The Sea Dogs Foundation announced today that Executive Director Tom Donovan will be retiring at the end of June. Donovan has been in his role with the Sea Dogs Foundation since 2014.
“Tom has been an incredible leader in the community through his work with the Saint John Sea Dogs Foundation” noted Foundation Chair, Mark-Anthony Ashfield.
“His passion for hockey and his genuine care for those in our region has set the tone for the Foundation’s efforts. Tom will certainly be missed at the Foundation and we wish him a wonderful retirement.”
Under his leadership, the Foundation helped hundreds of student-athletes pursue their post-secondary education and raised thousands of dollars for community groups including The Empty Stocking Fund, Bobby’s Hospice, Top Corner Hockey, The Boys and Girls Club, Canadian Cancer Society, Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Wish, The Saint John Y’s Men and The Brighten Group. In 2015, Donovan lead the launch of The Big 50/50, a collaborative fundraising effort between seven community organizations.
“Thank you to the Sea Dogs Foundation for the past 6 years as Executive Director. While I will miss the relationships and day to day involvement I have had with the Foundation, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time on my golf game. The highlight of my time was being Co-Chair of the 2017 QMJHL Draft. I will miss the annual ‘Pink in the Rink’ game , the ‘Empty Stocking Fund Projects’, the Alumni Games and Golf Tournament. I would like to thank Scott McCain, the Sea Dogs Team, Staff and Management, the friends of the Sea Dogs Foundation, and especially the Volunteer Board of Directors.
Throughout his career, the former Bell Alliant executive has shown passion and commitment for hockey and sports at all levels. He is former President and Chairman of the Board of Hockey New Brunswick and in 2016 was recognized with the prestigious Hockey Canada Order of Merit. He was also an integral part of major regional sporting events including the 2017 QMJHL Draft, 2018 World Under 17 Hockey Championships, and the 2018 Canada +55 Games.
“We’re privileged to have the opportunity to play a role in our community,” Ashfield said. “It’s also a great honour to support the education of the Sea Dogs’ players who become such a big part of our community while they are here.”
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