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The Jack Diamond Sports Personality of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has consistently demonstrated a competitive and cooperative spirit, who has excelled in the field of sport, and who has made a positive contribution to our community.
Jack Diamond’s Legacy (1909-2001)
JACK DIAMOND was a leader in business, a devoted family man, an inspiring community citizen, and to the world of sports the father of modern-day horse racing in British Columbia. Always full of his trademark energy, Mr. Diamond had been an up-front fixture of these dinners. Space doesn’t permit us to tell the complete story of his great life, but here are some highlights.

A leading member of the city’s Jewish community, Jack was a philanthropist, and distinguished himself with several gifts to Simon Fraser University, and a donation of land to the BC Cancer Agency. He was a co-founder of Vancouver’s Variety Club and the BC Heart Foundation, a Chancellor of SFU, a Freeman of the City, and honorary Doctor of Laws, and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

This year’s honouree

Jay Triano
Jack Diamond Award Recipient

We are excited that our 2016 Jack Diamond Award will be presented to basketball lifer Jay Triano. Those who know him well credit Triano's incredible work ethic and magnetic personality for getting him to the top of his profession.  This year he enters his fourth regular season on the Trail Blazers bench after coming to Portland from the Toronto Raptors. The first Canadian-born head coach in the NBA, Triano began his basketball career playing for SFU and Team Canada. This past summer he led the Canadian Team to a silver medal in the Pan American Games and a bronze medal in the Tournament of the Americas in Mexico.


Past Recipients of the Jack Diamond Award

2015 Gino Odjick Hockey star who played for many NHL teams between 1990-2002,  including the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadians
2014 Wally Buono General Manager, BC Lions
2013 Jake Kerr & Jeff Mooney Vancouver Canadians
2012 Daniel & Henrik Sedin Hockey superstars, Vancouver Canucks
 2011 Tom Larsheid Beloved sports broadcaster.
 2010 Moray Keith A community minded businessman who made impressive contributions to community sports, athletics and recreation across British Columbia.
 2009 Charmaine Crooks A five time Olympian & Olympic Silver Medalist. The first Canadian woman to run under two minutes over 800 meters.
 2008 Ron Toigo President of the Vancouver Giants, Director of the Delta Police Board Foundation and a fundraising member of the Vancouver Children’s Hospital
 2007 Steve Nash BC Native, Phoenix Suns Point Guard and 2 time NBA MVP
 2006 Ryan Dempster BC Native and Chicago Cubs Pitcher / Closer
 2005 Bob Ackles Former President and CEO, BC Lions
 2004 Jack Poole Former Chairman and CEO, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation
 2003 Stan Smyl Canucks Legend, Manitoba Moose Coach
 2002 Bob Lenarduzzi Vancouver Whitecaps, International Soccer Player & World Cup Olympic Coach
 2001 Glen Ringdal Past President of the BC Lions Football Club and VP of the Vancouver Canucks
 2000 Greg Moore CART Driver (Champion Auto Racing Team), Moslon Indy
 1999 Lui Passaglia Canadian Football Legend & Former Director of Community Relations for the BC Lions
 1998 Trevor Linden Vancouver Canucks Team Captain and NHL star
 1997 Arthur Griffiths Community Builder, Vancouver Grizzlies
 1996 Jim Robson “Voice of the Vancouver Canucks”
 1995 Pat Quinn NHL Head Coach and Defenceman