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Blog: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Eugene Reimer Welcomes Olympian!

Eugene Reimer is an Abbotsford city of Character school, the character trait that we are concentrating on for this year is “responsibility”. Each year staff and students at Eugene Reimer teach and learn meaningful lessons related to the character trait, attend an assembly, and participate in a legacy project.

This year, Eugene Reimer was very fortunate to bring in a former Olympian to teach about Responsibility at our annual Character assembly. Allison McNeill has been teaching and exemplifying responsibility her whole life!  Our very own Mr. Twele has had the pleasure of knowing Allison since he was in grade 8.  She started out as a teacher and high school basketball coach in the Abbotsford school district and was offered a job coaching the SFU Women’s basketball team where she coached Mrs. Craven and had an impressive record of 363 wins to only 79 losses over 13 seasons. It was during her SFU coaching days that Mr. Twele got to know her because her husband Mike was also his grade 8 basketball coach.  Mr. Twele has followed Allison’s career as she became the head coach of our Senior Women’s National Basketball team in 2002 raising Canadian women’s basketball to the #8 ranking nation in the world.  Her leadership earned our national team a chance to compete in the 2012 London Olympics where the team tied Canada’s best ever finish as quarterfinalists.   Allison has had a very successful career and she continues to give back, speaking at coaches clinics to help and inspire other coaches, running basketball camps for kids, coaching local athlete’s, and speaking at events like this.  She has even done a TED talk!

Coming next will be a “legacy project”  which students and staff are working on that will leave a lasting impact on students who attend Eugene Reimer middle school. More details will be coming in the future regarding this project.


Please click on the link below to view Allison McNeill’s TEDx presentation:

Youtube TEDx Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHETCRSdHI&feature=youtu.be