KMBA Thanks Long-time President Chris Balison
Posted Sep 14, 2020

 Kamloops Minor Baseball would like to thank long-time President, Chris Balison, for his immeasurable contributions to the sport of Baseball in our community.   It's not stepping down for Chris, he now has the incredible opportunity to broaden his leadership for baseball after being elected as President for Baseball BC and Director with Baseball Canada.   We are excited to see his influence continue that not only will be felt within Kamloops but shared with baseball communities throughout British Columbia.

During Chris's 6-year tenure as President, he oversaw immense growth in the association.  Setting the tone for KMBA's vision of inclusion, Challenger & Girls Baseball programming was brought to the fields.  Increasing a variety of development opportunities for youth of all ages with varying skill sets throughout each season.  Remarkably, Chris's energy never waned as seen by his further commitment to KMBA's Rep Development programming throughout many divisions.  His determination of hosting specific Provincial level tournaments, most notably the 2016 Provincial Championship with 3 divisions and the unforgettable fire summer season, along with the 2017 Western Canada Championship in which we hosted 5 divisions.  These incredible tournaments provided many youth in our rep program the experience of a lifetime playing on home turf at this level. 

Chris will be sincerely missed by the association.  The tales of, and accolades for his Reign will not be forgotten.  KMBA wishes Chris all the best, and is looking forward to the positive impact he will bring to the sport of baseball for youth throughout our province.

 

Stepping into the role of President for KMBA, filling some big shoes but well equipped for the challenge, is long-time volunteer and board member Stacey Matkowski. Stacey began her journey with KMBA in 2014. She was Coordinator of the Rally Cap division for 6 years, concurrently serving as a board member for 5 years, and as Tournament Coordinator for 3 years, during both Provincial and Western Canada Championships.

Embracing the KMBA vision, Stacey set forth to further develop and establish the Grassroots program which has now been adopted by many organizations throughout BC. Contributing significantly to the advancement of opportunities for girls to learn and play baseball in Kamloops,  Stacey now sits as Chairperson of Girls Baseball for Baseball BC as well. 

KMBA welcomes Stacey to the President role. We are fortunate to have her leadership, commitment, and passion at the helm.