Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Chair of the Board Award
Harold Bloomenthal – Juan de Fuca MHA
Harold Bloomenthal has spent his life in hockey. Beginning, as many of us, as a player battling his way through the ranks. Eventually finding his way to junior hockey where he would wrap up his playing days. Still in love with the game, and now a father, Harold decided that coaching would be his way to give back. During his coaching years he always had a desire to have larger impact, and when his kids graduated from minor hockey, he stepped up with the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association (JDF MHA) as their president. Harold had a vision for what he wanted for the JDF MHA. It was a place where kids could come for a great experience that was provided by involved and invested volunteers. If you ask Harold about what has occurred at JDF under his watch he is quick to point out that he is a part of a collective group of amazing individuals who throughout the years have all worked tirelessly to care about the kids as people first and as hockey players a distant second. Shaping an organization where everyone is given a chance to have fun and develop. If you bring up a specific team, Harold will begin to speak about a manager or a coach and how they have positively impacted a child’s life. JDF MHA has found much success on the ice as well as off it. The MHA provides scholarships to graduating players and assistance to current players to guarantee that everyone has an opportunity to play. Under Harold’s leadership the MHA has earned a sparkling reputation, and in fact the entire MHA was the 2014 recipient of the Chair of the Board Award while also being named the top MHA on Vancouver Island by VIAHA that year also. These awards are all a testament to Harold’s vision and the hard work put forth by the JDF MHA. With over 20 years under his belt with JDF MHA as a parent, coach and volunteer there is no question that he is an extremely deserving winner of the 2021 Chair of the Board Award. Congratulations!