WELCOME TO THE ONTARIO SQUASH HALL OF FAME

About

HOF

Mission Statement:

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the game; and to preserve the heritage of the game.

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Board of Governors

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame is managed by an independent Board of Governors.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the mission statement of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame
  • Act as an advocate and ambassador for the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame
  • Be a supportive partner to Squash Ontario
  • Be a supportive partner to The Club at White Oaks
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Governors and prepare appropriately
  • Obtain various means of support for the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame including but not limited to fund raising, sponsorship
  • Stage biennial inductions to the Hall
  • Review all nominations for inclusion in the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame and select candidates
  • Select through outreach program, new members of the Board of Governors
  • Review and amend selection criteria when appropriate
  • Create fund raising initiatives to ensure the growth and sustainability of the Hall
  • Oversee the upkeep and enhancements to the Hall

Composition of the Board of Governors

  • There shall be no less than 5 directors and no more than 7 directors
  • If there are 5 directors, the equity formula will be 3 -2; if there are 7 directors, the equity formula will be 4 – 3.

Term of Office

  • A director may serve on the Board of Governors through 4 inductions (usually 8 years)

Election of the Chair

  • A new chair, when applicable, shall be elected by the Board of Governors

Eligibility to Serve on the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the Province of Ontario
  • Not have the status of bankrupt
  • Have not been declared incapable by a court in Ontario
  • Be knowledgeable about the game of squash as a volunteer, coach, official or official

How will New Members of the Board be Selected?

  • Initially, an information press release and application form will be circulated throughout the Ontario Squash Community
  • The Board of Governors will review the applications and select the appropriate number of new Board members required
  • If the community outreach technique reaps no response, then the Board of Governors, itself, will select appropriate candidates
  • The Board of Governors will select the appropriate number of new Board members required
  • The Chair of the Board of Governors shall be tasked with reaching out personally to selected candidates

Qualifications of Members of the Board of Governors

  • Should possess some of the following skills:
  • At least 20 years participation in squash as a player, volunteer, official, administrator, or coach
  • Accounting and finance
  • Fund raising
  • Leadership
  • Legal

Nominations

  • Must complete a Candidate Application Form (see attached)
  • Must submit a letter of intent and a resume including qualifications

Deadline for Submissions

  • As set by the Board or Governors

CLICK HERE FOR THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION FORM 


Board of Governors Conflict of Interest Policy

Members of the Board of Governors are not eligible to submit nominations to the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame.

A conflict of interest will be deemed to exist when a nomination is under consideration by the Board of Governors and the individual has a close personal or professional relationship with a member of the Board of Governors.

  • Process to Determine Conflict of Interest

If a real or perceived conflict of interest exists, the Board of Governors (excluding the individual with the conflict) will decide through a vote as to whether a conflict of interest exists. If the Board of Governors decides there is a conflict, the member of the Board of Governors shall not be permitted to vote on the nomination.

History

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the game; and to preserve the heritage of the game.

Every sport should have a home for heroes - the individuals who over the years were responsible for the growth and development of the game. We guarantee our future when we honour our past.

Currently there are two categories of recognition. The first is Player and any Ontario resident who has achieved extraordinary success as a competitor in amateur or professional squash is eligible for nomination. Athlete nominees shall not be considered until after a two (2) year waiting period following retirement from major open championship competition. Any athlete and/ or builder who has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is automatically eligible for induction into the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame provided they meet the Ontario residency requirements.

The second category is Builder and any Ontario resident who has made an extraordinary contribution to amateur or professional squash in Ontario other than as an athlete is eligible to be nominated. Builder nominees may be either active or inactive at the time of their consideration. This would include coaches, officials, and volunteers.

Categories of Recognition

  1. Player
  2. Builder

Definitions

Player is defined as any Ontario resident who has achieved extraordinary success as a competitor in amateur or professional squash. Note: Player nominees shall not be considered until after a two (2) year waiting period following retirement from major open championship competition.

Builder is defined as any Ontario resident (10 years) who has made an extraordinary contribution to the game.

Note: Any player or builder who has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is automatically eligible for induction into the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame provided they meet the Ontario residency requirements.

Permanent Home of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame

White Oaks Resort & Spa

The Niagara Region has become an international travel destination, and is recognized as one of the world’s finest centres of viticulture. Situated in the heart of this region is White Oaks Resort & Spa which includes The Club at White Oaks.

When Squash Ontario created the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame, its vision was to install the Hall in a permanent home and after an extensive request for proposals program with its member facilities, the Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the selection of White Oaks Resort & Spa. White Oaks has been a long time and passionate supporter of squash in Ontario and in Canada. It has hosted many of the most prestigious provincial, national and international events – it is a beacon of excellence in the Canadian squash community. In 2014, it played host to the Women’s World Teams Championship. The Hall of Fame was officially opened at White Oaks Resort & Spa on June 2nd, 2007.

White Oaks Resort & Spa is the crown jewel of the Niagara Region and this is due in large measure to the attention to detail and vision of excellence of the Wakil family. The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame has found its home at White Oaks.

Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created in 2005 and is managed by an independent Board of Governors.  The role of the Board is to stage bi-annual inductions to the Hall, review and amend selection criteria when appropriate, create fund raising initiatives to ensure the growth and sustainability of the Hall and oversee the upkeep and enhancements to the Hall which is hosted at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Current members of the Board of Governors are:

Anne Smith, Chair, Kirsteen Burton, Peter Hall, Pat Richardson, Lorraine Tetreault, Tony Swift