BC Sports Hall of Fame Annual Summit to be held in Kelowna September 23-24, 2022

July 26, 2022


July 26th, 2022

For the first time ever, the BC Sports Hall of Fame will hold its Annual Summit in Kelowna – this September 23-24, 2022.

The event will be co-hosted by the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame and will mark the first time in the 56-year history of the BC Sports Hall of Fame that its Annual General Meeting is being held outside of Greater Vancouver. Registration is now open for this exciting event.

The two-day Summit will include a luncheon paying tribute to several Defining Moments in British Columbia sport history, a dinner honouring 2022 winners of the Eric Whitehead Inspired Service Awards, a series of community development workshops, a pin ceremony for BC Sports Hall of Famers who are Okanagan-region residents, and the Annual General Meeting itself. The Annual Summit is designed for Trustees of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, members of the Board of Directors of the BC Sports Hall Foundation, community stakeholders and representatives of local, regional, and sport-specific Halls of Fame that are part of the emerging BC Sports Hall Network.

“It is part of our plan to move the Annual Summit and AGM around the province each year, and we’re grateful for the warm welcome and support of Patrick Kennedy and the team at the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame,” said Tom Mayenknecht, Chair of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. “We will build on this year’s Annual Summit in Kelowna and previous pilots in New Westminster and Surrey, to make the annual meeting an important coming-together of those who advocate for the promotion of sport history, heritage, and culture in British Columbia. We’re keen to make it a valuable opportunity for professional and community development for Honoured Members and other supporters from throughout the province.”

The BC Sports Hall of Fame Annual Summit will be held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in downtown Kelowna – and is being co-chaired by Aziz Rajwani and Joan McMaster of the BC Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, along with Patrick Kennedy, manager of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

“Given several postponements due to COVID-19, this is an opportunity that has been three years in the making,” said Kennedy. “We consider it an honour to be co-hosting the BC Sports Hall of Fame Annual Summit, and we are looking forward to welcoming Trustees, Directors, and other stakeholders, including members of the BC Sports Hall Network. It will be a big weekend for us at the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.”

Among the Defining Moments previously celebrated during the Annual Summit were Vancouver 2018 (the 1994 Vancouver Canucks run to the Stanley Cup Final; 1994 Grey Cup win by the BC Lions; and 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria) and New Westminster 2019 (Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 1980, Vancouver 2010 and the 1982 Canucks run to the Stanley Cup Final). Details for this year’s event will be announced throughout the summer, including several additional Defining Moments in BC sport history, along with a campaign to commemorate the most important moments in Central Okanagan sport history.

Tickets for the Defining Moments Luncheon and Eric Whitehead Inspired Service Awards Dinner are available online at bcsportshall.com/summit.

About the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The BC Sports Hall of Fame celebrates extraordinary achievement in B.C. sport history and inspires future generations to make their dreams come true.  As a non-profit charitable organization, the Hall curates an astounding collection of 27,000 heritage artifacts and 100,000 archival documents representing 150-years of sport history in British Columbia. Through Hero in You Youth Education Programs, the BC Sports Hall of Fame reaches over 6,500 young learners each year across the province, advancing a mission of building outstanding community legacies by honouring the past and inspiring the future.

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