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Independent Third Party Reporting Mechanism

November 1, 2022

 

TO: BC Hockey Membership

 

FROM: Keegan Goodrich - Vice President, Operations & Events

     

SUBJECT: Independent Third Party Reporting Mechanism

 

BC Hockey Members,

 

In this memorandum, we would like to share details on the new, fully independent, and confidential reporting mechanism for all individuals regarding any incidents involving Hockey Canada sanctioned programming. This reporting mechanism is known as the Independent Third Party (ITP). We have also included instructions on how to add this information and resources to outfit your website.

 

The Role of the ITP is to:

  • receive all hockey related maltreatment, sexual violence, harassment, abuse or discrimination complaints by someone affiliated with Hockey Canada;
  • analyze complaints in light of Hockey Canada and Member policies and determine how they are to be managed and the proper jurisdiction;
  • where applicable, ensure matters are properly reported to law enforcement or child protection services;
  • retain investigators and dispute resolution panels who are also independent of Hockey Canada;
  • work with Canada's Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner and the Member associations to ensure no gaps in complaint coverage and that all complaints are handled in accordance with applicable policies and that decisions are documented in writing. 

 

The new Hockey Canada Discipline and Complaints policy that outlines the role of the ITP and the applicable processes is available for download HERE.

 

A key feature of the ITP structure is its independence from Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. The ITP has sole jurisdiction to handle complaints and keeps the identity of complainants confidential from Hockey Canada and the Member associations.

 

Reporting Abuse or Harassment is often a difficult process. The ITP is committed to operating in a trauma informed manner. For example:

  • All reports will be kept entirely confidential, in line with the wishes of the person making the complaint. This includes confidentiality from Hockey Canada and Member association staff.
  • All Complaints will be followed up in a timely manner.
  • The ITP has developed resources to share with survivors of abuse and can direct survivors to additional supports. 
  • The ITP answers questions about the complaint process.
  • Complaints are taken seriously and rigorously examined. 

 

The ITP is staffed by a number of diverse professionals reflecting both gender and racial diversity. Service is available in both English and French.  

 

Complaints can be submitted by email to complaints@sportcomplaints.ca.

 

The ITP is developing a separate website dedicated to complaints where an intake form and other resources will be hosted. For interested Districts and MHAs Hockey Canada has provided the following, which can be incorporated into your own websites:

 

  1. Independent Safe Sport Complaint Process 'buttons', as seen at the bottom of the BC Hockey Homepage are available by clicking this LINK
  2. You can also hyperlink the graphics and redirect the user to the Independent Safe Sport Complaint Process section on our website using the following LINK, or directly to the email address for complaint submission listed below.

 

Complaints can be submitted by email to complaints@sportcomplaints.ca.

 

BC Hockey Non-Sanctioned Hockey and Member Benefit Overview

BC Hockey has implemented a new policy with respect to non-sanctioned hockey that can be viewed HERE.

Along with the policy, participants are encouraged to review additional resources that can help answer important questions regarding non-sanctioned hockey, and the many benefits of BC Hockey Membership. This information can be found on our website HERE.

Should you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the BC Hockey Office at info@bchockey.net or 250-652-2978.

Juan de Fuca Minor Association News

VIAHA Volunteers Needed

By JDF 08/15/2022, 8:15pm PDT

We have some important volunteer position vacancies within VIAHA that must be filled as soon as possible to help us with the 2022-2023 Season…
At present there are vacancies in the following volunteer positions:
U13 Managing Director for Island League/Competitive
U13 Female Recreation Commissioner
U11 Female Recreation Commissioner
U18 South Island Recreation Commissioner
U15 South Island Recreation Commissioner
U15 Mid Island Recreation Commissioner
U11 Mid Island Recreation Commissioner
U21 Island Commissioner
If you are interested in putting your name forth for any of these above listed volunteer positions, please submit a VIAHA Volunteer Application Form – Link and email it to info@viaha.org as soon as possible.
If appointed, your name at this point may miss being printed in the Handbook, but it will be listed on the VIAHA website.
It is preferred that you do not have a child of family member participating in the area you wish to volunteer for in order to help avoid any possible conflicts of interest. However, should no one come forth your application will be re-considered with an agreement to stipulations.
The job descriptions for all these positions are included on pages 2 & 3 of the application form.
*I will also include the application form within the same email as this memo.
A big thank you to all the following past volunteers that have decided to step down this season:
Dawn Zigay, Dylan Taylor, Duncan Cavens, Judith Hales, Dave Brummitt & Trish Gorski.
Your contribution towards helping deliver Minor Hockey to our District over the past season and beyond is so very much appreciated by all!
Yours Truly,
Charlotte Johnson
VIAHA Executive Director

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