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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After 21 years as chair and vice-chair, Gail Weber and Connie Richter have decided to step down, saying “it is time people stepped up.”

Weber explains that the two have been on the sports council for 21 years and were among the founding members with the help of Patty Murray, who was the sports director for the city at the time.

She says that Murray decided they needed a nonprofit organization for sports instead of being run by the city.

“She figured that the sports groups would sometimes get a little annoyed dealing with the city but would work better with this group,” said Weber.

She says they have a terrific group of directors, with the primary purpose of communication between the sports groups and whoever the group would benefit from.

Weber decided to step down because she believed it was time after 21 years.

“There should be some new blood in there, maybe some new ideas.”

Both her and Richter would like to see people step up.

“I think they would really enjoy the experience of being on the board for the sports council. And we really need some people to take Connie’s and my spot because we have nobody right now to do that,” she explained.

Weber emphasized that she did not step down because they were burnt out or didn’t enjoy what they were doing, but that it was time and that this isn’t the only responsibility they have.

She is the chairman of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society, which she says is fairly time-consuming.

Weber also still does a lot of volunteering with the provincial body for figure skating.

As for plans moving forward, she wants to travel as she is “getting up there” in age.

“I’m a sports fan. Anything that involves sports I wanna do. I’m going to Seattle at the beginning of July for three Blue Jays games. That’s my kind of holiday.”

She added that she loves anything to do with sports, kids or seniors.

Weber explained how she originally moved here in 1966 to work for only a year.

“And here I am. A little longer than expected.”

Since then, she got married here, raised her kids here, and is able to visit her grandkids who live here.

“This is home. Fort St. John has been very good to us.”

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