While researching his book, Robert became aware of the historical significance of the Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association, as well as the story of Harry Manson and his place in BC soccer history. It was Harry Manson’s trailblazing leadership and fortitude of character that allowed him to succeed in a prevailing climate of racism and discrimination. This inspired Robert to nominate this outstanding First Nations soccer player for induction into several sports halls of fame and to establish a competition acknowledging his legacy.
Gary still resides in the Snuneymuxw village in which his grandfather lived. For many years Gary has coached the Snuneymuxw Sniper soccer team that competes in the all-native tournament league. The recent discovery of his grandfather’s athletic history has deep personal meaning for Gary, as this history had been lost to the family due to the untimely death of Harry Manson. This history has brought great pride to Harry’s descendants and to Snuneymuxw Nation as a whole, and it is this pride that inspired Gary to become a member of the Friends of Harry Manson.
Dick has always derived great satisfaction from being of service to others and is the benefactor of many lasting associations and friendships. He is particularly gratified to have been able to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Children’s Foundation in its formative years. It is primarily this experience that prompted him to join the Friends of Harry Manson in an effort to improve the lives of youth through sports.