The role of Mission Staff- Sport Liaison is to support Team Manitoba and the individual sport team(s) to which they are assigned. Mission Staff are the primary link between all components of the Games' and the key contacts for the sports leading up to, during and immediately following the games. Below is our Mission Staff team for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Saskatchewan:
Pat Kirby: Chef de Mission
With over thirty years of sport leadership experience, pat is the Senior Manager, Games for Sport Manitoba. Pat oversees the planning and logistics of all games’ programs, including the Manitoba Games, Canada Games, and Western Canada Games. Prior to Sport Manitoba, he was with Hockey Manitoba for 11 years in the roles of Technical and Executive Directors. Growing up in Souris, Manitoba, you would catch Pat on the baseball diamond in the summers and in the winter at the local hockey arena. Games have been a fixture for Pat, starting with the Manitoba Games in Carman, Manitoba as a host society executive member in 1990, and then as mission staff with Team Toba in PEI at the 1991 Canada Games.
Kylo Harris: Assistant Chef de Mission
I have worked in sport and recreation in Manitoba since I moved here in 2005. 2006 was my first Games experience in Manitoba with the Manitoba Games in Beausejour, where I now call home with my wife and two girls. I have been fortunate enough to be involved with Team Manitoba for the 2006 and 2008 North American Indigenous Games as a coach, the 2007 Western Canada Games, and two Canada Summer Games and two Canada Winter Games as mission staff.
Susan Lamboo: Assistant Chef de Mission
I’m the co-assistant Chef de Mission for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games and the Coaching Manager for Sport Manitoba. I’m the chair of the committee for the Provincial/ Territorial Coaching Representatives from across Canada and I work with a variety of committees, such as the Coach Developers and the Canada Games Coaching Standard Task Force. I’ve volunteered for over 25 years with Special Olympics Manitoba and have been lucky enough to be a part of 10 National Games - including being mission staff for the this year’s Team Canada team who competed in Abu Dhabi in March and the 2011 World Games in Greece. I keep busy outside of Coaching with my 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son who play a variety of sports.
Jessica Bednarski: Media/Communications - Lead
I'm Team Manitoba's Communications lead and I will be creating content for a variety of audiences and channels leading up to and at the games. I manage our social media, update our website, send out newsletters and run media relations prep and training for our teams. This will be my first time attending a Western Canada Games, and I am so excited to cheer the athletes on every step of the way while snapping their photo! I keep busy in my spare time by teaching dance classes, walking my corgi Chloe, and snacking on treats.
Kieran Moolchan: Media/Communications (Week 2)
I’m a former sprinter and hurdler, current ultimate player and full-time geek. I’ve competed at the Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Games, and as a University of Manitoba Bisons athlete. I spend my days guiding development teams to make software that helps publishers print comic books and helps credit unions hold member votes. My evenings are often spent playing video games with/against my wife or taking pictures of our cat to post on Instagram and Twitter.
Terry Skarban: Male Basketball (Week 1), Rowing (Week 2)
This is my second Games. I have been around sport all my life (or so it seems) and my kids have kept me involved. Having the chance to be involved at the provincial level has been a wonderful experience and one that can’t be replaced. It is a great privilege to be involved with athletes who are performing at a high level and representing their province, often on the way to representing their country.
Sarah Mitchell: Canoe/Kayak (Week 1), Diving (Week 2)
I’m a student in the Faculty of Education at Université de Saint-Boniface. I have been to Canada Games twice for Canoe-Kayak and my family is very involved with sport in Manitoba. In September 2018, I went to Gainesville, GA with Team Canada for the Dragon Boat World Championships! I’m super excited to learn about new sports during the Games and help kids develop their love for sport.
Trevor Ketler: Cycling (Week 1), Triathlon (Week 2)
I’m passionate about sport - especially amateur sports. My wife April and I race bikes in several disciplines and ride year round. We’ve been married for 25 years and have two boys. Reese is a junior hockey player and Team Manitoba team handball member who attends the University of Winnipeg. Mitch came up through the Manitoba Cycling Association provincial team and will be riding with a Canadian professional road cycling team this season and is also an apprentice electrician.
Kelly Chambers: Male Soccer (Week 1)
I am originally from Oakville, Ontario and I am a certified Athletic Therapist. I have participated in many sports at different levels of competition since I was five years old. My main sports growing up were artistic gymnastics and soccer. I have worked with many different sports as an Athletic Therapist.
Kelly Babb: Office Manager (Week 1 & 2) Female Soccer (Week 1)
I’m one of Sport Manitoba’s Games Specialist’s. I’ve worked in multi-sport Games for the last few years, notably the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As an athlete, I was a member of both the Manitoba provincial soccer team and the Canadian Regional Training Center as a centre-back. Now, I coach an 11-year-old girls development soccer team and hope to be a strong, female role model for the next generation of young athletes. Go Toba go!
Marcie Halls-Stronciski: Female Softball (Week 1)
I am the mission staff for the female softball team. I have worked at Sport Manitoba for the last 14 years in the Games area. This will be my fourth Western Canada Summer Games but first as a mission staff. I was born and raised in Thompson, MB, moved to Winnipeg for University, and have been here ever since. I graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Kinesiology & Applied Health. I am married with two kids, ages 10 and 12, along with two boxer dogs. My sport growing up was figure skating but always wished I could play softball (there was no softball team in Thompson!).
Scott Kirk: Swimming (Week 1)
I am a physical education grad and self-proclaimed work-out junkie who can always find time to exercise, especially before the sun comes up. I am also an avid hockey nut who has played in rinks all around the world.
Pat Alexander: Beach Volleyball (Week 1), Male Volleyball (Week 2)
I love being involved in sport through all aspects - I’ve been an athlete, manager, coach, mission staffer, and sport chair. I can’t seem to get enough!!! I’ll do whatever I can to give back to something that has given me so much.
Bryce Koscielny: Athletics (Week 2)
I do a lot of coaching! I’m the Director and Head Coach of Prairie Storm Athletics track and field club, I coach the Neepawa Area Collegiate track and field team and cross country teams, and am coaching my son in minor hockey. I am the father of two, a fan of cycling, and an avid reader.
Glen Hunter: Baseball (Week 2)
I’m a husband and father of two adult children with me being the only one of the four who is NOT a phys ed teacher. My passion for baseball has me actively involved training players and coaches. My role as the Team Manitoba mission staff for baseball rounds out my involvement as an athlete (1981 Canada Games, baseball) and coach (1990 WCSG, 2009 CSG, 2015 WCSG and 2017 CSG). Both my wife and I plan to retire within the next two years and spend more time out at the lake.
Adam Naylor: Golf (Week 2)
I am an alumnus of the 2012 Manitoba Games, 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, and 2017 Canada Summer Games, at all of which I competed in Triathlon. I am currently studying history, political science, and economics at the University of Manitoba. I love sports of all kinds and the outdoors!
Pete Conway: Female Volleyball (Week 2)
I have been involved in multi-sport games in Manitoba since 1998. I’m originally from Northern Ireland and moved to Canada in 1980. When I moved to Canada, we went north to Leaf Rapids and then to Thompson, MB. Growing up in the north was amazing and gave me the opportunity to play hockey, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and more. After my playing days, I transitioned into coaching. I mainly coach volleyball but have coached hockey and soccer in the past. I have been a sport administrator for over 23 years and working in sport is amazing. Meeting new people who are passionate about sport and seeing how important sport is to a community is awesome.
Maxine Wells: Tennis (Week 2)
Born in Central England to a farming/equestrian family, I worked and competed in the equestrian industry in the UK. I moved to a farm in southern Manitoba in January 2012. I have two teenagers, one of them is a competitive swimmer and the other is an avid video gamer.
Tiffany Peape: Female Basketball (Week 1)
Whether I am playing, watching, or volunteering I have always been super passionate about sports because I enjoy being a part of such a fun environment. It is my first year being involved in the Games and I am super excited about it. I am looking forward to meeting all the athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers and overall having a memorable experience. I am currently a fourth year University student completing my recreation management degree.
Alanna Stein: Wrestling (Week 2)
Alanna stays busy raising her children and teaching elementary school en français. As a former wrestler, she enjoys sharing the sport with young people and watching them develop into confident adults. Alanna helped coach and manage at four other multi-sport games; this will be her first games as mission staff.
Carlo Duncga: Medical Liaison
Carlo is an athletic therapist and has worked alongside many different athletes and teams throughout the years. Carlo has a lot of experience at the Games, as he has helped out at the Canada Summer Games and at the Manitoba Games. On his time off, Carlo loves to camp, and he also plays several different sports including: basketball, volleyball, badminton, handball, soccer and ultimate.