Past Induction Dinner and Ceremonies
38th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremonies
It was another great evening honouring sports excellence with a large crowd on hand on September 28th in the Valhalla Inn Ballroom to welcome the Class of 2019 into the Hall of Fame including Athletes Bill Houlder, Trevor Stewardson, Paul Wragg and Dave Van Belleghem and Builders Mike Furlong and Lloyd Stansell. Congratulations to our newest Inductees and thank you to everybody who helped make the evening a great success.
Special thanks to Diane Imrie and Paul Morralee for their work on writing and producing our induction videos and to Bryan Wyatt for voicing them. Dallas Allaire once again did a great job as our Induction Master of Ceremonies. Marty Mascarin captured the evening in photographs and pianist Pat Towell and vocalist Denise Krawczuk once again wowed the crowd with their great talents. To see pictures of the event click here!
Class of 2019 (l-r): Lloyd Stansell, Paul Wragg, Dave Van Belleghem, Trevor Stewardson, Bill Houlder, and Mike Furlong
37th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremonies
Saturday September 29th, 2018.
Valhalla Inn Ballroom
A large crowd was on hand to welcome The Class of 2018 into the Hall of Fame including Athletes Lynda Devine-Starczewski, Dave Gatherum, Dennis Olson and Janet Sillman and Builders Richard ‘Dick’ Hill and Scott Fawcett.
Congratulations to our newest Inductees and thank you to our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make the evening a truly first-class event. Special thanks to Diane Imrie, John Zupan and Bryan Wyatt for their work on our induction videos and to Dallas Allaire who once again did an outstanding job serving as our induction Master of Ceremonies. John Sims captured the evening in photographs and the incredible talents of pianist Pat Towell and vocalist Denise Krawczuk added to the success of the evening. Plan now to attend the 38th Annual Induction Ceremonies set for Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the Valhalla Inn.
Biographical videos of all of the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2018 Induction Ceremony video can be found on our Youtube Channel nwosport by clicking here.
The Class of 2018 (Back row L-R): Scott Fawcett, Janet Sillman, Lynda Devine-Starczewski, Richard "Dick" Hill.
(Front row L-R): Dennis Olson, Dave Gauthrem.
Highlights from the 2017 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
Over 400 people were on hand to welcome The Class of 2017 into the Hall of Fame including Athletes John Jones, Bob Kelly, Lou Kok, Chris Pronger and outstanding sports Builders Ab Cava and Irene MacLeay.
To watch the ceremonies from this wonderful night check out our Youtube Channel nwosport by clicking here.
The Class of 2017 (L-R): Irene MacLeay, Lou Kok, John Jones, Chris Pronger, Bob 'Battleship' Kelly, Ab Cava.
Highlights from the 2016 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
The Class of 2016 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 35th Annual Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. The Inductees included athletes Liam Parsons, Kathy Williams-Waruk, Ron Busniuk and Jeff Treftlin and builders of sport Todd Hinds and Jim Johnson, who were honoured posthumously.
The Class of 2016 (L-R): Liam Parsons, Kathy Williams-Waruk, Ron Busiuk, Jeff Treftlin, Heather Lynn Pouru (representing the late Todd Hinds), Judy Johnson (representing the late Jim Johnson).
Highlights from the 2015 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
The Class of 2015 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 34th Annual Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. The Inductees included Debbie (Clarke) Zemba, Sean Crooks, Bill Keenan and Chris Lindberg, professional sports builder Dr. Vern Stenlund and an outstanding baseball volunteer Jim Mauro.
To watch the ceremonies from this wonderful night which included a surprise visit from a hockey legend, click here.
The Class of 2015 (l-r): Debbie (Clarke) Zemba, Sean Crooks, Bill Keenan, Chris Lindberg,
Bill Mauro (representing his father the late Jim Mauro), Dr. Vern Stenlund. (Photos by John Sims)
Highlights from the 2014 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
The Class of 2014 were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 33rd Annual Induction Ceremonies, held on Saturday, September 27th and included Athletes Jason Myslicki and Amber Peterson and John Adams who were joined by Builders John 'Gino' Gasparini and Dryden's Bill Salonen. The Air Canada Cup winning 1996-97 Thunder Bay Kings AAA Midget Hockey Team rounded out the 2014 slate of inductees.
Biographical videos of all of the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees and the 2014 Induction Ceremony video can be found on our Youtube Channel nwosport by clicking here
The Class of 2014 (l-r): Jason Myslicki, Amber Peterson, John Adams,
Stephanie Gasparini (representing her brother John ‘Gino’ Gasparini), Bill Salonen. (Photos by John Sims)
1996-97 Thunder Bay AAA Kings Midget Hockey Team entered the Hall of Fame for their outstanding accomplishment in winning the Air Canada Cup as Canadian champions.
(Photo by John Sims)
Highlights from the 2013 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
It was another great evening in celebration of sports excellence as people gathered at the Valhalla Inn to celebrate The Class of 2013 which included Athletes Andrea Cole, Tony Hrkac and Katie Weatherston, Builders Brian Mallon and Brian McLean and the members of the 1991 Canadian Open Lightning Class Championship Sailing Crew consisting of skipper Jim Cameron, Janice Allard-Cameron and Charlie Spence, the first sailing team to enter the Hall of Fame.
Biographical videos of all of the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees can be found on our Youtube Channel nwosport by clicking here
The Class of 2013 on stage following their induction.
(l-r): Andrea Cole, Mary Hrkac (representing son Tony Hrkac), Katie Weatherston, Brian Mallon, Brian MclLean, Janice Allard-Cameron, Jim Cameron.
(Photo by Jarron Childs, Superior Images)
Highlights from the 2012 Induction Dinner & Ceremonies
Family, friends, fans, dignitaries and past Honoured Members were on hand to welcome in the Class of 2012 at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremonies, held on Saturday, September 29th at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. Congratulations to our 2012 Inductees and thank you to the Hall of Fame staff and volunteers for working so hard to make this a first class event. Special thanks to John Zupan (J-D Video Recording), Jarron Childs (Superior Images), Bryan Wyatt (Dougall Media) and Jim & Josie Vaillant (Vaillant Florists) for their ongoing donation of their time and talents.
The Class of 2012 included Athletes Mike Busniuk and Terri Gibbons, Builders Alex Dampier, Dick Henderson and Bill Selman and the Team inductees were two women who truly dominated in the sport of rowing competing in the Women’s Lightweight Doubles division with the Thunder Bay Rowing Club. Barb Kukko and Helen Fleming (Livingstone).
Biographical videos of all of the 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees can be found on our Youtube Channel nwosport by clicking here
The Class of 2012 on stage following their induction.
Front row (l-r): Terri Gibbons, Helen (Fleming) Livingstone, Barbara Kukko.
Back row (l-r): Alex Dampier, Mike Busniuk, Bill Selman, Dick Henderson.
(Photo by Jarron Childs, Superior Images)