Beating the Odds... Making History
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do." - anonymous
Mr. Don Anderson
Board of Directors Member
Don Anderson has represented JOIHF's interest as a laison consultant to JOIHF regarding matters in Jamaica and we are honoured in his accepting the position on the JOIHF's Board of Directors.
Don has held positions of management as well as Chief de Mission. He has a successful business in market research as CEO and Chairman of his own company, Market Research Services, Ltd located in Kingston Jamaica.
Don was awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the Government of Jamaica in 2007 for excellence in Sports Administration. This is the nation’s fifth highest national honour. He was recently given the prestigious Chairman’s award for 2017 in the Annual Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year function and currently serves as Chairman of the Professional Football (Soccer) Association of Jamaica and head of the government’s National Sports Museum Development Committee.
Being a member of the management team for Jamaica for 7 consecutive Olympic Games from Seoul in 1988 to London in 2012 and head of the delegation for five of those, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Director of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC), from 2004 to 2013, currently Director of CANOC Broadcasting Inc (CBI) which brought the television coverage of the 2016 RIO Olympics to the entire Caribbean, Director of the Caribbean and Central American Sports Organisation, CACSO (involving 31 countries in the region) from 2005 to 2013.
Mr. Blair Addison
Hockey Operations Director
Blair Addison comes to JOIHF with a diverse set of skills, in his professional and personal life. Blair attended university in Canada and the US and graduated with a BSc. Honours in Business & Computer Science.
Blair started his career with IBM in the Canadian Lab as a software developer and moving into project management. After several years, Blair started consulting offering project management support and financial planning.
Blair’s community volunteerism led him to receive the Toronto Big Brother of the Year award twice for his compassionate work with his little brother, as well as training and recruiting within and for the organization.
As a former hockey player, a compassionate athlete, and a mentor for youth; has led to a natural progression to coaching and training. Presently a number of elite athletes presently in the OHL, AHL and the NHL have worked under Blair’s direction. Blair’s years of business positions and hockey involvement has led him to have a greater involvement in the JOIHF dream!
"Celebrating Diversity Through Sports"
JOIHF 2017 U-20 Exhibition Team was part of Halifax's Celebrating Diversity Through Sports on the May 13th weekend. The event was sponsored by The Black Ice Society, Eastlink, East Coast Lifestyle, Halifax, and Hockey Nova Scotia.
The weekend comprised of two games, NS Celebrity Team on Saturday and Nova Scotia U20 Selects on Sunday. The game program was titled, From Bobsleds To Blades. Other activities included visits to the Sports Hall of Fame and the Black Cultural Center, presenter Bernice Carnegie. Other notables over the weekend was Janice Miller, Jamaica High Commissioner; Don Anderson, Jamaica-International Sports Affairs and JOIHF Liaison-Consultant in Jamaica. The U-20 team won both exhibition games and the weekend was enjoyed by all.