Gys and Lynn Koops
I joined square dancing with my wife Lynn in the fall of 1982. In 1984-1986 I became President of the Northern Twisters Square Dance Club.
I was asked by Indonesia-Canada-Youth Exchange program if I would teach square dancing to them. I took up the challenge and enjoyed it. The following year I called for a Community recreation group at Haldi Road School on Friday evenings. I called a tip every so often for the club. To help out some of the new dancers who were having a little difficulty with their basics, we would get together and go over some the moves which helped them and me with the extra practice. This was the 1986-1989 season.
In 1987-1990 I once again became the Northern Twisters Club President for two years. I decided to take up calling seriously so with the help of Ed England became the club’s Assistant Caller; still continuing with the extra night of practice with the new dancers at home. From 1988-1990 I was assisting Ed England with the New Dancers.
I became the Club’s caller for New Dancers in 1990-1991 season and continue to do so.
I have been Northern Twisters Caller for New Dancers for the past 17 years and have taught 238 dancers on the program. Lynn and I also do Plus and A dancing.
I have called at Quesnel, Hixon, Williams Lake, Green Lake, and Lac La Hache; Kamloops, Chuckwagon 8’s for their dances with a panel of callers. I also called at Burns Lake blue grass Festival opening act for Carroll Baker in 1991.
I attended Caller school with Jim Mayo in 1991 and Martin Mallard in June of 1998.
From 1991- 1998 I organized dancers for C. K. P. G. Shriners telethons and called Demo dances at senior homes in town. I was President of Cariboo Caller and Cuer Association in 1995-1999. I still belong to the Cariboo Caller Association.
From 1992-1996 I was Region 5 representative for B. C. Square and Round Federation.
For the past few years I call a tip every now and again for the club in Vanderhoof. In the summer you will find Lynn and me on Canada Day at South Fort George Park with our dancers putting on a demonstration for the crowd. We also attend Hubble farm calling and put on a demonstration with our dancers.
In 1995 Lynn and I were General Chairpersons for B. C. Festival 1995 in Prince George. In 1996 I received Recreation Award of Merit for outstanding service to the City of Prince George for contributing significantly to the Development of Recreation in the Community.
In 2003 -2004; I once again become Club President of Northern Twisters.
In 2004-2005 our club caller moved and I became Northern Twister Mainstream Caller along with Larry Mann. I enjoy calling for both levels of dance, MS and New Dancer
In Fond Memory Of Larry Mann
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Larry Mann (born August 11, 1953), with family by his side, passed away April 2nd after an unexpected stroke. The family would like to acknowledge the expert care they and Larry received from Drs. Lakonathan, Smith, and Key, Brent and Teresa, and the ICU nurses. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his life partner and soul mate of 35 years, Shelley and their son Jason (Jarrah). Also left to mourn are his brother Brian (Evelyn) and children Tobi (Daryl) and Thomas (and son Easton); Phillip (Shari) and children Micaela (Jon) and Jamieson; Darlene; Uncle Sinc, Aunt Helen, Aunt Marilyn and Tom and their families; sister by love Dianne and her mom Lila as well as many friends and extended family. Caring thoughts extended to his lifetime friends the Allgrove, Reier, Wlasitz, Tereschuk, Goodman, Dalton, Goheen, Hampson, and Holat families.
Larry was a heavy duty mechanic and worked around the Prince George area for 35 years. The family thanks his fellow dancers in the Northern Twisters and Vanderhoof Drifting Squares, his colleagues at LEJ International, and the Buckhorn community for providing friendship and love. Larry loved people and his quick wit will be missed by all. Larry was deeply committed to his family and devoted to Shelley, Jason, and his parents during their lives. He had a deep sense of a higher power that he never lost sight of even during challenging times. If you met Larry, you immediately saw the twinkle in his eye and knew he was someone special. He was vibrant and full of life. He will be missed.
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