Western Ontario Section History
August, 2009 ~ The Western Ontario Alumni Committee
has assumed the role of Archivists for the Section with Jim Stevens
acting as historian.
We will be continuing to work on updating our history. The project
for this coming season is to sort and archive the 30 or so boxes
of papers, programs and photos that have been accumulating in
the office. Thanks to Earla Hardie for the great work already done.
All clubs are called on to assign a volunteer in the club to
locate and sort through information your club has maybe kept through the
years. As part of your Club's history, all the old minute books,
annual reports and photos should be preserved – it will
make interesting reading. Any additional accumulation if not wanted
should not be destroyed but forwarded to the Section office via
your Region reps or WO Board members. We will archive any items
that are of Section importance.
Also, we would like copies, if possible, of any Section and/or
Skate Canada related items that you are keeping as part of your
history to include with the Section's archives.
What Can YOU Do to Help?
- Continue to provide us with any information on your Club's
former Section, Canadian and World Champions. Let’s fill
in the blanks.
- Continue to search for any Club Carnival Programs, Sectional
Programs and Protocols with information on our Section and please
send any unwanted items or copies of them to me.
- Continue to provide any information on your Synchro Teams
of the past - team name, team members, photos including years.
- Continue to provide names of people from your Club who have
acted as Officals (Judges and Accountants) in times gone by.
- Continue to compile your Club history. Please forward a copy
to the Section for inclusion in the WO Archivies.
||Jim Stevens, WOS Historian
P O Box 323,
Ingersoll, ON N5C 3K5
Phone: # 519-485-1840
Voice message: 519-456-1840
Past Western Ontario Sectional Champions
Earla Hardie, our WO Section Historian has made
previous WO Sectionals results (top 3 placings), beginning with
the first Sectional Championships in 1957 (in PDF format) available
here. If anyone can help with the missing years, pleae contact
Notes re the first Western Ontario Sectional Championships!
They were held in Stamford, Ontario in 1957. The Host Club was
the Stamford Skating Club and the Chair of the Championships was
Mrs. H. A. Lamb, the Stamford Club President. The Chief Referee
was Miss Isabelle Henderson. These first Championships were called
the Western Ontario and Niagara Peninsula Sectional Championships.
Mr. Douglas L. Kimpel was Chair of the newly formed Section and
was responsible for establishing Skate Canada (CFSA) Sections
at that time.
Editor's note: I'm sure you'll get a kick out
of seeing many familiar names!
Judge, Referee, Accountant, and every skater's friend and
mentor, was the 1982 WOS Volunteer of the year. That year
she was also named the National Skate Canada (CFSA) Volunteer
of the Year. She is also a member of Skate Canada's Hall of
In 1990, she received her Volunteer Pin celebrating 50
Years in skating which was presented by Western Ontario's
own Bill Ostapchuk, President of Skate Canada (CFSA).
Isabelle has since left us, but will always be remembered
as one of skating's very special people.