List of Inductees 2018
Dennis Pomeroy made his mark on the sport as an official and administrator in Canada for over 45 years. Sadly, Dennis passed away unexpectedly in 2017.
Upon graduation from University, Dennis began his career as a high school teacher. As a teacher, Dennis took on the role of coaching volleyball at the high school level. In Yorkton, Saskatchewan, he created a dynasty where his teams were perennial provincial champions or contenders. Many of his athletes would go on to play volleyball at university or to represent the province on a Canada Games team. The Yorkton Raiders, under Dennis’ tutelage, were always a force to be reckoned with.
Dennis’ legacy truly lies in his contributions as an official. With hard work and dedication, he rose to the top of the ranks for officials in Saskatchewan and Canada. In addition to being an active National level referee, Dennis served as the Regional Officials Chair in Saskatchewan from 1983-1995 and then went on to serve as the National Officials Chair for the next 10 years. Dennis made numerous changes to the referee program in Canada, and significantly impacted the quality of officiating in Canada. He possessed a tireless dedication and passion for the sport. His love of teaching, attention to detail and organizational talents were blended together through his efforts in educating referees and instilling excellence in others.
In his role as the National Officials Chairperson with Volleyball Canada Dennis was able to apply his organizational skills to create a comprehensive program of training and support for officials across the country. His knowledge and skills lead Dennis to be the longest serving National Officials Chair in the history of the national organization and the programs he put in place stand to this day.
Many young officials benefited from Dennis’ leadership and support, through his organizational skills and attention to detail. Dennis was always willing to train and mentor new officials, and traveled throughout the province and across Canada sharing his knowledge and experience with new officials.
Dennis also served as the Executive Director of Sask Volleyball from 2002 to 2007. Dennis proved to be an effective administrator and was able bring organizational support to his team. He was immensely proud of being able to restore the finances of the organization. Dennis was named as a life-time member of Sask Volleyball, and he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2016. In 1995, he was named as the Sask Sport Volunteer of the Year as a coach and an official.
Dennis made a difference in the lives of many people. He touched us all with his passion, commitment, and love for volleyball. His legacy is left in the countless people he mentored, inspired and befriended. Dennis may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. Our loved ones never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the kindness and love they brought into our lives. Today we celebrate the legacy of Dennis Pomeroy by inducting him posthumously into the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame as an Official.