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November 7th, 2022

2022 BC Soccer Annual General Meeting Highlights

Over a packed weekend of activities, BC Soccer welcomed over 200 attendees from all corners of the Province at the first in-person AGM since 2019

Members and guests from across BC came together in Richmond this past weekend to celebrate the last 12 months of soccer in the province!

Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director commented that “It was great to be back in-person with the many individuals that support soccer from across the province. It was also great to have focused workshops and presentations around Safe Sport, Strategic Planning, and player, Coach and Referee Development. Having Allison Forsyth leading the safe sport session was extremely valuable and we are so pleased to have a strong partnership with her company, ITP.



Many of the key initiatives from 2021-2022 is captured in BC Soccer’s Year in Review document linked here: READ the 2021-2022 Digital Year in Review document

Board Director Elections
BC Soccer’s voting delegate members elected the following Board Members to a 3-year term:
- Ralph Luongo, Vice President Adult
- Andrea Benton, Director-at-Large
- John Charlton, Director-at-Large
- Don Dancey, Director-at-Large

Ralph, John, and Don being re-elected for their respective positions while Andrea being elected as a new board member.

Landon Ling did not seek re-election to the board. BC Soccer thanks Landon for the valuable contributions made to the Association

Bylaw Amendments Update
At the meeting, bylaw amendments were considered and voted on by the voting delegates members: linked here is the complete Bylaw Amendments Package POST AGM.

In addition to the official business conducted on Saturday morning at the Annual General Meeting, BC Soccer’s commitment to increased engagement and providing value to members included several workshops for attendees. 

Friday’s Technical Lead’s workshop focused on the development of players coaches and referees, and the delivery of new programs and services over the coming months.

BC Soccer’s Director of Soccer Development Chris Cerroni led the workshop: “Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of work done in the soccer development world, the majority of which was built around stakeholder engagement/feedback.  We’re very excited about some of the imminent initiatives in referee, player and coach development which we think brings value to our members, particularly the grass roots organizations.”

Saturday afternoon featured a Strategic Plan update and interactive workshop facilitated by Jason Elligott, BC Soccer Executive Director and Gayle Statton, BC Soccer President.

The schedule concluded with a Safe Sport workshop led by ex-Olympic Skier Allison Forsyth, COO of ITP Sport, the independent agency which now manages BC Soccer’s Discipline, Complaints and Appeals.

Gabriel Assis, Director of Soccer Operations stated, “Allison’s passion, resilience and commitment are inspiring. It highlights to all of us involved in our sport the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all participants of all ages. We look forward to entering Phase 2 of our collaboration with ITP Sport, that will see a more cohesive and efficient process for intake, triage and response to discipline, complaints and appeals.”

BC Soccer 2022 Award Banquet
On the evening of November 5th, the Association hosted the first ever live inductions to the “Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia”.  The Hall of Fame, instituted in 2019, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of BC’s most outstanding soccer players, coaches, referees, builders and teams and organizations of distinction.

The 2022 Hall of Fame Induction class featured:
Roy Nosella (Player)
Josh Simpson (Player)
Clare Rustad (Player)
Larry Louis (Player)
Sven Haberman (Player)
Brian Hughes (Coach)
Michelle Pye (Referee)
Jim Lamond (Builder)
Keith Millar (Builder)
UBC Alumni Women 1996-2003 (Team of distinction)
Victoria All-Stars 1951 (Team of distinction)
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (Organization of Distinction)
North Shore United (Organization of Distinction).  

The event also recognized the contributions by individuals to BC Soccer.

The 2022 BC Soccer Annual Awards recognized the following individuals:
Award of Merit: Brad Hlasney
Award of Merit: Joe Bell
Player of the Year: Cole Toupin
Coach of the Year: Jamie Pond
Administrator of the Year: Sheryl Turner
Referee of the Year: Dieter Trenkel
Special Recognition: Don Taylor
NCCP Coaching Award: Joe Jutty
President’s Award: Joe Basic
AC Sanford Award: Rob Lennox
Life Membership: Doug Ross
Life Membership: Ruben Tremarco

Sincere thanks!

BC Soccer sincerely thanks the delegates and members who attended this year’s AGM weekend activity and look forward to another successful year of creating positive soccer experiences.

BC Soccer Association

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 existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

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.