BC Soccer 2014-15 Award Winners Announced

19 people are recognized for their commitment to the beautiful game in British Columbia

Vancouver BC, May 26, 2015 – BC Soccer has announced the 19 award winners who have shown a tremendous amount of commitment and passion for the beautiful game in British Columbia.  These administrators, officials, coaches, and players have dedicated days, weekends and evenings to soccer in British Columbia and BC Soccer would like to recognize their commitment through these awards.

“It is with great honour to present these awards to all of the recipients as they have devoted countless hours to bettering the game in British Columbia,” said Roger Barnes, BC Soccer President. “New this year is the Women of Distinction Award, and we think this is a wonderful addition and the inaugural winner, Michelle Pye who is refereeing at the 2015 Women’s World Cup Canada, should be incredibly proud”

The 19 awards and there recipients are listed below:                      

A.C. Sanford Award

Leeta Sokalski

Adult Coach of the Year

Paul Dailly

Adult Official of the Year

Andy Pinter

Adult Player of the Year

Rob Fadden

Award of Merit

John Leier

Award of Merit

Willow Hartig

Award of Merit

Bob Nex

Award of Merit

Todd Hawton

Award of Merit

John Barrett

Award of Merit

Dick Fryatt

Award of Merit

Andrea Laycock

Award of Merrit

Moreno Stefani

Clarkes Fair Play

Co-winners: Anton Boegman and David DesBrisay

Life Member

John Nielsen

President’s Award

Fraser Valley Youth Soccer Association

Woman of Distinction

Michelle Pye

Youth Coach of the Year

Bill Merriman

Youth Player of the Year

Emma Regan


BC Soccer would like to specially recognize Life Member award winner John Nielsen for his achievements in officiating at the provincial, national and international levels, along with his commitment and dedication to the education of referees in BC and Canada.

“John has been a dedicated member of the referee community in BC for a number of years, both as a referee himself and as an educator, mentor and valuable contributed to the development of the BC Soccer referee program as a whole,” said Jason Elligott, Acting Executive Director of BC Soccer. “He still remains actively involved with the national and international referee community, while sharing his knowledge locally in BC.” 

BC Soccer will be presenting these awards to all of the recipients at the BC Soccer Annual General Meeting on June 13th at the Awards and Scholarship Luncheon. 

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About BC Soccer


BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.


BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.