The Canadian Junior Football League and Ontario Conference is saddened by the recent passing of one of our longstanding executives William (Bill) Prest (March 25, 1935 - June 9, 2021). His involvement with football began in 1963 as the Register of the Junior Ontario Football Rugby Union (JrOFRU). He held that position until 1970 when the OFC and the JrOFRU merged. Prest was appointed Secretary Treasurer, a position he held until stepping down in 2008. He also held the position of Eastern Chairman of the CJFL for two years in the 1970s.
For his dedication and commitment to the league, Prest was awarded a lifetime membership to the CJFL in 1990. Then following the 1999 campaign nine years later, he received the prestigious Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award which is presented to a volunteer who has devoted the majority of their life to junior football.
In his honour, "The Bill Prest Community Service Award" was established to annually recognize a player in the Ontario Conference who is involved in their community outside of football.
Prest is being remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a good friend to many.
Everyone at the OFC and CJFL would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Prest’s family and friends.
The Ontario Conference is pleased to announce that they are moving forward with plans to have a 2021 season.
The Conference is encouraged by the discussions that their partners at the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA) have been having with the Provincial Government and will continue to take direction from them in planning for a season.
The health and safety of the players, coaches, training staff and volunteers is paramount. All plans will be based on local health recommendations and will be in line with all federal, provincial and municipal regulations.
Information regarding a season start date, schedule and training camps are all still being discussed and more information on these will be released at a later date.
The CJFL have announced a new partnership with software company HeadCheck Health, Inc. ('HeadCheck') that will equip all 18 teams with the HeadCheck Pro app and web system for optimizing concussion management.
Ryan Watters talks with HeadCheck Health CEO Harrison Brown about the partnership and what the program will do to help players and medical staff.