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This exceptional builder truly dedicated himself to ensuring that sporting opportunities existed for others, doing so over the course of six decades, serving as an administrator, official and volunteer.

Getting involved with soccer at a very early age he never looked back. Starting out with his neighbourhood Brent Park soccer team, he advanced to the United Soccer Club with his twenty-five plus years on the pitch earning him regional soccer titles and the retirement of his #2 jersey.

Turning his attention to the administrative side of the game, he gave back to the sport in many ways. He served youth as a coach and soccer referee, reported on the game in newspaper columns, helped organize the Thunder Bay Old Stars and exhibition games with visiting teams, and was instrumental in ensuring that Northwestern Ontario was a recognized part of the Ontario Soccer Association.

Working alongside fellow volunteers, clubs and sponsors, he helped with the creation and operation of one of the longest-running, and most well attended soccer tournaments ever hosted in Thunder Bay, the Labour Day weekend International Soccer Tournament, which welcomed multiple teams from across mid-Canada and the upper United States. Started in 1968, he served as the event's first Chairman, a position he held for twenty-eight years. Given his exceptional organizational talents he was selected to serve as the Chairperson of soccer for Thunder Bay's hosting of the 1981 Canada Summer Games.

An avid curler, he spent the winter months on and off the ice and helped grow the sport at all levels from the 1960s to 2000s. Serving for many years on the board of directors of the Port Arthur Curling Club, he held a number of positions including President and House Chair, and oversaw a number of bonspiels and club projects, including helping with the club's renovations and 100th anniversary celebrations.

During his over quarter century involvement with the Northwestern Ontario Curling Association, he worked his way up from Club representative to President and served as the Tankard Chair for Northern Ontario for many years, as well as, on various provincial and national curling association committees. For his many contributions to sport he was awarded life memberships to the PACC and NWOCA, a Sunlife Grand Prix Award, and recognition from the City of Thunder Bay.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 17, 2022

Ken Slater

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