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Mah, Wendy

  • Person
  • fl. 1990s-

Wendy Mah is a human resources professional based in Vancouver. From 1989 to 1991, she completed a diploma in business management with a specialization in human resources at BCIT in Vancouver. She worked for Blackcomb Mountain as a human resources specialist from 1991 to 1994. From 1996 to 1997, she was the director of human resources at the Delta Hotel in Whistler. From 1997 to 2003, she worked as a training manager for the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort. Wendy then worked as the director of operations for Tourism Whistler from 2003 to 2006. From 2007 to 2009, she completed an MBA at Royal Roads University. In 2007, she moved back to Vancouver to become director of human resources for the Marriott Hotel until she was promoted to director of hotel operations in 2011. In 2013, she left this position to work for the Westin Bayshore (for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.) in Vancouver as director of human resources. She left this position in 2016 to cover maternity leave and work as a School of Business faculty instructor at BCIT until 2017. From 2017 to 2018, she was a People and Culture manager at Grant Thorton LLP in Vancouver. From 2018 to 2019, she also worked as a director of human resources at [?]. From 2019 to 2023, she was director of human resources at The Josie Hotel in Vancouver, and since 2021, she has also been a human resources consultant for Inspired HR Ltd..

Maguire, Dennis

  • CA-BC-MD013
  • Person
  • fl. 2000s-

Dennis Maguire is a Canadian architect and owner of Dennis Maguire Architect Inc.. Originally from Vancouver and Shawnigan Lake, BC, he attended Shawnigan Lake High School. Dennis completed a Bachelor of Science in math and physics at McGill University in Montreal, QC from 1965 to 1970. He was in the Delta Upsilon fraternity, played varsity rugby, and worked at Expo 67 during his time there. He also worked construction during the summers. From 1974 to 1978, he completed as Master of Architecture degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. In 1980, he was a founding co-partner and senior associate of The Iredale Group Architecture. Dennis Maguire Architect Inc., which Dennis has owned since 1984, has architecture offices in Victoria, BC; Saltspring Island, BC; and Whistler. Dennis has worked on projects throughout the province of British Columbia, but is based on Salt Spring Island.

Magnussen, Karen Diane

  • CA-BC-MK005
  • Person
  • April 8, 1952 -

Karen Diane Magnussen-Cella is a Canadian former figure skater, 1972 Olympic silver medalist, and 1973 World Champion. She was born on April 8, 1952 in Vancouver to a middle-class family with a Swedish mother and Norwegian father. She has two sisters, Lori, three years younger, and Judy, six years younger. After being introduced to the ice skating at age six when her mother, a recreational skater, brought her to a general skating session, Karen Magnussen then kept asking for more opportunities to skate. Recalling lessons on pebbly curling ice at the Kerrisdale Arena, she commented, "The ice was anything but perfect, but I think that made you tough." Her first coach was Hellmut May. Linda Brauckmann became her coach in 1965. Magnussen's career at the elite level of skating began when she won the Canadian national junior title in 1965. Moving up to the senior level the next year, she became known for her strong free skating ability, and was even compared to then-reigning world champion Petra Burka. Her march upwards in the skating rankings continued as she qualified to compete at the World Championships for the first time in 1967 and won her first Canadian title in 1968. She was sent to the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France and placed seventh. In 1969, Magnussen lost her Canadian title to Linda Carbonetto. Magnussen was diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs in February 1969, spent three months in a wheelchair, and returned to the ice in mid-May. She watched the 1969 World Championships from a wheelchair. Magnussen studied kinesiology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), enrolling in 1970. She went on to win the Canadian Championships four more times, from 1970 to 1973. At the World Championships, she won a bronze medal in 1971 and then silver in 1972. Magnussen was granted free early morning ice time at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum before the hockey players arrived. Magnussen was stronger in free skating than compulsory figures. At the 1972 Winter Olympics Magnussen achieved second in the free skate and won a silver medal. Since most audiences found compulsory figures unexciting, the International Skating Union (ISU) reduced their value and introduced the short program in the 1972/1973 season. This development encouraged Magnussen to stay in competition another year. At the first World Championships under this system, in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1973, Magnussen produced a strong short program and won the World Championship gold medal. This was the final year in which solid gold medals were awarded in figure skating. CCM produced a line of skates bearing her name, Regal Toys manufactured a “Karen” doll, and Collier-MacMillan published her autobiography in 1973. Magnussen retired from competition and turned professional, going on to perform with Ice Capades for four years, leaving them in 1977. In 1978, she married Tony Cella, the lead singer of a band. They lived in his hometown of Boston, MA for eleven years and then moved to Vancouver. They have two sons and a daughter. Magnussen coached for eleven years in Boston before returning to the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver. In addition to teaching figure skaters, she has also worked with hockey players to improve edges, power, balance, and stops and starts. The Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre in North Vancouver (built in 1974) is named after her. To assist young skaters, Magnussen established the Karen Magnussen Foundation. Magnussen was the last Canadian woman to win the World title until Kaetlyn Osmond in 2018, 45 years later. On November 28, 2011, an ammonia leak occurred at the North Shore Winter Club where Magnussen was working; she said it caused her breathing problems, hampered her ability to speak, impaired her vision, and left her chronically fatigued. Following the incident and treatment with the powerful steroid prednisone, she gained 60 pounds and developed rheumatoid arthritis, temporal arteritis (swelling of blood vessels to the head), and central sensitivity syndrome (affecting the interaction between the brain and vocal cords). WorkSafeBC inspectors cited the club for twelve health and safety violations. Interviewed by the CBC in December 2013, Magnussen said compensation benefits ceased when WorkSafeBC realized her disability was permanent. As of 2015, she continues to suffer serious health problems and may not enter a rink due to the risk from fumes. The Connaught Skating Club decided to organize a benefit show for Magnussen in March 2015. Magnussen is an Officer in the Order of Canada and has been inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Magic Steve

  • CA-BC-MS011
  • Person
  • fl. 2000s-

Magic Steve attended the Whistler WinterPRIDE Festival in 2009.

Magee, Karen

  • CA-BC-MK004
  • Person
  • [fl. 1980s-2000s?]

Karen Magee is a former owner of a property on Alta Lake Road in Whistler.

Madigan, Niki

  • CA-ON-MN001
  • Person
  • fl. 2000s-

Nicole "Niki" Madigan was director and curator of the Pemberton Museum from 2008 to 2022. She moved to Pemberton in 1995. Prior to officially becoming curator and director, Madigan spent six years volunteering for the organization as a director on the museum’s board (2002-2008). She decided to leave her post as curator in order for she and her partner to relocate back to their hometown in the Ottawa Valley to be closer to family.

Mader, Guenther

  • AT-MG001
  • Person
  • June 24, 1964 -

Günther Mader is an Austrian former alpine ski racer. He was born on June 24, 1964 in Matrei am Brenner, Tyrol, Austria. His first medal was silver in the World Slalom Championships on February 8, 1987 in Crans-Montana, where he managed to jump from 8th to 2nd position. He is one of the five male ski racers who have achieved victories in all alpine disciplines; he was at least second in every discipline and in the overall World Cup. He won dicipline rankings in the giant slalom and the combined once each. He won a total of six medals at the Alpine World Ski Championships, and a bronze medal in the downhill at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Mader competed in the FIS World Cup for the first time in 1982 and won a total of 14 World Cup races before retiring in 1998. He is one of only five male alpine skiers to have won at least one World Cup race in every alpine event. In the overall World Cup standings, he came second twice, and between 1989 and 1996, he was the best Austrian six times. Günther has two children from his first marriage to Ingrid: Carina (born in 1987) and Michi (born in 1992). In March 1998, just 13 days after retiring from racing, he suffered a stroke that left the right side of his body paralyzed and he lost 85% of his vocabulary. After recovering from his stroke, he wrote a book, Surviving ("ÜberLeben" in his native German), detailing his career, his stroke, and his work as a ski racing director. Today Mader is head of ski racing at the ski company Salomon Austria. He and his second wife, Nina Höpp, had a son, Liam, in 2011. The family lives in Mieders, Austria. Mader enjoys skiing, surfing, motorcycling, and golfing in his free time.

Maddocks, Paul

  • CA-BC-MP003
  • Person
  • fl. 1980s-

Paul Maddocks is a line haul driver for Van Kam Freightways Ltd. and is based in North Vancouver. He grew up in Richmond, BC, where he attended Hugh McRoberts Secondary School. He worked for Whistler Mountain during the 1980s. In the 1990s, he lived in Squamish, worked as a driver for Golden Arrow Motorcoaches, and was involved in the Slo-Pitch Association. Paul is divorced and has since moved to North Vancouver, now working as a truck driver for Van Kam Freightways Ltd..

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