Dino Bernardo resigns as President of the Kamloops Broncos
Letter of Resignation:
After 12 years the time has come for me to step down as President of the Kamloops Broncos. This was not an easy decision for me nor was it taken lightly. I have struggled with this since the end of our season, but I feel the organization needs to go in a different direction and I can no longer be a part of it moving forward.
I was honored to be asked to become GM for the Inaugural Broncos Season in 2007 by then President Stefen Reid and his great supporting board at the time. Helping to secure funding, writing a feasible business plan to get the Kamloops franchise reinstated into the league and assisting with the name change and team colours were my first tasks. After two years I was even more privileged to take over as president from Stefen as he felt I was the right person for the job.
I have many fond memories and have built lifelong relationships with coaches, team executives, league officials and players from Kamloops, British Columbia and across Western Canada. From day one all I have cared about was building a franchise to assist players in playing junior football and helping them achieve their dreams of playing at the next level. To see these players achieve those goals has always been my greatest pleasure with this organization, but I am also very proud of the players that had great careers as Kamloops Broncos. Although I will not be with the franchise anymore, to any current or past players I will always be here for you for advice, as a sounding board or to assist you with anything you need. You were loyal to me and the franchise and I will always be loyal to you under any circumstances.
To my staff and business partner Christopher Monteleone, thank you for always being there for me so I could travel to games, come in late after games and practices and always supporting my endeavors with the team.
Finally to all the countless coaches, board members, friends, volunteers, sponsors and players. Thank you for all of your help over the years. This has never been an easy position, but with your help you we have been able to maintain a franchise here for 12 years even when people thought we wouldn’t last a year or two. It was your hard work, dedication and commitment in which this franchise was able to thrive. We may not have had the wins we always wanted, but we kept a franchise alive and gave kids an opportunity they may not have had otherwise.
Best of wishes to the new coaching staff, current players and board.