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Anyone who has been involved in the sport of curling in northwestern Ontario knows the name of this builder, having dedicated close to 60 years to the sports development, from the 1940s to the present day, from the local to the national level.

First getting involved with curling as a participant in Fort William in 1942, it was not long before he was contributing his talents at the board table becoming the Treasurer of the Fort William Curling Club in 1944. From that point on, he would serve on the Board of the organization, in a number of capacities, for 30 years. Appointed President of the Club in October of 1953, he held the top position until 1957, the longest term of any President in the club's over 100 year history. It was during his tenure in office that the club experienced growth, both in terms of membership and expansion, moving from the original six sheets of ice to the present eight sheet facility. It was also during this time that the Club hosted its first national event, the 1956 Canadian School Curling Championships.

Elected to the Executive of the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association in 1957, he served as this regional groups President from 1961-63, and remains active with them today. At the national level he served as the NWOCA representative to the Dominion Curling Association from 1961-64 and as a Voting Delegate in 1965. Always encouraging the hosting of curling competitions, Len has been involved in a number of events. The Lakehead/Thunder Bay International Bonspiel benefited from his role as Chairman in 1953, '55 and '57 and as Secretary-Treasurer from 1958-61 and 1974-80. When the Dominion Curling Association held the Strathcona Cup, which featured curlers from Scotland, in 1957, 1965 and 1975 Len volunteered his many skills and expertise.

Two national events also benefited from Len's expertise, serving as Co-Chair of the 1960 Macdonald Brier and Chairman of the 1966 National Mixed Curling Championships. It is little wonder, given his years of commitment and dedication, that Len's peers recognized his efforts granting him Life Memberships into both the Fort William Curling Club and the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 29, 2001

Len Cameron

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