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David Sidoo to be Inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame

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On September 24, 2014 David Sidoo learned that he would be inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame as this year’s recipient of the prestigious CFL Bob Ackles Award.  Sponsored by the CFL, the Bob Ackles Award is given annually for outstanding contribution to Canadian Football.

Bob Ackles was the founder of the BC Football Hall of Fame and had devoted more than 50 years of his life to football in British Columbia before he died in 2008. The highly revered and decorated champion for football in BC dreamt of creating the BC Football Hall of Fame as a legacy to honour football heroes past, present and future.

“The vision of the British Columbia Football Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who positively influence the sport of football in British Columbia, and to honour football heroes past and present.”

David and the fifteen other inductees in categories including Athlete, Builder, Pioneer, Team, Media and Special Award will be officially inducted in a private ceremony on October 11, 2014. Fans will have a chance to salute the entire 2014 Class that same night as part of the Amateur Football halftime at the BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks game at BC Place Stadium.

This is David’s second induction into the BC Football Hall of Fame. In 2012, David was inducted as part of the legendary 1982 UBC Thunderbirds Football team.

For more information about Bob Ackles, the BC Football Hall of Fame and the 2014 class of inductees, visit bcfootballhalloffame.com

Congratulations, David!

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Jordan Sidoo Wins The Province Newspaper’s 2014 Head of the Class Adversity Award

Jordan Sidoo’s passion for giving back to his community has become more and more evident as he continues to develop into an admirable young man. On this website we have focused often on his drive and determination to ensure that local children have food in their bellies and safe places to play while at school. Jordan has always been very humble about his accomplishments and prefers to maintain focus on those whom he strives to support.

For that reason it may come as a surprise then to learn that Jordan faced enormous physical challenges from the moment he was born. From an early age Jordan showed incredible grit and determination to overcome those challenges and become a respected competitor in the athletics program at St George’s School that will soon lead to further competition at the NCAA level.

Jordan’s perseverance and grit were evident to those around him and earlier this year he was nominated for The Province newspaper’s Head of the Class Adversity Award. After two weeks of voting wrapped up last month, the results were announced today: Jordan won!

As part of the awards announcement, Jordan’s in-depth profile was published in The Province’s online sports blog today, revealing from his perspective the challenges he faced as an athlete in his youth. Jordan shared that he was born with the most severe case of club feet that the hospital had seen, and that he persevered through surgeries, braces and physio to not only recover, but to clock a 12 second 100m dash by the time he was 12. Through a series of events Jordan eventually was asked to become the cox for St George’s School rowing team. And after four years of excelling in that role, Jordan will be going to one of the NCAA’s top rowing programs at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Adversity Award is part of The Province’s annual Head of the Class section in which it highlights some of British Columbia’s most accomplished athletes. Each year the Head of the Class Reader’s Choice Awards accept nominations for Coach of the Year and for the Adversity Award. Nominees of the Adversity Award are Grade 12 students who, according to The Province, “were to have shown a positive attitude and determination in overcoming extraordinary personal challenges.”

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This year’s four finalists, including Jordan, were chosen from those submissions by The Province editorial department. The Province then turned the voting over to its readership.

Jordan’s brief bio was posted on The Province Head of the Class website along with the other finalists for consideration by the public:

Jordan Sidoo – St. George’s School
Born with severe club feet, Sidoo of Vancouver’s St. George’s School, defied the odds of his doctors to excel at three sports. In 10th grade he broke his arm in three places playing basketball but has since rebounded, joining the school’s rowing team as a coxswain. Sidoo was recently accepted to join the rowing program at prestigious Cal-Berkeley, which annually resides near the top of the NCAA rankings.

After two weeks of open online voting, the numbers were tallied and the results announced today. Read the full story.

Congratulations on your accomplishment Jordan!

Jordan Sidoo Presents $3000 to New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club Program

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Screen-Shot-2014-04-23-at-7.16.04-PMJordan Sidoo has developed a passion to create awareness for and change in the lives of the thousands of children in British Columbia who go to school hungry each morning. Jordan believes very strongly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and especially so for school age children whose classroom studies demand clarity and focus for several hours each day.

For more than a year Jordan has been working hard to raise money and awareness for the breakfast club programs operating in schools throughout the lower mainland. Last year he created a website, breakfast-club.ca, as a means to create awareness and raise money by selling pen and pencil sets online. Since Christmas 2013, Jordan has raised $8700 via the website alone, and every dollar is going to support breakfast clubs in the lower mainland.

On April 9, 2014, Jordan presented a cheque for $3000 to the New Westminster Secondary School Breakfast Club program. NWSS is the alma mater of Jordan’s father, David Sidoo, and his uncle, Paul. The donated funds will provide 3000 breakfasts to NWSS students over the course of one year.

The impact of this is not lost on Jordan, who feels very blessed with his family, friends and lot in life. According to Jordan’s father, David, “President Clinton would say, ‘To those whom much has been given much is expected.’ Although Jordan has had his share of adversity he learns from the down times, works hard and gives back.”

Simply put, if Jordan can help one child to have a better life, it’s all worth it.

David Sidoo Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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For many years, David Sidoo has tirelessly contributed to his community and blazed a path for other philanthropists to follow. Through Sidoo Family Giving,  joint efforts with his wife, Manjy, and supporting other active fundraisers, David has made an incredible difference in the lives of people young and old in British Columbia. For this reason, he was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to his community.

About the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, from the Governor General of Canada site:

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour best essay here for you Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.

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Sidoo Family Giving Supports Inner City Youth Soccer Tournament

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David Sidoo and VPD Constable Kal Dosanjh at a soccer tournament for the inner city youth of Vancouver.

As a former pro athlete whose life was changed by sports at a pivotal age, David Sidoo understands the value of athletics in the life of a youth…especially an inner city youth.

On the weekend of May 25, 2013, David was delighted to attend and support the Vancouver Police Department Soccer Tournament for Inner City Youth. More than 500 kids participated in the event, which was organized by the VPD Athletic League and Detective Kal Dosanjh.

From the Link Paper article, Dosanjh is quoted as saying, “David is an example of what sports can do, being the first Indo-Canadian professional football player,” Dosanjh said. “David would agree with me that by engaging the youth in a sporting activity it will provide them with a positive outlet, provide them an opportunity to develop self esteem, provide an environment which facilitates personal growth and promotes learning to work well with others in a team setting. This program is designed to develop a strong connection with youth at any early age, so that a sense of community, safety and integrity become well entrenched values.”

There are many wonderful programs to engage youth in sports…why not check into opportunities in your community and see how you can make a difference too!

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David Sidoo - The Power 50 Vancouver

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David Sidoo recently had the honour of being named as one of Vancouver’s Power 50 for 2012 by Vancouver Magazine in their 12th annual publishing of the list.

Each year the Vancouver-focused magazine works with a team of people in the know in order to compile a list of the year’s 50 people with the most influence on the City of Vancouver.

From VanMag online:

47. David Sidoo
Investment banker, philanthropist
The onetime Saskatchewan Roughrider is still riding high on last year’s news that his East West Petroleum Corp. won exploration rights to 400 square kilometres of oil-rich northeast India (this in addition to producing assets in Egypt and Canada, plus positions in Egypt, Yemen, and Eastern Europe). Closer to home, he’s ascended to angel status for his support of breakfast programs for schoolkids in Vancouver and New West and, through his foundation with wife Manjy, high-school and university sports programs (he’s UBC’s largest sports scholarship donor), domestic-violence initiatives with the VPD and RCMP, and arts events through the Vancouver Opera and David Foster Foundation. His standing on this year’s list, though, rests equally on his political connections: he’s become a go-to figure for journalists and lawyers, developers and politicians in the Indo-Canadian community locally. Oh, and in February, UBC renamed its Thunderbird Stadium field for the guy. Age 53

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David Sidoo Named in 2012’s Vancouver Power 50

David’s nomination to the list was also featured in Vancouver Desi online. Read more here.

David Sidoo and Greg Renwick of East West Petroleum

David Sidoo, Executive Chairman, and Greg Renwick, President and CEO of East West Petroleum.

David Sidoo, Executive Chairman, and Greg Renwick, President and CEO of East West Petroleum attended a signing ceremony at the New Zealand Parliament Buildings in Wellington where they were awarded the three blocks of land for exploration in partnership with TAG Oil of New Zealand.

This award is a major milestone for East West Corp.

Said David Sidoo,, “I am very pleased to have East West recognized amongst a group of top international companies which were awarded acreage in this 2012 competitive bid round.  The Company is also very excited to be partnering with TAG Oil, one of the preeminent exploration and production companies in New Zealand.  We view these awards as the cheap essay writing service for students beginning of a long-term, successful relationship with TAG Oil in New Zealand.  The awards validate East West’s growing international presence and reputation as an emerging player in upstream conventional exploration.”

Learn more from the official press release here.

 

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David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012.

Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Surrey played host to a collection of Frature, Short, Documentary and Animated films from South Asia October 31 to November 4, 2012. It was the first such festival of its kind in Canada and carried the mission to Entertain, Engage, Embrace, Educate and Inspire.

David Sidoo connected with influential Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the South Asian Film Festival on November 1, 2012 in Vancouver. Bachchan has starred in dozens of films since the 1960s and is also a member of the Indian Parliament. She is married to legendary film actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Vancouver Sun Article: David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012. (PDF)

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On October 6, 2012 David Sidoo joined 30 of his almost 50 former teammates at BC Place Stadium for the official induction into the BC Football Hall of Fame. David attended the event with his wife Manjy and their two sons. Also in attendance was David’s high school football coach, Doug Woodward, from New Westminster Secondary School. Doug coached David from 9th grade through to his admission at UBC.

David Sidoo’s memorable five-year football career with the Thunderbirds began in 1978, when the UBC team played in its first ever Vanier Cup. Over the years David set several records and earned many awards that made him a shining star in the league. The crowning glory came in 1982 when David helped captain UBC to win its first Vanier Cup under the coaching guidance of many, including head coach Frank Smith.

From the BC Football Hall of Fame website:

1982 UBC Thunderbirds

Under Head Coach Frank Smith, the 1982 UBC football team became the school’s first to capture the Canadian College Championship recognized with the presentation of the Vanier Cup. That season, the Thunderbirds went undefeated against Canadian competition (12-0), beat SFU in the Shrum Bowl, and defeated Manitoba 57-3 to win the Hardy Trophy which represented the Western title. They moved on to the Canadian semi-final against ST. FX winning that game 54-1 and next faced the final hurdle of the collegiate championship game. On November 20, 1982 they defeated the University of Western Ontario 39-14 to capture their first of two titles in the 1980s (the second came in 1986). The school had previously reached the title game in 1978 but fell short. In 1982, running back Glen Steele was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player. Steele was among five first round selections in the Canadian College Draft, among 14 league all-stars, and one of 12 players to achieve a roster spot in the CFL at one time or another. They were voted Sport BC’s Amateur Team of the Year in 1982 and are widely regarded as one of Canadian college football’s most dominant teams across its long history.

David Sidoo and Doug Woodward

Congratulations to David and all of the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds football players!

 

 

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From left to right, Al Wilson, Dal Richards, Jack Farley, and David Sidoo. Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, Postmedia News, Vancouver Sun

On October 6, 2012, David Sidoo and his former teammates from the 1982 UBC Thunderbirds Football team will be inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame along with a number of highly regarded contributors to the sport.

David was present on September 14th when it was announced that 94-year old musician, composer and Vancouver legend, Dal Richards, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Special Award category. Almost 60 years ago Dal wrote the BC Lions’ football team cheer song, “Roar You Lions Roar.” From the Vancouver Sun article, “Richards has been bestowed with the Order of Canada, the Order of B.C., Freedom of the City by Vancouver council, an honourary Doctor of Letters from UBC, an honourary doctorate from BCIT, a place on the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame… Another accolade was added Friday when Richards joined the second class of inductees entering the nascent B.C. Foot-ball Hall of Fame…”

From the BC Football Hall of Fame website:

Outside of the football club itself, there is likely no one person more than Dal Murray Richards to have entertained so many Lions’ fans both on the field and off. As the club’s band leader from the first season in 1954, he led pre-game and half-time shows at Empire Stadium and B.C. Place Stadium that attracted fans of his own. Born in Vancouver, the “King of Swing” played in front of audiences with his “swing” band and also spent a career in hotel management. His most famous song has long been the Lions’ theme, “Roar You Lions Roar” and that may still be heard at every home game. He has been honoured many times and on February 3, 1984 Mayor Mike Harcourt declared “Dal Richards Day” in Vancouver. In 1994, Dal received the Order of Canada, in 2003 the Order of British Columbia, and in 2005 was enshrined on the BC Lions Wall of Fame.