The Chef De Mission For Team Alberta, Pat Lechelt Has Passed Away. Pat Lechelt was reported to have died today yesterday August 31 2020. Her cause of death or what killed him was never made public.
The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games confirmed in a Facebook post that Pat Lechelt has passed on.
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Pat Lechelt, Team Alberta’s Chef de Mission for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.
Since 1993, Pat has propelled the Canada Games forward, supporting and leading Team Alberta in various roles.
We were looking forward to welcoming Pat to our Games next year, but the legacy she left behind will forever leave a lasting imprint on the Canada Games movement. Her energy, passion and dedication will be carried forward for years to come.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to her family, friends and the entire Team Alberta family. The Canada Games family lost a great one.
The Canada Games Council has also released an official statement about Pat Lechelt’s death. The posted it on their website.
Excerpts from the statement
The Canada Games Council and the entire Canada Games family mourns the passing of Pat Lechelt, the Chef de Mission for Team Alberta and a passionate champion for amateur sport in Canada. We send our deepest condolences to Pat’s family, friends and Team Alberta colleagues.
With a career spanning more than 35 years in sport in Alberta, Pat has been involved with the Canada Games, supporting and leading Team Alberta, since 1993. Pat was a true leader among all Chefs de Mission from across Canada. Her extensive knowledge and history in multi-sport Games and strong partnerships with Provincial/Territorial Mission Teams helped guide many Host Societies in their planning for each edition of the Canada Games.
Pat’s contribution to sports development in Alberta was highlighted by the success of Team Alberta, both on & off the field of play, at the 2019 Canada Games. As Chef de Mission, Pat led her team to the Jack Pelech Award, an honour given for spirit and congeniality among Provincial/Territorial Teams and the Centennial Cup which is presented to the team that shows the greatest improvement from one game to the next.
Pat’s sudden passing will leave a tremendous hole in our Canadian sport community. Her energy, passion and dedication will be carried forward for years to come, leaving a lasting imprint on the Canada Games Movement and the athletes she supported.