Ken Yates

Community Sports Builder - inducted in 2011

Ken was the Recreation and Parks Director for the City of Abbotsford from 1977 to 2000 and during that time he contributed to the development of local sports and sports facilities both as an employee and as a volunteer. It is often difficult to see the line between Ken’s work and volunteer activities as he was involved in the community seven days a week in both capacities. The Fraser Valley Exhibition Park, Matsqui and Abbotsford Recreation Centres, Twisters Gym, the Air Cadet building, the Skate Board park, the Community Mobile stage and the Judo facility - these are all legacies in which Ken had a hand in building.

Ken’s first love was rugby both as a player then later serving in various administrative capacities such as manager of the BC Team (9 years), manager of the Canadian National Team, and secretary of the BC Rugby Union.

Over the years Ken has received numerous awards including the Award of merit from BC Recreation and Parks Association and several awards from the BC Rugby community.