The CJFL Life Member Award is saved for an individual that has contributed a great deal to their team, their Conference and to the CJFL as a whole. Today’s Life Member honouree has done all that and more.
The sport of football is usually a family affair. With their child on the field playing, parents, siblings and aunts and uncles are in the stands cheering them on. When one parent coaches a team, the other is involved on the management side.
In the case of the Johnson’s, when husband Gord is a diehard fan and is involved with a CJFL team, wife Helen decided to volunteer as well.
Helen Johnson started volunteering with a CJFL team in 2003 with the South Surrey Rams and was hooked. She stayed with them for two seasons, before joining her husband Gord with the Abbotsford Air Force in 2006 as the club’s secretary and registrar. Unfortunately for the Air Force, that was their final season.
Still wanting to volunteer her time with a CJFL team, Helen decided to go back to where it all started for her; the South Fraser Rams. She spent the 2007 season and some of the 2008 campaign back with the Rams before another adventure came calling.
In 2008 both Helen and Gord joined the VI Raiders board just in time to watch them win a Canadian Bowl championship that season. The Raiders finished the regular season at 9-1 then beat the Saskatoon Hilltops in Saskatoon, before dominating the Burlington Braves in Ontario to win the title.
Helen stayed with the Raiders as a volunteer and secretary until after the 2010 season. Incredibly in her three seasons with the Raiders, the team won two Canadian Bowl titles.
In 2009 while still with the Raiders, Helen took on the extra responsibility of becoming the BC Conference Secretary, volunteering countless hours. She stayed in this role until after the 2017 season. Right in the middle of her time with the Conference Helen along with her husband Gord shared the BC Conference Ken Smith Executive of the Year Award in 2015 for excellence off the field.
For all the long volunteer hours Helen sunk into the BC Conference, the Air Force and the Raiders the CJFL is proud to honour her with this Life Member Award. Congratulations Helen, who joins Gord as the only wife-husband team to be recognized with this honour, it is well deserved!
In his only season in the CJFL, linebacker Adam Konar played a major factor in the Langley Rams hosting their first ever Canadian Bowl.
During the 2012 season Konar led the Rams in defensive points collecting 16 tackles, five sacks, three knockdowns, four forced fumbles and had three interceptions including one for a touchdown. He was part of a defence that allowed the fewest points in the BC Conference as they averaged 16.1 points a game. Konar’s Rams went onto a semi-final win over the Westshore Rebels before upsetting the undefeated VI Raiders for the right to host the Canadian Bowl.
In one of the most entertain national championships the Rams fell 23-21 to the Saskatoon Hilltops and Konar collected four tackles.
Just three years later Konar was taken 25th overall in the CFL Draft by the Edmonton Football Club in 2015. In four seasons with Edmonton he collected 94 tackles, three interceptions and had a pair of sacks. In May of 2019 he signed with the BC Lions and is now getting set for his second campaign in Vancouver in 2021.
Konar sits down to talk with Ryan Watters to reminisce his CFL Draft experience.
The votes are in and the Valley Huskers have been named the best football logo in the country following the Football Canada logo contest.
Football Canada ran the logo contest during our #SupportTheSport campaign to create something fun for football fans across the country to engage with during the pandemic. The contest saw incredible engagement over the entirety of the contest with over 30,000 votes and the campaign reached over 275,000 people.
Vanisha Mistry, Communications Coordinator of Football Canada, stated “The contest was a huge success and so much fun to run. We loved seeing everyone across the country show so much pride for their team/favourite logo.”
There were over 4000 votes in the final round and the Huskers collected 57% of the votes.
Huskers' head coach Bob Reist was the inspiration for our logo when he arrived in 2017. He wanted to rebrand the Huskers’ culture and was looking for something with an edge that embraced the Fraser Valley and the Husker name. He reached out to his former teammate and coaching colleague John Makie, a Vanier Cup champion, and he was able to create the edge Reist was looking for.
The Valley Huskers and CJFL want to thank everyone for all their support during this contest. The Huskers program rests solely on community support and the more involvement the stronger the program will be.
If you are interested in your own Valley Huskers logo wear, stay tuned for some exciting opportunities in the next few days. More information can be found at ValleyHuskers.ca.
Congratulations to the Valley Huskers!