Cheema’s continued success relived with Hall of Fame inductions

David McNaughton heard his name called at the Cheema Hall of Fame induction ceremony as part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Wellington resident, who had his family on hand for the special occasion, was inducted in the Athlete category. (Healey photo)

WAVERLEY: Hurricane Dorian wasn’t about to dampen the party and fun for those attending Cheema’s 509th anniversary celebrations during the Sept. 6-8 weekend.

While the originally scheduled events of Sept. 7 had to be moved to Sept. 8, at the Waverley Legion, the full house inside the Legion enjoyed reliving memories and recognizing 26 inductees into the Hall of Fame for Cheema.

Those inductees ranged from Corporate Citizen; Builders- Athlete & Sport Advancement; Teams; Builder- Volunteers; and of course the athletes. The one-of-a-kind Founders Award, which would only be presented this once, was also handed out.

Emma Miller is served up some ribs at the Cheema 50th anniversary celebrations. (Healey photo)

There were special messages of congratulations from HRM Mayor Mike Savage; federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau; Canadian broadcaster/anchor Scott Russell; several players on the Halifax Wanderers club; and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Russell’s appearance received more of an applause than Trudeau’s did.

Former CBC Sports and Olympics broadcaster Bruce Rainie was the emcee for the night.

The Paddleall champions were inducted as a team. (Healey photo)
Crooner Adam Baldwin was one of the entertainers tow arm up the crowd before the rib dinner and Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Cheema on Sept. 8 at the Waverley Legion. (Healey photo)

Inducted into the inaugural Cheema Hall of Fame were:

Founder’s Award – Robert (Bob) McDonald

Corporate Citizen – Dave Murray and Robert (Bob) Pickrem

Builder – Athlete & Sport Advancement

Charles (Bud) Dodge; Aniko & Joe Dunford; Frank Garner, Coach; Mike Kerrivan, Coach; Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki, Coach.


1973 Men’s War Canoe National champs; Cheema 77 Crew; National championship Team 1994; National championship team 2012; Paddleall National champions 2017.

Builder – Volunteer

Lucille Fitzgerald; Paul McDonald; Dana Schafer; Velma Keevill; and John Furneaux

The family of the late Bob McDonald accepted the Founders Award from Cheema during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The inductions took place Sept. 8 at the Waverley Legion. The Founder’s Award was the only one being presented just once-on this night. (Healey photo)


Anne Dodge; Don Brien; Jill D’Alessio; Richard Dalton; David McNaughton; Kelly O’Leary; Mike Scarola; and Karen Furneaux.

On Friday night at the club in Waverley, the new boathouse’s name was officially unveiled in a short ceremony with a crowd of about 35 or so people in attendance.

With the pull of the rope the plastic tarp covering the name of the boathouse came off, revealing the newly named Frank Garner Boathouse. Organizers said there was no other choice in their discussions among the Cheema 50th committee than Frank Garner’s name to pout on the boathouse.

Frank Garner speaks at the boathouse dedication. (Healey photo)

Garner made a few comments saying he was grateful and thankful to have such an honour. Garner’s family was among those in attendance at the ceremony.

The planned expansion for Cheema is shown at the end of the induction ceremony. (Healey photo)

The weekend was being used as a way to celebrate Cheema’s success over the past 50 years and to help kick-start fundraising towards planned expansion of the facility, located on Lake Thomas. The expansion plans were unveiled at the end of the celebration, before revellers danced the night away to Asia & NuGruv.

Anne Dodge accepts her Hall of Fame induction award. (Healey photo)
(Healey photo)