation in those games every year. In case of any conflicts between V&Dand club tournaments or events when planning our club calendar, he likely yields to the V&D's.
In a word, as a hardworking, zealous and helpful person, Kion is whole hearted in spending his time, efforts and energy in the promotion of lawn bowling at all levels. He is always very pleased to be readily available for any information or problem-solving issues in lawn bowling from morning to mid-night 7 days a week, if not out of town.
Nominator: Eddie Chan on behalf of the Richmond Board of Directors