The 2019 Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner took place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Best Western Wayside Inn Banquet Room in Wetaskiwin.
Bill Mojelski, Builder
Bill Mojelski has been involved in Wetaskiwin sports and recreation as a coach, referee, volunteer and historian since he moved to Wetaskiwin in 1963 and began teaching at Wetaskiwin High School. For fifty-six years he has spent hours volunteering his time and effort in our community. Bill operates on the premise “if it isn’t recorded it didn’t happen” and to this end he has worked tirelessly documenting Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin County’s sporting history.
Bill has produced two research documents, written the nomination materials and anecdotal notes for numerous teams and individuals and helped the board of the WCSHF in developing its goals and directions.
At WCHS Bill coached volleyball, boys and girls curling teams and was an assistant coach for the Sabres Football Team. He was a head referee and league schedule planner in the Central Alberta High School Football League. Additionally, Bill refereed in a few Western Canada Junior Football games. Besides high school sports Bill was also involved in community sports. He volunteered with the Wetaskiwin Colonels Hockey Team. Bill acted as the Colonels league representative and had the job of composing and formatting team schedules. He also served as President and Commissioner of the Alberta Major Intermediate Hockey League. Additionally, Bill started and coached 12-14 year old girls T-Ball. He also refereed fastball and professional fastball.
Bill has been an invaluable resource person for the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2005-2006, the initial year of the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame, he was asked to be the consultant because board members knew of his research ability and knowledge of sports and sporting heroes of Wetaskiwin. He and three other members did most of the research and writing for the initial twelve inductees. Over the 14 years the Wetaskiwin County Sports Hall of Fame has been in existence, Bill has nominated numerous individuals and teams for induction into the WCSHF and done the research necessary to write the biographies for the banquet program and the online web site. He has often discovered things about the achievement of athletes that even family members did not know.
Bill has also made many suggestions for possible future nominees and given many ideas to the Board for possible projects. Some Wetaskiwin athletes who are now members of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer were nominated for that honour by Bill. Bill has also researched and written two “Sports History” documents: “Intermediate Men’s Hockey in Wetaskiwin 1896-1978“ and “Football: Wetaskiwin High School 1929 to 2006”. Without Bill’s diligence, persistence and dedication much of our community’s sporting history might be lost.
Besides his commitments to sports, Bill has somehow found the time to contribute to other areas and organizations in our community including the Wetaskiwin Credit Union, the Wetaskiwin Ashoro Friendship Society and the County of Wetaskiwin Appeal Advisory Board. Bill researched and authored two other documents that deal with the history of the Wetaskiwin Ashore Friendship Society and the history of the first sixty years of the Wetaskiwin Credit Union. He was also the leader of a Student Study Tour to Europe and conducted three months of night classes for the students to gain credits for their experience.
Bill’s many and varied contributions to our sporting community and his countless hours of volunteer effort in the many organizations and teams with which he was involved make him more than worthy of induction into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.
Submitted by Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame