April 22, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement on the death of New Brunswick sport and recreation legend Vance Toner was issued today by Intergovernmental and International Relations Minister Percy Mockler, Minister responsible for the Culture and Sport Secretariat.
"It was with great sadness and regret that we have learned of the passing of Vance Toner of Moncton. A visionary and a pioneer in sport and recreation in New Brunswick, Vance Toner has had a profound impact provincially and nationally as a builder and leader. Throughout his distinguished career he was a teacher, coach, trainer, mentor and volunteer. His influence and leadership has been felt by many of New Brunswick's sport and recreation leaders of today.
He nurtured and helped to develop a governance model for the sport of hockey, he facilitated the development of the Sport and Recreation Policy in New Brunswick, and he was the founder and first director of l'Université de Moncton's school of physical education and recreation and Institute of Leadership.
One of his most remarkable accomplishments was his enormous influence in both the francophone and anglophone communities of New Brunswick which is reflected in the following citation on his induction into the New Brunswick Sport Hall of Fame:
' Ceux qui doutent qu'une existence 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.'
"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I wish to extend our condolences to his family for their loss."