Taras (Terry) Danyluk
Terry Danyluk’s first love was baseball. When a junior high school teacher introduced him to volleyball he fell in love with the sport and never looked back. For three years he played a leading role on the senior volleyball team at M.E. Lazerte High School. During that time he became recognized as one of the top young volleyball players in Canada, possessing both a gift for the game and the ability to make the teammates around him better. At age 17, Danyluk played on the Junior National Team representing Canada in the World Junior Championships in Brazil. “Making the Junior National Team and going to Brazil was amazing. It was my first chance to travel internationally and wear the Maple Leaf.”
Danyluk joined the University of Alberta Golden Bears in 1979 after spending most of 1978 with Canada’s Senior National Team in Winnipeg and competing in the 1978 World Championships in Italy. He was named the Bears’ Most Valuable Player three times and MVP by the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union, when the Bears won their first national championship title. In 1981 he also earned a standing roster spot on Canada’s Senior National Team, which finished fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, their best showing ever. After a successful professional career in Japan, France and Switzerland, Danyluk returned to his Edmonton home in 1991 to coach the Golden Bears. in 23 of the 25 years since, the team has qualified to play the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championships.
Danyluk is recognized as one of the great mentor coaches in Canadian volleyball. He’s posted a stunning 639-188 record, and won 11 conference championships and six national titles. A big supporter of the National Team Program, he has developed many international calibre players. He has also mentored numerous elite coaches, three of whom now coach successful Canadian Interuniversity Sport programs. “Humility, respectability, strength of character, and honour in competition” are words most commonly used to describe him.
“The people who coached me in baseball, basketball and volleyball all seemed to care, and each left a mark on me. One coach told me to ‘never put yourself ahead of your team.’ It stuck with me – that was my job as a player and as a coach. Those guys caring so much about what they did made me try to make people around me better if I could.”
George M. Murphy
Bad breaks have forced George Murphy to give up two sports that he loved and excelled in. But nothing has stopped him from creating a formidable legacy as a sport builder in Edmonton. Serious orienteering competitors have Murphy to thank for raising the visibility and the opportunities for competition in the sport, while many families have developed an appreciation for Edmonton’s wonderful wild spaces due to Murphy’s enthusiastic promotion and teaching of map and compass outings. He’s also helped put Edmonton on the map, nationally and internationally, as an orienteering centre.
Murphy earned his black belt in judo and ran a dojo in his basement as a young father. A back injury caused him to give up judo competition. After earning a Recreation Administration degree at the University of Alberta, he became a cross-country skier and was certified as a ski instructor. Murphy is best known for his more than two decades as a leader of orienteering in Alberta. The appeal? “It’s not only a physical challenge but a mental challenge. It’s also a lot of fun!”
Murphy was vice president of the Alberta Orienteering Association, helped to start the Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club, organized Orienteering Leadership and Training Clinics at the Blue Lake Centre that attracted competitors and coaches from across Canada and Europe, and led the Canadian ski orienteering team in the World Championships held in Italy in 1984 and Bulgaria in 1986. Another serious injury leading to the loss of part of a leg made him give up the sport in the 1990s, but he continued swimming and cycling and now excels in the Japanese martial art of aikido.
“Orienteering is really a reflection of life: you find people who know more than you do and want to share, and you learn something new. Then you pass it on.”
Peter S. Ogilvie
As a two-time Canadian Olympian in track and field in 1992 and 1996, Peter Ogilvie competed at the forefront of the athletic world. He set the record for the Canadian Junior Men’s 200-metre was set in 1991 and it still stands. Today Ogilvie is a visionary leader dedicated to putting Edmonton at the forefront of the athletic world. “I fell in love with the sport and excelled in it at an early age. I really enjoyed it and got to see the world. So in my next career I was very passionate about giving back to the sport and paying it forward for the next generation.”
Ogilvie served as Executive Director of Athletics Alberta from 2005 to 2014. He was CEO of the organizing committee that managed the Edmonton 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which came to western North America for the first time that year. He was instrumental in organizing the first-ever amalgamated Canadian Track and Field Championships, which combines junior, senior, and para-athletes into one major event, and will be managing the Rio Olympic and Paralympic selection trials to be held in early July with Edmonton as host city. Ogilvie says his goal is to make Edmonton the regular home of the Olympic trials and major athletics competitions in Canada. Ogilvie is recognized for his unique talent for connecting sport and business to ensure that the right people come together to guarantee the success of these events. In the process he has made Edmonton the destination city for athletic events.
Ogilvie created and produces the annual TrackTown Classic, now in its sixth year. This international athletics competition, held at Foote Field, has been ranked as one of the top 30 invitational meets in the world for the past three years. Ogilvie has taken a low profile sport to the forefront on both the local and national scenes. His passion has allowed young Canadian athletes to fulfill their dream of competing against the world’s best, here in Edmonton. And it gives Edmontonians the chance to see and interact with world-class athletes in their own backyard.
“If I can bring positive role models to Edmonton like the ones I had growing up, that’s fantastic!
Smoker. Couch potato. Overweight. Hardly the words you would find in the same sentence with “John Stanton,” president and founder of the Running Room and arguably the biggest name in fitness across Canada. Stanton uses those words to describe himself as a young father and successful food company executive over 30 years ago. Accompanying his son on a 2K fun run was a wakeup call. It transformed him into an inspiration for over a million people to get off their couches and make fitness a way of life.
“Running changed my life. At first I would run before dawn so the neighbors wouldn’t see me. When I left the grocery industry, people thought I had lost my mind.” Stanton started the Running Room in 1984 in an old house. Today the family-run company is one of the largest running and fitness retailers in North America, with 110 stores and about 1,300 employees across Canada, the US Midwest, and Hawaii. Through various Running Room programs and free running clubs, Stanton has built a community of runners of all levels who run in groups and support one another.
Running Room is also known for its support of various charities through sales and sponsored runs. Stanton worked with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to launch Run for the Cure in 1992. This year he launched Run to Quit in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Stanton has received countless awards including the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Law at the University of Alberta, and the Award for Excellence in Health Promotion from the Canadian Medical Association. The Running Room is consistently listed among Canada’s 50 best managed companies.
“Really, we should be athletes for life. Running allows you to take control of your life rather than life controlling you.”