Message from the President: 2017 VSSL AGM

 

It has been another successful year for the Vancouver Street Soccer League. We continue to grow our volunteer base and attract new players to our league.

We have created more structure and guidance for practices through our Code of Conduct, to ensure a safe and sportsmanlike atmosphere, and the input and leadership of players is critical,

It’s a thrill to see players gain employment. Patrick has single handedly secured jobs for many of our players on the Whitecaps Ops crew and Sizwe has secured new job in the textile industry, which is a step towards his dream of becoming a fashion designer.

This summer, we had great experiences thanks to our fantastic supporters – the Southsiders annual tournament, with fantastic lunch; a number of visits from our friends at Douglas College both men’s and women’s team and also the support of the UBC Thunderbird Women.

We are grateful for the support of Vancity, Southsiders, Emily Carr, Whitecaps, Mathisen Family Foundation, UBC Med Students, and many individual donors. We thank our in-kind donors for equipment and prizes, VOLO, Avitare, Farpost, SoccerWest, Whitecaps. Fairware and Denman Island Chocolate.

The League now has committed volunteers for Soccer Operations, Communications and Sponsorship. A big shout out to Nicola at Covenant House, who has inspired a new group of young women to come out and play and our new coach, Jon Hannan, for all his efforts with the team at Sunday and Thursday practices. Keep up the great work.

Some Board members stepping down; we’re grateful for their time and service. Dan Coles, Kurt Heinrich, Tony Hadju, Allison Stockdale and Chantal Norrgard. Again, we’d like to give huge thanks to Steve McMinn for his dedicated role in our organization.

We look forward to another year of growing together and hope you’ll join us.

Sincerely,

 Sarah White,
President, October 10, 2017

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