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2018 Jim Wagdin Scholarship Winners Announced

It is with immense pride that the Bell Warriors announce this year’s Jim Wagdin Post-Secondary Scholarship winners – Andrew Fullerton (Stittsville) and Daniel Schwartz (Nepean).  Our independent selection committee had their hands full with a full slate of worthy candidates but both Andrew and Daniel were deemed to have the most complete applications in a very tight selection process.
 
In Andrew Fullerton’s application letter, he noted, “Six years as a Bell Warrior have shaped me, molded me and inspired me to become the young man that I am today and will serve as the foundation for the man that I intend to become.  Among the many things that my experiences as a Warrior have gifted me is an appreciation for and duty to my community.  The work ethic and resilience I developed as a Warrior have similarly shaped me as a student, and have guided me to academic success throughout high school, where I earned honour roll society all four years alongside the silver medal, awarded to students with an academic average above 90%, and the award of excellence in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, awarded to the student with the highest mark in the respective course, in both eleventh and twelfth grade.”
 
Andrew’s awards with his years with the Warriors and through his education are two many to list.  In short, his achievements are substantial and impressive.  in summary, this young man, who is currently studying Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Western, was always dedicated, respectful, driven, successful and a true leader.  Andrew concluded his application by saying that, “The Warriors’ navy and gold are not simply colours sported on game day, painted on our helmets or dyed in the fabric of our jerseys, they are a representation of the Bell Warriors and an embodiment of their values. Whether or not I am wearing navy and gold or the Warriors crest across my collar bones, I represent the Bell Warriors each day of my life; the navy and gold is not so superficial as a helmet, jersey and pants, it is an integral part of who I am.”  CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW!
 
Daniel Schwartz made the most of every day he was with the Warriors.  The only thing that exceeded his efforts to contribute to the Warriors was his pleasant and happy demeanor when doing it.  Daniel viewed his days with the Warriors as, “The Bell Warriors Football Club instills values starting with the tykes, and continues to build on them all the way up to bantam. Respect, teamwork, compassion, independence, self-confidence, the list can go on and on as to what I learned with the Bell Warriors.”
 
Daniel’s application expanded on how the values of respect, team work, compassion, independence and self-confidence were all vital lessons learned with his many years as a Warrior and he calls on today as he commits himself to his pursuit of a career in Paramedicine.  His concluding paragraph says it all, “I will be a Warrior for Life, I will be a part of the “CABB Company”, I will continue to apply the values I have learned and pass them along to others. The Bell Warriors was the best eight years I could have asked for, every drop of blood, sweat, and tears was worth it. Sports revealed my character – the Bell Warriors revealed my character.”   CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL!
 
For more information on the Bell Warriors Jim Wagdin Scholarship program, go to our SCHOLARSHIP page.

Golf Tounament brings Warriors together!

Our 23rd Annual Warriors Fundraiser Golf Tournament has come and gone and we had one heck of  a day.   We were at Amberwood Golf and Country Club again this year and the course and weather could not have been better.
 
Our club is built on selfless commitment of our families so having a day where we actually have some fun together and get to know each other a little better is important….and there was no shortage of camaraderie and fun.  A huge thanks to Dan Crabtree, Steve Adam, Kelly White who were this year’s event organizers and special thanks to Christine Lavigne, Darlene Kelly-Stewart, Carmen Schwartz, Ken Schwartz and Kayla Schwartz who were on site all day to help our Golf Committee to ensure we had an exceptional event.
 
Additionally we would like to thank our generous hole sponsors:
 
Carol & Gary White
Holliswealth – Greg Clarke & Dan Crabtree
Jill Dulmage Royal LePage
Ontario Iron Works Ltd. – The Schwartz Family
Opal Nails and Spa
Pegg Plumbing
Point Cloud Solutions
Scotty’s Corner Diner – Scott Statham
Sunlife Financial
Vily Kozar Cabinets/Carpentry
 
We would also like to thank the following for donating to our Door Prize table:
 
Ale Restaurant
Bank of Montreal
Blissfull Blends
Brokerlink
Calian
Chapters
Fanshare
Giant Tiger
Goodlife Fitness
Greco Fitness
Holliswealth – Greg Clarke & Dan Crabtree
IDA
Jennifer McGahan Interiors
King’s Independent – Chris King
Ontario Iron Works Ltd. – The Schwartz Family
Opal Nails and Spa
Pocopazzo
Scotty’s Corner Diner – Scott Statham
Sunlife Financial
The Glen Scottish Restaurant – James  Clarke
TMSI – Darrin McCorriston
Turpin Kia – Fern Turpin
Vily Kozar Cabinets/Carpentry
Wanda Keenan Photography
WiLAN
 

CLICK HERE to see more event pictures.

 


 
See you next year!

WARRIORS ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE

Super door prizes, a great lunch & sit down dinner,  18 holes of golf with carts & relaxing day golfing with friends, family & our Warriors.

Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

Open to anyone.  This is a major fundraiser for the club so the more the merrier but on a first-come-first-serve basis. We’ll be looking for Hole Sponsorship opportunities that will also qualify you as a FRIEND OF THE WARRIORS SPONSOR. 100% of monies raised go to support player fees.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

$100 per player or $85 for Warrior players.

We are looking for local businesses to donate prizes.  Contact either Dan Crabtree at 613-794-6716 or email dan.crabtree@holliswealth.com or Steve Adam at stevenjohnadam@gmail.com for more details.

Don’t Miss Out!

Aron Masalingi – Receives Community Honour!

CONGRATULATIONS to Warriors Alumni Aron Masilingi who was recognized and honoured with a RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Award this week. These awards recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of youth in Ottawa whose drive and dedication continue to make the community, and the world, a better place.

Aron, who played for years with our Warriors and was a multiple award winner, always had an inner confidence that prepared him to not only be an exceptional athlete but a kind-hearted, fun-spirited young player in his days with the Warriors.   Bell Warriors President Paul Stewart remarked, “You couldn’t help but love coaching Aron. His competence and selflessness has clearly continued and we couldn’t be happier for him or prouder of him.”

2018 RBC Spirit of the Capital Youth Award Winner Aron Masilingi receives his award.

Aron Maslingi (front row, far right) was a winner of the 2015 Bantam Most Versatile Player Award. His winning-way continues today in our community.

Pictured L to R: Joe Papalia (Bantam DC); Aron Masalingi; Paul Stewart (Bantam Head Coach)

 

NICELY DONE Aron!!! #ClassAct  #Respect  #ActionsCount  #Warriors4Life

Jacob Baylin receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

CONGRATULATIONS to Jacob Baylin who was recognized and honoured today with the City of Ottawa Mayor’s City Builder Award.
 
Mayor Jim Watson made the presentation to the young Warriors alumni for “his outstanding act of kindness and inspiring charitable work” in association with his support of the Bell Warriors Football Club and their goals to keep sport “Affordable for All”.
 
Earlier in the year Jacob Baylin became our youngest Friend of the Warriors sponsor in our 62 year history when he made a donation to our Warriors with money he had earned working last summer.  At the time, Paul Stewart (Warriors President) commented, “Jacob was an award winner and his call to contribute to the cause continues still even after his playing days.   Not many 16 year olds would think of giving their own money to a sports club.  Jacob, however, saw the financial challenges that so many Warriors families face and he chose to step up.  True leaders strive to be part of the solution and that’s what Jacob is all about.”  He continues, “His selfless contribution set an example of leadership and thoughtfulness that our community’s youth should all aspire to.  It also became a focal point in our Club’s communication efforts that ultimately led to more than a half dozen more sponsors for our non-profit sports club.
 
The Warriors support our players on and off the field.  It is so impressive to see one of our most recent alumni learn from that example and recognize that they too could be a catalyst for change.  The Bell Warriors are proud of Jacob and our Warriors family are moved and motivated by this impressive young man’s actions

Mayor Jim Watson presents Mayor’s City Builder Award to Jacob Baylin (middle). with Bayward Councillor Mark Taylor (right)

Jacob Baylin gives his acceptance speech at City of Ottawa Councillor’s meeting today

From L to R: Josh Baylin, Zachary Baylin, Jacob Baylin, Richard Baylin and Natasha Thiessen-Baylin

2017 Mayor’s City Builder Award winner Jacob Baylin

 

Congratulations JACOB!!! Read more about Jacob’s big day:  City of Ottawa Press Release

62 Great Years & Counting

2017 marked the 62nd anniversary of our league (NCAFA) and the Bell Warriors Football Club.  It is unimaginable to consider how many people and hours have been generous given to our community to mentor our young youth over those many years.  We have so much to be proud of, grateful for and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of this year’s volunteers for all they did to make the ’17 season a resounding success”, summed up Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President at the Warriors AGM held Feb 27.

Here are some highlights from the President’s report:

Elections determined that the 2017 Bell Warriors Executive would be:

  • Paul Stewart, President
  • Tim Sheahan, VP of Operations
  • Barb Dodge, VP of Administration (NEW)
  • Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance

Director positions are listed on our Contact page and supporters are encouraged to contact the Warriors at info@bellwarriors.ca if they are interested in applying to fill any vacant positions.

 

2017 WARRIORS AGM DATE SET


 
This year’s AGM will be held Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club (54 Springbrook Drive, Stittsville).  The AGM is welcome to all members of the Bell Warriors Football Club.  There will be Director and Executive reports, a financial year-end presentation and elections of officers for the 2018 season.  Afterwards the Warriors will be holding a planning session to map out events, roles and goals for the upcoming season.
 
There will be a vote on a constitutional amendment that was brought forward at last year’s meeting.  The motion to be voted on would change the constitution from:

  • The positions of the Executive shall be made open to the members for election at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The term of office for the elected members of the Executive Committee shall commence following the AGM and continue until the next AGM.

to :

  • Each year at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), positions of the Executive shall be made open to the members for election on a schedule. The two year term of office for the elected members of the Executive Committee shall commence following their election and continue until the AGM two years hence.  The election for President will be held at the AGM following seasons which are held in even number years.  The election for VP Finance and VP Operations will be held at the AGM following seasons which are held in odd number years.  New Executive positions which are created as outlined in Article VI Section A -X, will have elections as follows:  4th Executive Member election will be held following seasons which are held in even number years.  5th Executive Member will be held following seasons which are held in odd number years.  A similar alternating election year pattern would apply if further Executive Members were deemed necessary to ensure continuity of experience at the Board level every year.

Those interested in showing a greater level of support and involvement in the Club are invited to contact president@bellwarriors.  It takes many hands to host our football programs and we rely heavily on the dedication and expertise of our valued volunteers.  See you there!

2018 Head Coaches Are Announced

 
GO WARRIORS!!!  
 
It is easy to feel exhilarated and immensely satisfied with the direction the club will be taking this year.   We have 4 great men that have all stepped up to continue our club’s long and great legacy.  We hand-chose each of them to take on this important responsibility and that’s because we have faith that no one would be better suited for the jobs.
 
It is with absolute pride that we announce that Brian Patterson will be returning as our Tyke Head Coach.  This will be Coach Brian’s 16th year coaching with our club and again this year, there is no one involved with the club that didn’t have Coach Brian coach one of their children at one time or another.  He’s a true gem!
 
At Mosquito, grizzled veteran Pat Kilmartin brings his 22 years of coaching experience to continue mentoring our players as our Mosquito Head Coach.  Pat is respected as a passionate, caring and motivational coach that lives to build confidence and who truly admires spirit, dedication, responsibility ant team spirit.   Thank you Coach Pat!
 
Our Pee Wee Head Coach is going to be Paul Gowans who, way back when, was a Warriors player and Warriors’ Coach in an earlier life.  Coach Paul has coached football for 28 years and is respected throughout the football community as an exceptional coach, leader and mentor.  He has had numerous coaching roles at much higher levels and currently is a dedicated athletics teacher at South Carleton High School.   On a editorial note:  he coached both of my boys at South Carleton H.S. when they still had a football program and on every level, he earned my respect and admirationPaul is back and we couldn’t be happier with that!
 
Last but certainly not least is our new Bantam Head Coach Richard Baylin which has done nothing but win as a previous Head Coach at both Mosquito and Pee Wee.  Coach Rich does it with such a positive, constructive and measured demeanour that he attracts families to our program.  He sets the tone for what our program aspires to be.  He’s a true gentleman that happens to have a passion for mentoring youth and football.  What a perfect role model for our program, families and players!  Thanks Coach Rich for stepping up. 
 

Join us in congratulating these experienced men on stepping up to steer this year’s tackle programs.  The Warriors will be playing in our 63rd year and we are so excited to have these four coaches leading the way.  THANK YOU GENTLEMEN!!!

Banquet & Silent Auctions – Warriors Celebrate

 
What a day of celebrations the Warriors had.  Our annual Team Banquets is so much more than just an award ceremony (but it is important to celebrate excellence too).  Our Club has a very simple recipe to succeed that we embrace globally. …and that is……to work hard to challenge ourselves, to always strive to learn from our mistakes, to never get discouraged, to strive to grow and as importantly, realize that our actions impact those around us.  If you follow our simple recipe, your actions will not only inevitably lead to your success, they will lead to successes of all your teammates who you inspire and motivate.   There is lots to celebrate when we do that and ultimately, this is what our Warriors celebrated Saturday at our day long of hosting of two annual Team Banquets.
 
In conjunction with our Banquets, the Warriors hosted two Silent Auctions. Our 6th annual fundraisers represent a labour of love that has become a huge fundraiser for the Club …. and it’s become a lot of fun too.  A big THANK YOU to all of our Donors:

For all of our volunteers that helped with the setup, administration and tear down of the auctions, THANK YOU.  Your hard work helped us raise a record $6,500 for our Warriors!

Of course the two events are also a celebration of our players that truly excelled this year.  To all of our players that competed this year, congratulations on dedicating yourselves the Warriors Way.  We hope you had an excellent experience with your Warriors family and for those that were fortunate enough to be major award winners this year, NICE JOB SETTING THE TONE FOR YOUR TEAM.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON AND OFF THE FIELD!  The 2017 Major Award Winners were:

BANTAM: Front Row (L to R): Jacob Smith (DB); Armando Pascual de la Cruz (Best D-Player); Dakarai Baskin (Rookie); Michael Fiorino (Most Improved); Alaa Erdawi (Most Versatile); Brandon Graff (Leadership Award). Back Row (L to R): Trey O’Brien (MVP); Ethan Ryan (Best OL); Shyreek Phillips (Best DL); Kahir Padamshi (Coaches Choice);.

PEE WEE: Kneeling (L to R): Owen Lavigne (Warrior Award and Best D-Player); Elliot Fleming (Best DB); Arland Alvarez (Rookie). Second Row (L to R): Ryan Morissette (Coaches Choice); Avery Osborne (Best O-Player); Zachary Baylin (Most Versatile); Daymein Davidson (Best OL). Back Row (L to R): Tyler Baigent (MVP); Jeremie Catalusi (Outstanding LB); Lee Kubsz (Best DL); Isaiah Markell Ayalugo (Most Improved).

MOSQUITO: Front Row (L to R): Joshua Olubajo (Best Offensive Back); Mason Quinn (Best OL); Tyler Gordon Davies (Best D-Back); Jacob Wong (Best O-Player). Back Row (L to R): Mason Jude (Coaches Choice); Alex Moniot (Best OL); Colton Lusk (Rookie); Matthew Lohnes (Best D-Line). Absent: Nolan Dulmage (MVP); Connor Murray (Most Improved); Alexander Smith (Best OL).

TYKE: Front Row (L to R): Avery Stuart and Rylan Gonzalez-Lee (Coaches Choice); Kingston Pappas (Best D-Player); Louis Turpin (MVP); Mohamad-Ali Saad (Best O-Player). Back Row (L to R); William Fortier (Best O-Line); Devin Swire (Best D-Line); Mariah Markell-Ayalogu (Rookie); Dylan Danby (Most Versatile). Absent: Daniel Salakor (Most Improved).

 

Definitely, our Warriors Banquets and Annual Silent Auctions

are events that really shouldn’t be missed.  We had one heck of a day this year and we can’t wait to get back at it again (soon enough).  #Warriors4Life

Veronica Papalia is the Volunteer of the Year

Think of how much great work all of our volunteers did this year to go the extra mile and create a community-minded culture. Now imagine doing it for 10 straight years. Then imagine doing it even after your children’s playing days with the club are done. That’s exactly what our 2017 Warriors Volunteer of the Year Veronica Papalia has done.
 
This award is meant to encourage, inspire and symbolize what our club embraces and values and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of this year’s winner.

L to R: VP Dan Crabtree, Veronica Papalia (Bantam Team Manager & ’17 Volunteer of the Year), Paul Stewart (President)

 

Thanks to all of our volunteers & CONTRATULATIONS Veronica!!!

 

Warriors Shine Off The Field Too

The Ottawa REDBLACKS reached out yesterday afternoon to line-up volunteers to help at today’s 105th Grey Cup to manage snow and ice.  No pay.  No glory.  Definitely some inconvenience and a 10 hour shift outside where they would more than likely be half frozen when they are done.

We reached out to our Warriors alumni for 16-21 year old volunteers and we just want to say how proud we are (but not surprised) of the boys who stepped up to volunteer to help work at today’s Grey Cup.  These young men led by example on the field when they were with us and continue to now in their community as Warriors alumni.  THANK YOU to Ryan Pacholik, Nick Simms, Demian Gonzalez, Shayne Forsyth, and Kyle Waucaush.

 

Football is all about community; being selfless; acting on a need; pitching in; and resolve to lead by example.  These 5 Warriors Alumni clearly get that.  THANKS LADS!!! #Warriors4Life

 

105th Grey Cup Warriors-Alumni Snow Crew (L to R): Kyle Waucaush, Demian Gonzalez, Nick Simms, Shayne Forsyth and Ryan Pacholik

The JUDES are off to the Grey Cup!

The Jude family of Ashton are the winners of the Warriors Draw for 2 TICKETS TO THE SOLD OUT 105th GREY CUP!
 
Dev is a tireless manager for our Tyke tackle team and her husband Steve covers basically all the other bases for the family while she does.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer more giving couple so it is immensely just that they are our lucky winners!!
 
Watch the selection video:

 
THANKS to everyone who donated to buy a ticket for our fundraiser draw.  It was fun and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to THE JUDES! Cheer LOUD & PROUD at this year’s Grey Cup!