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Time to support one of our own - Karen Magnussen

Thu, 5 Feb 2015

Karen brought Canada’s last Women’s World figure skating title back home to Canada in 1973 with class and pride. She represented the province of British Columbia at the highest level as an athlete and ambassador. Her Foundation, established shortly after winning the world title, has raised close to a million dollars to annually help young BC skaters continue to grow and achieve. She coached hundreds of children during a coaching career cut short with the tragic misfortune that befell our ladies’ world champion as she stepped from a North Shore Winter Club dressing room three years ago to attend a coaching session when she was hit with an extensive building ammonia leak.

It has left her with badly affected lungs, one of which no longer functions. She has extreme breathing problems and is required to take daily a series of costly medicine. WorkSafe says she doesn’t qualify for insurance coverage. Her lawyers have exhausted all avenues of appeal. She will never be able work again with the kids she loves to teach. As a result she has no income coming in and has a hefty line of credit at the bank.

It is now our turn to helpsomeone who has given so much to our sport and province and asked for nothing in return. On Saturday, March 14th the Connaught Skating Club supported by Skate Canada BC/YK present a benefit ice show to help raise funds in support of Karen. Any donation over $100 receives a tax receipt. You may make a donation by attending the show at:

Stadium Rink Minoru Arena, Saturday, March 14th Show begins at 6:00

Tickets available on line at

Ticket Prices: $20 or $35 for 2 persons

Donations may be made in person during the show as there will be a table on the concourse level

You may also make a donation directly at the Skate Canada BC Office Unit #2, 6501 Sprott Street V5B 3B8 -  604 205 6960.

We thank you for your consideration to help a great champion and generous supporter of young skaters in her own time of need.

Watch Karen’s Tribute Promo Video