(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada is pleased to announce the list of inductees to the 2016 Hall of Fame Class who will be inducted at the Softball Canada Congress and Annual General Meeting taking place November 10-12 in Whitehorse, YT. The inductees are Robb Andison (Builder – Yukon), Tom Bell (Official – British Columbia), Mike Hornak (Official – British Columbia), Dennis Milligan (Builder – Alberta) and Harvey Stevenson (Athlete – British Columbia).
Robb Andison (Whitehorse, YT) has been involved with the game for over 30 years, first as a Men’s Slo-Pitch player from 1985 to 2001 while also serving as a Director with Softball Yukon from 1994 to 2000 and as President from 2000 to 2009. Andison has been a very knowledgeable member of Softball Canada’s Board of Directors since being elected the last time the Softball Canada AGM was held in Whitehorse in 2007, and is an active member of the Slo-Pitch, Finance and Audit, Canadian Championship and Revenue Generation committees. He has been Team Leader of the Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle Team since 2009, and has supervised five Slo-Pitch Canadian Championships (Women’s in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016; Men’s in 2006 and 2010) and one Fast Pitch Canadian Championship as an Assistant Supervisor (Junior Men’s in 2005). Andison has been a member of the Host Committee of the 2008 Junior Men’s, 2012 Women’s and 2014 Junior Men’s WBSC World Championships in Whitehorse and is also involved with the Host Committee for the upcoming 2017 WBSC Men’s World Championship.
Tom Bell (Richmond BC) was well known as one of the biggest contributors to Softball BC’s strong umpiring program, leading the way for a number of umpires to develop and progress as working officials on the field and administrators off the field. He worked a total of five Canadian Championships, including the 1979 and 1984 Junior Men’s, 1982 Men’s, 1988 Women’s in Fast Pitch and 1992 Men’s Slo-Pitch Championships. He attained his ISF Certification in 1988 and worked the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. Though he had an impressive career on the diamond, Bell was even more active in developing umpires on the administrative side, serving as Softball BC’s Umpire-in-Chief from 1981 to 1989 before serving two years as a Deputy Umpire-in-Chief on Softball Canada’s Officiating Development Committee in 1990 and 1991. During that time, he ran an umpire’s school in 1990 to develop Softball Australia’s officiating program, and used that experience to author and run Softball Canada’s Umpire Schools as head clinician. Tom Bell passed away on September 27, 2014 at the age of 79 and is survived by his wife Christine and daughter Maggie.
Mike Hornak (Langley, BC) had a distinguished career as a working official and gave back to the sport by serving at the administrative level and mentoring a number of elite officials. On the field, he worked the 1985 Junior Women’s and 1986 Junior Men’s Canadian Championships before earning his Level V and ISF certification following the 1990 Men’s Canadian Championship, and also worked the event in 1994. He then set his sights on officiating at the international level, working the Canada Cup from 1993-1996 and 1998, the 1995 Pan American Games and the 1995 Olympic Qualifier before reaching the pinnacle of his career by representing Canada as an official at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Hornak served Softball BC’s umpiring community as an educator from 1984-1998 before taking the role of Provincial Umpire-in-Chief from 1998-2005, and was also the Umpire-in-Chief of the Canada Cup beginning in 1998 until he retired in 2008. Throughout that time, he chaired Softball BC’s Umpire Schools to help develop the province’s and the country’s umpires and was able to take the program to new heights with his enthusiasm and innovations.
Dennis Milligan (Sexsmith, AB) fell in love with the game of softball from the get-go, competing as an athlete from 1970 to 1992, including the first 14 years (1970-1983) in the Northwest Territories participating in several Territorial Championships before relocating to Alberta (1984-1992) where he played in three provincial Championships. He coached for a span of 31 years from 1973 to 2003 across all age categories, participating in six Canadian Championships and 17 Alberta Provincial Championships. Administratively, Milligan spent six years as a player representative of the Yellowknife Men’s League before serving as Vice-President of NWT Softball in 1981 and President from 1982 to 1984. He later served as Vice-President (1988-1991) and President (1991-1993) of Softball Alberta, and then moved on to Softball Canada’s Board of Directors from 1994 until 2007 where he served on a number of committees, including Canadian Championships, Hall of Fame, Marketing, Sport Science and Men’s National Team as well as the Slo-Pitch and Future of the Game task forces. Milligan supervised a total of eleven Canadian Championships and was an assistant supervisor for three others.
Harvey Stevenson (Victoria, BC) was a highly decorated athlete who had his first experience with softball as a junior player in Victoria in 1964. He won back-to-back provincial Championships in 1964 and 1965 before moving up to the senior ranks, winning a BC Senior B title in 1966 before joining Victoria Bate Construction in 1967. Stevenson went on to win nine consecutive provincial Championships with Victoria (which switched sponsors from Bate Construction to Budget in 1978) from 1971 to 1979 and led the dynasty to eight Men’s Canadian Championship medals (four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze) over that same nine-year period, with the four Gold medals coming in consecutive years from 1975 to 1978. At the international level, Stevenson and his Victoria team represented Canada and won Golds medals at the 1976 WBSC Men’s World Championship and the 1979 Pan American Games before he stepped away from softball to coach his son in baseball. He later returned to softball as a coach from 1992 to 1996, and went on to be the Team Leader for the Men’s and Women’s National Teams from 2002 to 2005 before working as Softball Canada’s Operations Manager – National Teams from 2006 until he retired in 2012.
The inductees will join the Softball Canada Hall of Fame at an Induction ceremony which will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Softball Canada’s Annual General Meeting and Congress in Whitehorse, Yukon, which will take place from November 10-12.