2007 Builders Award
Bryan had an early start in girls’ sports. He fondly
remembers his father’s involvement in starting up the Sarnia
Girls’ Fastball league in the early 60s. Bryan said with a
smile that he and his brother Ron were “forced to volunteer”
as umpires for the girls’ games.
But it wasn’t until his own daughters began playing for the
Sarnia Starfires in 1980 that Bryan became involved in
girls’ hockey through coaching, managing and of course,
being a great fan. In 1981, Bryan was appointed Chairman of
Special Events and became a member of the Executive of the
Sarnia Starfires. Bryan coached and managed Bantam and
Midget teams in the Lambton County league, including the
Bantam A team that won Provincial Championships in 1985,
1986 and 1987.
In 1986, Bryan laid the foundation of the Sarnia’s girls’
house league program. In that first year, eight teams were
formed in the Novice, Atom, Peewee and Bantam divisions.
During this time, Bryan was also active in the Sarnia Minor
Athletic Association boys’ hockey program as the Novice
Convener from 1989 – 1992.
In 1992, Bryan was elected President of the Sarnia Starfires
(competitive) and Sarnia Girls’ Hockey (house league) and
held the position until 1999. He is currently a Director on
the Sarnia Jr. Lady Sting (formerly Sarnia Starfires) and
Sarnia Girls Hockey executives. From 1985 – 2000 he was an
active volunteer with the Sarnia Starfires Celebration of
Lights Girls Hockey Tournament.
In 1992, Bryan took his dedication to girls’ hockey to the
next level when he was elected the Regional Director for
Western Ontario in the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA),
an organization that oversees more than 35,000 female hockey
players. He became Vice-President in 1995 and in 1999 was
elected President, a position he continues to hold today. He
can be proud to know that his is one of the longest running
terms for a President in the history of the OWHA. He has
been Chairman for the past eight years of the Girls’ OWHA
Provincial Championships, where more than 400 teams compete
One of Bryan’s most recognized local accomplishments is
bringing the Girls’ Silver Stick Finals Tournament to
Sarnia. The annual event began in 1999 with 76 teams
participating. The tournament continues to grow year after
year, now bringing over 100 highly competitive teams to our
community. With a goal to further raise Sarnia’s reputation
on a national level, Bryan was instrumental in bringing the
ESSO Women’s National Championships to the city in 2005.
In 2003, Bryan was the Manager for Under 18 Team Ontario,
which won the gold medal at the Ontario Winter games in
Trois Riviere, Quebec.
1992 - Peter Glabb Memorial awards for the SMAA Volunteer of
2004 – For Kid’s Sake award from Today’s Parent magazine,
one of five winners chosen in Canada. This award is
presented to those who have made a difference in the lives
of Canadian children.
2005 – 2006 – Point Edward Minor Athletic Association “Mr.
Sportsman” award for his dedication to his grandson’s team
over the years.
Recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Award
Bryan is married to Ruth and together they have three
children Kelly, Kim and Tracy, and are the proud
grandparents of six grandchildren.