The Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA) has come along at the right time with the right strategies.
The CFLAA was founded in 2008. The primary purpose was to unite all the local CFL team Alumni Associations. Our initial financial support was provided by the CFL and the Board of Governors’, CFLPA, and the local Alumni Associations. These groups continue to support our efforts but other revenue sources include donations, sponsorships, event, appearance fees, and licensing fees.
The CFLAA is governed by a Board of Directors with a designate from each local Alumni Association. The day to day operations are the responsibility of the Executive Director, Leo Ezerins. The primary beneficiary of funds raised is the CFL Alumni Support Fund. The CFLASF goal is to make a difference to alumni and their families by offering support to those experiencing financial challenges due to medical hardship. Other financial support is provided to Football Canada and the Canadian Sports Concussion Project.
All initiatives that the CFLAA considers will be held up to the values, mission, and vision to ensure there is a fit.
The CFLAA is not involved in the day to day operations of the local Alumni Associations. The CFLLA Board meets monthly via teleconference calls and meets face to face annually at Grey Cup for strategic planning meetings and the AGM.
Our goal is to strengthen and grow our family so we continue to be there for one another, for the game we love and the league we helped build, and to be there for the broader community, the fans of our league!
The Founders of the CFLAA were Leo Ezerins, Joe Poplawski, Hector Pothier, Paul Markle, Jay Roberts (deceased), Steve Mazurak, Ralph Scholz, JT Hay, Paul Markle, and Don Taylor.