BCHL Volunteer Award: Carl and Debby Mah

LNG Canada and the BCHL are proud to present the final Volunteer Award of the 2019-20 season to Carl and Debby Mah who have been involved with the team since their inaugural season back in 2001.

Carl and Debby are husband and wife and share a passion for hockey. They remained with the Express when they moved to Burnaby in 2005 and when they moved back to Coquitlam in 2010.

Carl currently works the home penalty box at Express games . When he first started, he was part of the team’s security during game nights, but says he prefers his current role because he gets to interact with the players.

As for Debby, she worked this season as a greeter and hand-stamper at the arena entrance. In previous years, she’s handled 50/50 and frisbee toss sales.

“We just love to connect with the boys, to be a small part of their lives,” said Carl. “We share a love for team sports and we both just want to make a difference, however small our part might be.”

Volunteering has always been a big part of the Mah family. Debby, who recently retired from her career as a Registered Nurse, has been going on medical missions to the Philippines and Mongolia since the late 1990s.

“My husband and I are very proud to be the final winners of this award for the season,” said Debby. “There are so many other people that volunteer for these games as well and they are also deserving of being recognized. We accept this award on behalf of them.”

Carl and Debby, along with the rest of the team’s volunteers, are an integral part of the game-day operations for the Express, a fact that does not go unnoticed by the team.

“We as an organization are very thankful for each and every one of our volunteers,” said Kimberley Osborne, Business Manager and Game-Day Coordinator for the Express. “Carl and Debby show up to each and every game to support at their designated roles. We are grateful for their ongoing support of our team.”

Carl and Debby are the final Volunteer Award winners of the 2019-20 season, joining Merritt Centennials volunteer Phyllis “Rusty” Brewer and Penticton Vees volunteer Annet Pogge-Gordon.