Softball Canada Hall of Fame
Builders Category 

Paul Gard

Inducted: 2013
Territory: Northwest Territories


Paul Gard has been involved with softball for over 40 years as a player, coach and administrator. One of his crowning achievements as a player was winning the 1981 Canadian Men’s Fastpitch Championship as a member of the Crown Well Oilers from Alberta, and he also played in several World Masters Games. Paul has been involved with NWT Softball for many years, serving as President on two occasions and contributing in many other roles to develop the sport in the Territory.

He coached Team NWT to the consolation round Gold medal at the 2009 U19 Men’s International Championship, and also coached this year’s team at the U21 Men’s International Championship, losing in the consolation round finals. In addition to coaching, he also continues to play at the Masters level, recently competing at his fifth World Masters Games in Torino, Italy in 2013. Paul is not only recognized in the NWT, but also serves as a great ambassador of the game throughout Canada and around the World.

Paul was previously inducted to the Softball Alberta Hall of Fame in 2010 as a member of the 1981 Crown Well Oilers team. He is currently serving as Softball NWT’s vice-president responsible for coaching, a position he will be leaving after hosting the Softball Canada Congress. Despite leaving Softball NWT’s Board, Paul will continue to offer his advice and experience when needed.

 

Bill Barron

Inducted: 2011
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador


Bill Barron started his softball career in 1957. He was a player for 10 years, an umpire for 12 years and a coach for 6 years, while also juggling several administrative roles throughout a   softball career that now spans over 50 years. He has been an official   executive member of the very successful St. John’s Senior Softball League since its very beginning in 1957, having been instrumental in the long term   success of one of Canada’s best men’s softball leagues.

Bill’s commitment to the St. John’s Senior Softball League is unmatched, having played, coached and even umpired in the league, as well as being a knowledgeable colour commentator and statistician. He has devoted countless hours to recording softball history of both the St. John’s Senior and Intermediate leagues, including statistics for over 1,500 players who have played even a single   inning in the league, as well as extensive details for other male and female players and teams in the province.

In addition to his involvement with the league, he has also served as a member of Softball   Newfoundland and Labrador’s Board of Directors at various times totaling 11 years of involvement, and has also been a part of the vast majority of Canadian and Provincial Championships held in Newfoundland & Labrador to date. Bill is one of the major reasons for Newfoundland & Labrador’s success at the National level, and his league has served as the development ground for many players who have gone on to represent Canada at the   international level.

 

Bob Stanton

Inducted: 2011
Province: New Brunswick


After earning his Law Degree at the University of New Brunswick, Bob Stanton began his involvement in our sport as a team manager in 1976 before becoming an umpire in 1983. Two short years later, he umpired at the 1985 Canada Summer Games, and worked his way up at the Canadian Championship level by umpiring at the 1988 Midget Girl’s, 1992 Senior Women’s, and 1994 and 1995 Senior Men’s, obtaining his ISF certification in 1995.

He later officiated at the 1999 Pan American Games, and worked his last Canadian Championship as an on-field umpire in 2001. In addition to his work on the field, Bob served as Softball New Brunswick’s Umpire in Chief from 1990-1998, and also supervised 11 Canadian Championships between 1995 and 2007. He was appointed to the Officiating Development Committee in 2000, and later became Softball Canada’s National Director of Umpires in 2004 until 2008, when he was named the International Softball Federation Director of Umpires, a position he still holds.

Throughout the years, Bob has held many umpiring clinics and supervised numerous events. In addition to all his administrative duties, Bob also volunteers his time locally in Fredericton, and had a major role in starting up a university league and rejuvenating the Fredericton Boy’s Fastpitch Association.

 

Linda Edey (Deceased)

Inducted: 2010
Province: Alberta


Linda Edey started playing softball in 1961. In 1972, she started coaching, registered as an umpire and also began volunteering as a statistician for the Edmonton Ladies Softball Association. From there, she went became the consummate volunteer, leading to 28 years of involvement with the Softball Alberta as Secretary (1979-1983), Treasurer (1984-1997) and Director of Finance (1998-2005).

She also chaired   many important national and international events in Alberta, including the first ISF Youth World Softball Championship in 1981 and the Midget Girls (1990 and 2007), Junior Women (2002) and Senior Women (1993 and 1999) Canadian Championships.

In addition to all of these accomplishments, Linda was also the draw master for both Softball Canada’s Canadian Championships and the Western Canadian Championships from 1995 to 2007. After being inducted to the Softball Alberta Hall of Fame in 2006, Linda passed away on April 12th, 2008.

 

Gil Read (Deceased)

Inducted: 2009
Province: Ontario


Gil Read, a long-time coach from the Ottawa region, led three teams to the Canadian Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1999 and also coached Team Ontario to Gold medals at the 1997, 2001 and 2005 Canada Summer Games. In addition to his coaching accomplishments, Gil also served on numerous Softball Canada and Softball Ontario committees, always contributing to building the game he loved. Unfortunately, Gil suddenly passed away in 2007.

In addition to his coaching accolades mentioned above, Gil also served as Team Leader at the 2003 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in China, as well as Team Leader for the Senior Women’s Olympic Team at a Qualifier in Puerto Rico in 2003 and at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Gil was a member of Softball Ontario’s Coaching Committee from 1994 to 2001, also served on Softball Canada’s Coaching Committee and was a Softball Canada Master Course Conductor from 1994 to 2006. He also served as an   Executive Member of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association (OASA) from 1994 to 2002, serving as President in 2001 and 2002, and was on Softball Ontario’s Board from 2002-2004 and 2006-2007.

 

George Arcand

Inducted: 2007
Territory: Yukon


George Arcand was born in New Westminster, British Columbia and has been recognized as the face of softball in the Yukon for a number of decades. He has been instrumental in leading several projects to promote both Fast-Pitch and Slo-Pitch in Yukon, including the development of the Pepsi Softball Center (formerly the Takhini Softball Complex) which has been the host of various softball events since its creation and will be the host of the 2008 ISF Junior Men’s World Championships next summer.

George’s administrative responsibilities started in 1975 when he was elected President of Softball Yukon and held that position until 1986, while also contributing as treasurer of the Whitehorse Minor Softball Association and the Whitehorse Senior Men’s Fastball league, chairing several events and being a member of several committees during that period as well. For all of his efforts, he was named Sport Yukon Administrator of the year in both 1983 and 1984. In 1985, he was appointed Executive Director of Softball Yukon, a position he continues to hold to this day. George is also serving as President of Sport Yukon, a position he has held for many years and has also been on the Board since its inception in 1973.

In addition to all he has done in the Yukon, George also served as Vice President of Softball Canada in 1986 and 1987, while also serving as Team Leader of Canada’s Senior Men’s Fast-Pitch team that won a Bronze Medal at the World Championships (1986) and a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games (1987) during his tenure. In 1989, he coached the Yukon Senior Men’s Fast-Pitch team to a Silver Medal at the Canadian Championships, and also   coached Yukon’s Women’s Slo-Pitch team at five Canadian Championships.

George’s passion and enthusiasm for softball and sport in general is second to none. He has almost single handedly built the sport of softball in Yukon from the ground up in terms of facilities and participation. He was inducted to the Sport Yukon Hall of Fame in 1998 and continues to be involved with various committees. Softball Canada is pleased to honour George for his continuous involvement and his contributions towards the sport of softball.

 

Ivan M. Hapgood

Inducted: 2006
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador


Ivan M. Hapgood was born in Tacks Beach, Newfoundland and is characterized as a great motivator, organizer and leader.
  
A coach, umpire and a volunteer, Ivan is a true Ambassador for the sport of softball. Although he is a certified level 3 umpire and a level 2 NCCP Coach and Course Conductor, Ivan is best renowned for his dedication as a volunteer.
  
As President for his local softball association Arnold's Cove Softball Association for eight consecutive years, Ivan was elected to the Newfoundland Provincial Board of Directors in 1980 and was re-elected for 23 consecutive   years in various capacities. In 1980, he was also named Regional Director, a title he kept until 1987 before becoming the Secretary Registrar. He was then elected as Vice President of Softball Newfoundland in 1989 and finally elected President of Softball Newfoundland in 1996 were he presided for three terms.
  
On the national level, Ivan's contributions to the sport of softball have not   gone unnoticed. Ivan was elected to the Softball Canada Board of Directors in 2001 and remained on the Board until 2005. He was a supervisor at the 2000 Junior Men`s Canadian Championships, the 2002 Men's Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships as well as the 2003-2004 Senior Men`s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships. He served on eight National Host Committees as well as on two World Host Committees.
  
For his hard work and dedication, Ivan was twice named Softball Newfoundland's Executive of the Year, was inducted into the Softball Newfoundland Hall of Fame and was made an Honorary Life Member of Softball   Newfoundland in 2002.

 

Donald 'Pete' McIlwraith

Inducted: 2005
Province: Ontario


Donald 'Pete' McIlwraith has spearheaded just about every woman’s softball program in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Pete has always answered Softball Canada’s appeal for assistance with the National Team, from helping with selection camps, exhibition games, skills camps, all the way to raising money to help send the National Team to the Olympics. 
  
His many accolades include being named Honourary Citizenship by the mayor of   Nashville, Tennessee in 1979 for his contributions to the Civitans softball program. In 1981 he received the PWSA’s Outstanding Service Award; he was Volunteer of the Year as named by the Kitchener Minor Girls Fastball Association in 1995. In 1997 he was named to the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1987 Midget Girls National Championship team.
  
Pete was a founding member of the Guelph Boys Minor Softball Association (1964); in 1969 he was a founding member and President of the Guelph Girls Minor Softball Association. Mr. McIlwraith’s addition to the Builders   category of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame was a very simple decision.

 

Rose Hodgson (Deceased)

Inducted: 2005
Province: Ontario


Rose Hodgson was the definition of the word volunteerism – selfless, giving and caring. Rose selflessly gave of her time and energy no matter what was asked of her and did so with a passion for the cause.
  
Rose steadily moved up the ranks from volunteering at the grassroots up through to the National Level. Locally, Rose served on the Sarnia Minor Athletic Association for Girls Softball for over 15 years. She then moved through the ranks of the Provincial Women’s Softball Association, serving as Minor Coordinator all the way up to President. Rose then moved onto to serve on Softball Ontario’s Board, eventually becoming Chairman from 1993-1995. Rose made the next jump to the National Level winning the election to become a Director on Softball Canada’s Board in 1998, where she served on various committees including leading the selection of the very successful Learn to Play Program as Canada’s introductory program for children to the sport of softball. Rose enjoyed her role as Director and once said "The most rewarding part of volunteering is the friendships I have developed with people from all across Canada."
  
Rose also assisted or chaired host committees for softball events like the 1987 and 1990 Senior Men’s, 1994 Ontario Midget Boys Elimination Tournament and the 1992 Co-ed and Master Men’s Slo-Pitch Nationals. In addition to softball, Rose volunteered with the Sarnia Figure Skating Club (1960-1990) and received a 25 Year Volunteer Pin.
  
While softball was close to Rose’s heart, she also gave her time to other worthy causes. Rose is a member of the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame   since 1983 where she served as President for eight years. She sat on the St.   Joseph’s Health Card Centre Foundation Board from 1992-2004. She was the Canada Day Chairman from 1994-2003. Furthermore, Rose served on the Canadian Cancer Society Board.
  
Rose received a Certificate of Recognition from the Province of Ontario in 1987. She was awarded the 1996 Volunteer of the Year award by the Provincial Women’s Softball Association. Additionally, she received service awards from numerous other organizations that recognized her volunteer work.

 

Glen Todd

Inducted: 2004
Province: British Columbia


Glen Todd has been involved and positively impacted softball from the grassroots right to the very highest echelons of the game. Staring out as a supportive parent in 1978, he quickly moved on the field as a coach and shortly after that to President of the South Surrey/White Rock Minor Softball Association. That association grew quickly under Glen’s leadership from 11 teams to 110 teams in a few short years.

In 1985 the White Rock Renegades were formed and Glen also became involved with Softball British Columbia as a Minor Co-ordinator. Recognized for his "can do" attitude Glen was elected to the Board of Softball British Columbia in 1987 (where he served for 14 years) and initiated many minor programs that still flourish today. One of Glen’s visionary projects was the institution of a softball program at Simon Fraser University, a program that has greatly enriched the sport throughout the country. Another, along with the help of others including Dale McMann, was the creation of Softball City.

While assisting Softball British Columbia, Glen continued to be active as a coach and his own team won gold medals in every category from Squirt to Junior. Many of these Renegades players went on to future national and international success.
  
Today Glen is recognized nationally and internationally as the founder of the Canada Cup. Started in 1993, this event was built to provide Canadian players with the opportunity to compete against the world’s best here at home. The event has subsequently provided hundreds of Canada’s best players with that opportunity and has become the cornerstone activity of the women’s national team program. The addition of the Future’s event has further deepened the impact of the Canada Cup.
  
Glen Todd has truly enriched softball locally, nationally and throughout the world.

 

Keith McLean

Inducted: 2004
Province: Saskatchewan


Keith has spent over 40 years in the sport he loves. Like most, he began as a player, involved in club ball in Saskatoon. His talent for coaching and leadership was quickly noticed and he eventually doubled up as both assistant coach and manager. Eventually he became a head coach and in 1979 took over K&K Olson senior team directing them to both Saskatchewan and Western Canadian Championships.
  
Keith's love of the sport and coaching kept him coaching in the dugout in virtually every category from minor through masters. Recognizing that coaching was an art that not only required practice but also could be taught, Keith became a Course conductor in 1978 and has since instructed over 3,000 coaches in the process. In 1986 he became Softball Saskatchewan`s Master Course Conductor and has been an NCCP theory instructor since 1996.
  
Softball Canada has been a fortunate beneficiary of Keith's commitment and knowledge. He has been involved in the national coaching program since the mid 1980's and continues on today as a member of the coaching committee. During his tenure he has been instrumental in developing coaching manuals and providing quality technical advice to the association.
  
Fortunately for softball, Keith's contributions didn't end there. A talented organizer and administrator he has been a long-time executive member of the Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association and has been President since 2001. Softball Saskatchewan has also benefited greatly from his time and effort as he has served on numerous provincial championships. He has also played key roles at many Canadian Championships and at two ISF World Championships.
  
Keith McLean's willingness to share his time and knowledge of softball with thousands of Canadians has made us all richer.

 

Dale McMann

Inducted: 2004
Province: British Columbia


From his beginnings as a player and official in Prince George, Dale McMann's softball career has taken him all through British Columbia, Canada and around the World.

Dale took over as a local regional coordinator for Softball British Columbia in 1979 at the age of 25 and quickly established a reputation for innovation, thoroughness and positive energy. The passion he brought to the sport and his obvious administrative skills landed him a position on the Softball British Columbia Board of Directors in 1982 and in 1986 he was elected President and served four years. During his time at Softball British Columbia, Dale presided over the establishment of many creative and far reaching initiatives, including the creation of Softball   City, along with good friend Glen Todd and other Board members.
  
Without stopping for a breath Dale took over the Presidency of Softball Canada in 1990, a position he went on to hold until 2001. Stepping into the Presidency, Dale helped steer the association back to a stable financial position while overseeing the growth of programming. During that time national sport organizations underwent three major funding/programming reviews and each time Softball Canada remained in the upper echelon of the evaluations.
  
While maintaining his Softball Canada Presidency, Dale ran for the Executive Board of the International Softball Federation in 1993. He was elected Vice-President North America, a position he still retains. Recognized for his insightful ideas and ability to get things done, Dale has been given an ever increasing portfolio of responsibilities. He has played a vital role in both the format and organization of World Championships and Olympic Games, chairs the most influential and important ISF outreach commission – the Development commission, played an integral role in the establishment of the ISF headquarters in Florida and chairs or is a member of numerous other commissions and task forces.
  
Dale McMann has accomplished a tremendous amount in softball here in Canada. His contribution hasn’t stopped there, softball is now played in over 130   countries throughout the world and many of them have benefited from the work that Dale has done through Softball Canada and the International Softball Federation.

 

Les Magnusson

Inducted: 2003
Province: Manitoba


Les Magnusson was born on Hecla Island, Manitoba and moved with his family to Selkirk, Manitoba at the age of 13. After high school, he completed three years of theology at the Winnipeg Bible College. Les operated a photography studio in Selkirk for ten years until he and his family moved to Steinbach, Manitoba in 1975. Over the years, Les has been involved in sports, particularly softball and hockey. Les began his softball career in 1965 in Selkirk, as an umpire. He umpired in Interlake for 10 years; he also umpired for 15 years in the Hanover Fastball League where he received the Award of Appreciation in 1991. Les has also received the Eastman Honour Sport Award as a builder in 1984 and gained entry into the Softball Manitoba Hall of Fame in 1998 as a Life Member. He moved up through the ranks to become a long serving Board member of Softball Manitoba and ultimately President. Les also served on the Softball Canada Board for 12 years and supervised 12 Canadian Championships during that time. His fondest memories of softball are all the friends he has made over the years. Les is also very active in his professional life as the current mayor of Steinbach. Les has been married to his wife, Maggie, for over 40 years, and have three daughters and four grandchildren.

 

Paul Wallace Dawson (Deceased)

Inducted: 2002
Province: New Brunswick


Paul Wallace Dawson is the man to ask when you need something done. That applied to his role as coach, organizer and administrator in softball, as well as professional life as an educator and politician. He is known as a "doer" and softball in New Brunswick and in Canada is certainly the better for his efforts.

 

Robert Abbot

Inducted: 2000
Province: Ontario
 

Françoise Hepworth

Inducted: 2000
Province: Quebec
 

Denis (Dee) Murphy

Inducted: 1999
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador
 

Glenn Reeve

Inducted: 1998
Province: Saskatchewan
 

Sade Widmeyer (Deceased)

Inducted: 1997
Province: Ontario
 

Wilda Widmeyer

Inducted: 1997
Province: Ontario
 

Vincent Walker

Inducted: 1997
Province: Ontario
 

Les Wilson (Deceased)

Inducted: 1996
Province: Nova Scotia
 

Charlie O'Brien (Deceased)

Inducted: 1995
Province: New Brunswick
 

Henry Kelly (Deceased)

Inducted: 1995
Province: New Brunswick
 

Augustus (Gus) Walters

Inducted: 1993
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador
 

Cecil MacPhail

Inducted: 1992
Province: Prince Edward Island
 

Ed Bitz

Inducted: 1991
Province: Saskatchewan
 

John Shaley (Deceased)

Inducted: 1991
Province: Manitoba
 

Stan Shaley (Deceased)

Inducted: 1991
Province: Manitoba
 

Jim Adams (Deceased)

Inducted: 1991
Province: Manitoba
 

Duey Fitzgerald

Inducted: 1990
Province: Newfoundland & Labrador
 

Robert Van Impe

Inducted: 1990
Province: Saskatchewan
 

Vince Withers

Inducted: 1990
Province: Newfoundland
 

Bette Kalailieff

Inducted: 1988
Province: Ontario
 

Shirley Randall

Inducted: 1988
Province: British Columbia
 

Nels Rissling

Inducted: 1988
Province: Alberta
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