Tuesday
Mar152011

Helen Bourchier

MASTERS CHAMPION - CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Helen has participated and excelled in sports and athletics since her high school years. While attending Rossland High School, she participated in both junior and senior teams in basketball, volleyball, curling and bowling, track and field, and swimming.
She continued her athletic endeavours while attending Normal school in Vancouver, playing on the volleyball, basketball, and bowling teams.

As a teacher, she has coached a variety of sports teams, including the J.L. Crowe girls’ basketball team that was second in the BC Provincials.

At 46 years of age, Helen returned to competitive skiing, an activity started with her parents at the age of 3 or 4. Helen started to participate in local competitions, BC Winter Games, Western American Championship, the Western Canadian and National Championships, earning success at each level.

Helen has recently become a World Champion in Masters Cross Country Skiing, competing in Quebec, Alaska and Switzerland. She has attended 6 World Championships and has won a total of 7 Gold medals, 7 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. In 1999, she won the Gold medal and 2 Silvers in the World Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships in Switzerland; in 2000, she won 2 Gold medals in the World Championships in Sweden, and just recently this year won 3 Silvers in the World Championships in Austria.

Helen has also competed in 10 BC Seniors Games in the cycling events, winning 14 Gold, 12 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
Helen is quoted as saying “If it’s nice, I like to ski everyday.” She skis 15 to 20 km every time out to keep in shape for her competitive distances. When the snow leaves, she gets out her bicycle and puts on two hours a day. Her Masters World Championships attract over 1,000 athletes from 23 countries, and Helen has been fending them off since 1989. It is her stamina, dedication and consistent excellence that makes her a marvel.

Helen is married to Pete and has 3 daughters.

Friday
Mar112011

Helen Dahlstrom

Helen Dahlstrom was awarded the 1998 Order of British Columbia.

Mrs. Dahlstrom's contribution to music in our area is legendary and may be unparalleled in the province. Her interest in music and the teaching of young performers has led to numerous positions in a long list of local, provincial and national music organizations for over 70 years. Through this dedication, she has guided young musicians to major achievements in music in Canada, the United States and Europe.

She was instrumental in the establishment of Canada Music Week to recognize and promote the work of Canadian composers and was Chairman of this organization for 25 years.

She was an organist and choir leader of St. Andrew's Church in Rossland and for thirty-five years, was a director and conductor of the A Capella Singers.

Tuesday
Mar152011

Jason Bay

Jason was born and raised in Trail and rose through the ranks of the Trail Youth Baseball system. He was a member of the 1990 Canadian Little League Champions and a member of the 16-18 Year Old World Series Team and a member of the 1996 National Junior Team. He attended North Idaho College in 1997 and Gonzaga University in 1998, where he was a two-time All Conference Selection.

Jason was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000. He played minor pro baseball before making his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres in 2003. San Diego traded him to Pittsburgh, where he finished the season. In 2004, Jason had a stellar season with the Pirates and was named the Naitonal League Rookie of the Year, the first Canadian to win a Rookie award.

Friday
Mar112011

Jeff Lakes

Jeff Lakes was born in Trail in April 1962. He began climbing at age 18 on bluffs and mountains in and around Trail. Jeff became an experienced mountaineer, an expert ice climber, and a talented photographer.

As his climbing techniques improved, he began climbing in more challenging locales, mostly in the Canadian Rockies.

His resume over his 15 year climbing career include solo ascents in the Canadian Rockies, ascents of peaks in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes, in the Himalayas, and in Alaska. Photographs taken by Jeff during these adventures have appeared in numerous mountaineering and outdoor magazines in Canada and the United States.

Throughout his career, Jeff was known for his skill, his awareness of safety, and his competence. He taught many others the basics of climbing, introducing them to the sport he loved.

In 1993, Jeff was part of a Dutch expedition attempting to climb K2 in Pakistan, the world's second highest mountain. This expedition was turned back due to a severe storm.

In 1995, the opportunity arose again for Jeff to be part of a New Zealand team attempting to climb K2. Tragedy struck the team when it was hit by a severe storm and Jeff and 6 other climbers perished on the mountain.

In memory of Jeff, the College of the Rockies in Fernie has named a climbing wall in his honour to assist others in participating in the sport of mountaineering.

Monday
Sep192011

Jim Anderson

Jim was born in 1916 and began to play hockey at the age of 10.  This would prove to be a lifelong dedication to the sport of hockey and its growth locally, provincially and nationally.

Jim excelled as a player and became a member of the Trail Senior Smoke Eaters in the late 1930s before enlisting for WWII.  Following the war, he rejoined the Smoke Eaters before becoming coach of the Trail junior team in 1949.  Under his direction, the juniors won the BC Championship in 1950 and 1952.

From 1958 to 1963, he served as the Association's Secretary-Treasurer.  From 1963 to 1986 he was the Association's Honourary Vice-President.

Jim's major contribution to the administration of hockey in BC and Canada came through support for the rules of the game.  He was the Chairman of the BC Amateur Hockey Association's Rule Committee and Referee in Chief for 5 years and was the Western Canada representative of the CAHA Rule Committee for 5 years as well, including Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In 1974, Jim received the CAHA Meritorious Award for service to hockey in Canada.  Previously, he had been awarded the BCAHA prestigious Diamond Stick Award for his service to hockey in BC.  Jim made a significant contribution to the evolution of amateur hockey in BC and Canada through both the BCAHA and the CAHA.

Friday
Mar112011

Jim Mailey

James Anthony Mailey was involved in just about every kind of sport available in Trail and will always be remembered as someone who always had the sport's best interest at heart.

Jim was born in Vegreville, Alberta.

He played junior hockey with the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Nanaimo Clippers and senior hockey with the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Jim coached Midget, Juvenile, Junior and Intermediate hockey in Trail.

He refereed at all levels of hockey, including Junior, Senior and the Allan Cup finals. He also organized and instructed referee clinics in B.C.

Jim was very active as President, Secretary and Director of the Trail Minor Hockey Association for many years. He held positions with the B.C. Amateur Hockey Association, including Referee-in-Chief and representative to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. For many years, he was also very active with the Trail Athletic Association.

Together with Bobby Kromm and Art Misisco, Jim established the Bobby Kromm Summer Hockey School in Trail.

Jim was presented with the Diamond Stick Award in 1978, one of only four area residents that have received this honour.

In 1984, Jim was named Kiwanis Sportsman of the Year. This award is bestowed upon a Trail citizen who has given endlessly, over a long period of time, to sports in Trail, The Home of Champions.

Friday
Mar112011

Jimmy Morris

In 1974, Jimmy Morris was elected to the BC Sports Hall of Fame as a multi-talented athlete.

Jimmy was born in Tacoma, Washington on December 15, 1911.

He arrived in Trail in 1925 and first played organized hockey during the 1927-28 season for Peter McIntyre's Trail Juniors. He joined the Trail Smoke Eaters in 1932 and played until 1946 when he retired as an active player.

In 1939, Jimmy was a member of the World Championship Smokies.

His success in sports was not confined to hockey. He also excelled in lacrosse, soccer, rugby, baseball, softball, basketball, and track and field. He played on at least 27 BC championship teams, an outstanding achievement that will be difficult to duplicate.

Monday
Sep192011

Joanne Cutler

Born Joanne Nutini in Trail in 1967, Joanne attended JL Crowe Secondary School, where she took a special interest in playing basketball.  In 1984, she was chosen to BC's Under 17 team and the following year led the JL Crowe basketball team to a 9th place finish in the BC High School Championships, being named to the tournament all-star team.

Following graduation, she attended the University of Victoria and quickly rose to starting centre on the university's bastketball team.  In 1982, the UVic women finished 2nd in the Canadian Interuniversity Championships.  They won the 1987 Championship and placed 3rd in the 1988 tournament.  Joanne was selected to the CIS National Championship All-Star team in the 1988 tournament.

Joanne has represented BC and Canada in numerous national and international basketball tournaments and currently teaches in North Vancovuer and continues to be involved in basketball as a coach.

Wednesday
Mar092011

Joe Drennan

Joseph Albert Drennan was President and Chief Executive Officer of West Kootenay Power from 1980 to 1993.
During this period Mr. Drennan successfully guided West Kootenay Power through two significant business transformations. The first occurred when Cominco set West Kootenay at arms length from its mining operations. That meant West Kootenay had to get into the money markets, purchase dams and networks from Cominco, find a new head quarters, and build from scratch many of the basic support services required to run a company.

Mr. Drennan orchestrated the company's development in Trail. Then in 1986, before the dust had settled from the first major change, Cominco chose to divest itself of non-core assets like West Kootenay Power.

A year later UtiliCorp United acquired WKP. It was a turning point for both companies, the first international acquisition for UtiliCorp, which today serves 4 million customers in five different countries.

From that point forward, Mr. Drennan and UtiliCorp redoubled their commitment to Greater Trail, a commitment that resulted in the construction of a $4.5 million head office in 1993.

Things continue to evolve and grow for UtiliCorp in Canada. The ebb and flow of the global market place that Joe Drennan foresaw and embraced every day.

Few Trailites would know that he was a past chairman of the Canadian Electric Association, whose members represent hundreds of billions dollars in utility investments and electric sales across our country. Or that he was a well-respected director of the Western Electric Power Institute, which dealt with bilateral industry interests in both Canada and the United States.

To everyone in Trail he was "Joe", a likeable unassuming gentleman who was as comfortable in the international arena as he was in the Cominco Arena.

Joe Drennan passed away on December 31, 1993.

Tuesday
Mar152011

Joe Haley

In 1934, Joe Haley competed in the British Empire Games Trials where he placed first in the high jump and qualified to compete in the 1934 British Empire Games. At the games, he won the silver medal in the high jump.

In 1936, Joe Haley was the first participant to represent Trail in the Olympic Games.

Pat, Joe and Paul Haley, legends in Trail track and field during the 1930's and 1940'sHe also participated in the 1937 British Empire Games.

Joe Haley has held the Canadian high jump record.

The Warfield track oval was named in his honour.

Friday
Mar112011

Joe Kobluk

Joe began a career in radio as a student announcer with CJAT in Trail in 1942. He became a full-time announcer in 1944 and rose to be General Manager in 1960 and Managing Director in 1965. Joe left CJAT in 1976.

With his broadcasting experience, Joe participated in many community events and activities. He was Master of Ceremonies for numerous functions, such as building and business openings and special events in the community. He conducted and directed local talent presentations on stage and on the air, sporting events and community displays.

He has been involved in many community and charitable organizations, usually becoming President. These include: the Catholic Youth Organization, Knights of Columbus, Trail & District Arts Council, Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, Trail Rotary Club, Trail International Film Society, Trail Regional Hospital Foundation, and the Trail Senior Hockey Club.

Joe also Chaired committees that organized major community events, such as the 1951 Jubilee of Incorporation, the 1967 Centennial Committee, the 1971 Esplanade Centennial Park Project, the Trail Day at Expo ’74 in Spokane, Washington, the 1976 City Diamond Jubilee Celebration and the Kootenay Music Festival. In 1977, Joe received the Queen’s Silver Medal for his dedication and service to his community.
Joe also assisted with the founding of the Knights of Columbus Trail/Warfield Citizen of the Year and the Home of Champions Monument.

Joe’s dedication to improving the welfare of his community and its residents is remarkable.

Tuesday
Sep132016

Joe Zanussi

Joe Zanussi was born in Rossland in 1947.  Joe excelled in hockey and was a member of the Estevan Bruins which won the Memorial Cup in 1968.  He played for the Fort Worth Wings of the Central Hockey League in the 1970 -  1971 season and was selected the League’s Most Valuable Player and Best Defenseman and a member of the League’s second team All-Star team.

 He played for Providence Reds of the American Hockey League for the 1974-1975 season and was selected the League’s Best Defenseman, runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award and was a member of the League’s 1st All Star team.  He played for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Central Hockey league for the 1977-1978 season and was named the team’s Best Defenseman and was selected to the League’s 1st All-Star team.

 Joe played in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1974-1975), St. Louis Blues (1976-1977), Boston Bruins (1975-1977) and in the WHA for the Winnipeg Jets (1972-1974).

Monday
Sep192011

John Barron

John was born in Trail in 1939.  Following graduation from the Crowe, he attended the University of Toronto studying music education.  There, he fell in love with choirs and obtained his Masters in music.  In 1970, he moved to London, Ontario where he taught in the local school board's music program, retiring in 1996.

In 1985, John founded the Anabile Youth Singers.  The choir won the CBC's bi-annual competition consecutively from its inception until 2000, when it stopped entering the competition.  It has also won numerous competitions in Europe and recorded several CDs.

Throughout his 45 year career, John has been sought after as a clinician and adjudicator with music organizations and institutions throughout Canada and the US and has been recognized with numerous awards for his contribution to music education and performance both nationally and internationally.

In 2008, John was awarded the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean, our Country's highest civilian honour.  He passed away in April 2014 in Toronto, ON.

Friday
Mar112011

John R. Anderson

Admiral John Anderson was born in Trail. He attended the University of British Columbia as a Naval Officer Cadet, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics. On graduation in 1963, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy.f
During his career, Admiral Anderson served on HMC ships: HMC New Glasgow, Fraser, Saskatchewan, St. Croix, Bonaventure, and Iroquois, in both the Pacific and Atlantic fleets. His professional training included Long Operations Officer's Course, the United States Navy Computer Programming Course, and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course. In 1978, Admiral Anderson was appointed Commanding Officer of the Esquimalt - based HMCS Restigouche. On promotion to Captain in 1982, he assumed command, in Halifax,of the first Destroyer Squadron. Service on the staff at National Defense Headquarters, Ottawa, followed in 1983.

Admiral Anderson was promoted to the rank of Commodore in 1986 and was appointed Director General, Maritime Doctorate in Operations. In 1987, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and, shortly afterwards, was tasked to head the Canadian Nuclear Submarine Acquisition Project. This was followed by his appointment as Chief, Maritime Doctorate in Operations in 1989.

He was appointed a Command of the Order of Military Merit, in July 1989. He has also been awarded the Canadian Decoration and Good Service Medal.

Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1991, Admiral Anderson assumed command, in Halifax, of Canada's Navy, until his appointment as the Vice Chief of Defense Staff in 1992. In January 1993, he was promoted Admiral and appointed Chief of Defense Staff.

On retirement from the Canadian Forces, Admiral Anderson was appointed as Canada's Ambassador and permanent representative to the North Atlantic Council at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. He assumed his appointment in May 1994.

On retirement from the Canadian Forces, Admiral Anderson was appointed as Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. He assumed his appointment in May 1994. Admiral Anderson completed his tour of duty in August 1997 and returned to Canada. He and his wife, Anne, now reside in North Saanich, British Columbia.

Admiral Anderson continues his association with NATO through participation in a series of high-level exercises, sponsored by various NATO Military Headquarters. He is a Senior Fellow at the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Training Centre, and a member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Branch. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Maritime Museum of British Columbia Society.

Tuesday
Sep132016

Joseph Cecchini

Joseph Cecchini was born in Trail in 1982.  From childhood he was involved in local sports and took up the sport of skeleton in 2007 while working in Calgary, Alberta.  He joined the Italian National Skeleton Team in 2013.  He is a two time Italian National Champion and has competed in ten World Skeleton Championships and numerous skeleton events in North America.  He is currently ranked 22nd in the World in the sport.

Friday
Mar112011

Kate E. Shaw

Kate dedicated her life to her love of Highland Dancing and to her students. She taught children of all ages, levels and abilities, and never turned away any individual who wanted to learn how to dance. Her students have accomplished many national, as well as international, successes due to her patience, love and skills.

She produced many great dancers, dance teachers, and even champions. She kept the traditions of Scottish heritage alive in our community by instructing those willing to learn. Kate's other accomplishments include over 60 years of teaching Sunday School and over 40 years working with disabled people.  She was on the Board of Managers with the Presbyterian Church, Secretary for the Caledonian Society, Executive Secretary for the I.O.D.E. and Secretary for the Elk's Lodge.

Friday
May132011

Kathy Smiley

Kathy is being honoured for her success in Seniors Women's Curling.

Kathy has participated in competitve women's curling for many years. In 2004, her team won its first BC Seniors Women's Curling Championship and reached the final game at the Canadian Championships. In 2005, she won her second Provincial Championship and once again lost the Canadian Championships in the final game.

In 2006, she reached the Provincial Championships, but lost in the Semi-final round. However, in 2007, she again won the BC Championships, but lost the final game at the National Championships for the third time, 5-4 to Alberta.

As a Skip of BC's Champion teams, Kathy has won numerous awards. In 2004, she was presented the Sportsmanship Award at the National Championships. This award is given to the player who best combines playing ability and sportsmanship. In the 2005 BC Championships, she was presented with the Lottie Hill Award for Sportsmanship, voted on by her peers.

Wednesday
Mar092011

Ken Georgetti

Ken Georgetti is one of B.C.'s most prominent labour leaders.

He is currently President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Prior to his election to that position in 1999, he had been President of the B.C. Federation of Labour since 1986. During his tenure, membership grew from 218,000 to 320,000 members.

He demonstrated a rare ability to bring labour and management together in joint projects without comprimising trade union principles.

Ken started his involvement in the union movement as a pipefitter with Cominco Ltd. in Trail.

In 1981, he was elected President of Local 480 of the United Steelworkers of America. As President, he worked to insure the long-term viability of the community economy by gaining support for Cominco's modernization project.

Under his leadership, Local 480 expanded its role as a civic organization supporting community social service development for the citizens if Trail.

Tuesday
Mar152011

Kerrin Lee Gartner

Kerrin Lee is a Red Mountain native from Rossland, B.C., where she started skiing at the age of three years old.

In 1979, she entered her first national competition, the Canadian National Juvenile Championships (CHJC) in Fernie, BC. There she competed in all three events: Downhill, Giant Slalom and Slalom.

In 1980, Kerrin stood 4th overall in the CNJC.

In 1983, she attended the National Development training camp and in 1984, Kerrin finished 7th in Monte St. Anne, Quebec at the Canadian Championships.

In 1985, she further improved her standing at Canadian Championships where she finished 2nd in the GS, 3rd in the Super G (Giant Slalom) and 5th in the Downhill.

She showed good results in the NOR-Am Competition and in the Canadian Championships when she returned as a member of the National B team in 1986-87. She posted an impressive 14th and 8th place finish at Val D''Isere in 1986-87.

Kerrin's 1988 results are as follows:
March 1988 World Cup Downhill, Rossland, B.C., 7th place finish
March 1988 World Cup Downhill, Aspen, CO, 6th
February 1988 Olympics Giant Slalom, Nakiska, Alta., 16th
February 1988 Olympics Slalom/Combined, Nakiska, Alta., 23rd
February 1988 Olympics Slalom/Combined, Nakiska, Alta., 15th
January 1988 Europa Cup Giant Slalom, Grachen, Sui., 2nd
January 1988 World Cup Downhill, Badgastein Austria, 11th
December 1987 World Cup Downhill, Val d'Isere, France, 8th
April 1987 Canadian Nationals Giant Slalom, Mont Garceau, Que., 3rd

Kerrin Lee is ranked in the FIS (International Ski Federation):
11th in World Wide Downhill
28th in Super (G) Giant Slalom
76th in Giant Slalom

Wednesday
May152013

Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty was born in Penticton, BC, lived in Warfield, Rossland, and Trail, studied piano as a child and joined the Rossland Light Opera where, at 16 years old, he played 'Ol Joe in "Showboat" in black face.  He attended Washington State University in the late 70's and in 1982 Kevin graduated from the prestigious acting program at Studio 58, Langara College in Vancouver.  In the early eighties, Kevin spent two years at the Stratford Festival.  Returning to Vancouver, Kevin found himself in the right place at the right time as film and television production blossomed and casting directors looked to theatre actors to fill small roles in American TV sereis and MOW's.  His acting credits range from the Beach Combers to the X-Files on television, The Accused to Fantastic 4 on film, with many lawyer roles in movies-of-the-week in between.  He currently plays Mel Ivarson on CBC's Arctic Air.

Kevin has a long and varied career on stage, as well, and has received 2 Best Supporting Actor Jessie Richardson Awards.

Most recently, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kevin shares a house in Vancouver with actor/playwright Susinn McFarlen and their children Lucy and Dylan.

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