Four new Board Members appointed at the BC Soccer AGM

Vancouver, BC:  The BC Soccer Annual General Meeting took place Saturday June 15, 2013 and amongst the highlights was the appointment of four new Board Members.

John Reed (Prince George), Cindy Crapper (Vancouver), Shannon Pederson (Vancouver) and Aiman El-Ramly (Richmond) elected by the membership to the BC Soccer board as Directors on 2 year terms. In addition, Don Moslin (Nanaimo) was also re-elected by the membership on a 2 year term.

In addition, Don Dancey (Surrey), Chris Costley (Surrey) and Michael Bradley (Victoria) were re-elected to the Board on 1 year terms.

Kjeld Brodsgaard (Victoria) was re-elected as 1st Vice President on a 2 year term and Rob Brown (Harrison Hot Springs) was elected as Vice President of Adult on a 2 year term.

Updated details of all of the 2013-14 BC Soccer Board members can be found here.

Former BC Soccer President and now Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) President, Victor Montagliani was one of the special guest at the AGM and addressed the membership on behalf of the CSA.

BC Soccer also presented a number of Life Membership Awards at the AGM. Steve Reed (Surrey), Victor Montagliani (Burnaby), Robert Sawtell (Surrey) and William Azzi (Coquitlam) join the late Les Sinnott (Terrace) in receiving the prestigious Life Membership Awards.  These individuals dedicated their time and passion to the sport of soccer in areas ranging from administration and governance to refereeing and Board leadership.  BC Soccer and its membership were proud to acknowledge them in front of many other of their peers for their endless contributions to the game of soccer in BC.

The AGM weekend also constituted a number of membership meetings including a Youth member forum, Adult member leagues forum and Diversity Working Group forum. Discussion at each of the meetings was very positive, insightful and hugely valuable and will help to further shape the direction of priorities of the association within the strategic plan.

“The AGM weekend is a great opportunity for the Board, staff and membership to come together to appreciate what we have collectively delivered in the previous year, discuss the challenges we face and look at the many opportunities that we can take advantage of as we look to grow and develop the game of soccer in BC”, said Roger Barnes, President of BC Soccer. “I am pleased with the very positive feedback we received from members on the progress we are making, the support we are providing them with and how we can continue to adapt to their needs in a very dynamic soccer environment”.

Rick Connors (Tsawassen), Joe Cuzzetto (Vancouver), Murray Mollard (Vancouver) and Harjit Chima (Burnaby) were recognized by Roger Barnes who specifically acknowledged the dedication and commitment shown by them in their roles as Board Members in recent years and who are not part of the new Board for 2013-14.

Bylaw, Constitution, Rules and Regulations updates

The AGM also saw the BC Soccer membership vote on a number of important amendments to the association’s Bylaws/Constitution and Rules/Regulations which took effect as of June 16, 2013.

To ensure all members are aware of the approved and defeated amendments, BC Soccer is pleased to providing its members and the soccer community with the ‘Amendments for Consideration’ updated document with identifies whether the item was carried (approved) or defeated.

BC Soccer is currently working to update the Bylaws and Constitution, along with the Rules and Regulations documents to reflect the amendments with the aim of having them posted shortly.

BC Soccer specifically wishes to clarify the following in relation to the BC Soccer High Performance League, known as the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL).  To date, the approximately 1,200 youth players within this sanctioned league have been registering with their club and their clubs have been registering the players directly with the league.  The league in turn has been paying Association fee’s to BC Soccer on the player’s behalf as specified in the Association’s fee schedule.

With Bylaw amendment #4 (Article 11 - Districts) being defeated by the voting membership at the 2013 AGM, the league will no longer be able to pay Association player fees on behalf of those players.  The process for these players to register with BC Soccer will continue to be with their clubs, the clubs will then register their players with a Youth District who will register these players with BC Soccer.

BC Soccer is currently working on the specific process/procedures on this; however it is important to note, the implementation of this will not be until next BCSPL season commencing February 2014. As the registration cycles are different due to the calendar playing season.

The league itself continues to be sanctioned as per BC Soccer Rule 28, Rules for the Operation of the BCSA High Performance League and the players within the league continue to be BC Soccer registered players until the end of the 2013 season (December 2013).    

The amendments that were presented to the membership regarding the High Performance League stemmed from the directive at the 2012 AGM where members requested a formal review by BC Soccer to devise a way to recognize the High Performance League within the voting structure.

For more information on the High Performance League, please visit their website.

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.

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