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August 12, 2010
Jim McPherson Park naming ceremony
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Councillor Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest) and representatives from the Canadian Soccer Association will celebrate the renaming of Stamford Park, to Jim McPherson Park, in honour of Mr. McPherson's significant contributions to the community and to the development of soccer in the city of Toronto.

Date: Saturday, August 14
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Stamford Park, 1255 Victoria Park Ave. (east side, north of St. Clair Avenue)

Jim McPherson has been a patriarch of Scarborough Soccer for the last 40 years. In the 1960s, Mr. McPherson started the Clairlea-Westview Soccer Club which flourished under his management and the philosophy that “leaves no child behind”. It is primarily because of this philosophy that thousands of children and youth were provided with the opportunity to play soccer, and, in return, assist in refereeing, working as linesmen and many other soccer-related activities.

Jim McPherson believes that people of various faiths and cultural diversities could be brought together through the game of soccer. He extended an invitation to youth from both the Protestant and Catholic faiths from Northern Ireland to participate in a soccer exchange program. The program was a great success with the Irish families reciprocating with invitations to their Canadian hosts.

Mr. McPherson has been honoured several times over the years for his volunteer work in soccer and with the Presbyterian Church. He has been inducted into the Ontario Soccer Association Circle of Excellence and has been recognized as part of the Scarborough Soccer Centre’s Wall of Fame. His soccer club is the only predominantly house league club to win Club of the Year honours from the Ontario Soccer Association. Jim McPherson continues to serve as a role model in the community.

Note: The Clairlea-Westview Soccer Club has arranged for a special exhibition game following the ceremony. Mr. McPherson will do the official coin toss.

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