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The Chairman of the British Columbia Military Gala is pleased to announce that Global News Anchor Coleen Christie has graciously accepted our invitation to host this years military gala.

Coming from a military family, Coleen Christie’s award-winning career both on and off screen has included being an anchor in Vancouver, hosting for the Global network, and working as a producer/creative director┬áin television promotion & marketing.

Coleen has reported on major, live, breaking news events (during her 19 years with as the principal anchor for Bell Media’s CTV News Vancouver) including the Boston Marathon Bombing, a fatal plane crash at Vancouver International Airport, a plane crash into a Richmond apartment building, and national coverage of the verdict in the murder trial of Canada’s most notorious serial killer, Robert Pickton. In 2010, Coleen was a key member of the CTV Olympic broadcast team in Vancouver co-anchoring an unprecedented, unscripted, 9-hour live special – the Olympic Torch Relay through the city on the opening day of The Games.

In an historic first, Coleen was a key part of the team awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence – the first large market television station declared best in the world. She is also the recipient of numerous Promox, Canpro and New York Festivals awards for television promotion, marketing and design.

Coleen is a TEDx Vancouver alumnus, speaking on modern news consumption and its effects on society – a talk of particular relevance today.

“I’m passionate about television – the news media in particular. It’s not perfect – but like the democracy it tries to protect – its the best thing we have right now.”

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in Victoria, BC, Coleen has a BA degree in English, History and Art History from the University of Victoria.

Coleen has been involved with a many community and charitable organizations including Arts Umbrella, The BC Centre for Ability, The BC Cancer Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital, Honorary Campaign Chair for Covenant House, Cabriolet for Breast and Prostate Cancer, C.H.I.L.D. Foundation, Dress For Success, Friends for Life, Girls Can Do, Growing Chefs, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Hyak Festival, Orangutan Foundation International, The Pacific Autism Family Centre, Plan Canada, The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, The Vancouver Aquarium, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Variety the Children’s Charity and is a past board member of The Rare Disease Foundation.

She’s a foodie who knows her way around a kitchen – and a gym, loves animals of all kinds and under the right circumstances – sings karaoke.