Burnaby MoreSports Society
Giving More Kids A Chance To Play!
In 2007, Burnaby School District (SD41), Burnaby Neighbourhood House and City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, partnered together to form the Burnaby MoreSports program. Since its formation as an independent nonprofit in 2011, the Burnaby MoreSports Society has worked with its partners and community supporters to provide more accessible sports recreation programming at local schools.
BMS programs were developed specifically to serve young people who experience barriers to participation in recreational sports. Without opportunities to play and exercise regularly with friends and peers, marginalized youngsters are vulnerable to becoming isolated socially and emotionally, which puts their long-term health and well-being at risk.
Today, BMS is a registered charity providing free sports recreation, mentoring and leadership for more than 500 young people each year.
More information about what we do (and why) is on our Programs page.
To create sustainable community sport programs in Burnaby neighbourhoods, so that all children and youth have an opportunity to develop fundamental life skills and a love of sport.
Every child in the city, regardless of social or economic background or special needs, will regularly participate in a sport and develop a life-long love of being active.
Maria (Program Manager) was Program Coordinator from 2012-2017 and rejoined the BMS team in the summer of 2019. She has a lifelong passion for sports and physical activity completing her Bachelor’s Degrees in Fitness Education (McGill University) and Recreation Management (Langara College). With the variety of her past jobs working with children in recreation (YMCA, Sport Ball, City of Burnaby) and having competed in team sports basketball, flag football and hockey, her own experience has taught her the importance of learning fundamental physical literacy, life and leadership skills through sports. When she’s not teaching sports to kids, you’ll find her traveling, paddle boarding and cheering for her hometown hockey team: “Go Habs!”
Tyler (Senior Program Leader) is a student at SFU studying criminology. He has been involved in sports his whole life, playing soccer from aged 5 until now, and also playing baseball previously with his brother (Cole). He has always embraced challenges in sports and often played with older people to improve his skill levels as one of his team’s top players. Tyler enjoys all sports and anything active, including obstacle course races such as the Spartan Race. Before joining Burnaby MoreSports in 2018, he was a volunteer YELL coach in high school. He believes that having sports and physical activity at a young age is very important for developing physical and mental fitness, and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.
Naresh (Senior Program Leader) was a YELL coach for 3 years before joining the team in 2018. He is currently studying Business at Capilano University in hopes of pursuing a career in finance. He has played many different sports growing up including football, ice hockey, and soccer. He believes playing sports at a young age will not only help develop important life skills, like teamwork, communication, and discipline, but also help build confidence and self-esteem. Naresh is also a major fitness fanatic who hopes to motivate and inspire others to stay active and healthy.
Harir (Program Leader) is a student at UBC studying forensic psychology. She enjoys playing various sports, including field hockey, track and field, skating, and hiking. Harir has worked similar jobs in the past with kids, and has seen the ways in which sports can help children develop both physically and mentally. She believes that sports can act as an outlet for individuals to be part of a team, build a positive self-image, and develop perseverance. Harir has joined the BMS team hoping to foster a safe and fun environment for children to thrive.
Kayvon (Program Leader) has been working with youth and children at Burnaby Neighbourhood House since 2008, and has previously worked with BMS teaching sports skills and encouraging active play in seasonal camps. His favourite sport is hockey and he plays weekly in a co-ed recreational 3-on-3 floor hockey league and does cardio-boxing for fitness. Kayvon truly feels that we all need to stay active to stay healthy and it’s important to get into that habit from a young age.
Joaquin (Program Leader) is studying at the Beedie School of Business at SFU. He has worked as a camp counsellor and supervisor for seasonal youth soccer camps in Coquitlam, and has played many sports over the years, including soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball and track & field.
Natalia (Program Leader) is a student at SFU studying Biomedical Physiology and volunteered as a YELL coach with BMS in 2018. She has been involved in a wide variety of physical activities for most of her life, including dance, karate, volleyball and soccer. Natalia enjoys all things active and passionately believes in the power of sport and its impact on personal and physical growth, as well as its impact on the community. She hopes to create a safe and welcoming environment for kids to build community, healthy habits, and active lifestyles.
Kaitlin (Program Leader) graduated from SFU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Counselling & Human Development. She has previously worked seasonal camps and currently works with youth with learning and developmental differences. She believes that developing a range of motor skills through exercise is important, and that team sports are not only great for that, but they also help improve social and problem-solving skills.
Board of Directors
Sue (Past President) has been with the BMS Board since 2015. She has over 25 years of nonprofit experience as a volunteer, board executive and paid administrator. She worked and volunteered for the Burnaby Girls Soccer Club for over 10 years, with her last held position as President. Sue was also a Director for the former North District Girls Soccer Association. She has a professional background in the IT sector and as the Labour Relations and Data Analyst for the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association. Her involvement with Burnaby MoreSports is a culmination of two great interests – sports and nonprofit administration.
Dallas (President) joined the BMS Board in the fall of 2017. He is a chartered accountant and currently works with the provincial government. Growing up in a small farming town in Manitoba, he knows the importance of giving back to his community. Sports has always been a big part of his life and he recognizes the impact sports can have on a child’s future. The life skills that can be developed will stay with the kids as they go forward in their lives.
Mark (Vice President) was elected to the BMS Board in November 2019, and has considerable experience as a corporate lawyer and chartered accountant.
Eric (Treasurer) has been on the Board of Directors since 2015. As a chartered accountant, he has significant financial, tax and compliance expertise.
Tyler (Secretary) is a political communications professional who joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Norita (Director at Large) re-joined the BMS Board in November 2019, and is a lawyer and senior executive in real estate.
Elsa (Director at Large) was elected to the BMS Board in November 2019, is a chartered accountant, and works as a purchaser for the provincial government. Previously a board member for Volunteer Kamloops, Elsa drove volunteer engagement and lead volunteer strategies in alignment with Volunteer BC. Currently a committee member of AIM (Acts of Kindness, Inspire, Mentor) in BCLC, Elsa leads strategies to promote empowerment for women leadership and create a platform for gender equality. Elsa is also the current Chair of the Wellness Committee in BCLC’s Vancouver office, leading strategies and executing initiatives for the betterment of healthy mind and body for 500+ employees.