Jessie Dosanjh is a high-performance athletic coach who has dedicated the last 30 years of his life to providing youth with the skills they need to succeed in sports, education and as citizens of their community. A resident of Delta for nearly 40 years with his wife Harinder, Jessie raised his three children in Delta and has deep ties to the community.
Jessie is a co-founder and head coach of the Universal Athletics Club, which began in 2000 with two athletes and has grown into a renowned program with over 200 athletes. He has developed athletes competing at provincial, national and international levels and has coached Team BC Athletics for National, Junior and Senior Championships. He has coached athletes who have competed on the world stage, but the most rewarding part of coaching for Jessie is not winning titles, but in the positive impact made on the lives of youth in Delta.
In 2018, Jessie was elected to the Delta School Board on a commitment to advocate for programs and facilities that set students up for success and keep them away from negative influences such as drugs and gangs. Jessie’s dedication to the community has been recognized several times over, including receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, being recognized by Black Press Media for his excellence in community leadership and being named ‘Executive of the Year’ by BC Athletics multiple times and ‘Coach of the Year’ in 2018.
In October 2022, Jessie became the first person of South Asian descent ever elected to Delta Council in the City’s 143-year history, along with Councillor Jennifer Johal.