• Multi-Sport
  • 1991
  • Builder

Vance Toner (D)

When the definitive history of sport in New Brunswick is written, the longest chapter will surely be devoted to the accomplishments of Vance Toner.

Il a été, entre autres, directeur de service des sports universitaires, président de l'USIC, conseiller aux deux paliers de gouvernement, pionnier de l’éducation physique, clinicien, fondateur de l'Institut de leadership, enseignant, bénévole communautaire, émissaire international, dirigeant en sports et loisirs, entraîneur.

He was born in Edmundston where his values were fashioned at home, got his teaching baptism in Quebec, developed his philosophy of coaching at St. Thomas in Chatham, and exerted his greatest provincial and national impact from his adopted base at the Université de Moncton.

Ceux qui doutent qu'une coexistence productive et harmonieuse entre anglophones et francophones soit possible devraient regarder du côté de la personnalité de ce leader remarquable.

It can truly be said that "... he went where there was no path and fashioned a trail of excellence," — one that impacts equally positively wherever New Brunswickers play and compete.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall Fame , June 1, 1991.

Quick Facts

  • Coached football and hockey at St. Thomas University, and led the hockey team to the Maritime intercollegiate championship in 1961
  • Founder and first director of the School of Physical Education and Recreation and the Institute of Leadership at the Universite de Moncton (1965)
  • NB representative on the National Advisory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sport
  • Former member of Canada’s Olympic Hockey Committee
  • Former consultant to federal government for the development of the National Sports Administration Center and a member of its board of directors for seven years
  • Former president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU)
  • First chairman of the board of governors of the NB Sports Hall of Fame;
  • Awarded the Order of Canada Award in 1997
  • Université de Moncton field house named in his honour in 2003 (Stade Vance Toner)
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