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Richmond Olympic Oval
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6111 River Road
Richmond, BC V7C 0A2

Dr. Doug Nielsen

2017 |


Doug has dedicated himself to helping youth develop their skills, confidence and positive attitudes through sport and volunteering. His desire to give back to his community has resulted in generations of like-minded individuals who want to make a positive difference in the world. His motto is "Focus & Drive."

Richmond Roots Has lived, worked, played and volunteered in Richmond since 1949. He played baseball and bowled with the Richmond Youth Bowling Team. His first job was setting pins at his father's Skyway Bowling Lanes. In the 1980's he coached his kids in t-ball, baseball and soccer. Doug also volunteered with the Richmond Racers swim team.

Did You Know Doug has taken soccer balls to children in rural communities as incentive for them to keep brushing and flossing.

Barriers Overcome Doug took his love and dedication of sport and transferred it to other endeavours, including leading a team of dental professionals into communities in Guatemala, Mexico and BC to overcome barriers related to dental health.


Recognition The Richmond Sports Awards recognized Doug as Coach of the year in 2003. Along with a passion for sport, Doug has worked tirelessly through his establishment of the Dental Mission Project Society, mentoring dental students and organizing free clinics - providing dentistry to those in need both locally, in rural BC & international.

All Awards

2003 Coach of the Year Richmond Sports Awards. Honouring excellence in local amateur athletics  
2008 American College of Dentistry Fellowship Excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society  
2010 Dr. Paul Rondeau Humanitarian Award Presented by the Vancouver & District Dental Society to one outstanding member every two years  
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Honoured by the Lieutenant Governor for significant contributions and achievements by Canadians  

Championship Doug coached for over 20 years and had the opportunity to coach teams of various ages to many medals and championships, including a silver medal at the 1990 Western Canadian Championships and a bronze medal at the 1993 Canada Games.


1990 Western Canada Softball Association Coached Team BC to a silver medal at the Western Canadian Championships  
1993 Canada Games Coaches a bronze medal winning team at the Kamloops “Believe in Dreams” Canada Games  
2008 McMath Interact Club As Steveston Rotary President, started the first Interact Club, mentoring students in community service projects  


Career Stats

YearTeam / OrganizationHighlight
1955-1965 Skyways Lanes Bowling Club Bowled almost a perfect game  
1970-1990 Running Completed three marathons and provided a “Neighbourhood Block Watch” during his daily runs  
1985-2003 Richmond Girls Softball Association Coaching Rep A girls ages 10-18 years old, multiple medals  

Contribution to Richmond Sport Doug served on the Richmond Girls Softball Association Executive and the Islanders Rep Committee. Helped establish the Richmond Girls Fastpitch Skill Development Clinics and coordinated the Richmond Flatland Marathon Clinics.

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