One of inductees into P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum
Sports Editor’s Note: Following is the fourth in a series profiling this year’s six inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame and Museum. The induction ceremony will take place at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday, Oct. 21.
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Beverley (Bev) J. Millar
For more than 40 years, Bev Millar has been engaged with the sport of curling.
Those accomplishments will be front and centre at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday, Oct. 21, when Millar is one of six inductees into the P.E.I. Curling Hall of Fame at Museum. Millar is being inducted into the “Curler” category.
As a competitor, her first win came in 1976 as second stone for skip Wanda Hunter, winning the Gaudet’s Save Easy championship. Third stone Wanda MacLean and lead Eva Sherry rounded out the team.
With a new team line-up, Millar again won the Gaudet’s Save Easy in 1977, playing third stone for skip MacLean, with Sylvia Rodd at second stone and Nancy Desroches at lead.
In 1978, Millar won the P.E.I. Winter Games curling championship. She was third stone for her husband, skip Wyman Millar. Their teammates were second stone Gerry Richard and lead Wanda MacLean.
Millar won three Prince Edward Island women’s curling championships, including 1981 as a skip of a rink that included third stone Betty Miles, second stone Norma Worth and lead Wanda MacLean.
In 1984, Millar won her second P.E.I. women’s championship, teaming with skip Barbara Currie, second stone Ann Currie and lead Marnie Noye. The national Scott Tournament of Hearts was played in Charlottetown that year.
In 1986, with the same team, Millar won the P.E.I. women’s title again, and went on to compete at the Scott in London, Ont.
Millar won the Prince Edward Island senior women’s championship in 1993, playing lead for skip Janet MacDonald, with Donna McCarthy at third stone, and Ann Currie at second. At the Canadian championship in Edmonton, they placed third.
Millar was runner-up in three P.E.I. senior championships – in 1988 with skip Donna McCarthy, in 1989 with the Gen Enman-skipped rink and with skip Janet MacDonald in 1991.
In 1976 and 1977, Millar won the Ben Ames Williams International mixed bonspiel, and was runner-up in 1969. This bonspiel was held in Maine and had teams competing from the Maritimes as well as the northeastern United States.
In 2001, Millar played lead for skip Wanda MacLean when they won the Prince Edward Island women’s masters championship. Other team members were third stone Georgie Coulson and second stone Marnie Noye.
At the club level, Millar won the Summerside Curling Club’s ladies club championships on three occasions —1975, 1976 and 1979.
Millar holds a Level 2 instructor/coach certification, and she attended the elite curling camp in Truro, N.S., in 1987.
Millar was also an active volunteer off the ice. She chaired the Summerside Curling Club’s membership and publicity committees from 1974 to 1977.
In 1979-80 and 1980-81, she co-chaired the junior curling program.
Millar was on the building committee, with responsibility for planning and fund-raising, for the new Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club complex from 1979 to1981.
She co-chaired committees of two Canadian curling championships on the Island. In 1987, she took on the responsibility for officials at the Canadian mixed, she co-chaired the opening reception and greeter of team committees at the Canadian senior women’s championship in 2006. Both events were held in Summerside.
Millar volunteered on numerous committees, some at the club level, and many at various Canadian championships that were held on the Island. She wrote curling news for the club newsletters on many occasions.
Millar was a founding member of the committee to establish the Prince Edward Island Curling Hall of Fame and Museum, and served on the committee from 2007 to 2012.
Millar was the 2001 recipient of the P.E.I. Curling Association’s Marion Dockendorff Achievement Award.