Vaccine Statement, October 2021


October 17, 2021


Dear club members,


As a member of  the BC Rugby Union Westshore RFC is bound by their directives, including the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  Westshore supports the vaccine requirement as we are in a pandemic that has ravaged communities around the country and around the world, and we think it’s a reasonable measure to help us safely continue to operate our rugby programs.

According to the best medical science available the vaccines are proven to be safe and reliable. Ensuring that all participants in a close contact sport like rugby are vaccinated helps to prevent the spread of the disease, and will help ensure that any

We are hopeful such measures will prove to be temporary in nature, and we also understand no personal health information will be stored or retained other than the fact of vaccination. body who does get sick will have reduced symptoms and improved outcomes.  We’re also supportive of reasonable measures that reduce the burden on the healthcare system.

While we support the mandate that mirrors those in several sectors of the economy and in several prominent sporting leagues, we know that some people will prefer not to participate and we respect their right to make a personal choice on the matter.



Westshore RFC, BoD


To download: Vaccine Statement Oct 2021

Women’s Warrior Weekend 2021

What: Intro to Women’s Rugby!
Cost: Free!
Where: JDF Field 1
Who: Fierce Ladies, ages 12+
When: Saturday September 11th, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Required: Cleats or Runners, and comfortable athletic clothes to move in.

Annual General Meeting – May 27, 2021

West Shore Rugby Club’s AGM on May 27th, 2021 at 7pm

For those interested please mark your calendar.


Chaired by the president (Mike Holmes) the meeting will start at 7pm sharp. Please keep your microphone muted, if you wish to speak, please indicate via the chat feature, and wait for the chair to call on you.

  • Directors Reports
  • Other business
  • Election for Board Positions (chaired by 3rd party)

Applications for Board Positions

We have 6 positions that are up for applications (5 have returning incumbents and 1 is open/available). If you want to get involved and help operate and improve the club, please think about applying for a spot on the board. All applications are to be sent to no later then May 19th, please include a brief bio introducing yourself and your qualifications for the position applying for.

President                                                                   (incumbent – Mike Holmes)

Vice President                                                          (incumbent – Cam Neish)

Director of Jr Girls and Women’s Rugby           (Incumbent – Barbara Mervin)

Director of Youth Rugby – U8 to U12                 (Incumbent – Kelly Hanvey)

Secretary                                                                    (incumbent – Terri Foggitt)

Director of Membership and Registration           Vacant


AGM Meeting – We are holding the AGM on the Zoom platform, the link to the meeting will be sent to all members via email as well as posted here.

Election Process

The 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors Election will be held using an online election tool run by a third-party chair. One vote per member in good standing for each position.

May 19thApplications for Board Positions are due.

May 20th – Membership will be notified all nominees intention to run for a position, along with their bio. This will be distributed via email and include a link to the AGM Zoom meeting and a link an online election tool.

May 27th Election Chair will “open the vote” at the beginning of the AGM and close vote 30min after end of the AGM. Results will be emailed to secretary by election chair.

Member in good standing – members that are in good standing and eligible to vote in the AGM include:

  • Those registered for play and paid in Fall of 2020.
  • Board of Directors
  • Lifetime Members
  • Social Members that are currently registered for the 2020-2021 season or that register by May 20th, 2021 at a cost of $50 (that will be applied to 2021-2022 social membership) * To register as a social member please e-transfer due to

Passing of a legend-George Jones

It is with great sorrow that a Velox Icon/legend George Jones has passed away on Monday 25 May 2020. George was a club member and founder for many decades from player to coach to board member and a Life Time Member for all his efforts of the original Velox RFC and into the Velox Valhallian and eventually Westshore RFC transitions for the club. Also Resulting in a club award being created in his name for what he represented and stood for. Westshore RFC passes our condolences on to his family and friends. He made a positive difference everywhere he went and everything he touched or was associated with, a true legend and gentleman.  RIP George.

Below is an article by the Times Columnist local newspaper, as presented by his son Brett Jones.


Velox 1st President Jim Hume, wrote a touching piece of that was “George Jones-A Rugby Man”

George Jones – A Rugby Man by Jim Hume


Below is a brief bio of George with more of a focus on his Velox RFC roots. Which is the prologue for the winners of the prestigious George Jones Award; A coveted award to active players only (still playing) who displayed leadership and volunteer work on and off the field to better the club and community above their peers, demonstrating and personifies the clubs core values.  George Jones himself switched the award from a single recipient to a male and female representative starting 2012.

George Jones Award Winners 1975 to present

Westshore RFC Whiskey Tasting Fund Raiser – 2019

Westshore held a fund raising event for the 2nd year in a row, which was an absolutely amazing social night.  A huge fundraiser for the club, and a great time had by all attending.  A big thank you to James Buchanan, owner-operator of Buchanan’s Whiskey Chophouse in Calgary, who played with Velox in late 2000’s for 4 years.  The event was held at the Bear Mountain resort, which saw players alumni of many through all the decades of the clubs history, including current players and supporters.  Such as Langford Fountain Tire-Mike Doughty, H.I. Mechanical Inc-Craig Inglais & Tristan Hall, and Brian “The Silver Fox” Scanlan.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the club, you can read about this historical past at the following link:


50th Anniversary-Velox Retro Jerseys

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary!!!! Westshore Velox RFC commissioned Aptoella Rugby to create the original black jerseys worn by Velox RFC from 1969-1988 with the original crests.  All jerseys numbered 1-25 have sponsors initials on the right sleeve from various alumni through the years.

From our History Page:

It is important to know where a club began and came from through the years, now passing its 50th anniversary in 2018.  It allows for further generations to appreciate the historical significance of the identity they wear proudly into a game. Velox RFC was created/established back in 1968, playing its first season in VIRU 1969.  The club has transformed a few times since then and over the years:  with the merging of Velox and UVIC Valhallians into 1 club/team in mid-1987, and relocating in 2015 to the Westshore.  Each of these milestones was under a new name, crest and colours.  These events are available to read below from first-hand accounts as they occurred from prominent leaders of the time.  The club now known as Westshore Velox RFC has continued to thrive and prosper due to the many leaders as players, managers, directors, volunteers and fans/supporters for over 50+ years.