Category Archives: Organizing Committee

Below are short bios of some of the members of the festival organizing committee for the purpose of showing the faces behind the festival. Maybe you’ll consider volunteering with us! Hop over to the Contact Us page and leave us a message to let us know you’re interested.

Brian Shockey and Jill Skriver – Entertainment Managers

Brian and Jill bioBrian Shockey and his wife Jill Skriver have been involved with the dragon boat festival since its second year. Both came from musical backgrounds; Jill was classically trained and since Brian was 18, he has either been part of a band, or playing a duo with guitar teacher Murray Nelson! Jill and Brian have also judged musical competitions and booked other stages such as the Cornfest stage.

Brian and Jill can be reached at

Chris Yauck – Vendor Manager

Chris Yauck bioChris has been a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge since 1985, and has volunteered at the festival for many years, usually in the beer gardens.

Chris has been working with festival vendors since 2012. As a longtime local business owner, he understands the need for businesses to engage in their communities, and is happy to help businesses make that happen with the dragon boat festival.

Chris can be reached at

Judi Reed – Festival Registrar

Judi got involved with the Dragon Boat Festival in 2009 as a volunteer timer and joined the festival organizing committee in 2013. Paddling has not been her personal passion so she has put her organizing skills to work where she provides administrative support to the committee and operates the Admin Tent on race weekend, where the volunteers check in. The Dragon Boat Festival has become a tradition in Judi’s family. They all volunteer in one way or another and see it as a fun event, not to be missed.

Judi is a passionate Rotarian. A member of Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise, she has coordinated their Christmas food bank fundraisers since 2008, provided behind-the-scenes support for the Los Amigos project (that takes emergency vehicles and buses to Mexico) and organized many social activities for the club.

Judi retired from her work with Alberta Health Services in 2014 where she provided leadership for the Volunteer Resources department for 28 years. A new chapter in her life and more time for her family and for Rotary!

Judi can be reached at

Chris McLean – Site Manager

Chris has been on the Dragon Boat Committee since 2004 and has all the t-shirts to prove it! She has been Treasurer, Chair, Secretary, and Site Manager, and helped at the equipment trailer for practices for several years. She has seen the festival grow from the initial 16 teams to over 65 teams. She has also seen the festival grow from local and southern Alberta teams, to inter-provincial with teams from Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and now International with a team from Montana. Chris enjoys the excitement and fellowship of the Festival but does not care to get wet. Chris is a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and is proud of the work that Rotary does both locally and internationally with the proceeds raised by the festival.

Marc LeBlanc – Technology Chair

Marc started volunteering with the festival in 2008 as a member of the University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club that operates the t-shirt sales tent at the festival. He has volunteered as the Technology Chair, been a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits, and been the IT Manager at Lethbridge Family Services, all since 2014. The Technology Chair role on the festival organizing committee gives him a way to participate in the festival where his utter lack of physical grace and skill doesn’t put anyone’s safety at risk.

Marc approaches this role with a customer service mindset. Feedback is actively sought out, and is used to shape the technology strategy for the festival. He can be contacted at

Karen Johnson – Race Chair

Karen Johnson joined the sport as a team building activity with other City of Lethbridge employees in the first year of the festival, 2002, Dragn’ R Butz. 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. Karen was assistant coach of Team ID for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2008, the Rotary Festival made a concerted effort to improve the skills of local dragon boaters and decided to “beef up” the training provided to the festival teams and Dave Hunt and Karen agreed to become Head Coaches. Karen has been the race chair of the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival since 2010.Karen has completed the Level A of the National Coaching Certification Program, and obtained Dragon Boat Canada Community Coaching Certification and is working on the Competitive Coaching Certification. She has taken Dragon Boat Canada Officiating Level One, Critical Eye Coaching sessions, and several paddling technique workshops. Karen has attended Dragon Boat Conferences in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Karen has officiated in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Vancouver and Regina. She has paddled in Kelowna, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and Elkwater, in the World Masters Games in New Zealand, and the Pan Pacific Masters Games in Queensland Australia. Karen is the Technical Director for the Dragon Boat Association of Southern Alberta, and one of the coaches for the Coulee Classic Dragons Masters Womens crew.

Karen can be reached at