On February 22, Jack Pelech was inducted into the Canada Games Hall of Honour. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Canada Games, the Hall of Honour was created in 2007 to recognize, honour, and celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the Canada Games Movement.
Jack Pelech, a native of Hamilton Ontario, 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. His tirelessly dedication demonstrates the phenomenal impact one individual can have on the entire sport system.
“Jack Pelech has been a tireless supporter of the Canada Games and sport in this country for more than four decades,” says Sue Hylland President and CEO of the Canada Games Council. “Without his commitment and dedication the Canada Games would not be one of the most important steps young Canadian athletes take in becoming the next generation of national and International champions. There is no one more deserving to be inducted into the Hall of Honour then Mr. Jack Pelech.”
Pelech is no stranger to prestigious honours as he has been previously awarded the Hamilton Citizen of the Year (1987), McMaster Sports Hall of Fame (1987), Governor General's Commemorative Medal (1992), Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and the Order of Canada (2006).
His great loves were the law and sports, and he pursued both with passion and joy. From athlete to builder, Jack Pelech has contributed at all levels of Canada's sport system and his greatest legacy to Canadian sport will always remain with the Canada Games.