From our origins as a Sports Bid Committee in 1998, to becoming an organization that is formally recognized as a unified voice for sport in 2008, our committment to advocating and promoting the values and benefits of sport has never waned.
The Lethbridge Sport Council is a non-profit sport organization, existing to support the enhancement and development of sport in our community. Our vision of becoming the “Voice for Sport” has been realized, through the involvement and commitment of many local leaders.
- Incorporated as a non-profit sport organization, pursuant to the provisions of the Alberta Societies Act, and recognized by the City of Lethbridge as an independent body.
- Brian Bourassa lead a Strategic Planning process that included information workshops, community consultation sessions (Future Search Conference), and consultation with an ‘experts’ panel to identify future trends. The document “In Pursuit of a Preferred Future” was written
- Appropriately, the City of Lethbridge Sport and Recreation Policy Steering Committee brought attention to this issue in their discussion paper entitled, “In Pursuit of a Preferred Future,”
- Lethbridge City Council approved a municipal Sport & Recreation Policy recognizing that sport and recreation is an integral entity within Lethbridge.
- Lethbridge City Council recognized the importance of sport and identified the need for a Civic Sport Policy.
- A document called “Working Together for Tomorrow” was prepared, identifying the desire to be “a healthy, attractive and economically viable city.”
- Based on the understanding that recreation is an integral entity within the city and that the recreation delivery system has a significant relationship with sport development, the objective to define the role of the City in support of an active and healthy sport and recreation community was expanded and funded as a council initiative to develop a sport and recreation policy for the City of Lethbridge.
- Extensive consultations with stakeholders confirmed the fact that a unified voice for sport was a major area of priority for the local sport community (Sport and Recreation Future Search Conference Summary of Proceedings, 2007).
- The Sports Bid Committee marketing plan identified the need to become an advocate for sports, to increase the awareness of sport opportunities in the community, and to establish a stronger link with sport organization in three key areas
- To be an advocate for sports
- To increase the awareness of sport opportunities in the community
- To establish a stronger link with sport organizations.
- To do this, the Sports Bid Committee determined that it needed to create a Sport Council.
- The sport community gave their approval making it possible for the first AGM to be held January 25, 1999, followed by City Council support at their February 22, 1999 meeting.
- The Lethbridge Sports Bid Committee was formed to assist local sport organizations’ bid for major sport competitions and develop the city’s bid for major provincial and national multi-sport competitions.
- The forming process came about through an ad hoc committee consisting of Dr. Gary Bowie, Mal Clewes, Carol Gemer, Jane Kremeniuk, Herman Maltz, Brent Seely, and Carol Thibert.