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INDUCTEE 2010 - BUILDER - JIM PELEHOS


 


Wherever Jim Called Home He Served
His Community With Distinction

Jim Pelehos was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Since he was a young man, wherever Jim called home, he served his community.  Before living in Wetaskiwin Jim was involved with the Saskatoon Elk’s Hockey Club, the Humboldt Indians Junior Hockey Club, the New Westminster Royals Hockey Club, the Vancouver Minor Lacrosse Association, the New Westminster O’Keefe Lacrosse Club, the Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey Club and the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Team. When Jim moved to Wetaskiwin in 1982 at the age of 62 he continued his participation in community activities.  It is in appreciation and recognition for all of his contributions to Wetaskiwin that Jim is being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

Founded New Club that Boasts 300 Members First Year

After residing in Wetaskiwin for a short time, Jim realized that activities for seniors were lacking in our community.  To combat this deficiency, Jim founded the Pacemakers 60 and Over Club in 1984 (now called the Trendsetters 50 Plus Club).  Despite doubt from others as to the success of this endeavour, the Pacemakers had over 300 members in the first year.  Jim was President for the next seven years.  He attracted persons for the board that he would enjoy working with and the board organized dances, card tournaments and golf.  One of the first things Jim did was establish a Phoning Committee to keep members informed of coming events.  Jim also organized a two day Golf Tournament for Seniors that attracted golfers from Saskatchewan, BC and other parts of Alberta.  Jim had a philosophy that if anyone had a good idea he would put them in charge and give them help and financial support.

First City in History to Make Summer Games Profit
with Pelehos as Director Of Promotions

Jim resigned from the Pacemakers Board in 1991 in order to be on the organizing committee for the 1993 Wetaskiwin Summer Games.  He was appointed Director of Promotion and with Jim’s leadership Wetaskiwin was the first city in the Games history to garner a profit from the Games.  The over $100,000 in earnings was used for four or five years for different sports organizations.  During the Games Jim engaged the seniors with selling souvenirs, bagging candies, sales, and other volunteer undertakings.

Board of Directors Icemen Hockey 18 Years 1984-2010

In 1992 Jim became involved with the Wetaskiwin Icemen Junior “B” Hockey Club.  Jim had been the Program Director for the Edmonton Oilers when they were in the World Hockey League.  With the help of Bill Hunter, some of the former Edmonton Oilers and other well known sports personalities from northern Alberta, a surprise “Roast” was organized for Jim in Wetaskiwin.  Five thousand dollars was raised that evening and was used as seed money for the Icemen in their initial year.  Jim has been on the Icemen Board of Directors since 1992 and has worked tirelessly for the Icemen as their chief fund raiser.

Fundraiser Extraordinaire

The Front Foyer addition to the Wetaskiwin Civic Centre in 2000 is directly attributable to Jim’s fund raising and leadership efforts.  Jim solicited many businesses and was able to raise over $750,000.  As well Jim spent countless hours behind the scenes making sure the project reached completion.  The Wetaskiwin Sports Hall of Fame is now housed in that part of the Civic Centre along with team trophy cabinets and other historical displays.

Driving Force behind the Establishing of the
Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame

Besides the previously mentioned contributions, Jim was the “driving force” behind the establishment of the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.  Under Jim’s leadership a small group of interested citizens met for two years developing and planning.  The first Induction Dinner was held in 2006 coinciding with Wetaskiwin’s Centennial celebrations.  It was a huge success and continues to be an appropriate and classy means to honour athletes and builders from Wetaskiwin’s sporting history.  Jim served as President of the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame Board for the inaugural year and up until 2010 has been the major fund raiser on the Board, soliciting businesses for contributions and advertising space in the Dinner Program.  His persuasiveness has established a base of funding for the Boards endeavours. 

28 Years of Outstanding Contribution

In 1986 Jim was named Wetaskiwin’s “Citizen of the Year”.  His outstanding contributions to the Icemen Junior “B” Hockey Club were recognized when he was awarded the President’s Award in 2000 and again in 2003.  Jim also received Certificates of Appreciation for his contribution and support of the Community Lottery Board Grant Program from the Ministers of Alberta Community Development during both the 1998-99 and the 1999-2000 grant years. 

Besides all of his efforts in the sports field, Jim is involved in many other community activities.  He has been a Legion member for 64 years.  In 1999 Jim was chairperson for the Poppy Fund and for many years he worked on the Poppy Fund in wreath sales to businesses.  He has also chaired the Legion Annual Golf Tournament and was responsible for the Legion’s sponsoring of the Pacemakers.  He is an active member and past Director of the Kiwanis Club, the Wetaskiwin Golf Club, the P.C. Wetaskiwin-Leduc Constituency Association as well as volunteering for: Tourism Alberta, Community Services, Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and Christmas Hamper programs, Camrose Fastball Club and the 1988 Olympic Torch Committee.

Considering Jim was a retired senior when he moved to our community, his contributions to the citizens of Wetaskiwin and District in the past twenty-eight years are more than commendable.  Even at 89 years of age, he’s still an active contributor. Jim’s induction into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame is definitely justified.
 

 






 
 

 

 

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