The BDMHA Executive Committee is very disturbed about the recent and past allegations of sexual assault against members of Canada's National Junior hockey team, and how Hockey Canada has handled this situation, and many others. We also understand that this news has sparked a national conversation about a culture of silence in the sport, and questions as to whether ice hockey's place as the centerpiece of Canadian culture has shielded it from criticism and accountability.
What we are hearing about this troubling situation is contrary to the values of BDMHA and the codes of conduct we enforce on all of our players, parents, staff, and volunteers. We want to assure our membership that we are following the situation very closely. We fully support Canada's 13 provincial hockey federations who have communicated, in writing, to Hockey Canada that they will only pay dues in December if they are provided with, and satisfied by, a written report on the Hockey Canada Action Plan (read it here), and its implementation. In response Hockey Canada has appointed a Special Committee of independent experts to monitor and provide guidance on the implementation of the Action Plan. Executive performance evaluations will be tied to progress on the plan, and an annual report on social responsibility and impact will help keep Canadians informed on Hockey Canada’s progress.
For Hockey Nova Scotia's part, they are partnering with the Province and Sport Nova Scotia to establish a third-party mechanism that will be responsible for receiving and investigating all complaints of maltreatment. Their Director of Change Management is also leading a full review of their governance structure, and their diversity and inclusion committee continues to work through several of the 2019 Hockey Nova Scotia Diversity and Inclusion Task Force’s final recommendations that were published in 2021 (read it here).
BDMHA has also received inquiries from members, and the public if we will hold back payments to Hockey Canada. We want to be clear that BDMHA does not make any direct payments to Hockey Canada. BDMHA is required to be part of Hockey Nova Scotia in order to remain a minor hockey association within Nova Scotia and thus Canada. We will hold Hockey NS accountable to the commitments they have made to making improvements in the sport. Further BDMHA will honor the commitment we've made to be open and transparent with our membership about the use of funds, including those paid to Hockey Nova Scotia.
We would like to also reinforce that the BDMHA Executive Committee will not tolerate any form of maltreatment shown by or towards a member of BDMHA. We have worked hard to recruit an Executive Committee that is made up of nearly fifty percent women to provide a more balanced perspective within the association's governance. There is an increased expectation that all members of BDMHA will be treated equally and given equal respect within our organization.
Further to our increased diversity at the Executive level, we are putting together a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the release of this statement, and more information will be coming in the next few weeks. You can read about our first steps in the July 28, 2022 minutes of the BDMHA Executive Committee (Meeting Minutes Here). Finally BDMHA will release a revised Code of Conduct by September 15th, 2022 which all members must sign and agree to prior to October 1st, 2022.
We encourage any member with concerns to reach out to our President (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of the Executive Officers at any time.
We would like to thank our membership for the response received to our call for Volunteers. On June 23rd, 2022 the BDMHA Executive Officers meet to appoint many of the open positions at the Executive Officer and Executive Committee level. We would like to present the Executive Offices and Executive Committee for 2022/20223
Jason Foster - President (acclaimed)
Jennifer MacLeod - Secretary (acclaimed)
Greg Crowell - VP Operations (acclaimed)
Christen Lefebvre - VP Development (acclaimed)
Kyla Burry - Vice President U7/U9 (appointed)
Nancy Oldford - Vice President Recreation (appointed)
As a further update to our announcement of a Special Meeting to approve the proposed fees for the 2022/2023 season. The fees as setout below are based on the following additional budget and ice considerations:
Throughout the year we received many inquiries from our recreational team coaches, parents and players as to why there was such an inequity between the hours of ice provided by the association to the competitive and recreational levels of hockey. This year there will be parity between the ice times provided by the association at the competitive and recreational levels which resulted in a larger than usual increase to recereational fees.
As a result of recommendations from the 2021/2022 Goaltending Committee, we are adding a full-time goalie development professional which is budgeted at $18,000 per year
As part of our strategic direction to develop our coaches, we will ensure that each team at the U11 – U15 level has a coach certified with the Hockey Canada Goalie Development Level 1 certification.
Annually, we refresh our development equipment and loaner-goalie equipment and the 2022/2023 maximum spend will be $12,000
We need to increase referee fees to attract and retain referees within the Association
As part of our strategic direction to develop our coaches, we plan to decrease the number of paid core skills staff and re-engage coaches during core skills sessions
Annually, we refresh jerseys and the 2022/20233 maximum spend will be $10,000
With these changes, the proposed 2022/2023 fees will be modified from the 2021/2022 fee schedule as follows:
The Jump Into Hockey program will see a decrease of $40.00 from the 2021/2022 season to encourage and allow more children the opportunity to try hockey for the first time.
The U23 Program will see a decrease of $150.00 from the 2021/2022 season to align the cost per player with the registration fee per player.
U7 and U9 programs will see an increase of $5.00 from the 2021/2022 season.
U11, U13, U15, U18 Competitive programs will see an increase of $5.00 from the 2021/2022 season.
U11, U13, U15, U18 Recreational programs will see an increase of $80.00 from the 2021/2022 season.
For your reference here is a chart showing the 2021/2022 fees and proposed 2022/2023 fees:
Checking Camp: Available to all players that want to play checking hockey
For complete details on each program and to register your player(s), click HERE.
NOTE #1 - There may be more development initiatives announced and all information will be posted to the development registration page (click HERE).
NOTE #2 - We sent an expression of interest a few weeks ago to all eligible players indicating that programming would be based on the interest received. Unfortunately, we received little to no response from the U9 group and therefore could not move forward with booking ice time. If you have a U9 player and are potentially interested in some summer development, please reach out and we may be able to do something.
Space is limited. We will however, make every effort to accept all interested players.