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FHBC AGM Feb. 10

Posted by Ali Baggott at Jan 29, 2020 9:01PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The upcoming Field Hockey BC Annual General meeting will have a lot of items on the agenda that will be important to the state and future of field hockey in Victoria. As a collective, it is important that members in the Cowichan and Victoria men’s and women’s league as well as voting members such as coaches, officials, etc. take part in the upcoming votes. Though we don’t expect everyone to attend the meeting we are collecting proxy votes to be submitted to Field Hockey BC before Feb. 3, 2020.

This means that each player should let their designated team rep or club rep know if they are okay (or not) with their names being used by a representative to vote on their behalf. Once the names are submitted we will also circulate information around ‘our’ as in Vancouver Island’s best recommendations on what directions we would like to see the motions and elections move in. This will be a challenging conversation but we are open to having the reps that will carry proxy votes meet in person.

Monday Feb. 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Room 155 at McKinnon Gym (UVic)

In the immediate future, please get your names to your team/club reps who will forward lists to Ali Baggott. Ali will coordinate all the proxy votes going in. Club and team reps are expected to support in finding a person to be either on the phone call carrying 35 votes (plus their own) or doing the same in person (either in Victoria or going to the meeting itself in Vancouver). Proxy names must be submitted by Feb. 3 if we want to have a right to vote via phone.

Just as in any large election, every vote matters, and even if things do not go in our favour, we will know that every voice in Vancouver Island at least participated in their say. This is a really important time for us to take part in the conversation. Please don’t think your vote does not matter.

A reminder that voting members include:
a) Senior Player
b) Junior Player (under 13 and under 18 as of January 1 of the playing season)
c) Associate members (non-playing, non-officiating, non-coaching members that have a FHBC voting membership)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ali at 250-418-5633 or

Conference call detail is as follows:
Dial: 1-888-289-4573
Access Code: 7864046#

A Celebration of Life is planned for Jen Budding, who passed away on December 8, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road. Celebration will take place in the chapel, with reception to follow in the Marian Hall.

Field hockey community members attending are asked to bring their field hockey stick to the service. There will be a place to leave them at the chapel. The van Dyk Family have asked for the field hockey community to form an honour guard with their sticks as the hearse carries Jen from the chapel to the private burial. The honour guard will take place after the service and before the reception.

Ali Baggott will hand out a special sticker for your stick in honour of Jen Budding (van Dyk) and you can get the sticker at the service. More will be available for those unable to attend the service.

Condolences may be offered online at In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

Read the full obituary on Jen Budding (Van Dyk) here:

For any questions regarding the honour guard please reach out to Ali (250-418-5633 or


It is with the heaviest hearts that the VILFHA community mourn the sudden passing of Jennifer Joanna Budding (nee van Dyk). Jen was a lot to many not least of which included being an amazing mom, wife, daughter, teacher, coach, friend and person.

Jen was born and raised in Victoria and went on to play five years at the University of Victoria as a Vike, where she was a CIAU National Champion in each of 1991, 1992 and 1994. She is well known as a long-time teacher in the Cowichan School District and certainly very well known for helping coach the Cowichan Secondary School field hockey team to numerous provincial championships over many, many years.

Jen was among a prestigious list of dedicated volunteers that fulfilled the role as President of the the VILFHA ladies league. She was a talented player, a dedicated coach, a volunteer at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Qualifier in Victoria, a dedicated Vikes alumni and so, so much more.

She touched so many people and she will most certainly be missed. Her memory will live on every time we step on the field to play or take time to grow this sport as a coach.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jen’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road. Celebration will take place in the chapel, with reception to follow in the Marian Hall. Condolences may be ordered online at

Click below to read the full obituary:

It’s that time of year, when the turf is getting frosty! For this upcoming November 30 weekend, just a friendly reminder to check turf conditions before your games. For UVic, you can easily check the field condition at the link below. They expect to update the condition at 9 am on Saturday morning.

We expect the turf in Duncan to be open for games being played on November 30. However, if it is not, a VILFHA representative will email the team Captains directly Saturday morning.

Have a great and safe weekend!

The VILFHA Annual Christmas Meeting details are below:
When: Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm
Where: Lower Clubhouse, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Highway

Please see map of Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre at (Lower Clubhouse is “p” on the map)
•As per Regulations 4.1 c) Fines shall be imposed on any team: iv. For not having a Team Rep at Council meetings and/or General Meetings $25.00

The meeting agenda is below:

1) Adoption of Agenda
2) Report from the Executive
3) Second half of schedule
4) Discussion /feedback regarding game length
5) New Business
-underage players
-turf condition/plan
6) Announcements
7) Adjournment