Remembering Moira Jaatteenmaki & all she did for Canadian Ski Racing Officials

Article #3485
Published By: Kathy Stahr

October 11, 1940 – May 8, 2021 - Moira, a resident of Courtenay B.C., passed away peacefully at Comox Valley Reginal Hospital on Saturday May 8, 2021.

Revelstoke Review Obituary for Moira

Many or our province's most dedicated and hardworking Officials have been honoured with BC Alpine's annual Moira Jaatteenmaki Officials Award. This award recognizes years of commitment, knowledge, education, and experience on the part of some of our most treasured Officials. And who better to help us remember Moira and her many contributions to our sport than our own Bruce (Goldie) Goldsmid!

"In 1980 when I started working for BC Alpine, I met Moira.  Moria was already involved with our Officials program when I arrived.  You might remember (if you are old enough) that there was not a lot of technology back then and most administration was done by hand.  Moria took on the task of tracking every BC official and every duty they performed on the hill, all by hand.  I recall she had an enormous 3-ring binder where she recorded every BC official by name and kept track of all the jobs they did over the years.  Not only did Moira run our BC Officials program, but she also wrote the BC Officials manual.  Her manual was so detailed, thorough and professional that it was immediately adopted as the Alpine Canada Officials manual.  Alpine Canada simply slapped on their logo on Moira’s work and boom, we had a national officials manual.  As far as I am concerned Moira Jaatteenmaki is the “Official of the Century”. We all owe a debt to Moira because she set the standard that, to this day, we strive to meet in Canadian ski racing. Cheers and thank you Moira, you will be missed!"