Annual General Meeting – January 25

NOTICE OF AGM

Please take note that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame will be on Monday, January 25th at 7 PM. The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom platform.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend, and the Society is looking for new board members to join.

If you are interested in attending the AGM, please contact the President Shannon: shannon.bettles@chilliwacksportshalloffame.com to receive your Zoom login code and password.

2020 Golf Tournament

2020 Golf Tournament

The Chilliwack Ringette Association has teamed up with the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame Society to bring you our inaugural 2020 Fundrasing Golf Tournament.

The tournament aims to get people active while enjoying a game of golf in small, socially distanced groups locally here in Chilliwack.

Funds raised will be split between the Chilliwack Ringette Association and the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame — two non-profit, volunteer-run organizations.

Location: Chilliwack Golf Club (41894 Yale Rd)

Golfing includes: Green fee, Concession Stand voucher (smokie or hamburger, chips, chocolate bar, and pop or water), and a cart (power or pull—limited number of both).

Time: First tee time is at 10:30am. Due to Covid-19, a Shotgun start will not be used. All groups will start at the 1st tee and be sent out at regular intervals. A list of all teams’ tee times to be released when teams are finalized.

Health & Safety: The Chilliwack Golf Club has strict safety protocols that are designed to keep golfers safe. These protocols will be adhered to during the tournament.

Costs:

  • One golfer = $150
  • Two golfers = $300
  • Three golfers = $450
  • Four golfers = $500

Sponsorship

Be a title sponsor — $1000 helps Chilliwack Ringette purchase a set of jerseys for minor athletes, or the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame add new features to their display.

$500 purchases four sheets of ice for minor ringette players, or funds two pop up display banners for the Hall of Fame.

Sponsor a hole — $250 pays for a set of goalie equipment for minor athletes, or offsets the cost of hosting an induction dinner for Hall of Fame inductees.

Title and hole sponsors receive acknowledgement on social media, at the golf course and on the Hall of Fame and Ringette Association websites. Email: mike@chilliwackringette.ca


Silent Auction — Do you have a prize that you could donate to our silent auction or special challenge holes? Contact michelle@chilliwackringette.ca to have your item included in our virtual silent auction.

Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

Do you know an athlete, coach or team who has brought special honour to Chilliwack through their sporting excellence? If so, consider nominating them for induction into the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame.

Through the summer, we are seeking nominations in the categories of athlete, team or coach/builder for our 2021 class.

Visit our nomination webpage to learn more about the criteria and to nominate.

Submissions will be reviewed in fall 2020 and announced in 2021.


Help us celebrate Chilliwack’s sporting achievements. Consider becoming a member of the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame Society.

Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame Society Update

News from the board

The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame Society reconvened this winter, electing a new board of directors and setting out to renew some of its programs and activities. This included co-hosting an induction event this spring in partnership with another community organization. 

With the coronavirus outbreak our plans for the 2020 event, as well as other Hall of Fame activities, has been put on hold. Our society is squarely focussed on supporting the pandemic mitigation measures put in place by our community, province and country during this incredibly challenging time. 

Our board of directors will continue to meet via teleconference and follow orders of the health authorities. We encourage all to do the same. 

2020 —A new direction

Here is a list of some of the activities the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame has done to date:

  • Elected a new board of directors. Positions are as follows: 
    • Shannon Bettles, President
    • Eric Welsh, Vice-President
    • Bob Fitzsimmons, Secretary
    • Cory Causton, Treasurer
    • Anne Russell, Director
    • Jamie Benton, Director
    • Mike Kinar, Director
    • Jim Ballam, Director
    • Larry Krause, Director
    • Rob Fitzsimmons, Director
    • Ryan Mulligan, City of Chilliwack Liaison
    • Hayley Ferguson, Chilliwack Chiefs Liaison
  • Joined the Canadian Association for Sport Heritage (CASH) as a way to stay on top of best practices in the operation of a Sports Hall of Fame. 
  • Set vision and priorities for 2020. Invited volunteers to support new initiatives around storytelling, improving and expanding displays, and connecting with local minor sports organizations.
  • Planned a visit to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. 
  • Worked with a community organization in the development of 2020 induction event. 
  • Sought out new members and volunteers to join the Hall of Fame Society.
  • Continued to upkeep and maintain the Hall of Fame display in the Chilliwack Coliseum.
  • Held a sponsor and friends appreciation event at the Chilliwack Coliseum during a Chief’s game.

Remembering Jacob Bestebroer

The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame lost a friend and a valuable contributor in September, 2019.

Jacob Bestebroer passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Bestebroer was a member of the CSHOF board for many years. With an encyclopedic knowledge of Chilliwack sports, he chaired the selection committee that helped nominate potential hall of famers and select inductees.

Respected for his hard work and attention to detail, Bestebroer was known to spend hours combing through old newspaper clippings in the Chilliwack Archives. His role will not easily be filled and he is dearly missed by his fellow CSHOF board members.

Rest in peace JB.

Hall of Fame set for Renewal in 2020

It has been a challenging year for the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame, but the adversity that the board has faced over the last 12 months has set the stage for a renewal in 2020.

The CSHOF staged two tremendously successful Chilliwack Sports Dinner events in 2016 and 2018. Harvey Smyl (hockey), Lara Mussell-Savage (ultimate frisbee), Gord McConnell (badminton), Don Martineau (hockey) and the 1963 Fraser Vale Chiefs (hockey) were inducted and our generous supporters were treated to amazing presentations — in 2016 a round-table discussion featuring Stan Smyl, Wally Buono and Bobby Lenarduzzi and in 2018 the emotional and impactful story of ex-National Hockey Leaguer Theoren Fleury.

Fresh off that success, the CSHOF board followed a similar path into 2019, intending to hold the third annual Chilliwack Sports Dinner in October.

This time the task was too tall.

The dedicated but small CSHOF board formulated an ambitious plan in the spring, but after sputtering through the summer and into the early fall, they had to face reality.

“Ticket sales weren’t anywhere near where they needed to be a month before the event, and as one of our board members said so well, we simply ‘lacked the bandwidth to pull it off again,’” said former CSHOF president Eric Welsh. “The toughest part was telling our Class of 2019 — swimmer Jennifer Heagy, curling builder Bruce Renwick and the 1999 Chilliwack United Soccer club — that the event was being postponed, but we wanted to give them the most memorable Hall of Fame induction possible, and that wasn’t going to happen.”

The CSHOF board has done a lot of reflecting since October.

The biggest reason for the stumble in 2019 was the lack of people power, and to that end the CSHOF is adding several motivated newcomers to the board. The CSHOF is also seeking new members who may not want to serve on the board, but do want to see Chilliwack’s sports stories told and are willing to donate their time when needed.

“Our overall vision hasn’t changed, and we strongly believe it’s worth supporting,” Welsh said. “We’re committed to shining the spotlight on Chilliwack’s sporting history and recognizing people who have achieved great things. The discussion now is how do we accomplish that and I have no doubt a re-energized board will get the CSHOF back on track in 2020.”

Email info@chilliwacksportshalloffame.com and ask how to get involved.

Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame recognizes young stars

By Eric Welsh, as published in the Chilliwack Progress Newspaper

For the first time this fall, the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame will put the spotlight on the next generation of elite athletes with the introduction of U-18 Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards.

At the annual Chilliwack Sports Dinner on Oct. 23 at the SureStay Hotel by Best Western, the CSHOF will recognize soccer star Jordyn Huitema as Chilliwack’s U-18 Female Athleteof the Year, and GW Graham football standout Logan Buchwitz as the U-18 Male Athlete of the Year.

“While we honour the past with the induction of our Class of 2019, the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame also wants to recognize two very talented teenagers who are on track to befuture Hall of Famers, hopefully after long and productive careers in their chosen sports,” said CSHOF spokesman Barry Douglas. “What Jordyn has done on the international soccer scene is unprecedented for a Chilliwack athlete, and we believe the best is yet to come. And Logan’s accomplishments on the football field at such a young age can only be described as spectacular. The introduction of these U-18 Athlete of the Year awards fits with the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame’s broader goal of telling stories and inspiring athletes to strive for greatness, and we look forward to watching and cheering on Jordan and Logan for years to come.”

Huitema’s year included time with Canadian national soccer squad, including a start against Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also played for the senior squad at the 2019 Algarve Cup in Portugal and captained the Canadian entry in the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In May, the 18 year old signed a professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

Buchwitz has been busy making a name for himself on the local football scene.

The GW Graham student was a dominant force for the Grizzlies junior and senior teams during the 2018 season. He led the GWG juniors to a provincial championship last November, scoring seven touchdowns at BC Place Stadium as his team pummelled the Windsor Dukes 69-27. Identified as a player with the potential to play professionally in the Canadian Football League, the 16 year old was chosen to participate in the first annual CanadianFootballChat.com Prospect Game, which was televised nationally on TSN.

Class of 2019 Announced

By Eric Welsh

The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019 has been announced. An Olympic level swimmer, curling’s biggest fan and a championship soccer squad will be inducted at the Chilliwack Sports Dinner Gala on October 23.

The 2019 Chilliwack Sports Dinner, sponsored by Triple B Plumbing , will be held October 23 at the SureStay Hotel by Best Western. In addition to the induction ceremony, the night will also feature a silent auction and a performance by comedian Patrick Maliha.

Jenn Heagy

Former Chilliwack Stingrays and Spartans star Jenn Heagy is this year’s inductee in the athlete category. Heagy’s story is a fascinating one. A child prodigy in the pool, the Chilliwack native started competitive swimming in 1985 and was soon setting records, winning provincial championships and competing at the national level.

By age 10, Heagy was testing herself against much older swimmers at the Canadian Youth Nationals and by age 12 she was going head to head with Canada’s best at Senior Nationals.

In 1992, she joined the Canadian National team at the 8 Nations swim meet in Rome, Italy and competed at the ‘Juvenile’ Olympics in Avila, Spain.

At one point, Heagy rose to 16th in the world in the FINA (Fédération internationale de natation) rankings. At just 14 years old, Heagy dove into the water at Canadian Olympic Trials, with a chance to go to Barcelona, Spain for the 1992 Summer Games. Heartbreak followed. The teenager’s time in the 100 metre breaststroke was .01 seconds off the qualifying mark. Not even a finger snap was the difference.

“Our Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame inductees have had some amazing stories over the years, but Jenn’s is particularly fascinating because it combines so many elements,” said CSHOF spokesman Barry Douglas. “There’s triumph and heartbreak and so much emotion. Imagine going through all of that at such a young age, watching the ultimate dream of many athletes slip through your fingers. “The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame exists to tell stories and I am so interested to hear Jenn tell hers.”

Bruce Renwick

Bruce Renwick’s story is one of dedication.

Renwick has been the general manager of the Chilliwack Curling Club since 1997, and his involvement with the club and sport stretches back decades. Renwick has worked tirelessly to increase the Chilliwack Curling Club’s membership in an era when other clubs are experiencing a decline. He has paid extra attention to youth curling, making sure the CCC is strong at the grassroots level.

The most tangible result of Renwick’s work can be seen on Spadina Avenue. The CCC moved into a brand new building early in 2019. Years in the making, the CCC now enjoys one of the finest facilities in the province.

Within weeks of opening, the building hosted the Everest Canadian National Senior Curling Championships. The Everests were the latest in a string of high profile events to be held in Chilliwack during Renwick’s tenure. The CCC hosted the 2006 Continental Cup and the 2016 Canadian Police Curling Championships, along with many provincial and regional tournaments.

“Bruce Renwick’s name is synonymous with curling in Chilliwack, and there’s been no greater advocate for the sport,” Douglas said. “He exemplifies what the CSHOF looks to recognize in the Judy Fitzsimmons Builder Category. Bruce is a man who has a vision for what he wants the Chilliwack Curling Club to be, and he has gone above and beyond to make that vision a reality.”

1999 Chilliwack United Gold Boys Soccer Team

The 1999 Chilliwack United Gold boys soccer squad is being inducted in the team category.

A history making crew, they were the first Chilliwack team to win a provincial youth soccer championship. Chilliwack United traveled to Castlegar in July of 1999 for a six team tournament that included Kelowna, Dunbar-United (Vancouver), Bays United (Victoria), Quesnel, Kamloops and Kootenay South.

Chilliwack beat Bays United 2-1 in their opener and whomped Kootenay South 9-1. After falling 3-2 to Dunbar United, the locals bounced back to blank Quesnel 1-0. A win over Kamloops sealed the deal. “This was a breakthrough moment for Chilliwack soccer, with this team proving our town could compete with the best of the best,” Douglas said. “It is always special getting a team together after so many years and we look forward to reuniting these men 20 years after their historic accomplishment.”

Hockey legend Theoren Fleury to speak at Chilliwack Sports Dinner

Hockey legend Theoren Fleury has a fascinating and inspirational story, and he’ll be telling it in Chilliwack on Nov. 22.

The Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame is bringing the former National Hockey League star to town this November.

Fleury will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be held Nov. 22 at the Tzeachten Hall (45855 Promontory Road). 

Tickets are $125 or $1,000 for a table of eight. They are on sale as of 6 am, Wed, Sept 5. 793-6340 on Eventbrite. Get tickets here.

A Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist on the ice, Fleury has also lived an incredible life away from the rink.

In his speech titled ‘Don’t Quit Before the Miracle,’ Fleury talks about hope and persistence: “It’s about hope, about moving forward, about never giving up even when the obstacles you face appear overwhelming and unbeatable. From the greatest heights to the lowest depths, both professionally and personally, Theo shares a message about winning it all, losing it all, and reinventing it all over again.”

Fleury spent parts of 15 seasons in the NHL, succeeding in an era where short players were few and very far between. His height (five-foot-six) is the reason he slipped to the Calgary Flames in the eighth round of the 1987 entry draft, despite scoring 61 goals and 129 points in 66 games with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors that season.

Even as Fleury posted 14 goals and 34 points in 30 games as an NHL rookie in 1988-89, he still had many doubters.

But the native of Oxbow, Saskatchewan proved them all wrong.

By the time he retired following 2002-03 season, Fleury had accumulated 455 goals and 1,088 points in 1,084 games.

He also collected 1,840 penalty minutes, playing with a fearless, and often wreckless, style that he felt was necessary to succeed in a big man’s game.

Fleury won his Stanley Cup with the 1988-89 Flames and helped Team Canada win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Through it all, Fleury was dogged by personal demons. 

As a junior hockey player, Fleury was sexually abused by coach Graham James. He started down the dark road of drug addiction and alcoholism as a teenager and didn’t quit drugs and drinking until 2005.

In his fascinating book Playing with Fire, Fleury talked about holding a gun in his mouth and nearly ending his life because the mental anguish was so overwhelming.

Many audiences have been inspired by his presentation about what he’s learned from his struggles and challenges.

“When Theo Fleury addressed the crowd of more than 500 people at our school you could hear a pin drop,” said Ronald Seguin, vice president of St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. “His message was both sad and powerful. Communities, schools, youth programs, all of us, have a responsibility to protect young people from the realities that Theo experienced. 

“There is no doubt in my mind that the courage Theo Fleury displays in his presentations will result in saving a young person from the terrible abuse Theo never should have had to deal with.” 

Fleury has fully turned the corner and now shares his experiences to help others.

Part proceeds from the Chilliwack Sports Dinner on Nov. 22 will go to Chilliwack Community Services, a local agency which ‘supports youth who are homeless, struggle with drugs and alcohol, street entrenched and sexually exploited.’

The Chilliwack Sports Dinner is also a night to celebrate as the CSHOF inducts the Class of 2018. 

The newest inductees will be announced in the Sept.  issue of the Chilliwack Progress.

Chilliwack Sports Dinner tickets selling fast

Limited tickets are still available for the Chilliwack Sports Dinner, October 27th at Squiala Hall, presented by Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty.

Renowned sports personality Squire Barnes will be hosting a roundtable discussion featuring Vancouver Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning, BC Lions’ general manager and head coach Wally Buono, and Vancouver Whitecaps’ president Bob Lenarduzzi. As part of the evening’s agenda, Chilliwack Chiefs legend Harvey Smyl and two-time Ultimate Frisbee world champion Lara Mussell-Savage will be inducted into the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame.

You will have a chance to bid on exclusive meet & greet prize packages with the Whitecaps, Lions and Canucks that include jerseys and game tickets. The silent auction will be headlined by a Great River Fishing adventure package for two people for four hours and an overnight stay at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn.

Chilliwack Sports Dinner organizers wish to thank Gold Sponsors Alliance TrussJag’s Furniture, and Sardis Park VQA Wine Store for their support of this major event.

For tickets call 604-792-0077 or email general@wheelercheam.com