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BC Soccer shares highlights of Nov 6th Annual General Meeting

Membership elected new Directors to the Board, approved significant Bylaw and Rule amendments, and welcomed two new Life Members. 

November 6th - Vancouver / Surrey BC

The members had the opportunity to review key initiatives from 2020-2021, much of which is captured in BC Soccer’s Year in Review document linked here: READ the Year in Review on-line document. President Gayle Statton provided an update on progress against its 2024 Strategic Plan, highlighting the commitment to deliver against this ambitious plan.

For a visual summary of activity between our last 2 AGM’s, we’ve produced our annual Year-in-Review video, which includes an “In Memoriam” tribute to some of the incredible people who we lost from our game this past year.

BYLAWS AND RULE AMENDMENTS UPDATE

At the meeting, significant and progressive amendments were approved. The membership, guided by the vision to provide positive soccer experiences, supported substantial changes brought forward by BC Soccer designed to evolve the administration and governance of the game in BC: linked here is the complete Bylaw and Rule Amendments Package POST AGM. Some of the significant changes include:

- Players registering to a club instead of teams, which empowers clubs, districts and leagues to implement processes that reduces administration burdens, creating more flexible player movement within their club which supports increased player development guidance from Canada Soccer.

- Shifting BC Soccer Rules and Regulations approval solely to the BC Soccer Board of Directors which aligns with good practice and the direction received from Canada Soccer.

- Removal of the Youth Player Zoning Rule; this allows all players the freedom to choose what club/program they wish to play for based on their needs and aspirations regardless of where they live. This change reinforces BC Soccer’s value of inclusion and supports the principle of accessibility, and further aligns to with Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development principles.

BC Soccer is currently working to update the bylaw and rule documents, which will be posted on the website and circulated to the membership once the updates have been completed.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

BC Soccer’s Board was proud to bring forward the recommendation for two new Life Members, in Kjeld Brodsgaard and Rob Lennox. Their invaluable contributions to the game in British Columbia was recognized by the membership unanimously. 

BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS

BC Soccer’s voting members elected the following Board Members to a 3-year term:

- Carlos Grosso, 1st Vice President

- Deb Pudek, Vice President Youth

- Fraser Sim, Director-at-Large

- Peter Lonergan, Director-at-Large

- Tamara Lee Van den Brink, Director-at-Large

Carlos, Deb and Peter being re-elected for their respective positions while Fraser and Tamara are new members of the Board.

Leanna Napolitano and Melissa Tancredi did not seek re-election to the board. BC Soccer thanks them both for their valuable contribution during their time on a Board Member. 

SPECIAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Without soccer activity for much of the past fiscal year, BC Soccer felt it was appropriate to suspend the usual Awards and Recognition categories, and replace them with Special Awards to recognize individuals who helped lead their organizations through the pandemic.

The 2021 Community Service Award is presented to an individual, or organization in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to their soccer community in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We congratulate this year’s winner Kevin Julian from Cliff Avenue United.

2021 Exceptional Leadership Award is presented to an individual, or organization at the club, district, or league level in recognition of significant contributions to soccer and their soccer community in British Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year’s deserving recipient is Michael Iallonardo of Wesburn Football Club.

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.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, 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