Team 2016/17

Cole Thiessen is a 16 year old Grade 11 student attending New Westminster Secondary School. He enjoys playing soccer, guitar and being with kids.

He was born here in New Westminster and moved to Winnipeg where he and his family lived for 2 years, coming back to the Royal City when he was in grade 2. Cole lives with his parents and younger brother.

Cole is proud to be sponsored by Royal City Center.
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography


Ben Osborne is 16 years of age and has lived in New Westminster for his entire life. He currently attends New Westminster Secondary School and is in his first year in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, an international academic program.

Outside of school, he plays soccer on a New Westminster team and us training to become a lifeguard. He’s also a soccer referee and coach for the Royal City Youth Soccer Club. NWYAS has been an excellent opportunity for him as it has allowed him to get more involved and to contribute more to the community of New Westminster.

Ben is very proud to be sponsored by Key West Ford.
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography.


Jonah Wright spent all his life growing up in New Westminster. Currently he is a
grade 11 student at NWSS pursuing a career in engineering, since his two favorite subjects are physics and mathematics. In addition to this, he is also completely involved in the band department within the school participating in both grade 11 and grade 12 concert/Jazz bands.

Outside of school he is on the New Westminster Boys Soccer team and fills his free time with his hobbies – his love for piano.

Jonah is proud to be sponsored by Derrick Thornhill / Park Georgia Realty
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography.


Meghan Connor was born and raised in New Westminster and currently resides in the Victory / Massey Heights neighbourhood. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. Meghan attends New Westminster Secondary School as a grade 10 student and her favourite subject is Japanese.

When she’s not on the field playing soccer, she enjoys creative writing, reading, photography, and baking. Meghan hopes to become a successful author in the future.

Meghan is very proud to be sponsored by Oxygen Yoga & Fitness
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography


Giselle (Gigi) Whittaker is a 16 year old singer/dancer who moved to New Westminster from California 3 years ago and currently is in the 11th grade. Her hobbies include competitive cheer, volunteering in her community, puzzles and Netflix.

She has been apart of the NWSS Hyacks Cheer and Stunt team going on 3 years. Being apart of the NWYAS Team has enhanced her leadership skills, allowing her to meet new people and provide her with opportunities she would of never had otherwise.

Giselle is proudly sponsored by Dale Darychuk, Q.C.
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography


Julie Ruggenberg is a grade ten student at NWSS. She has lived in New Westminster all her life with her parents, older brother, and dog. In school she enjoys science, English and gym. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, going on camping trips, and hiking. Julie is happy to be part of the New Westminster Youth Ambassadors 2016/17.

Julie is proud to be sponsored by Patti & Wes Goss / ReMax Realty
Photo courtesy of Gabor Gasztonyi photography