Olympic medalist Marion Lay is no longer president of 2010 LegaciesNow, the government-funded non-profit society responsible for developing "sustainable legacies" in the areas of "sport and recreation, arts, literacy and volunteerism." In an interview with Public Eye, communications director Karen McDonald explained Ms. Lay had been employed by the society via a contract with the former Canadian freestyle swimming champion's company Think Sport Ltd. That contract was up for renewal. But Ms. Lay and the society's board of directors - which includes the premier's special advisor Ken Dobell and Vancouver city manager Judy Rogers - "couldn't come to terms. So she chose not to accept the contract" - the exact date of Ms. Lay's refusal being November 7. "And she's going to pursue some other projects." Ms. McDonald declined to say why contract negotiations broke down. But she did say "the option is very much open" for Ms. Lay to pursue future contract work with LegaciesNow.
December 5, 2006