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13
Apr

Our 64th Year as BELL WARRIORS has Started!

We made history today as we started our 64th season as Bell Warriors!
 
We’ll be offering football programs for boys and girls from now until November.  It’s a huge commitment to our community, to our football community and most certainly to our youth!  We are so proud of our many volunteers who continue to step up to honour our club’s proud tradition of giving back.
 
They not only make it all possible but they make it so rewarding.  It is important to set a good example for our youth and part of that is showing our youth how much fun it can be to work hard, selflessly giving back to our community.” states Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.

 

25
Feb

Think of Volunteer as a Coach or Manager

Think of joining a NCAFA Non-Contact football program (Girl’s Touch or Co-Ed Flag) as a coach or manager.  Both are finished by the end of June.  You will help kids have a great experience and you will get more back than you give.  Check out our programs at www.ncafa.ca pr email info@bellwarriors.ca for details.

Jack Rabb of Richmond stepped up to coach our Flag Football program and had a ball. Why don’t you give it a go too?

 

22
Feb

Bell Warriors Enter Our 64th Year

2018 marked the 63rd anniversary of our league (NCAFA) and the Bell Warriors Football Club.  The good we do and good we have done is a simple product of setting a proud example of selfless commitment to our community, our club, our players and each other.  We are stronger and better when we work together as a team and whether our youth appreciate the example we set at the time, someday they will.  Those that can do.  Those that can do more volunteer.  Our success as a non-profit community association and football club is a product of years of building on our successes.  We have much to be proud of and it is in situations like this that we have a forum to praise our many caring volunteers; to be grateful for the experience; and proud of our many accomplishments.   2018 was a great year and I am excited to see what we can achieve.”  – summed up Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President at the Warriors AGM held Feb 21.

Here are some highlights from the President’s report:

Elections determined that the 2018 Bell Warriors Executive would be:

  • Paul Stewart, President
  • Paul Gowans, VP of Player & Field Equipment (NEW)
  • Richard Baylin, VP of Facilities (NEW)
  • Christine Lavigne, VP of Administration (NEW)
  • Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance

Please join us in welcoming our three new club Executive Members Paul Gowans, Richard Baylin and Christine Lavigne.  One last note, we would like to thank BARB DODGE.  Barb Dodge decided to step down as VP of Administration but will retain her role as our Club Registrar.   Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for the Warriors Barb!

Barb Dodge being recognized at our ’18 Team Banquets (LtoR: Paul Stewart, President; Barb Dodge Past VP of Admin & Club Registrar; Kelly White, Volunteer; Jen Daniels, Volunteer; and Christigne Lavigne NEW VP of Admin)

We’d also like to thank our long-time Warriors Coach, VP of Operations and friend TIM SHEAHAN who is stepping away from the Warriors after 10+ years of volunteering for our Club.  Tim had two boys go through our program (Kyle and Brendan) and remained to give back to the Warriors long after both boys had graduated from our program.  When it came to passion for our sport and our club, Tim was second to none.   His contributions to our club led to his being honoured with the 2015 United Way Community Builder Award.   We all owe Coach Tim a debt of gratitude for all he gave to our proud club.   THANK YOU TIM!

2015 United Way Community Builder Awards Ceremony at the Hall of Inspiration in Jean Pigott Hall at Ottawa City Hall.

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.

21
Jan

2018 Warriors AGM Date Set

The 2018 Bell Warriors AGM will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Ale – Amberwood Golf and Country Club, (54 Springbrook Drive, Stittsville) and is welcome to all current 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 2019 season.  Afterwards the Warriors will be holding a planning session to map out events, roles and goals for the upcoming season.

Those interested in showing a greater level of support and involvement in the Club are invited to contact president@bellwarriorsSee you there!

12
Jan

Warriors Banquets are a huge Celebration –

Another terrific day celebrating what it means to be a Bell Warrior at our annual Team Banquets in conjunction with our 7th Annual Bell Warriors Football Silent Auction Fundraisers.  “The day is all about giving our young players a big pat on the back for all of their hard work this past season.  Our recipe for success is simple.   You have 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.  You’ll not only succeed but inevitably, your leadership will lead to successes of all your teammates who you inspire and motivate.” ~  Paul Stewart, Warriors President  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 7th 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 close to $6,000 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 2018 Major Award Winners were:

Your 2018 Bantam Major Award Winners: Front Row LtoR: Santino Palazzolo (Most Versatile); Colin Doherty (Leadership & Most Outstanding Offensive Player; Zach Baylin (Most Improved); Back Row LtoR: Ethan Morissette (Most Oustanding D-Player); Duncan Leclair-Robertson (Best D-Back); Caleb Faulkner (Coaches Choice); Harris Malik (Best D-Lineman); Dakarai Baskin (MVP), and “Success” Sos Chikezie (Best O-Lineman).

Front Row LtoR: Theo Checroune (Best LB); Mikaylah Larocque (Best DB); Logan Paulin (Most Improved); Avery MacLeod & Teo Latendresse (Coaches Choice Co-Winners); Back Row: LtoR: Owen Lavigne (MVP and Warrior Award); Conner Klimtschuck (Rookie of the Year); Loic Pare (Most Versatile); Caleb Munro (Best O-Player); Jack Mackay (Outstanding O-Back); Benjamin Sleep (Best O-Line); Isaiah Markell Ayalogu (Best Defensive Player); Daniel Houston (Best D-Line)

Mosquito Major Award Winners: Front Row LtoR: Savannah Willmott (Most Improved); Jean-Marc Downton (Best DB); Nolan Dulmage (Best O-Player); Avery Stuart (Rookie of the Year); Louis Turpin (Most Versatile). Back Row LtoR: Leo Gao (Best O-Line); Mason Jude (MVP); Connel Browne (Best O-Back); Liam MacLeod (Best D-Line); Mason Quinn (Best D-Player); Jackson Landon (Coaches Choice)

Tyke Major Award Winners: Front Row LtoR: Curtis Finch (Most Verstaile); Grayson Fraser (Best D-Line); Logan Pettitt (Rookie of the Year); Hunter Fraser (Best O-Line). Back Row LtoR: Marcus Landon (Best D-Player); Ian Tanori (MVP); Isaac Landon (Coaches Choice); Dylan Danby (Offensive Player of the Year)

 

This HUGE DAY is one that our Warriors embrace and should never be missed!  Before we know it we will be back at it again but on this day, we celebrated greatness and our Warriors’ RECIPE FOR SUCCESS! 

Well done Warriors! #Warriors4Life

1
Jan

Happy New Years from the Warriors

From all of the boys & girls, volunteers and alumni at the Bell Warriors Football Club – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

25
Dec

Merry Christmas from the Warriors

All the best to you all over the holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and your families.

10
Dec

2018 Season Comes to Exciting End

After 3 months of hard work, our four tackle teams competed for the NCAFA championships.  Our Tykes battled basically to the last play of the game in the B-Cup Semi-Finals but came up just a little short with a 18-14 loss to the Kanata Knights which went on to be the B-Cup Champions.  Coach Brian Patterson continued to run our Tyke program as he had for the past 15 years.  He is a true gem that we are lucky to have volunteering for our Club.

Our Tyke Defensive Coordinator Jesse Graham gathers up the D to call their next play.

Our Mosquito squad, led by head coach Pat Kilmartin, were in a building year this year.  As the season progressed however, the Mosquito team continued to get better and better and ultimately, they became the Sullivan Cup C-Cup Champions with a convincing win over the Bel-Air LIons 42-18.   Congratulations!

The 2018 NCAFA Sullivan C-Cup Champions – The Bell Warriors!

Our Pee Wee team who finished the regular season with a solid 6-2 record, went on to win their A-Cup Quarter-Final convincingly 59-8 against the Bel-Air Lions.  Head Coach Paul Gowans had his team primed and ready for the A-Cup Semi-Finals and they beat out our Nepean neighbours the Myers Riders in a tough-fought battle 14-2.  This led to a birth in the City Championship against the Cumberland Panthers.  We scored early to put us up 7-0  but ultimately fell 28-7.  Getting this far is quite an accomplishment and our young Warriors deserve a lot of credit for a great season.

The Pee Wee’s on a snow-covered field in the 2018 A-Cup Championship

Our Bantams were short on numbers this year but certainly not on heart or talent.   We finished the season with a respectable 5-3 record and home field advantage in the playoffs.  In the A-Cup Quarter-Finals, we handled the Bel-Air Lions quite handily with a convincing 43-0 win.  Our next opponent, the Kanata Knights, beat our Bantams 23-9 earlier in the season so we knew we’d have a battle.  It was a tough game but our Bantams handled the Kanata Knights in the A-Cup Semi-Finals coming out with a solid 20-6 win to catapult our Bantams into the A-Cup Championship.  Despite going into half-time only down 7 points, we came up a bit short and lost 35-0 to the Cumberland Panthers.  So much was accomplished by this small roster team and they deserve a tonne of credit for what they accomplished.

Our Bantams were all about #TeamFirst. CONGRATULATIONS lads on a great season.

26
Sep

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.

28
Jul

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!

20
Jun

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!

13
May

Here is to all of our Football Moms!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our fabulous, caring, dedicated Football Moms and Grandmas!

 

8
May

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

28
Mar

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

3
Mar

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.