This past weekend Barry was inducted into Rugby Canada’s prestigious list of Honorary Life members!!
Barry has been a foundation of knowledge and dedication and staple to our club for decades and has been on the front lines to help grow the game all across the country.
**Re-post from Rugby Canada:
Canadian rugby has a long history and we are delighted to announce that the Ways and Means Committee has been established to support our new Hall of Fame and Museum initiatives that are due to launch next year!
Rugby Canada and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of the Ways and Means Committee to develop a plan to honor and preserve rugby’s culture and heritage in Canada by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of rugby’s participants in our country.
The Ways and Means Committee will support the establishment and direction of the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame and Museum initiatives.
As part of the expansion of the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence, the proposed Hall of Fame will be located in the new High Performance Centre in Langford, BC. Additionally, the Hall of Fame will feature a Museum that highlights and celebrates the historic moments in Canadian rugby history, creating a unique focal point at the state-of-the-art rugby facility.
“The creation of the Ways and Means Committee is an exciting prospect that will allow us to celebrate and honor the history of Canadian rugby,” said Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen. “With the establishment of a Hall of Fame and Museum, it presents an exciting opportunity for rugby enthusiasts coast-to-coast to relive and learn about the great moments in Canadian rugby history while celebrating the fantastic individuals whom have contributed to our great sport."
Furthermore, noted Canadian rugby historian, and 2015 BC Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, Doug Sturrock, has created a book highlighting the history of rugby in Canada. The Ways and Means Committee is presently working with Sturrock on plans for its promotion and release of this published work.
The Committee, which features eight members, is headed by Barry Giffen, a two-time past President of Rugby Canada. The other Committee members are John Billingsley, Rick Bourne, Liz Ferguson, Keith Gillam, Rick Graham, Alan Sharp, Doug Sturrock and Keith Wilkinson. The committee features past Rugby Canada board members, presidents and players.
The Committee’s mandate will revolve around these primary initiatives, and will focus on other similar projects that will enhance the game of rugby into the future. In doing so, the Committee will identify, inventory and make accessible, records of actions by players, officials and administrators whom have made a significant contribution to the development and enhancement of the sport of Rugby in Canada.
“We are very pleased that Rugby Canada has approved the creation of the Ways and Means Committee and look forward to help preserve and promote the rich history of the game of Rugby Football in Canada,” said Giffen. “We are indeed very fortunate to have been able to assemble a who's who list of individuals as committee members whose experience collectively, span the past 50 years of game.”
The Hall of Fame will feature four categories with no more than seven new inductees being announced each year. The Hall of Fame Project Team that is a sub-committee to the Ways and Means Committee and will be responsible for electing new nominees. The Hall of Fame categories are as follows:
The first entrants into the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame will be announced at the 2016 Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 9th 2017, in Vancouver, ahead of the HSBC Canada Sevens event in Vancouver, BC.
Congratulations again Barry for this top HONOUR!!!