Tewanee Joseph joins Nanaimo Timbermen

by Dan Marshall

The Senior A Nanaimo Timbermen are pleased to announce Tewanee Joseph as the club's new Head Coach and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations.

Joseph grew up playing the creators game on the Squamish Nation reserves in North Vancouver. He is proud to have won two national box lacrosse championships in Senior B with the North Shore Indians and two National field lacrosse championships with Vancouver.

His passion for the game has led him to coach at all levels from Novice to Senior as well serving as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for the former Vancouver Stealth NLL franchise. Currently, he is a co-founder and coach at the North Vancouver High School Lacrosse Academy, the Offensive Coordinator for team Serbia, and a Co-Coach with Rob Williams and Yul Baker in the Arena Lacrosse League West “Grizzlies” team.

Joseph is excited to join the Timbermen organization.

"Our goal this season is to play a fast paced exciting brand of lacrosse. I am looking forward to Saturday night home games with the full support of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the loyal lacrosse community of Nanaimo.”

Joseph has a firm grasp on the style he wants to see on the floor from his Senior A squad.

“My philosophy is building from the goalie to defence to transition to offence. It's a fast brand of lacrosse where players will be able to play both sides of the floor.

Tewanee Joseph is a member of the Squamish Nation and is half Maori. He served eight years on the Squamish and has worked on a broad range of events including the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, 2015 Toronto Pan American, 2015 Canada Winter Games as well as the Canada Rugby 7s in Vancouver. Previously he served as the CEO of the Four Host First Nations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games where he worked with the Organizing Committee to ensure unprecedented Indigenous participation in the planning and hosting of the Games.

Joseph’s work has been recognized with the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, Queens’ Diamond Jubilee award and he is one of Capilano University’s Top 40 students over 40 years.

He was featured in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame ‘Legends of Lacrosse’ series and recently recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 500 most influential business leaders in the Province of British Columbia.