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Origins of the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame

The concept of creating the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame originated during the Burnaby Park Commission meeting of October 01, 1997. With the B.C. Summer Games held in Burnaby during the summer of 1997, the Hall was to be a legacy from that sporting event. For two years from that date, in subsequent meetings, the Commission refined the structure and function of the BSHOF and set guidelines as to the selection of the BSHOF committee. The committee was to be composed of those individuals who had ties to Burnaby and representing the areas of: • Outdoor sports groups • Indoor sports groups • Post-secondary sports • Athletes with disabilities • Private recreation facilities • Chamber of Commerce • Labour community • Media • Private and public high school sports • Liaison from the Burnaby Parks Board

 

The Start Up

To obtain candidates, advertisements were placed in local newspapers. The mandate set out by the Commission for the committee was to establish criteria for induction of members, implement a nomination process, maintain a display area, and provide recognition for the inducted members. The inaugural committee was officially ratified on May 03, 2000. Once the committee was established, the task of meeting the provisions of the Commission began and an application made to the provincial government to be certified under the Provincial Society Act. That incorporation was obtained on April 18, 2001. We also received charitable society status with the Federal government for income tax purposes. Another necessity was to obtain a “pro bono” lawyer and accountant, both of whom — Greg Greiner and Bonnie Latimer — have been allied with Hall since its incorporation. The first induction ceremony was on October 11, 2001. Five athletes, five builders, three coaches, and one team were inducted

Current inducted members
Athletes – 64
Builders – 53
Coaches – 31
Teams – 18
Scholarship recipients - 24

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