MULHOLLAND, Mark Douglas
September 7, 1961 - July 8, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Mark Mulholland announce his passing.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susan; 2 sons, Thomas and John; mother, Phyllis; sister, Kym; brother-in-law, Rick McMaster as well as many friends and relatives.
He was predeceased by his father, Thomas and sister, Sherry McMaster.
Mark was in the military for 22 years and shooting was a big part of Mark's life. He was an excellent marksman and won many medals for shooting. He also worked with the cadets and coached football at Bellerose High School for 5 years.
A Celebration of Mark's Life will take place at 2:00 p.m., on Friday July 14, 2017 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive St. Albert, AB T8N 1G1.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Valour Place Society 11109 111 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5G 0C6.
To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.
Thank you to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for this very special night.
And congratulations to this year’s inductees. As athletes and builders, your remarkable contributions to sports in the province have provided a lasting legacy for everybody to cherish and we as fans are the big winners. We have witnessed your achievements with pride and benefitted from your involvement in the sport you love.
As a community reporter, I’m extremely lucky to be one of those fans with a front row seat to a never-ending list of incredible sports moments, while chronicling the feats of athletes young and old.
Painting a picture for the readers of the highlights and heartbreaks of individuals and teams through coverage of local, regional, provincial, national and international events have been the experience of a lifetime.
Everybody has a starting point in their career and my journey began as a summer student at the Wainwright Star Chronicle under Gordon Keith while attending the journalism program at Grant MacEwan College.
And now, I’m completing my 26th season as the sports editor at St. Albert Gazette, or as I proudly refer to as the Connor McDavid of community newspapers in Alberta.
All I ever aspired to do as a journalist was really just to have fun while employed in an occupation that quite frankly didn’t seem like a lot of work.
Fast forward to tonight and I’ll be honest: it’s been a wicked adventure that included two tours of duty in Wainwright and memorable stints at the Golden Star and Wetaskiwin Times Advertiser before arriving in St. Albert.
Today, I’m having a blast in a community I’m thrilled to call home while providing information to the readers on a variety of events, topics and athletic endeavours in the St. Albert sports scene.
But never did I expect to be in the spotlight like the athletes I’ve been fortunate to cover.
That’s why I’m truly blessed to be recognized as this year’s Bell Memorial Award recipient.
To even be nominated is so cool. That’s why it’s extremely humbling to be in such distinguished company especially when you’re a community sports reporter. It’s a massive honour.
And I sincerely mean it.
To use a sports cliché, it’s a team game slapping a sports section together twice a week.
The print and online product is arrived through a combination of award-winning visuals by the photographers, a seamless editing process, an eagle-eye proofreader and a production whiz that magically makes the sports pages come to life for the readers.
I’m grateful to the Jamison family for allowing myself to be part of the Gazette’s rich tradition of excellence.
And to rub shoulders with the tireless workers at the Gazette who are committed to their craft has been inspiring.
The passion that pours itself into every Gazette issue is remarkable and overwhelming.
The highest compliment, I believe, in my occupation is not only the respect of your peers but also the individuals who support your contributions to the sports community.
It’s always a huge boost when informed your article was clipped out of the paper and stuck to the fridge or before entering a high school gym you see the stories and pictures of the home team plastered on the wall.
As I stand before you tonight in front of my family, who are my biggest supporters, and my editor, Carolyn, I’m grateful to the individual who nominated me to bring this night to fruition.
Larry Olexiuk has shaped countless lives as a football coach in St. Albert, starting before I joined the Gazette with the bantam Palmer 49ers and the legendary high school Storm and is still going strong with the top high school football program in St. Albert, the Bellerose Bulldogs, under head coach Chad Hill.
Larry has overcome severe health issues to be here tonight and in my mind he is the real Hall of Famer.
Before the announcement of this year’s inductees in late February, I visited Larry in the hospital and during a heart to heart chat he correctly predicted I would be overwhelmed, absolutely floored, by the outpouring of congratulations from not only people I deal with on a weekly basis but those that have touched my life in positive ways.
And that is what makes this night so special. It’s made me appreciate my past while feeling honoured for the present and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
The Bellerose Bulldogs and Bev Facey Falcons huddle up in the Tier I provincial north semifinals today at Foote Field.
Kickoff is 2:30 p.m.
It’s the first provincial game for the Bulldogs since the Bellerose football team was formed in 1998 after the breakup of the Bellerose-based St. Albert Storm.
Facey (9-0) is No. 1 and the Bulldogs (5-4) are No. 9 in the Tier I (1,250-plus students) Football Alberta rankings.
The winner plays the Harry Ainlay Titans (8-1) or Notre Dame Cougars (8-1) of Red Deer in the Nov. 19 north final.
Facey is 76-0 in its last two games and the Bulldogs are coming off their fourth win in the last five games, a come-from-behind 32-21 decision against the Spruce Grove Panthers (5-3-1) in the Tier I qualifier.
Facey beat the Bulldogs 45-1 in the Carr conference division one season opener in the metro Edmonton league.
On Sunday, May 21 at the Football Alberta Bantam Bowl banquet our own Larry (Coach O) Olexiuk will be inducted into the Football Alberta Life Membership/Hall of Fame. Larry's accomplishments listed below in the Football Alberta press release speak for themselves, but his passion and genuine devotion to the Bulldogs Football program is second to none. We at Bulldogs Football are proud to have such a distinguished and true gentleman teaching our boys how to become men first, and football players second.
Please join us in congratulating Coach O!
Life Membership/Hall of Fame Award
Larry Olexiuk – St. Albert Minor and High School Football
Larry Olexiuk’s involvement in football stretches back to 1967 with his first year of coaching the offense with the Jasper Place Bantam Lions. A year later he became the head coach of the Palmer 49er’s Bantam team in St. Albert and began a close to 50 year love affair with football in that city. Over the years, Larry was instrumental in coaching at all levels of the game in St. Albert and also supported the Edmonton District Bantam Football Association as head coach of their all-star team in 1986 and 1987. His most important role in St. Albert was as the main driver for the creation and initial funding of the St. Albert High School Football Association in 1986. Prior to that players had to leave the city to play high school football. Since that time the high school situation has grown from one senior team to football at all three high schools in St. Albert. Thanks to Larry over 200 young men get to play high school football in their hometown each season. Very deserving of the Life Membership/Hall of Fame award.
Congratulations to Mr. Chad Hill, who was named the 2017 Coach of the year for Football in the Carr Division by the Metro Athletics staff. Chad was selected and voted upon by his peers within his respective division. This selection showcases his devotion to the game, as well as his commitment to an inclusive environment when interacting with players, fellow coaches, officials and fans.
Here are the steps to register your athlete with Bulldogs Football
**It is very important that a Parent/Guardian complete this procedure and NOT the athlete himself. Bulldogs Football requires that the Parent/Guardian of the player MUST electronically sign and complete this registration and nobody else on behalf of the athlete.**
Congratulations to these 3 Bulldogs Football players for being chosen as a Carr Division 1 All-Star. in 2016.
James Suranyi #68 Offensive Lineman
Cordel Callioux #2 Defensive Back
Chase LaRose #22 Defensive Back
James and Cordel will play another season for the Bulldogs in 2017 and Chase will graduate this June.
32 Athletes in each division have been selected as the top contributors in their respective positions.
The Top Quarterback, Top 3 Runningbacks, Top 6 Receivers, Top 6 Offensive Linemen, Top 5 Defensive Linemen, Top 5 Linebackers & Top 6 Defensive Backs have been selected by League Coaches to make up the All - Edmonton Football teams for all three of Metro's Sr. Football Divisions.
Click the link below to see a complete list of All-Stars!
Head Coach, Chad Hill - Bellerose Bulldogs
We are all very proud of of coaching staff and players and in fact our whole organization. I personally feel that we have the best group of volunteers in the entire area. Once in a while one of our group receives special recognition and although he is too humble to bring any attention to himself I feel we also want to applaud his recognition. This is an excerpt taken from the St. Albert Public Schools Division meeting agenda for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
ST. ALBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ REGULAR PUBLIC BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PRESENTATION - Recipient: Chad Hill, Teacher and Football Coach, Bellerose Composite High School
Even before Chad Hill joined the staff of St. Albert Public Schools, he was a familiar face in our high school locker rooms, as he put in many hours volunteering with both the Paul Kane High School and Bellerose Composite High School rugby clubs. It wasn’t long, then, before his talents were officially recognized and he was hired as a teacher, first at Sir George Simpson Junior High School in 2004, then moving on to Bellerose in 2008. At Bellerose, Chad has stepped into the role of football coach, in addition to teaching Try 10 and English. Recognizing that coaching goes far beyond calling plays, Chad truly focuses on providing a well-rounded experience for his players. “Chad is very concerned about his players being productive adults in the future,” says Bellerose Acting Principal Max Chorney. “He wants them to be model citizens and good young men down the road.”
Brayden Guy, who has coached with Chad, concurs. “He is well respected by all of his players and assistant coaches, and teaches them life lessons while being extremely relatable and approachable in the process,” he says. “He is a motivator and a player’s coach, because every single player that Chad coaches, or has coached in the past, wants to play for him.”
When it comes to leadership on the field, Chad takes it to a whole new level. “The great leader is a master in the arts of communication, purposeful action, self awareness and service,” says Lorne Akins Principal Graham Jackson, who worked with Chad at Bellerose previously. “Chad has consistently demonstrated such a clear dedication to these principles that he has become a pillar in our St Albert community, and has become a role model to many.”
“Chad is a perfectionist,” says Brayden. “He is competitive, and expects the best out of people, because he puts his best into everything that he does, every single day. There are few coaches who have mastered the concept of being incredibly knowledgeable, but at the same time an expert at teaching and conveying the knowledge in a way that can be understood by all. Chad is seamlessly masterful at being able to teach players how to excel on the field, and in life.”
Those who have ever coached students know that it is not a small commitment. “Chad is so dedicated, he spends countless hours on football during the season and beyond,” says Max. “He’s already getting ready for spring training now!”
“He has been willing to dedicate a great deal of time to the behind-the-scenes leadership, not interested in recognition but leading for change,” says Graham. “Simply put, Chad is a hard worker, a constant listener and a continuous innovator for his students, his athletes and his colleagues.”
Concludes Brayden, “He doesn’t do things to get recognized, he does things because he is passionate. That passion is not only for the sport of football, but perhaps more importantly for helping people. He loves seeing people reach their highest potential, and there is no one better at helping people reach and exceed that potential, than Chad Hill. He wants to be a winner, but more importantly he wants to see others win. He is most definitely a role model and an invaluable member of our district as he demonstrates every day that people should aspire to work hard, be passionate and strive to be great in everything that they do.” For his commitment to St. Albert Public Schools, the Board of Trustees presents a Certificate of Recognition to Chad Hill.
Brett Yost of the Bulldogs will play on Tuesday, January 17th 12 noon Alberta time in Dallas, Texas against a US All-Star Select U-16 Team. You should be able to watch this game online at this link.
The website for the competition is http://internationalbowl.com/competition
Let's cheer on Brett!
GO ALBERTA, GO CANADA!
Registration for the 2017 Spring/Fall Season will be available in April. Please go to the Registration Tab on the website and follow the instructions to get your athlete registered at that time.
If you have any questions you can contact me via email or phone/text.
Darryl Moroz - Bulldogs Football
Announcing the 2017 Bulldogs Football ALBERTA GROWN "SIDE OF BEEF" Raffles. We are selling raffle tickets on TWO (2), Sides of Beef. Tickets are $10 each and the draw will take place on October 20th, halftime at our Bulldogs Senior Night regular season final game at Riel Park. There will be 2 sets of tickets for a 'Side of Beef' each, and the winners also receive a 5 cu.ft chest freezer to store your Beef should you be a winner. Only 1000 tickets printed for each side of beef so your chances are very good that you could be the winner.
All Bulldogs families will have their tickets in Mid- August and we will sell them until they run out or up to half-time of the October 20th game.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org