Brantford Harlequins RFC Charitable Fund


The Brantford Harlequins RFC Charitable Fund is comprised of 2 components, the Endowment Fund and the Capital Projects Accumulation Fund. 50% of each and every donation will be allocated to these two components.

Brantford Harlequins RFC will appoint 2 named “Foundation Representatives”.  These representatives will hold the position of Foundation Representative for a maximum four years in total in any consecutive six year period.  The positions will be renewed bi-annually at the AGM of Brantford Harlequins RFC.  The Foundation Representatives will be responsible for liaising with the Canadian Rugby Foundation and encouraging donations to the fund from all avenues available as well as distributing funds to the club.

The Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund will accumulate permanent capital.   This capital will generate interest that will be paid to the club each year for the expenses outlined below.  The Brantford Harlequins RFC Foundation Representatives require that all payments be approved prior to the expense being incurred by the recipient.   All approvals will be at the discretion of the Foundation Representatives and an Endowment Fund “Request For Funds” application must be completed by the recipient.

Annual guidelines for amounts and eligibility for receiving these funds will be published each January/February when it is known how much is available to be paid from The Endowment Fund.  The Foundation Representatives will be responsible for formulating and publishing these guidelines each year.

1)      Brantford Harlequins coach development and/or compensation

2)      Brantford Harlequins member/player/coach support for Elite programs outside of the Brantford Harlequins RFC club program

3)      Brantford Harlequins members who are referees are eligible for educational and development support as well as expenses related to refereeing at out of province Elite level events

The Capital Projects Accumulation Fund (CPAF)

The CPAF will accumulate capital that can be drawn upon to fund Brantford Harlequins RFC Executive Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee (Futures Committee) approved capital projects for the improvement of and expansion to the Brantford Harlequins RFC facilities.  This includes but is not limited to the acquisition of real property.   In order to be eligible for funds from the CPAF a project must have a cost of more than $20,000.00.   This fund is not to be accessed for repairs and maintenance.



OBJECTIVE:  The intent of this initiative is to eliminate the “PAY TO PLAY” experience presently felt by participants in the National Senior Women’s XV Rugby Team, leave a legacy fund for future teams where possible, and provide funding for the National Age Group Women’s Rugby Teams.

BACKGROUND:   At the Annual General Meeting of Rugby Canada in April of 2015, Senior Management from the National Teams program identified a significant shortfall in funding for the Senior Women’s XV National team.  In high-lighting the success of the team at the 2014 Women’s World Cup, with the final result of a Silver Medal, Management identified that the National team players had to make significant personal contributions towards funding. It was stated that each player had to personally fundraise, or pay from their own resources, $7,000 -$10,000 to participate in the preparation and participation in the 2014 Women’s World Cup.  Unless action is taken, those players striving to play in the 2017 Women’s World Cup may have to pay a similar amount or more.

It is recognized that all players who participate on Canadian National Senior rugby teams make personal commitments to participate.  Often careers and education plans are put on hold once a player is selected for the National team squad.  Time off from work, often without pay, is not unusual for players because of the demands for their time to participate at the national level.

That being said, the National Senior Women’s XV team is the only team that assesses a fee per player to cover the operating costs and development of the team. This factor, the idea of having to ‘pay to play’ for our Senior National Women’s team members, is unique within Senior National Team rugby.   All of our National senior teams receive some support through Rugby Canada’s various sources of funds. Those sources include Sports Canada, “Own the Podium” for men and women National 7”s Teams, as well as Federal Government support through the Athletes Carding System.  The National Senior Men’s XV team receives financial support from World Rugby for the development of their team.

In the fall of 2015, the Provincial members of Rugby Canada addressed the ‘pay to play’ issue by voting to commit additional funds to offset much of the shortfall that created this issue. Rugby Canada Senior Management have also committed to find additional funds to help offset the costs of fielding the 2017 Women’s World Cup team.  However, it is clear that the preparation and participation by our National Senior Women’s XV team will require additional funding to participate in the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

In reflecting on this situation, two members of the Rugby Canada Past Presidents Committee, Monty Heald and Barry Giffen began discussions with key members of the National Women’s team management and alumni to address the likely shortfall that was anticipated in preparing for the 2017 Woman’s World Cup.  After detailed discussions with Mieghan Howatt – Manager of the Women’s National Team program, Steph White – A national team alumni as well as former member of the Board of Rugby Canada, Pat Aldous – Chairman of the Board of Rugby Canada, and Dawn Dauphnee, current Players Representative on the Board of Rugby Canada, a plan of action was drawn up.  It was clear that current Priorities at Rugby Canada were such that sufficient additional funding for the National Women’s XV Team was unlikely.   Therefore, new sources of funding must be found from within the Canadian Rugby community.

With this in mind, consultation with Mike Holmes, Chairman of the Board for the Canadian Rugby Foundation and Mark Wyatt, Vice President Canadian Rugby Foundation led to the belief that the best solution was to start an independent Fund with the umbrella services provided by the Canadian Rugby Foundation.  This Fund was intended to ‘supplement’ Rugby Canada funding to ensure that the players selected to the National Senior Women’s XV Team will not be required to ‘pay to play’.

A Memorandum of Understanding was drawn up  between the RC Foundation and a preliminary committee of interested and committed volunteers willing to take on the challenge of raising funds to eliminate the “pay to play” reality experienced by past National Senior Women XV teams.

The National Women’s XV Team Support Fund

This fund, set up within the structure of the Canadian Rugby Foundation, has now been established to raise funds to supplement Rugby Canada funding of the National Women’s XV Team that is required to prepare for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.  It is anticipated that sufficient funds can be raised to allow some legacy funding for future Women’s World Cup teams.

Unlike most Funds within the Canadian Rugby Foundation which have a long term legacy component, this Fund will distribute the funds to the Women’s National team on an ‘as required’ basis.   A committee of interested volunteers with administer the Fund, ensuring that all the policies and guidelines of the Canadian Rugby Foundation are also followed.

Naming the Fund – The Monty Heald National Women’s Fund

The organizers of the Fund have taken this opportunity to recognize and honor Monty Heald for his many contributions to Rugby in our country.  Monty was made a Life Member of Rugby Canada in 2013.  He was a tremendous ambassador for our sport, representing the Canadian rugby community at local, provincial, national and international levels.  No challenge  was too big, and  he  was one of two Past  Presidents, the  other being Barry  Giffen, who formed a sub-committee of the Rugby Canada Past Presidents Committee to address the  “Pay to  Play” situation experienced by  the  National Senior  Women’s XV team.  They decided that  we must work together  within  our  community  to eliminate the requirement for members of the  National  Women’s XV having to  ‘pay  to  play’. Sadly, Monty succumbed to health problems and passed away in July, 2015.  We hope that by  recognizing him as a key  leader of this Fund, it will ensure  members of the  rugby community  in  Canada remember the  contributions  he  made, and motivate  others to follow  in  his  footsteps.  Attachment #1 provides details of Monty’s contribution to the organization of our sport.

CURRENT SITUATION:  Rugby Canada Management has established a program and a budget that they believe will allow the National Senior Women’s XV team to prepare and participate successfully in the 2017 Women’s World Cup.  Although Rugby Canada and its members have identified the elimination of ‘Pay to Play’ as a priority for 2017, the budget suggests that there will still be a shortfall in 2016 & 2017.  Therefore, funding received from Rugby Canada (RC) to support the National Women’s team (TEAM) will not eliminate the need for individual players to fund raise to cover some of the operating costs in order to participate in the National Team program.

The proposed MONTY HEALD NATIONAL WOMEN’S FUND will undertake to gain sufficient capital to overcome this shortfall in annual operating capital for our National Women’s XV team.  It is our hope that the major sponsors, including government and the World Rugby will raise their level of funding as Women’s rugby gains more acceptance on the international stage.  That recognition may take four or five years.  Therefore, members of the Canadian rugby community are banding together to establish and provide financial resources to the MONTY HEALD NATIONAL WOMEN’S FUND.


It was identified that this FUND differs from most funds established under the Canadian Rugby Foundation.  The traditional fund within the Foundation distributes income generated by the principal in the fund, without reducing that principal.  However, the need to inject operating capital for the next four or five years into the National Senior Women’s Program defines the reasons for the establishment of this FUND.  Therefore, it will be necessary to start a major initiative to immediately establish the FUND in the year 2016.  It is acknowledged that the Team budget for 2015 identified the shortfall and a Player Assessment did help finance the activities with each player being assessed between $1,200 and $2,500 to participate in the development of the Team.  The objective of the Fund will eliminate any further player assessments in preparing and participating in the 2017 Women’s World Cup.


A Committee to manage the Fund has been established. The members include

a)      Stephanie  White –CHAIRPERSON – original captain of the  first National Women’s XV team in 1987, Captain of the World Cup Teams of 1991, 1995, and former Rugby  Canada Board member

b)      Helen Wright – Member of the  original National  Women’s Team, former executive  Director of Rugby Alberta, Coach of six straight  national Women’s  collegiate champions  with  the  University of  Alberta  Pandas

c)       Jill Zonneveld – Former member of: Rugby Canada Board – Director of National Women’s teams and  retired from World Rugby’s (IRB) original Women’s Advisory Committee (1994 to 2002)

d)      Liz Ferguson – former  member of Rugby Canada Board, Alberta Rugby Board, long time member of Rugby Canada Senior Management staff, .   Was involved in the creation of the International Rugby Board’s first Strategic Plan for the Development of Rugby for Women and Girls, endorsed in 2006.

e)      Dawn Dauphinee – Former National  team  player, Players  Representative on the Board of  Rugby Canada

f)       Cristina  Flores  – former Director of Rugby  Canada, Rugby Ontario, Niagara Rugby Union, Chair organizing Committee Women’s National Championships 1997-1998, Also Director of Mexican Rugby Foundation for three years.

g)      Roxanne Butler – Former Manager of the  National Senior  Women’s XV team

h)      Andrea Burk –  Long term National Team player

i)        Araba Chintoh – Long term National Team member

j)        Colette McAuley – Past President Canadian Rugby Foundation, Past Board Member Rugby Canada, Long term National Senior Women team member

k)      Gillian Florence – Member of National Women’s World Cup teams for 5 consecutive World Cups starting in 1994,

l)        Barry Giffen – Past  President  Rugby Canada

The National Senior Women’s XV Manager, Meaghan Howat will act as the Technical Advisor to the Committee.

The Fund was initialized with a target of $400,000 to be raised in 2016.  This amount will eliminate all further Player Assessments in preparing and participating in the 2017 Women’s World cup.  With this in mind, our Original Donors to the Fund have committed $50,000 to start the fund.  These same Donors have offered to match additional donations to the fund from the rugby community, on a dollar to dollar basis, to a maximum of $175,000 additional dollars.  If the community supports this Fund to a total of $175,000 in donations, our Target of $400,000 will be achieved.

As of January 15, 2016, the Fund has achieved a value of approximately $180,000.  This has involved $50,000 from our original donors,    The Captains Fund (another Fund under the Canadian Rugby Foundation chaired by Mark Wyatt), has contributed $7,500 for each of two years- 2015 and 2016.  The Canadian Rugby Foundation (chaired by Mike Holmes) has matched our initial donations to the maximum allowable which is $20,000.  The members of our initial committee that worked at establishing the Fund contributed a total of $30,200.  Thus the donations to date of $65,000 have now been matched by our original donor.

However, for the fund to be successful it must realize the “Pay to Play” may not disappear in year one of the establishment of the fund.  It is hoped that the players, their families and other supporters will make donations to the fund to ensure that it continues to grow as the five year plan evolves.  Such donations will definitely contribute to the reduction in Player Assessments at the year progresses.  In acknowledging the need for full participation, the FUND will apply an aggressive annual allocation of monies from the FUND to the National Women’s XV team.


It is proposed that the administration of the FUND will be carried out by a committee of ten members including a chairperson.  One of these members will be the Player’s Representative for Women’s rugby on the Board of Rugby Canada.  The Committee will have a Technical Advisor who will be the Manager of the Nation Women’s XV Team Program.

The Chairperson and the ten remaining members will be selected from the Rugby Canada community and are expected to have had Provincial, or National, or international experience in administration of the game of rugby, specifically Women’s Rugby.

It is anticipated that the Manager of the National Women’s team program will bring forward proposals for the distribution of Allocated funds from the Fund for the consideration of the Committee.  The Committee will be charged with ensuring the Allocation is distributed to meet the Objectives of the Fund, and in keeping with the philosophy and rules of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

In addition, the Fund will appoint a Committee member who will report to the Board of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

Monty Heald – a great Rugby Man and an important participant in Canadian Rugby.

Monty emigrated from England in 1968 and became active in local rugby from the outset. Having played for the Hamilton Hornets for four years, he became a Founding Member of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club in 1973.  He served this club well, becoming its first Captain, President of the Club, and eventually a Life Member. His early contributions to the game continued in Ontario as he went serve as a Director of the Senior Team for the Niagara Rugby Union and a selector for the Ontario Rugby Union for two years (1979/80).  They were to be an indication of the scope on his impact across all aspects of the game in Canada.

In 1981, Monty became a National Selector and chaired the Canadian Rugby Union Selection Committee for the period 1983 to 1994. In 1984 and 1985 he was appointed as the Manager of the Canadian Sevens team which played in the Hong Kong Sevens. In 1984, he was appointed as the Manager of the Canadian team and he served in this position for Can-Am matches in Chicago (1984), Tucson (1986) and Seattle (1990). His managerial career was highlighted by the seven match tour to Australia, in 1985, during which the Test matches in Sydney and Brisbane represented the first ever meetings between Canada and Australia.  Monty was also the manager of the first Canadian team which participated in the CANZ (Canada, Argentina/New Zealand) series (1989) taking the National team to Argentina and New Zealand.

Monty was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1986, serving as Director of the Men’s National Team for the period 1986 – 1991. In 1991, he was elected as President and he served in this capacity for eight years.  He led Rugby Canada through the game’s period of remarkable change at the end of the twentieth century seeing the number of international fixtures involving Canada’s Senior Men’s team increase by 160% and a tremendous increase in the number of domestic players, including the explosive growth of the women’s game.  In 1995 the Pan America Rugby Association (PARA) was formed and Monty served as Rugby Canada’s first representative including two years as PARA’s President.  He served the national organization for twenty years, finishing his service, in 2000, as a Director.

Monty never lost sight of the game on the ground and was often available to help behind the scenes and support of his colleagues, which included all members of the rugby community in Canada.  With his business partner, Lexie Tynan, their company, Monilex Sports, supported rugby teams of at all levels.  A lasting legacy is evident in the establishment of the Monilex Cup, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s National championship for Women’s rugby.  Beyond working with the universities during the lead up to the inaugural event, Monilex also helped finance the very first Championship game in 1999, which featured McMaster and Guelph. The event is now held annually and represents a primary elite competition for women in Canada aspiring to the national team.

Monty came to the rescue to provide equipment on more than one occasion, when the Women’s National XV Team needed help.  In 2005, when Canada was hosting the Canada Cup in Ottawa, a tournament for Women’s National teams, one of the teams dropped out at the last minute.  To fill the schedule, Rugby Canada decided to field two teams.  Monty stepped up to supply the required additional set of National jerseys for this second team, giving those players a new kit to play in the event.  Even with the short notice, Monty came through with flying colors.  Three years prior, in circumstance of greater pressure, he received a call from the manager of Canada’s 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup…from the team bus in Barcelona as the team prepared for the event.  It had been discovered that all kit had to be clean, only country and World Cup cresting was allowed. Canada’s jersey had a sponsors crest on the jersey. Without hesitation, Monty made arrangements for a refreshed set of strip and for its delivery to Spain by loyal supporters from Canada.

An account of Monty Heald would not be complete without a reflection of his joie de vivre.  Roxanne Butler, Manager of the Women’s National Team, related a story of Monty being at the Women’s World Cup in Holland when he was the Rugby Canada President. “There was a Banquet. We were accommodated in a big tent type room and seated at tons of picnic tables. The night got very boisterous and many teams started dancing on the tops of the tables…. Well, so did our leader. Worried me a little at the time but there were no injuries and it showed his enjoyable character.”

The organizers of the Monty Heald National Women’s Fund have taken this opportunity to recognize and honour Monty for his many, many contributions to Rugby in our country.  Monty was exemplary in his dedication to the game at all levels.  He was active in the Rugby community until 2014, coaching at the Waterdown High School, serving as Chair of Rugby Canada’s Past Presidents committee, Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee and member of the Annual Awards Committee of Rugby Canada.  Monty was inducted into the Ontario Rugby Union Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2013 Rugby Canada inducted him as its second Honorary Life Member.  He was a tremendous ambassador for our sport, representing the Canadian rugby community at local, provincial, national and international levels.  We are honoured to still be working with him in promoting and supporting the game

Thunder Aboriginal Youth Rugby Program

A fund specifically for the Thunder Aboriginal Youth Rugby Program has been setup, the donation form is attached below.

Program Desciption

ThunderThe Thunder continue to soar, promoting the great game of 7’s rugby to Aboriginal communities in Canada.  The Thunder focus on Sevens Rugby, an exciting version of rugby, and is now recognized as an Olympic Sport.

The response to our program from the Aboriginal and rugby community has been fantastic.  Our social media Facebook page has become the mecca of all things First Nations rugby!

Goals: The Thunder aims to offer a structured vehicle to promote the game of rugby to Aboriginal communities and to identify potential high performance Aboriginal athletes that could one day represent Canada.

Our Team

Manager: John Lyall of Kwakwaka’wakw descent, currently VP in SD 62, President of VIRU Rugby

Head Coach: Phil Mack of Toquaht Nation, Canada International rugby player with over 40 international appearances in 7s rugby for Canada and 15 international appearances in XVs rugby

Assistant Coach: Crosby Stewart of Nis’gaa – Gits’xan Nations, UVIc Vike & BC Bear player

Communications / Manager: Mark Bryant editor of BC Rugby News, President on NVIRU rugby

 Where to now

  • Create a Thunder Rugby Foundation under umbrella of Canadian Rugby Foundation
  • Develop a full-time Thunder Rugby Development officer position
  • Maintain our relationship with Shawnigan Lake School (three day camp)
  • Expand our participation in youth 7s tournaments
  • Maintain our relationships with rugby unions such as Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Canada.
  • Maintain our programs from of U16 and U18 boys and girls.  Explore U14 programs
  • Focus our Aboriginal recruitment – how do we attract Aboriginal athletes new to rugby to our program
  • Expand our coaching staff and facilitate our coach’s development.

2016 Calendar (keep an eye on webpage and social media for updates)

  • February 19: Thunder photo shoot with new X-Treme uniforms, Westhills stadium
  • May 8: Annual Thunder fundraiser, Westshore Rugby Club
  • May 29: U18 boys and girls @ Langford 7s, Westhills stadium
  • June 18: U18 boys and girls @ Vancouver 7s
  • July 5-7: Shawnigan Lake School camp
  • July 8-9: U16 – U18 boys and girls @ Victoria International 7s, UVic
  • September 10-11: U18 boys and girls @ North Shore 7s, Klahanie

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How Castaway Wanderers Grew Their Fund to $100K in 8 Years Using $20

How do you make a difference with $20?

The not for profit world is full of organizations in crisis – or finding just enough resources to operate for the rest of the year. And the cycle of raising funds to remain solvent starts again in the next calendar year.

So it is with many rugby clubs, mine, Castaway Wanderers Rugby Football Club was/is no exception. A rough season with income generation and we are in a very tough place. One opportunity to become more fiscally prudent, was sparked for our club through the generosity of a major supporter of the Canadian Rugby Foundation. CWRFC learned that for every new  dollar raised for Canadian rugby and invested with the Canadian Rugby Foundation, this donor would match that with a 25% gift. Great incentive.

In the Spring of 2007, CWRFC launched an initiative that sought a monthly commitment of $20 from members of the club family. This would be permanently vested with the CRF, matched with the 25% mentioned earlier and thus become $300 annually per contributor into this new pooled fund. Tough to do much with the interest on $300 BUT we imagined a growing participation in this initiative and the impact this would have on the fund growth.

Fast forward eight years to Summer, 2015 and this fund that began with 2 investors at $20/month each has just reached $100,000 of vested capital. This is one more step on the path to greater stability and opportunity for our club.

Chris Spicer. Past President. CWRFC. Victoria. BC


CWRFC has a long, storied history in British Columbia Canada. Their journey dates back over 100 years. The club is the amalgamation of the Oak Bay Wanderers (founded 1912) and the Castaway (founded 1965) Rugby organizations in 1989. The Club proudly displays BC Championship banners from 1999 to 2002, three consecutive seasons of interlock play involving Vancouver Island and Mainland clubs- a feat accomplished by only one other BC Club – and another BC Championship in 2011. Whether it is via Club tours of visiting teams of all ages, the National Senior Men’s Team members, players from coast to coast and internationally, or CW players currently on professional contracts, the Castaway Wanderers name and brand is known across Canada and around the world.