Induction ceremony at The Fox on Oct. 21
SUMMERSIDE – The Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum is set to host its annual induction ceremony on Monday, Oct. 21, here at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum
The event, with co-hosts Paul H. Schurman and Tricia Affleck, gets underway at 7 p.m.
The six inductees being honoured for their achievements and contributions to the sport of curling are former P.E.I. resident Jennie Boomhower of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Ann Currie (posthumously) of Summerside; Arnold (Lock) Llewellyn (posthumously) of Charlottetown; Bev Millar of Summerside, Daniel O’Rourke (posthumously) of Charlottetown, and Marilyn Sutherland of Charlottetown.
“Recognizing the accomplishments of curlers and builders who have dedicated much time and energy to the sport of curling is important, not only to them and their families and friends, but it is also an important component of our curling history,” said Jerry Muzika, chairman of the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum.
Muzika notes that this is the seventh annual induction ceremony, and he invites everyone to come out and honour the inductees.
All of the inductees have excelled in their own curling corner. Currie and Millar each had a competitive spirit and drive that showed itself not only in the number of times their names appeared on various trophies, but also in their volunteer work for their clubs and province.
Llewellyn, an avid curler in his day, won a provincial school boy championship, and five purple hearts (symbol of winning the provincial men’s championship) between 1957 and 1966.
O’Rourke was a constant visitor to the winner’s circle during his competitive curling years, including being a member of the Wen Macdonald team that won the Island’s first-ever national curling title – 1971 Canadian senior men’s championship – as well as being a dedicated volunteer on the administrative side of the game.
Boomhower had an action-packed two decades of competition, winning seven provincial women’s titles, a provincial mixed and a provincial senior women’s championship.
Always available to give pointers and encouragement to anyone who might ask, Sutherland has spent more than three decades as a coach, instructor, co-ordinator and administrator.
George Koke, president of the P.E.I. Curling Association, says that he is very pleased that the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum is continuing its work to recognize curlers and builders, and looks forward to attending the event.
The main objectives of the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum are to recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals or teams on the basis of playing ability, as an amateur or a professional – “Curler” category – and to individuals who have given distinguished service and have made major contributions to the development of curling on Prince Edward Island – “Builder” category.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, or by contacting Jerry Muzika by phone at (902)-672-2822, email firstname.lastname@example.org., or other members of the Hall of Fame board of directors.
The P.E.I. Ford Dealers, Beaton’s Wholesale Dry Goods, City of Summerside, Consolidated Credit Union Ltd., and Phillips Feed Service are sponsoring this year’s ceremony.
The Journal Pioneer will be running profiles of this year’s P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum inductees in upcoming issues.