Canada Games Hall of Honour
In 2007, the Canada Games celebrated their 40th anniversary. One legacy of the 40th Anniversary celebrations was the development of the Canada Games Hall of Honour.
The Canada Games Hall of Honour celebrates exceptional Canada Games alumni who have distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers or administrators, individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the Canada Games Movement.
Induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour occurs every two years during every Canada Games. Nominees can be entered into two categories; Athlete or Builder (coach, officials, administrators and volunteers).
Past Inductees into the Canada Games Hall of Honour Include:
(Click on each inductee for a full biography)
Jack Pelech, was a member of the Canada Games Council from 1969 until 2001 and acted as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1971 to 2001. Through his involvement he has left a lasting legacy not only to the Canada Games but to amateur sport in Canada.
Bob Secord, a founding father of the Canada Games; was instrumental in the development and success of amateur sports and recreation programs in Ontario and across the nation.
Roly McLenahan, a leader in the formation of New Brunswick’s Canada Games team as they ventured into their very first Games held in Quebec City in 1967.
Bill Clarke, a founding member of the Canada Games Council Board whose leadership, helped see the birth of the Canada Games property.
Don Johnson has been instrumental in guiding the growth and sophistication of the Canada Games - from its “good idea” stage through its growth phase.
John Wilbert, one of the most celebrated coaches in Prince Edward Island, John teaches his athletes, dedication, respect and drive. He continues to pass on his love for the Canada Games and all they stand for.
Dave “Eli” MacEachern, an all-around athlete who started out as a promising soccer player in the late 1970’s, a Canada Games athlete in Athletics in the 80s and wound up being Prince Edward Island’s first ever gold medal winner in the Olympics in Bobsled , two decades later.
Cassie Campbell,1991 marked the inaugural year female hockey debuted at the Canada Winter Games. It was also the year that Cassie Campbell made her first appearance as the Captain for team Ontario. Since then she has won 21 medals, including 17 gold medals and four silver medals.
Catriona Le May Doan, participated in three Canada Games; winning a bronze medal in short track speed skating in 1983, silver and bronze in 1987 and participated in athletics in the 1993. LeMay Doan continues her involvement in speed skating, the Olympic Movement and the Canada Games Movement. She currently sits on the Canada Games Council Board of Directors as well as the Canada Games Council’s Sport Committee.
Colleen Jones, participated at the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon, Manitoba. She helped Team Nova Scotia capture a silver medal, which is tied for the best finish for a Nova Scotia curling team, male or female, in Canada Games history. She also played an important role in the Halifax bid as co-chair, helping secure the 2011 Canada Games.
Guy Rousseau, a major contributor to the Canada Games Movement as a pioneer and visionary in the role of Executive Director of the inaugural Canada Winter Games in Québec City in 1967.
Jim Morell, a member of the Canada Games Council from 1984 to 1987 and prior to that was a mission member, assistant-chef or chef de mission for Team New Brunswick from 1969-1981 and altogether has been to 14 Canada Games.
Larry Smith, served as the Canada Games Chairman from 2001-2009. During his time at the Council, Smith’s passion for Canadian sport was a key factor in establishing the Canada Games as a developer of our next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
Annie Pelletier, competed in Diving at the 1989 Canada Games in Saskatoon, where she won a she won a medal in the 3m springboard event, and also earned 5th place in the 1m springboard.
Pierre Harvey, competed in Cross country skiing at the 1979 Canada Games in Brandon, there he won an impressive four Gold Medals (three individual, one in relay).
Claude Hardy, a Canada Games pioneer who truly left an unforgettable stamp as an athlete, a coach and a Chef de Mission.
Peter Lesaux, a truly integral part of the Canada Games development as he implemented numerous policies and procedures that helped shape the way the Canada Games are structured today.
Nicolas Gill, competed in Judo at the 1987 Canada Games in Cape Breton, where he won a the Gold medal in the 54kg category and continued on to take the Judo world by storm.
Joy Ward-Fera, From competing as an Alpine athlete in the 1971 Games to now organizing send-offs and welcome homes for local Delta athletes competing in current Canada Games, Joy Ward-Fera has been a staple of consistency in her involvement with the Canada Games movement.
Abdul Shaikh’s first taste of the Canada Games dates back to the 1971 Games in Saskatoon where he won a gold medal for BC’s badminton team. This success would soon translate to the coaching world, where Shaikh proved to be a tremendous leader, shaping young badminton athletes and guiding them to excellence.
Sandrine Charron Few have experienced the multiple facets of the Canada Games quite like Sandrine Charron. From competing as an athlete in 1991, coaching in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007 to managing in 2011, Sandrine Charron has been a pillar of Quebec’s Biathlon team at the Canada Games for many years.
To recognize, honour and celebrate exceptional Canada Games alumni who have distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches, officials or administrators.
To recognize, honour and celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the Canada Games Movement.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have been a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada over the course of their involvement. Posthumous nominations will be considered.
Membership in the Hall of Honour is open to athletes/teams, coaches and builders (officials, administrators, and volunteers) who have served the cause of the Canada Games Movement with distinction.
Nominees must have participated at the Canada Summer or Winter Games as an athlete in individual or team sports.
Nominees must have achieved significant success in national and/or international competition, and be retired from international competition for a minimum of five years.
Nominees will have demonstrated support for the Canada Games and endorsed the Movement through promotional events, community engagement or other meaningful activities.
Nominees may be a coach, official, administrator, volunteer, sponsor or member of the media.
Nominees may be either active or inactive and shall be evaluated for his or her outstanding effort and the impact he or she has made, normally over a period of at least ten (10) years, but not necessarily consecutive. In exceptional circumstances this period maybe shorter.
Past Canada Games Council Chairman
Nominees must be a past Canada Games Council Chair. The nominee shall be evaluated for his or her contributions and impact brought forth to the Canada Games Property during their tenure as Chair.
An individual or organization may submit one nomination in each category.
Nominees will be considered for induction in the Games year nominated. If the nomination is not successful for that Games year the nomination may be held in consideration for the next Games cycle.
Should the nominee not be selected for induction within the three-year period, the nomination must wait four years before being resubmitted.
A maximum of three pages may be submitted for the application and no more than ten pages of supporting documentation (e.g. letters of support and newspaper articles) may accompany each nomination.
The Canada Games Hall of Honour Selection Committee is comprised of individuals with extensive knowledge of all aspects the Canada Games Movement. The selection committee will continue to have no more than five members including a member of the CGC Board of Directors who will be the Chairperson. The Canada Games Council provides staff support to the committee.
In making their selection the committee will keep in mind that induction into the Canada Games Hall of Honour is an exclusive distinction and is only for those few who have made an exceptional contribution to the Movement. They may consider any of the following: length of time associated with the Canada Games;
- the type(s) of contribution(s) made e.g. leader, role model, supporter/advocate
- influence on the growth of the Movement at the Provincial Territorial and/or National level
- contribution to strengthening the Canada Games Movement