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BC Soccer recognizes 26 individuals, and 4 Organizations of Distinction at 2019 Awards.

Annual Awards luncheon also featured the unveiling of a Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia

Nov 2, 2019 – Surrey BC

As part of its Annual General Meeting weekend activities, BC Soccer hosted its awards luncheon at the Sheraton Guildford where some of the Province’s brightest young participants were recognized alongside many long-term servants to our sport.

VIEW the official awards programme with all the individual award winners

Among the highlights was “Woman of Distinction” recipient Carly Shaw-MacLaren, who’s rise through the refereeing ranks has been remarkable, including becoming the first woman to referee a Jackson Cup Final in the competitions storied history this past year. 

VIEW the photos from the 2019 AGM Awards Luncheon 

The prestigious AC Sanford Award, recognizing exceptional service to the game in our Province, was presented to past BC Soccer First Vice President Aiman El-Ramly, who rose through the ranks of Richmond Youth Soccer where he helped establish Fusion FC which helped unification of the Richmond and Vancouver districts. 

Don Dancy, a 40-year servant of the game in Vancouver and Frank Rennick, an ever present in the Vernon as the chiar of the North Okanagan district were honoured with life membership, recognizing those with 20 years of service to the game or more in BC. 

Finally,  BC Soccer Executive Director Jason Elligott was thrilled to present the Community NCCP Coaching Developer Award to the Association’s long-time Manager of Coaching Development Rob Csabai, for his years of exceptional coach education in our province.   

In addition to the individual awards, 4 prominent organizations were honoured as new members of Canada Soccer’s Hall of Fame.  Columbus FC, Firefighters FC and St Andrews of Vancouver joined Vic West as “Organizations of Distinction”, with Canada Soccer Board Member Charmaine Crooks representing our National Governing body to present the awards.

Those 4 Organizations have also been inducted into the newly launched Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia, which was officially announced during the luncheon.

VIEW the official Hall of Fame programme featuring all the founding members

Life Member (and self-proclaimed “Hall of Fame committee worker bee”) Roger Barnes successfully applied for a grant via the Government of Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program through Library and Archives Canada, which will assist in scanning material and building the official Hall of Fame British Columbia Website due for launch in 2020.  Barnes has been tirelessly compiling photos, documents and publications, while also creating biographies for all the founding members. 

Outgoing BC Soccer Board member and Hall of Fame Committee Chair Rob Brown was truly proud of the achievement and will help oversee the annual induction of new members. 

“This initiative was long overdue.  We have such a fantastic history in British Columbia, and so many wonderful ambassadors to the game.  I’m thrilled to have been part of establishing this new Hall and look forward to the next phases.”

In addition to the virtual hall (website) BC Soccer aims to include a physical hall in upon completion of the proposed new corporate headquarters. 

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.