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SOMHA VISION STATEMENT

It is the vision of South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association to see that our minor hockey program is enriching the lives of its players, its volunteers and its communities.

SOMHA MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association is to secure and maintain a positive role for minor hockey in the community.

History

The South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association is the result of the amalgamation of the Oliver Minor
Hockey Association and the Osoyoos Minor Hockey Association that took place in 1983. Both
Associations were originally single “A” Associations and the current status is that of an “AA” Association.
The status of an Association is determined by the number of its registered Peewee, Bantam and Midget
aged players.

Since 1984 the SOMHA (South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association) has been governed by the amended

Constitution and By-­­laws of the Osoyoos Minor Hockey Association. At the April 1995 Annual General
Meeting of the SOMHA, it was unanimously approved by the members present to accept a new
Constitution and By-­­Laws. The Constitution and By-­­Laws were approved by the Registrar of Companies
under the Society Act and SOMHA is a duly incorporated society. The Constitution outlines the purpose
of the Association and the By-­­Laws explain the rules under which SOMHA is governed.
The Association is a member of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association, OMAHA, as well as the BC
Hockey Association. BC Hockey is a member of Hockey Canada. As a member in good standing with
these affiliated bodies SOMHA is governed by their rules in addition to SOMHA’s By-­­laws.

The history of the Association includes growing pains as well as many successes and highlights. The

Association would not exist without the keen desire of the children of the South Okanagan to play
hockey, as well as the commitment and hard work of the many parents and volunteers. This process
must continue so that all involved continue to enjoy a positive and rewarding hockey experience.