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 and making personal connections with you, the website visitor. 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.

Justin Masson – Social Media Manager

Justin Bio

Justin joined the festival organizing committee in January 2014, filling the newly created Social Media Manager role. He helped define the role and helped explain the role to the rest of the organizing committee. He set the committee’s expectations high, then exceeded them.

Justin has been living in Lethbridge for 15 years and is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. in theatre. He has paddled in the festival for several years with the Sun Life Financial team.

He and his wife Jodi own Lost Sock Social Media, specializing in providing social media support, plans, and management to individuals, businesses, and events. They are excited to volunteer with the festival this year, increasing the social media engagement and visibility of a cause they love. Justin also teaches social media at Lethbridge College, and can be reached at or @lostsocksocial

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 for 29 years, and has volunteered at the festival for many years, usually in the beer gardens.

This is Chris’ third year working with festival vendors. 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.

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 contacted at

Chris McLean – Site Manager

This is Chris’ 10th year on the Dragon Boat Committee 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.

Karen Johnson – Head Coach

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 was the Race Chair of the ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival for the 2010-2015 festivals.

Karen can be reached at

Marc LeBlanc – Technology Chair

Marc started volunteering with the festival a few years ago as a member of the University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club that operates the t-shirt sales tent every year. Over time, his love for, and involvement in, the festival has grown. He now volunteers as the Technology Chair on the festival organizing committee, giving 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 the festival uses. He can be contacted at or