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The Reed Athletics Fund is the first non-profit of its kind, founded and funded by a Canadian Olympian.
MISSION / to provide financial and other support to Canadian men and women attempting to participate in the Olympics and World Championships in the sport of track and field (“athletics”) during the developmental phase of their sporting careers to assist them in reaching their full potential.
VISION / to be a leading supplier of sustainable sources of income to developing track and field athletes who are in need of financial assistance to allow them to continue training and reach their goals of competing for Canada at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Overall, this will lend a hand in ensuring that the country’s best talent is capitalized upon and that the Canadian Olympic dream is kept alive and well.
VALUES / we believe in fair, honest, and clean competition and we support athletes who are committed to representing Canada with the utmost of integrity. Our values are:
Compete diligently and fairly
Always strive to be better
Act with complete transparency
Always do what is right
Act with honesty and integrity
2010 / Gary Reed retires from athletic competition
2011 / Gary starts the Reed Athletics Fund
2011 / RAF receives non-profit status in Canada
2011 / Quin Ferguson becomes first RAF athlete
2011 / RAF applies for charitable status in Canada
2013 / RAF reaches critical milestone of funding second Athlete.
The Reed Athletics Fund is supported personally by Gary Reed and a network of like-minded partners, individuals, and businesses who believe in supporting this cause through long term financial commitments.
The Reed Athletics Fund encourages long-term sponsorship of its athletes, rather than providing one-time grants. Funding to athletes are provided on an on-going basis provided that the athlete can continue to demonstrate athletic progress and financial need.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Reed Athletics Fund is governed by a talented Board of Directors who are passionate about supporting Canadian Olympic hopefuls.
Gary is a Real Estate Advisor and the founder of Gary Reed Properties. He advises clients on buying and selling homes in the Vancouver area. Gary grew up in the Interior of BC and now is a Vancouver resident with his wife and daughter.
Before Gary became a Real Estate Advisor, he enjoyed a very successful 10-year athletics career as an 800-meter runner. He retired as the reigning Canadian national record holder, 6 time national champion, 2 time Olympian and 6 time world championship team member. Gary's silver medal at the 2007 Osaka World Championships and 4th place finish at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are among his greatest athletic triumphs.
During his athletic career, Gary experienced firsthand the daily struggles faced by our Canadian athletes. Gary founded the Reed Athletics Fund to provide financial support to Canadian Olympic hopefuls in the sport of track and field during the development phases of their careers. It is critical to support athletes to allow them to reach their full potential and contend at the world-class level.
Amir is an Alumni of UBC and founder of ScoutMe.ca, Canada’s leading high school athletic recruiting service.
After the launch of his start-up, Amir spearheaded major fundraisers for non-profit organizations in Vancouver. He has consulted with non-profits throughout North America regarding fundraising and business development, including the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. He was appointed Executive Director of the 2009 Vancouver Greek Festival, subsequently taking on Corporate Sponsorship and Marketing with the United Way of the Lower Mainland. He now proudly serves as the Director of Development at Make-A-Wish Foundation after volunteering his time on the Board for two years.
Novin also sits on the Board for the Achilles Society, responsible for organizing the Harry Jerome International Track Classic. He was also involved in building the curriculum for UBC Human Kinetics 454C, a course designed to give HKIN real life physical education experience. This course is jointly administered by the School of Human Kinetics and the UBC Learning Exchange-Trek (LET) program.
Andrey is a Financial Advisor at Raymond James Ltd. in Vancouver. Previously, Andrey practiced corporate finance law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Vancouver from 2004 to 2010.
Andrey was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2004 after obtaining a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2003.
He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in English from the University of Victoria in 2000. In addition to his financial and legal background, Andrey has an athletic background, having competed in the sports of basketball and volleyball. Andrey currently resides in the city of Vancouver with his wife Nina.
Kinji is a commercial litigation lawyer who practices law at Lawson Lundell LLP. Kinji is an avid sports enthusiast with a passion for soccer. Kinji is originally from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island but now calls Kitsilano home where he lives with his wife, Laura.
Professionally, he has successfully mediated and reached negotiated settlements of several disputes on behalf of his clients in the areas of contract, construction/engineering, environmental, insurance and personal injury litigation.
Kinji has extensive experience dealing with injunctive remedies in a wide range of contexts including disputes in the forestry and mining industry. He regularly appears as lead counsel in British Columbia Supreme Court, has appeared as lead counsel in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, has also regularly juniored matters before the Court of Appeal and has appeared before the BC Securities Commission and Property Assessment Appeal Board. Kinji has also been involved in seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
A graduate of UBC playing varsity volleyball for the Thunderbirds, Michelle has made a career of her passion for sport.
Focused in the area of sport hosting Michelle has held positions with UBC Athletics, Sport Kelowna, and 2010 Legacies Now. In the lead up to the 2010 Games she was responsible for the HostingBC program that distributed $2.7M in funds from the Province of BC to support over 197 events in British Columbia.
Today Michelle is the the Manager of Business Development for Sport Events with PavCo, developing bids in partnership with local sport stakeholders to host major sport events at Vancouver’s signature facilities, BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.
A current board member of the Vancouver Sport Network, Michelle has a deep belief in the value of sport as a tool for change and social impact, and is committed to sharing this passion with her community. She is actively involved with KidSport Vancouver, the First Tee of Greater Vancouver, Special Olympics BC, and was recently named Assistant Chef De Mission of Team BC for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
REED ATHLETICS FUND VOLUNTEERS
The newest addition to the Reed Athletic Fund, Kim Sihota, is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Science degree in Biology and a Business minor.
Kim brings a wealth of knowledge to the sport industry as she was a collegiate athlete and played four years of NCAA Division 1 Field Hockey for Central Michigan University. During her last year at CMU she had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of athletics and work for the Chippewa Athletic Fund. The CAF was an organization responsible for maintaining the support of past donors and creating new relationships with potential donors to increase annual fund earnings and ensure a financially stable and highly competitive athletic program in the Mid-American Conference. Kim played a key role in the organizations success, which saw an annual net revenue of approximately $1.3 million.
Her experience with the Chippewa Athletic Fund and her love for sports has her determined and focused on pursuing a career in the sport industry. Kim is excited to get started with the Reed Athletic Fund and is looking forward to helping other athletes achieve success.