Chris Williams - President
I started my career in special needs hockey as a coach before founding the Electric City Maroon & White. I've surrounded myself with hockey as a player, coach and parent for the past 45 years and this is easily the best experience of my life!
Every season is a personal journey. Between hockey, baseball, fundraising events and everything else that comes with running the organization there is very little downtime. Being able to help in making a difference and the friendships I've made with both players and families makes me feel like I am the lucky one.
My vision is to see the ECM&W continue to grow and I am a firm believer in that every child or adult with any special need, be that developmental or physical has the right to play sports. Our mission statement begins with "everyone plays" which this organization stands strongly behind and one that will not change.
I've been employed in the IT industry for the past 33 years, I enjoy the wide variety of technical challenges I face on a daily basis. I have been happily partnered up with “Mama Tan" for the past 16 years and I am the father to three son's and two step-daughters. We recently became Grandparents to our first Granddaughter Sophia and look forward to the next chapter in our lives!
I'm an animal lover with our house filled with 2 Standard Poodles, my own “baby" Rosie a two year old brown and white Newfoundland and our newest resident, Ivy an 8 month old Golden Retriever. I spent several years volunteering as the Eastern regional birds of prey rescue agent for the Avian Ark located in Verona, Ontario
I can't nail down a favourite memory, every weekend there is a new one but I do love when we play other SHI teams and see all those familiar faces and catch up. The road trips with a van full of players telling stories and jokes, first goals, games ending in a tie, seeing a very shy new player evolve into a confident outgoing player as the season progresses, being able to share the ice with my three boys James, Evan and Conal.
I'm a die-hard Leafs fan and throw in the Bills, Argos, Jays, Raps and Toronto FC. Music? All over the board but if you stop round you'll probably catch me listening to classic Motown, soul or the Ramones. #gabbagabbahey