Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Pacific FC Re-Signs Kunle Dada-Luke

Victoria, BC January 10, 2023 Pacific FC today announced the re-signing of Kunle Dada-Luke to a new one-year deal, with a club option for the 2024 season. 

The 22-year-old right fullback and winger, who has both Canadian and Nigerian citizenship, extends his stay with the club after initially joining The Tridents in 2021.

“This club took a chance on me three years ago I went from being without a club to a champion in that time span,” said Dada-Luke. “The Island has become a second home for me and playing at Starlight Stadium in front of our fans always gives me that spark I need to go the extra mile.”  

Dada-Luke played in 30 matches in the 2022 season for a total of 2384 minutes, his most consistent season to date. A fan favourite on the Island, Dada-Luke scored one goal and added two assists for Pacific in 2023, including setting up Josh Heard in the club’s 6-0 victory over Waterhouse FC in the preliminary round of the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf League. He regularly showcased his aptitude for creating space and using his speed and size to his team’s advantage as a talisman up front in all competitions.

Dada-Luke was named to the league’s Gatorade Team of the Week three times last season. He led the squad with 73 tackles, winning a team-high 46 such battles, won a team-high 174 duals and contributed 36 interceptions and 13 crosses.

“I believe KDL can be the most dynamic right back in the Canadian Premier League and can also play as a wingback or wide forward,” said James Merriman, Head Coach, Pacific FC. “He is developing into a very versatile modern full back and is incredibly hungry to build off his 2022 performances and push to another level.”

Dada-Luke, who was raised in Mississauga, represented Toronto FC II in United Soccer League play and Toronto FC III in League1 Ontario play during his youth. He was picked up by Danish club FC Helsingør in 2019, returning to the CPL with Atlético Ottawa in 2020, though he did not feature in that year’s Island Games. He was crowned league champion with Pacific at the end of his first season with the club two years ago.

Dada-Luke previously represented Canada at the youth level, making his debut in Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Youth Program at 14 years old. He later went on to represent the country’s Under-17 team with two appearances at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship in Panama.   

Pacific FC has a roster of 14 players confirmed for the coming 2023 season.

Monday, December 12, 2022

Lake Side Buoys Society AGM 2022

The Lake Side Buoys Society Board of Directors is proud to present the 2023 roster of directors as decided at the Annual General Meeting.

2023 Lake Side Buoys Society
Board of Directors

President - Michael Geldreich
Vice President - Andrew Fitzsimmons
Secretary/Treasurer - Greg Henkelman
Ombudsperson - Steve Hemphill
Jermaine Pedro
Leela Hamilton
Kevin Close
Phil Hoover
John Cameron

In case you missed it, you can catch up on the 2022 LSB Society AGM here:

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Lake Side Buoys Debut Playoffs TIFO

Here's what the Lake Side Buoys debuted before the Canadian Premier League semi-finals between Pacific FC and Atlético Ottawa on October 15th, 2022.

Friday, October 7, 2022

 Hello Lake Side Buoys Members!

This short note is intended to inform those of you that we have two important General Membership meetings on the horizon.

The first, a Special General Meeting, will take place at NOON on Saturday, October 8, 2022 online via Discord. The main business of this meeting will be to outline the roles and responsibilities of a new Board Officer Position of Ombudsperson. This position was first proposed at last year’s Annual General Meeting on December 11, 2021, and was outlined in terms of responsibilities over the following months as described below:

Ombudsperson (Officer position)

• Independent, non-voting board member;

• Provides the General Membership with fiscal and administrative oversight of the Executive Board’s activities;

• Provides counsel to the Executive Board on matters of member discipline, conflict of interest and other complex member issues;

• Represents the interests of the General Membership and individual members to the Executive Board through advocacy and consultation.

• Ombudsperson handles complex member concerns while offering to maintain anonymity for the complainant unless specified otherwise by a complainant

- The anonymity offered by the use of pseudonyms and discretionary use of identifying

factors by ombudsperson in communications with board business related to any complaint

- Anonymity cannot be guaranteed to be maintained. Others may have witnessed potential

events or could use relevant context clues to decipher the complainant. This is beyond the

board’s control.

- In rare cases, when deemed necessary by the ombudsperson, anonymity concerning a

complaint cannot be maintained with the board to best understand the concern at hand.

The second, our Annual General Meeting/Winter Gathering, will take place on Sunday, December 11 at NOON, tentatively scheduled to take place at Dallas and Ryan’s complex. More details will be provided as we near the date, but you may wish to pencil it in now.

Finally, as we near the end of the Regular season, please remember to share your voices with us at our next home game on September 30: if you have orange scarves/shirts, it would be a great thing to wear them. Also, if you have any Membership dues to pay ($5 per year), please consider getting that to Greg or Mike so we can update our List. The money is essential for our yearly planning, which takes place to a large extent over the winter months.

Wishing you all a beautiful Fall season.

Greg Henkelman

Secretary/Treasurer, Lake Side Buoys

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Pacific FC Final Home Game of the 2022 Regular Season

Check out our latest video from Pacific FC's final home game of the 2022 season, where we discuss Jamar Dixon's retirement, observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and present the Lake Side Buoys Supporters' Choice Player of the Year Award!