The Governor General’s Curling Club to Honor Prominent Saskatchewan Curlers
The Governor General’s Curling Club of Canada will be holding its 147th annual meeting (AGM) in Regina on September 13, 2021.
The Governor General’s Curling Club is an organization under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada, since its inception by Lord Dufferin in 1874. It has as its members those who have served the sport for an extended time with significant achievement and distinction locally, provincially, nationally and internationally and whose selection is endorsed by the sitting Governor General of Canada.
In tribute to the 50th year of membership for Canadian curling icon and resident of Regina, Ernie Richardson the meeting will be held in his home-town. There will also be a reception in Ernie’s honour at Government House with the Lt. Governor the Honourable Russ Mirasty, on Tuesday afternoon, September 14th.
“It is a true privilege for Governor General’s Curling Club to acknowledge and pay tribute to Ernie this year” said GGCC President Pat Reid. “We all admire his 50 years of very active membership in the GGCC and the strong support he and Rikki have extended to the, For the Love of Curling Scholarship program for many years.”
In addition to paying tribute to Ernie, the Governor General’s Curling Club will award its first, For the Love of Curling Scholarship in the amount of $2500, to student-curler Chantel Hoag of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan.
The 2021 inductees will include Gerry Adam of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and Rob Dewhirst of Regina, Dianne Barker and Norm Daley of Kamloops, BC, Ken Duggan and Laura Lochanski of Edmonton and Rick Mutton of Winnipeg.
The Governor General’s Curling Club annual Golf Safari and AGM will be hosted at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina from September 12- 15, 2021.
A Brief History of the Governor General's Curling Club
The Vice-Regal Curling Club was founded by Lord Dufferin in 1874. He built a covered curling rink so that he and his staff could play the "roarin' game", and established the Governor General's Trophy competition that is still played today. In 1910 the Vice-Regal Curling Club was renamed the Governor General's Curling Club, and a number of prominent curlers in the Ottawa area were invited to become members. Since that time, the focus of the Club has been to recognize Canadians who have made a significant contribution to curling locally, provincially or nationally, not only as competitive curlers, but also as builders and administrators. The men and women of today's Club come from all walks of life and are proud to be honoured by membership in this historic organization.
Executive Committee of the Governor General's Curling Club 2020-2021
Ian MacDonald, Wil Thurlow, François Vary, Pat Reid, Graham Harris, Barry Worth, Warren Hansen, Ken Thompson
(not pictured Bonnie Morris and Wally Morris)
In 2021, the Governor General’s Curling Club will present a $2,500 scholarship, financially supported by donations from its membership, through Curling Canada.
"The Governor General's Curling Club has, as its membership, those who have served our sport with accomplishment and distinction locally, provincially and nationally," said Governor General's Curling Club President Mrs. Pat B. Reid. "Just as our efforts have helped our sport grow over an extended time, equally the sport of Curling has profoundly enriched the lives of our members. It is thus our Members' pleasure and privilege to sponsor a curling scholarship for a young talented, aspiring student-athlete, to support the development of his/her educational and curling goals and to promote the next generation of leadership for our sport."