Brooklyn Harrison wins 2023 Judy Seddon Memorial Award

On what would have been Judy’s 67 th birthday, we would like to announce the winner of the 2023 Judy Seddon Memorial Award. This scholarship is awarded annually to a young woman who is involved in rugby in Alberta as an athlete, referee, coach or volunteer, selected on the basis of community service and academics, who is or will be enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

Brooklyn Harrison is a student at the University of Prince Edward Island entering her first year of a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology and a specialization in Life Sciences. She is a multi-sport athlete who started playing rugby in high school. She overcame significant challenges while finishing high school and maintaining involvement in athletics. She was the head coach of the Calgary Rams’ U5 minis rugby program, volunteer coach at Lord Beaverbrook High School girls’ rugby program, and is now
joining the UPEI Panthers varsity rugby team. She is honored to represent Judy by giving back to women’s rugby.

We would like to thank all the applicants and their references for taking the time to apply, and encourage anyone who wishes to apply (or re-apply) next year to mark May 1st in their calendar when applications for the 2024 award open.

More information on the Award and the application process is here, where you can also make a donation to help support future awards.

Canadian Rugby Loses a Titan: RIP Bill Webb

Sad news as we lost Bill Webb, a Canadian Rugby Foundation Board member and CRF Investment Committee member, on August 28. He will be sorely missed by all in the Canadian rugby community and remembered for all his contributions to rugby in this country at the club, university, national, and professional levels.

William “Bill” Reid Webb passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Monday, August 28th, 2023, in the presence of family after a bout of prostate cancer.

Bill was the loving son of the late Roberta Webb (née Heard) and was survived by his father, William A. Webb. He was the beloved husband and “the rock” to Dr. Agnes Wong for more than 26 years. Devoted and proud father of sons James and Stephen. Loving brother to Robert J. Webb, brother-in-law to Noriko, and a caring uncle to Masato and Aiko. Bill’s unwavering dedication to his family truly reflected his character.

Bill was born in Toronto, Ontario. Throughout his 59 years, Bill led a life of accomplishments filled with adventures. He was a proud graduate of Wilfred Laurier University (BBA ‘86). After spending two years working in the UK and travelling extensively around the world, including being a trekking guide in the Himalayas, he went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University (MBA ‘93), where he met his wife and soulmate, Agnes. Bill had a long and distinguished career, including being the Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer at Gluskin Sheff + Associates (1995-2015), a founding partner and later an advisor at Waypoint Investment Partners (2017-present), and most recently, the Co-Founder and President of the Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club (2018-present), photos of which can be found here

Rugby was a fundamental part of Bill’s life, from his early days with Brantford Collegiate Institute, the Brantford Harlequins, and the Laurier Golden Hawks to leading Canada’s first and only professional rugby union team. He also served on the Rugby Canada Board of Directors, co-chaired the campaign for building the Al Charron National Training Centre, and passionately supported the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF). His friends and family will deeply miss him, as he left a lasting legacy in the rugby community.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal friend and compassionate man who believed in giving back to the community through his actions and philanthropy. His legacy of kindness and integrity will live on in the hearts of those who had the opportunity to know him.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests a donation be made in memory of Bill to TIRF (https://tirfrugby.ca/make-a-difference/donate/), the Canadian Cancer Society (https://cancer.ca/en/) or True Patriot Love (https://truepatriotlove.com/).

The family will receive visitors at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes (6191 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) on September 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Another brief visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on September 9th, followed directly by a funeral mass at Blessed Trinity Parish (3220 Bayview Ave, North York, ON). The funeral service will be followed immediately by a reception at the Miller Tavern (3885 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kanejerrettnorthyork.ca for the Webb family.

Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter – July 2023

In this issue of the Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter, “News & Views”, we have updates since the January 2023 Newsletter and 2022 Annual Report. Click here to read the complete Newsletter.

As usual we look forward to hearing from you – whether rugby club executives or members, donors, representatives of our 70 Funds, rugby players of all ages and levels, and dedicated or casual rugby union fans – with your questions, suggestions, or other feedback.

Cheers,

Jeff Chan
Executive Director
Canadian Rugby Foundation

ANNOUNCING THE RICK BOURNE RUGBY AWARD FUND

We are very pleased to announce the new Rick Bourne Rugby Award Fund. Established on the eve of Rick Bourne’s induction into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame, the Rick Bourne Rugby Award aims to support students of any gender who are actively involved in playing rugby in Canada

June 23, 2023 Induction Photos

 

 

Fund and Award Overview
This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of Rick Bourne, a prominent figure in the Canadian rugby community for over six decades. Rick Bourne’s leadership, passion and generosity have made a significant impact on rugby in Canada, making this award a deserving tribute to his legacy. The awards will be funded from donations to the endowment fund and earnings on the fund’s assets.

Eligibility:
To be eligible for the Rick Bourne Rugby Award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Gender and Rugby Participation: Applicants must be students actively participating in rugby in
    Canada. The award is open to all genders. Whether involved in club or university rugby, the
    award is open to individuals dedicated to the sport.
  2. Age Requirement: Applicants must be between 17 and 24 years of age.
  3. Academic Enrollment: Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time degree (graduate
    or undergraduate), diploma or certificate program at a Canadian college or university. The
    program should commence in the academic year for which the award is granted. Students
    starting their studies in the fall semester are eligible.

General Guidelines:

  1. Reapplication: Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years.
  2. Conditional Award: The award is contingent upon the acceptance and continuance of
    the applicant’s chosen educational program. Verification of acceptance into the program will be
    required.
  3. Application Submission:
    a. Submit a completed application form from the Canadian Rugby Foundation.
    b. Attach a letter, not more than 250 words, describing the reasons why you would be a
    worthy recipient of the Rick Bourne Rugby Award. Include your contributions to the
    rugby community, how you have helped expand the game, other volunteer activities,
    your academic achievements, your most important accomplishments and your future
    goals;
    c. Attach two letters of reference from the two individuals named in your application. One
    must be someone who has been involved with you in the rugby community;
    d. Attach a photograph in .jpg format. We would prefer if the applicant is wearing a rugby
    jersey in the photo but that is not required (once submitted the photo will be the
    property of the Canadian Rugby Foundation).

NOTE: Items 1 to 4 above must be e-mailed to cdnrugbyfoundation.financial@gmail.com to
complete the award application.

4. Publicity and Promotion: The award recipient must consent to having their name and
photograph publicized. Additionally, they should be prepared to support the promotion of the
award as requested.

Selection Criteria:
The selection of the Rick Bourne Rugby Award recipient will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Active Participation: Applicants must demonstrate active involvement in playing rugby and a
    commitment to staying engaged in the sport.
  2. Contribution to the Rugby Community: Applicants should exhibit a recognized contribution to
    both the local community and the broader rugby community, showcasing their impact both on
    and off the field.

Rick Bourne’s extensive involvement as a player, coach, administrator, volunteer, director,
philanthropist and leader within the Canadian rugby community has inspired the establishment of this scholarship. His remarkable leadership through rugby in Canada has left a lasting legacy. While many exceptional leaders have emerged within Canadian rugby, Rick Bourne stands as one of the most successful, passionate and generous individuals the country has ever witnessed.

For any further inquiries or clarifications, please refer to the contact information included in the
application instructions.

To make a donation to the Rick Bourne Rugby Award Fund, go here:

ANNOUNCING THE NEW TWIN ELM RUGBY PARK RENEWAL FUND

We are pleased to report the establishment of the Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund today.

TWIN ELM RUGBY PARK

  

Twin Elm Rugby Park was founded by a dedicated group of rugby enthusiasts on June 25th, 1973.  The park is jointly owned by the Bytown Blues, Ottawa Beavers & Banshees, Ottawa Ospreys, and the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club.

 

Under the management of a volunteer Board of Directors, Twin Elm has grown over the last half century to hold a special place in Canada’s rugby history.  The park has hosted provincial and national championships at the high school, junior and senior levels, as well as numerous international matches, including Canada’s epic 18-16 victory over France in 1994, and the Canadian women’s first ever home soil victory over the U.S.A. in 2001.  The park has also showcased the Canadian German Shepherd championship, Gaelic Athletic competitions, lacrosse, and touch football  to list a few.

Dozens of internationals have developed their skills on Twin Elms five pitches, and have gone on to wear the maple leaf with pride at Rugby World Cup’s going back 30 years, most recently at the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Twin Elm also holds the unique distinction of being the only rugby park in the world to have produced the captains of both the women’s and men’s national teams in consecutive Rugby World Cups. This unprecedented  accomplishment occurred when Sherri Sparling captained Canada at the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Spain, and Al Charron followed by leading the Canadian men’s squad into Australia in 2003.

In the Spring of 2023 Twin Elm continued its proud tradition of excellence in helping to develop elite players as the Ontario Senior women played two games against their Quebec counterparts, and the Rugby Canada Youth Commonwealth Games 7’s held trial matches. Twin Elm is looking forward to assisting Rugby Canada as they host the Pacific Four Series, U20 and U18 women’s rugby in the Nation’s Capital during the summer of 2023.

TWIN ELM RUGBY PARK RENEWAL FUND

The Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund is intended to provide funding from interest earned and capital withdrawals for the renewal of the existing Twin Elm Rugby Park.

The Renewal Project recognizes the 50th Anniversary of Twin Elm Rugby Park, and “builds” on the $280,000 recently invested to upgrade the park facilities, honouring the important place Twin Elm holds in Canada’s rugby history and ensuring this legacy is sustained for future generations. The Fund would encompass the multiple needs of the renewal project and allow donors to notify the board of their preference for how their donations would be spent, subject to being consistent with the aims and objectives of the Foundation and Rugby Canada in terms of the growth and development of Rugby in Canada, and compliance with CRA regulations.

For example, one of the primary needs is to replace the old, donated lawnmower with a modern zero-turn mower designed for facilities the size of ours, which would result in significant time savings in volunteer hours. Other improvements include modernizing the lockers to 21st-century standards, renewing the lounge, replacing stands, and adding landscaping such as fences or tree planting. The list would be open-ended as long as rugby-related and of a longer-term capital expenditure versus current operating expense.

Should the project not go ahead as planned, or be canceled, the Twin Elm Rugby Park Board of Directors may decide to repurpose this Fund towards another project or convert the Fund into an endowment fund that supports the growth and development of rugby in Canada, Eastern Ontario or the Twin Elm Rugby Park specifically, consistent with the Mission of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

Donations to the Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund can be made here.

CANADIAN RUGBY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE WOMEN’S AGE-GRADE RUGBY FUND

The Canadian Rugby Foundation, in conjunction with Rugby Canada, has announced the development of the Women’s Age-Grade Rugby Fund, which has been established to raise and invest funds to support Rugby Canada’s women’s age-grade teams and programs.

The Canadian Rugby Foundation, in conjunction with Rugby Canada, has announced the development of the Women’s Age-Grade Rugby Fund, which has been established to raise and invest funds to support Rugby Canada’s women’s age-grade teams and programs.

These U18, U20 and U23 programs develop up-and-coming players and coaches through a coordinated national pathway that leads towards the senior sevens and 15s programs, working in close collaboration with communities, clubs, schools, universities and provincial unions.

The goal of the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund is to invest in the future of women’s rugby in Canada by raising $2 million by 2025.

One hundred percent of funds raised will provide direct support to the program through reduction of the national age grade pay-to-play model, with the aim of alleviating costs associated with travel, equipment, and training. An endowment fund that will grow year after year, the hope is to enable the advancement of age-grade initiatives and support the long-term growth of women’s rugby in Canada.

“Having the opportunity to play through Rugby Canada’s age grade systems was a huge step in my development as a young player,” said Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team captain Sophie de Goede. “Those experiences were a bridge from my club, provincial and university teams to the national team, and they provided insight into the professionalism and dedication it takes to wear the maple leaf. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities and coaches I had at the age grade level and the incredible teammates and friends I was fortunate to meet through those teams.”

Last year, Rugby Canada announced the relaunch of the national women’s age-grade programming. This July, in conjunction with the Canadian-hosted Pacific Four Series rounds in Ottawa, Canada’s U20 Women’s Team will play matches of their own in Canada’s capital, including a curtain raiser at TD Place on July 8 ahead of Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team vs New Zealand. More information about this summer’s U18 and U23 women’s programming will be announced shortly.

“Having a connected and cohesive high-performance pathway for player development is vital to the growth and prosperity of women’s rugby in Canada, and we are greatly looking forward to the revitalization of our women’s age grade programs this year,” said Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team Head Coach Kevin Rouet. “The Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund is an important tool in helping our next generation of women’s rugby players experience elite training and competition on the international stage.”

The Canadian Rugby Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event for the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund in Ottawa alongside the Pacific Four Series. An evening of inspiration, gathering and merriment in support of the future of women’s rugby in Canada, this will be the second “Raising the Uprights” event, the first having taken place earlier this year in Vancouver ahead of HSBC Canada Sevens, raising $20,000 for the Fund.

Registration for the event, which will take place Sunday July 9 from 11:00am to 1:30pm ET at Barley Mow Westboro in Ottawa, is open here. For more information, or to donate directly to the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund, please visit the Canadian Rugby Foundation website here.

About the Canadian Rugby Foundation

The Canadian Rugby Foundation was established in 2003 as a non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada) designated as a public foundation (registration number 869159186).

The Foundation’s mandate is to encourage and build permanent endowed funds, student award funds and capital project funds the income or capital from which will be used to promote and support rugby activities, including but not limited to, players, clubs, coaches, officials, administrators, and rugby organizations – all to support the growth and development of rugby in Canada.

Among its now 68 funds, the CRF has dedicated funds to support Rugby Canada’s age-grade and senior teams and programs such as the Monty Heald Senior Women’s Fund, the U20 (Men’s) Fund, the Hong Kong & Olympic 7s Fund, and the new Women’s Age-grade Rugby Fund.

Rugby Ontario AGM Includes the Foundation’s Pitch

On April 23, 2023 the Canadian Rugby Foundation presented an introduction to the Foundation at Rugby Ontario’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Presenters were Jeff Chan, Executive Director, and Jerry Marriott, Director. Their presentation, designed to raise awareness about the Foundation’s role and explain the benefits of a Foundation Fund to Rugby Ontario’s member clubs, is here.

Announcing the new Aurora Barbarians RFC Development Fund

We are pleased to announce that the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club established their new Aurora Barbarians RFC Development Fund on March 6, 2023.

 

Club History

The Aurora Barbarians RFC (Barbs) celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2020. The Club began as two separate rugby clubs: The Toronto Barbarians and the Aurora Rugby Club. The club officially became the Aurora Barbarians in 2002 when the two clubs successfully merged.

The Aurora Rugby Club was constituted in 1998, developing from the original Aurora Yorks which were formed in 1961 by John .T. P. Brown, a member of the Ontario Rugby Hall of Fame and a past president of the Ontario Rugby Union.

In 1949 rugby was resurrected in post-war Ontario by a group of British expatriates who banded together to form the Wanderers RFC. The following year 1950, the group launched an intensive recruiting drive for players and drawing together a total of 80 would-be participants, set up three additional teams based in Toronto including the Barbarians

The club lead the development of junior rugby in the 70s and purchased a share of Fletcher’s Fields during this time. The club were at the forefront of the re-development of Fletcher’s Fields in the early 90’s, which lead to the construction of a stadium which brought International rugby matches to the GTA.

On the pitch, the club fielded a number of strong championship Senior Mens and youth teams in the 50’s 60’s,70’s and 80’s. After the merger in 2002, the Aurora Barbarians enjoyed a string of success at the Senior Mens level. The club captured five straight league championships, three McCormick Club Championships and made at total of seven McCormick Cup appearances from 2006-2013.

The Senior Women were a similar dominant group with three OWL championships from 2012 to 2016. The club has also seen success from their U-18 Boys and Girls program having won a number of Provincial Championships

The Barbs have a strong Old Boys network of “Black Sheep” supporters. There were notable tours in the 60s and 70’s to USA and Caribbean destinations; in the 80’s to Vancouver, California and Chicago; in the 90s and 2000’s to Las Vegas and NY. The Black Sheep have been strong supporters of the new ABRFC Development Fund.

The Aurora Barbarians philosophy is “A Club for All” and the Club has focused on developing and leading Junior, Minor and Women’s programs to consistently rank among the largest membership clubs in Canada. The ABRFC supports a broad array of teams and programs including: Adult Touch Rugby, Junior Boys, U14 Boys, U16 boys, U18 Boys, Junior Girls, U16 Girls, U18 Girls, Minor Rugby, U10, U12, U8 Flag, Senior Men and Senior Women.

The Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club (ABRFC) is a non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Corporations Act (Ontario). ABRFC is a not-for-profit organization within the meaning of paragraph 149(1)(l) of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The articles of incorporation of the ABRFC dated January 29, 2003, state the objects of ABRFC in part as follows: to promote and encourage the playing of Rugby union football, particularly in the area surrounding the Town of Aurora.

Aurora Barbarians RFC Development Fund

The Aurora Barbarians RFC Development Fund is intended to provide funding from donations, interest earned and capital withdrawals for the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club that supports the growth and development of rugby in Canada, a specified area, or the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club specifically, consistent with the Mission of the Canadian Rugby Foundation. These include:

  1. To encourage and further the game of rugby in Aurora, Ontario, and Canada,
  2. To maintain and conduct the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club (the “Club”) and to promote amongst the members of the Club and others, an interest in the game of rugby,
  3. To actively support rugby players in the Province of Ontario by furnishing equipment, kit, and facilities for the game of rugby,
  4. To promote all forms of rugby and to arrange matches and rugby competitions and to offer or grant and contribute towards prizes, awards and distinctions related to playing rugby in the province of Ontario, and
  5. To accumulate assets dedicated to capital projects, for which withdrawals will be made towards projects such as land and building purchases, construction, facility improvements and renovations in support of rugby in Aurora, the Greater Toronto Area, and the Province of Ontario.

 

USE THE FORM BELOW TO DONATE TO THE AURORA BARBARIANS RFC DEVELOPMENT FUND:

 

Canadian Rugby Loses Pat Aldous on February 14, 2023

Obituary

ALDOUS, Patrick Alan

79, of Vancouver, B.C. Canada sadly passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

He was born on 12 March 1943 at Lionsgate (North Shore) Hospital in North Vancouver. He was predeceased by his parents Montague and Kathleen Aldous, brother Charles Aldous, and his uncle Alan Aldous. He leaves behind his wife Linda Aldous, brother Howard (Donna) Aldous, and step-mother Kay Aldous. His four daughters Kathleen (David Schleindl) Aldous-Schleindl, Wendy (Robert) Friesen, Betty (Matthew Downer) Aldous and Amy Aldous. His grandchildren Luke, Emma, Tyler, Sean, Sienna, Dylan and Max, and Lyn Dunn (née Sutton) to whom he was married from 1964-1984. He is also survived by his nephews Kent (Mary) Aldous, and Patrick (Janele) Aldous and their children Emily, Liam, Charlotte and Eloise; and his step-sister Jean (Norm) Pass, and step-brother Mel (Diana) Butler.

Patrick began his career as a Chartered Accountant and received his certification in Victoria, B.C., and then went on to article for Peat Marwick Mitchell in Vancouver B.C. He rose in his field to become the President of Okanagan Helicopters, and then with his business partner Dave Whyte bought Alpine Helicopters in 1988, thereby becoming co-owner and CEO of Alpine. Alpine grew to include Alpine Aerotech and Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH). That combined company was sold to Intrawest Corp. in 1998.

Patrick was an accomplished athlete and was passionate about supporting and promoting Canadian Rugby. Pat played rugby for Kats RFC and BC, captaining Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team in 1971. He was Chairman of Rugby Canada and Vice President and Board member of the Canadian Rugby Foundation until very recently, and remained a current member of the Canadian Rugby Sevens board. He was involved in the launch of Canada Sevens and was instrumental in the development of the Al Charron National Training Centre. Upon his retirement as Chairman of the Rugby Canada board in 2020 he was honoured with the Chairperson Award. Pat was also a Canadian Olympic Committee Representative for rugby.

Additional interests included playing the saxophone for the Kitsilano Boys Band under the direction of Arthur W. Delamont, which he enjoyed greatly, and in recent years he was on the advisory board for Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

He enjoyed travel, theatre, spending time with his family and friends, good restaurants, fine wine, and watching sports. He always encouraged his children to strive to do their best, and to continually “accentuate the positive!”. He travelled extensively throughout his life, most recently in support of Rugby Canada, hosting large family trips, and taking trips with Linda and their friends.

As well as his successful career and rugby achievements, Pat will be greatly missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He passed away on Valentine’s Day but on this day of love, we will always remember a man that loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had a formidable presence and was kind, charming, sharp-witted and generous.

The family wishes to thank the kind staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver for their care of Pat, where he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after having suffered a serious stroke.

We invite you to make a donation to the Monty Heald Senior Women’s Fund in his honour, in lieu of sending flowers. https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/monty-heald-national-womens-fund/    NOTE : the preceding link and Fund name corrected from the newspaper version.

A private gathering was held for the immediate family but a Celebration of Life will be held in the summer 2023 in his honour. Details TBA.