Jim Brady of St. Catharines is one of 55 members of the Canadian lacrosse community to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
The commemorative medal recognizes Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, community, organization, the country, and provides an opportunity to look back and recognize those who have made lacrosse what it is today. The 55 individuals represent the backbone of Canadian lacrosse. They are the volunteers, the builders of the sport, administrators, coaches, and players, who give tirelessly to the sport.
Brady has been involved in lacrosse at every level since the 1950s as an organizer, referee, coach, manager, and administrator.
Winner of numerous awards for his tireless efforts, Brady was the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s “Mr. Lacrosse” in 1984. He has been to Minto cup as a coach or manager on six occasions, winning four times. Entering the 1998 season as head coach of the Burlington Junior “A” team, Brady had achieved a record 460 wins and only 195 losses as a coach or manager of junior lacrosse teams. In 1997 and 1998, he also managed to find time to act as the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Major League Commissioner.
This past season he was commissioner of the Major Series Lacrosse
One of his’s career highlights was his role as general manager and assistant coach with the 1980 CBC Builders Minto Cup Champions.
He was inducted into the Canadian and Ontario lacrosse halls of fame.
The last time the Diamond Jubilee medals were presented was during Queen Victoria’s reign in 1867.