The 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games provided a demonstration not only of the power of Special Olympics, but also of the many and varied ways in which the Keith family generously supports SOBC.
Owners and leaders of the Dueck Auto Group, the whole Keith family shows remarkable dedication to helping Special Olympics athletes.
Pamela Keith is a true champion of Special Olympics as Chair of SOBC’s Board of Directors, and has been a member of the Board since 2005. She was visible throughout the Provincial Games from start to finish in her Chair role, from kicking off the Games at the Opening Ceremonies to presenting medals at events and attending the volunteer breakfast on the very last day to recognize and thank the many people who helped make the Games a success.
She also went above and beyond in serving as the announcer for the rhythmic gymnastics events, spending two full days introducing all of the performers as they delivered their routines. She took the time to ask each rhythmic gymnast for the correct pronunciation of her name, making them feel like stars.
Daughter Courtney Keith also generously gave her time to the Games as a Region 4 coach. An SOBC – Delta rhythmic gymnastics coach, Courtney led her athletes through their exciting competitions, celebrated their achievements, and supported them throughout the Games experience. Helping them give their best in their performances and enjoying the Opening and Closing Ceremonies alongside them, Courtney was there for her athletes every step of the way.
Dueck Auto Group President Moray Keith was also a welcome presence at the Games, and the Keith family and Dueck Auto Group help SOBC athletes and programs year-round with their generous support of events ranging from the New Car Dealers Foundation of B.C./Special Olympics BC Auction to the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament. Son Gregory, Vice President and General Manager at Dueck Richmond, also gives his time to help SOBC as a valued member of the organizing committee for the tournament, which is another key fundraiser for SOBC.
The Keith family truly does it all in support of SOBC, playing a significant part in making inspiring and empowering events like the Provincial Games possible. Pam Keith said she saw the Games as a strong success.
“I think the 2013 SOBC Summer Games was a great success. The athletes and volunteer coaches were so inspiring both on and off the playing fields, and we so appreciated the 1,200 volunteers who worked so hard to deliver such a rewarding and memorable experience for everyone,” she said.
“I was also really pleased to see how many Games volunteers came up to me afterward to ask how they can continue being involved with Special Olympics. In addition to being an amazing experience in itself, I think this Games will leave a great legacy of appreciation and awareness for Special Olympics.”
Courtney Keith (left) with medal-winning rhythmic gymnasts at the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games