Dave Kandal

Community Builder - inducted in 2009

For over 50 years, Dave has been a tireless worker on behalf of this community, whether it be as an athlete, as a coach, as a politician, or as a public appointee. Dave first put his name in Abbotsford sport history in 1949 when he led the Philip Sheffield Elementary School to its first – and only – appearance at the BC High School Basketball Tournament. Dave’s play earned him a position on the all-star team and started the path for a basketball scholarship at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dave started his professional career as a teacher at the newly built Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, where he coached the basketball team to its first BC High School Tournament. This 1957 team laid the foundation for many years of appearances by teams from the school at the provincial level. Later, Dave worked as a pilot for Air Canada and left the community until the 1960s. On return, Dave worked with Jane Swan to organize an elementary schools basketball league. As a school trustee for five years then as Mayor of Matsqui Dave was an active supporter of athletic events and the development of playing fields and facilities within the District of Matsqui. In 1998, Dave was honoured with an elementary school named after him.