The British Columbia Lacrosse Association (BCLA) held their Annual General Meeting October 16-18, 2015 in Whistler, BC. Every year this event brings the lacrosse community together for meetings, a lacrosse trade show and the annual merit awards banquet.
Over 500 participants took part in the weekend events.The BC Lacrosse Association annually presents the BCLA Merit Awards to the many lacrosse volunteers who commit their free time to the sport of lacrosse. Seventeen Merit Awards were handed out during the 2015 Merit Awards Banquet held Saturday October 17th at the Whistler Conference Centre.The 2015 BCLA Merit
Award recipients were as follows:
Ted Fridge Family Spirit Award – The Kinna Family (Mike, Sue, Mitchell & Megan), Ridge MeadowsIrvine-Calder-Nevard Merit Award – Outstanding service through lacrosse sponsorshipPhil & Shelly Haig, Port MoodyHugh Gifford Merit Award (Box & Field Lacrosse) – Manager of the YearBox Lacrosse – Shawn Swanson, Nanaimo Timbermen Senior “B” Tom Gordon Plaque – BCLA’s Mr. or Ms. LacrosseDirk Rachfall (New Westminster), BC Lacrosse Association Field DirectorateRuth Seward Merit Award (Box & Field Lacrosse) – Outstanding involvement by and individualBox Lacrosse – Pam Service, Sunshine Coast Minor Lacrosse AssociationField Lacrosse – Harpreet Grewal, Mission Field Lacrosse AssociationNorm Wright Merit Award – Media contribution to the promotion of lacrosseMark Booth (The Delta Optimist Newspaper)Jimmy Gunn Merit Awards – Referees of the YearSenior Referee – Cam Comeau, Lower MainlandMinor Referee – Aaron Wildgrove, New WestminsterField Referee – Jody Weatherby, Pacific Coast FieldDal Martin Merit Award – Trainer of the YearKaren Nichol & Saquib Niaz, Coquitlam Adanacs Senior “A” John Cavallin Merit Award – Coaches of the YearSenior Coach – Fayaz Bardai, Coquitlam Junior “B”Field Coach – Dan Stroup, Port Coquitlam & Team BCBill McBain Minor Box Coaching Merit AwardMinor Coach – Jason Bishop, New Westminster Minor Lacrosse AssociationArt Daoust Merit Award (Box & Field Lacrosse) – Fostering and promoting the game, improving the image and stature of lacrosse in BCBox Lacrosse – Darren Flintoff, New Westminster Minor Lacrosse AssociationLeon Hall Merit Award – Association of the YearBox Lacrosse – Victoria Co-operative Group (Sean Walmsley, Ben Williams & Rauvy Dalep)Field Lacrosse – Mission Field Lacrosse Association
The BCLA Presidents Award promotes and celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by annually giving BCLAorganizations an opportunity to acknowledge and thank an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to lacrosse within their organizations.
The 2015 BC Lacrosse Association Presidents Award winners are as follows:
Mary Clare, Canada West Field Lacrosse LeagueWayne Boulanger, Prince George Senior C Lacrosse LeagueBrad Kraun, Victoria Senior C Lacrosse LeagueChris Scabar, Thompson-Okanagan Junior B LeagueJane Dixon, Vancouver Island Intermediate B LeagueBrad Connolly, Abbotsford Minor Lacrosse Nadia Olheiser, Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Lisa Douglas, Chilliwack Minor Lacrosse Grant Jones, Comox Valley Minor Lacrosse James Abbott, Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Lorne Winship, Cowichan Valley Minor Lacrosse Mel Beaton, Delta Minor Lacrosse Rob Cook, Juan de Fuca Minor Lacrosse Scott Adams, Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Kellie Ohlmann, Langley Field LacrosseNoela McCall, Langley Minor Lacrosse Glen Petty, Mission Minor Lacrosse Joanna Bowman, Nanaimo & District Minor Lacrosse Shane Terris, Nanaimo Raiders Field LacrosseLynda Callard, New Westminster Field LacrosseBridget Malcom, New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Heather King, North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse Richard Pelletier, North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse Crystal Konnila, Peninsula Minor Lacrosse Sherilynn Porter, Prince George Minor Lacrosse Tracey Wray, Pt. Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Jed Sigfusson, Pt. Moody Minor Lacrosse Kelli Semple-Borkowsky, Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Andrea Wentz, Saanich & District Minor Lacrosse Sheri Hildebrand, Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse Mae Dodge, Shuswap Minor Lacrosse Marcus Brejak, Sunshine Coast Minor Lacrosse Ryan Paddon, Surrey Minor Lacrosse Ginette St. Arnaud, Vancouver Field LacrosseCecile Jun, Vancouver Minor Lacrosse Cathy Edwards, Victoria Youth Field Lacrosse