Photo: Ross H. MacLean shortly after lighting the Olympic Torch, January 31, 2010 – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
Less than a week after the Pomeroy Sport Centre – formerly the Enerplex – received its new name, the City has released a statement regarding the Centre’s new name.
City officials say there had been discussions from residents that had wanted to recognize the late Ross H. MacLean when the building was named.
In the statement from the City, officials say that City Manager Dianne Hunter had met with MacLean back in January at which time MacLean had stated he didn’t want his name singled out to commemorate his contributions.
MacLean had also apparently said that the City should seek corporate sponsorships to ensure sports costs could be kept reasonable.
MacLean was a long time resident of Fort St. John, living in the city since the summer of 1919.
He had long been considered as one of the great contributors to organized sports in the area.
He was honoured by the City as the final Olympic torchbearer when it passed through the city on Jan. 31, a little more than four months before his death on June 4.
The full statement from the City can be viewed here.
To help answer some of the questions below, here are some links to previous stories on sponsorship of the Pomeroy Sport Centre