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BC Soccer shares highlights of Nov 7th AGM including the election of new President Gayle Statton

The Association’s first ever virtual AGM featured the election of a new President and a historic Bylaw amendment vote supporting for-profit inclusion.

November 7th, 2020 – Vancouver BC.

After one of the most challenging years in the Association’s history, BC Soccer held its Annual General Meeting virtually for the first time earlier today. The meeting saw several changes to the board makeup, significant Bylaw and Rule amendments that were passed by the membership, along with the Association receiving member endorsement to move forward with the facility development initiative.

READ the Year in Review on-line document.

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NEW BC SOCCER PRESIDENT:

Having completed two consecutive two-year terms, outgoing President Kjeld Brodsgaard, chose not to seek re-election.  On behalf of our membership and the soccer community in BC, BC Soccer extends sincere thanks to Kjeld for his years of service to the game in BC.

With congratulations, BC Soccer announces Gayle Statton, elected by membership as the new BC Soccer President for a three-year term.

Gayle has been a BC Soccer board member for the past two years serving as Chair of the Membership Committee and participating as a member of the Finance and Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  She was the Planning Lead for the 2024 Strategic Plan and brings extensive experience as a leader from her time at Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club, where she served in a variety of roles including President. A Coquitlam resident, Gayle was part of the executive that helped lead the merger forming Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club and helped develop the club’s first long-term strategic plan.  Statton has spent 40 years in the game as a player, coach, leader, administrator, and volunteer, serving as the Tri-Cities Youth District Chair and successfully helped lobby the City of Coquitlam to plan and build Town Centre Park.  Gayle was inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Wall of Fame as a Volunteer of the Year, while also earning the William Azzi Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is the Senior Manager in the Corporate Law department at ICBC head office where she has worked for almost 23 years and is married with three adult daughters. 

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND UPDATED ROLES

With congratulations, Chris Appleby was re-elected to the position of Vice President Finance for a three-year term.

The AGM also saw the retirement of long-standing director and the Vice President Youth, Rob Lennox.  On behalf of our membership and the soccer community in BC, BC Soccer extends sincere thanks to Rob for his years of service to the sport and we look forward to still seeing him on the sidelines. Rob’s departure led to the election of a new Vice President of Youth, Deb Pudek for a one-year term.

The following directors were re-elected to director positions on the following terms:
Francisco Rubio, three-year term
Don Moslin, three-year term

Newly elected directors include the following on the stated terms:
John O’Flynn, three-year term
Landon Ling, two-year term
Peter Lonergan, one-year term

BYLAWS AND RULE AMENDMENTS UPDATE
During the 2019 AGM, the proposed bylaw amendment to allow for-profit/private organizations the ability to apply for membership with a Youth District Association was marginally defeated. Over the last 12 months, BC Soccer through the Governance and Membership Committee Chairs, facilitated outreach to members on this topic. Canada Soccer provided clear direction outlining their expectations in writing, and one of the BC Soccer members that voted against the motion last year formally requested the amendments be brought back to the AGM floor for further consideration.

The overall rationale behind the inclusion is the desire from BC Soccer, Canada Soccer and ViaSport to become more inclusive and ensure new organizations who want to become members (at the local level, i.e. clubs) have the opportunity to do so with access to the same benefits as organizations at the local level (i.e. current clubs)

Following this year’s vote, the amendment was CARRIED which is a significant shift within the BC Soccer Organizational structure.  This bylaw amendment will:

-Remove the ability for academies/for-profit organizations to affiliate directly with BC Soccer.
-Enable academies/for-profit organizations to affiliate with BC Soccer via a Youth District Association.
-Give academies/for-profit organizations that affiliate with BC Soccer via a Youth District Association the same benefits and require them to be governed by the same bylaws, rules and policies.
-Require Youth District Associations to have a membership application process for organizations that is free from conflict of interest.

To manage the transition, the intention is to not allow any new applications for associate membership with BC Soccer in the For-Profit or Not-for-Profit Organization category. Those organizations that currently have associate membership in those categories with BC Soccer may retain this membership until July 30, 2021 or until they become a member of a Youth District Association, whichever comes first.

READ: the complete Bylaw and Rule Amendments Package noting which bylaws and rule amendments passed or were defeated.

FACILITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
As part of the AGM activity the BC Soccer Board presented two motions for the members consideration regarding an exciting facility development project that could see BC Soccer relocate its head office (in time) to a location inside a soccer complex where it would have a designated home field.

BC Soccer is pleased to share that the members supported the motions which will allow the next steps for the project to proceed.

About BC Soccer
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, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. 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.

Safe Sport Statement
BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.