In recognition of the Section’s 50th Anniversary, the Board approved the development of a Section Hall of Fame. At our banquet on Saturday May 4, we unveiled the inaugural inductees. Our inaugural (posthumous) inductee into the Builder category is Barbara Graham.
A legend in the sport of figure skating, Barbara Graham was respected and revered for her knowledge, fairness and integrity by skaters, coaches, judges and administrators in Canada and world wide. As the first Technical Director of the Canadian Figure Skating Association from 1972 to 1991, Barbara’s used her skating, teaching and judging background to develop the sport in Canada. She established Skater Development and Athlete Monitoring Programs and created the National Coaching Program. In 1999, Barbara settled in Edmonton as the Skating Development Specialist for Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and spearheaded many projects for skaters and coaches in the Section. Barbara passed away on May 8, 2004 and will always be remembered as “the lady in the stands with the sunglasses.”