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New director for Funtastic society

Wee Yee, who was involved in the Calgary Stampede, will now run Funtastic, - Red Door Photographic
Wee Yee, who was involved in the Calgary Stampede, will now run Funtastic,
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A relatively new Vernon resident is at the helm of Canada’s largest slowpitch tournament.

The Funtastic Sports Society has named Wee Yee as its new executive director.

“It’s a great community event and what attracted me to it is the philanthropic endeavour and distributing funds to sports and recreation,” said Yee.

Yee is a retired engineer who spent more than 20 years on the Calgary Stampede Boad and has lived in Vernon for two years.

“I have had the volunteer bug since the (Calgary) Olympics,” he said.

Sixteen people applied for the Funtastic job, but Yee rose to the top to replace Jim McEwan, who has moved to Alberta.

“He has a lot of great qualities,” said Brett Kirkpatrick, Funtastic president.

“He has 20 years of experience at the Calgary Stampede and he can really put that to work in our community.”

Yee doesn’t expect any immediate changes to the  slowpitch tournament and music festival.

“From what I can see, it’s a well organized group and the track record is great,” said Yee.

Along with getting plans together for the tournament, which runs from June 27 to 30, Yee is preparing for Funtastic’s $30,000 grant program.

“He’s right out of the gate. He has a lot of work ahead of him,” said Kirkpatrick.

 

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