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Bob Giordano Memorial Award

Award History 

The name Bob Giordano was synonymous with hockey in the Central Okanagan in the 1950's and '60's.  Giordano wasn't known for his athletic prowess, it was his organizational skills and enthusiasm for the game that made him an indispensable part of the local sporting fabric.  Bob truly loved to share his time and talent with the young people of Kelowna. Bob passed away in October 1965.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to Kelowna through voluntary service to amateur sport, such as coaching or administrative support. 
  • Selections are based on the nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2016.
  • Past information can be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Nominees must no have personally benefitted from their volunteer activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

Nominate a deserving individual for the Bob Giordano Memorial Award. online nomination / pdf nomination

2015 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient

Dennis Richardson


When coaching the Kelowna Special Olympics Softball team, Dennis teaches his athletes much more than hitting, pitching and catching. From the importance of healthy eating to making exercise a lifelong commitment, Dennis has spent the last 15 years mentoring and encouraging Special Olympic athletes so they can compete on an international level.

Indoor training begins at the gym each January, with on field training starting in April. He’s there at practices and helps his coaches during their regular rec league games every week. He attended training camps and served as one of the national level coaches for the Team Canada Grizzlies.

In 2015, the Grizzlies won bronze at the World Summer Games Special Olympics and were inducted in the Special Olympics BC Hall of Fame in November as the only team to represent Canada and win medals at three different games.

In past years, Dennis has also coached the Special Olympics 10 pin and power lifting teams, always with the goal of making these special athletes become the very best they can be.

Past Recipients of the Award

2015 - Dennis Richardson
2014 - Tom Maxwell
2013 - Dino Gini
2012 - Hal Hennenfent
2011 - Tony Sodaro
2010 - Terry Britton
2009 - Arnar Bernhardsson
2008 - Dan Wray
2007 - Garth Vickers
2006 - Dave McClellan
2005 - Jane Fairey
2004 - Ross Sutcliffe
2003 - Ken Wilson
2002 - Lloyd Nelson
2001 - Jennifer Charles
2000 - Kevin Davies
1999 - Joan Schemley

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