Karen Johnson – Race Chair

Karen started out with the City of Lethbridge Dragn’ R Butz crew in the first year of the festival, 2002, and then paddled with them again in the 2003 festival. Finding a new passion for the sport, Karen was instrumental in starting Team ID just after the 2003 festival in hopes of paddling through a longer season and travelling to other festivals. She has paddled in Kelowna, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and Elkwater. Karen was assistant coach of Team ID for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2008, the Rotary Festival decided to “beef up” the training provided to the festival teams and asked Karen to be one of the festival Head Coaches. Karen has completed the Level A of the National Coaching Certification Program in 2008, and obtained Dragon Boat Canada Level One Coaching Certification in 2010. She has taken Dragon Boat Canada Officiating Level One in 2010, Critical Eye Coaching sessions, and several paddling technique workshops. Karen attended the Water’s Edge Dragon Boat Conference in Vancouver in April 2009 & 2010, and Dragon Boat Canada conferences in Toronto 2012 and Montreal 2013. Karen has officiated in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Vancouver and Regina. Karen has been the race chair of the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival since 2010.

Karen is a Taiko drummer, enjoys running, yoga, swimming, volunteering, and helps to organize many running events in our City. She is also a very active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise, and a member of the University of Lethbridge Senate.

Karen can be reached at race@lethbridgedragonfest.ca