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Media Release - Nominations sought for Sports Hall of Fame Inductees


June 8, 2018
Nominations sought for Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Powell River’s Sports Hall of Fame is well on its way to becoming a reality.
“This is momentous for Powell River,” said Jim Palm, City Councillor and Chair of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. “The community has a legacy of great sports involvement and a Sports Hall of Fame is the best opportunity to celebrate it.”
To help initiate the process, a Sports Hall of Fame committee has been appointed. In addition to Palm, membership includes: Lisanne English, Vice-Chair; Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman; Powell River Regional District Chair Patrick Brabazon; Larry Louie, from the Tla’amin Nation; plus Rick Hopper, Roger Pagani, Paul Liknes, Tod English, David Brindle, Tony Rice and Ray Dube. There is also City of Powell River staff support from Ray Boogaards, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, and Nyla Ross.
Public involvement in the process will be very important. The Sports Hall of Fame Committee is soliciting nominations from the public, which will help determine the first intake of Sports Hall of Fame members. Nomination forms will be posted on the City of Powell River website, the Powell River Regional District website, the Powell River Parks, Recreation and Culture website, on the City of Powell River’s social media and nomination forms will also be available at City Hall, the Powell River Recreation Complex, Taws and the Peak. People nominating Sports Hall of Fame inductees will have until September 28, 2018 to complete their nominations.
“All of the members of the committee are looking forward to seeing the number of applications that come forward,” Palm said. “We know there are going to be surprises. We really want the public to get involved in this.”
The inaugural Sports Hall of Fame banquet, June 15, 2019, will be an evening for the community to “witness this momentous occasion honouring our sporting heroes,” Palm said.
The committee will be following the model that Nanaimo has used for its Sports Hall of Fame.
“The criteria is very important to follow,” Palm said. “The criteria for the first go-around, similar to what Nanaimo did, is that anyone who represented Powell River and went on to represent Canada on the national or international stage, is eligible.
“We are hoping in this inaugural installation to recognize no more than 10 to 12 individuals, teams, pioneers or builders. Those are the four categories that will be eligible for selection to the Sports Hall of Fame.”
Palm said it is important not to induct everyone in the first go-round.”
“We have to have some for future inductions,” he said. “We want to keep it very select, so it’s very meaningful for all those past heroes to be fully recognized.”
There’s a lot of planning and work to be done by the committee in order to make this happen and put Powell River’s best foot forward. The committee recently hosted Debbie Trueman, curator of the Nanaimo museum that houses that community’s Sports Hall of Fame, to provide input into the process of establishing one here.
“Her words of wisdom were that this will be one of our greatest events that will be hosted in the community, one of the most emotional, but at the same time, one of the most challenging in terms of getting it right and answering all of the questions and concerns from the general public on the nominations front,” Palm said.
Powell River’s Sports Hall of Fame will be housed in the Powell River Recreation Complex. Palm said the committee is going to be using the services of John Spick, a community volunteer, to do some design work.
Palm is confident the inaugural induction will do great credit to the community. Powell River has a long list of athletes, teams, founders and builders who have made a lasting impact on the sporting scene, locally, nationally and internationally. Palm added that it’s time to recognize those that have made exceptional contributions.
“What’s kind of unique about Powell River is we have a habit of recognizing people from outside and we do not do a good job of recognizing people who were born and raised here and accomplished great things, for whatever reason,” Palm said.” However, it’s imperative to hold onto your history and your legacy and honour those people who put Powell River on the map on the sporting front. They are great ambassadors.”
For more information, contact:
Jim Palm, Sports Hall of Fame Chair
(604) 414-5960

Sports Hall of Fame - Nomination Form
Sports Hall of Fame - Induction Criteria


Photo information:
Powell River’s Sports Hall of Fame committee has been appointed and is beginning the process of soliciting names for the inaugural induction of candidates into the Hall of Fame. Committee members, from left, include: Roger Pagani, David Brindle, Tony Rice, Ray Dube, Nanaimo Sports Hall of Fame curator Debbie Trueman, who travelled to Powell River to act as a consultant, Chair Jim Palm, Vice-Chair Lisanne English, Ray Boogaards, Larry Louie, Rick Hopper and Tod English. Other committee members are Councillor CaroleAnn Leishman, Regional District Chair Patrick Brabazon and Paul Liknes.





Event date: 
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 3:30pm


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