VANCOUVER Mayor Kennedy Stewart proclaimed today (Tuesday, December 4) “Wally Buono Day” in the City of Vancouver. Mayor Stewart hosted Coach Buono inside Council Chambers alongside City Council members, BC Lions staff, family and friends.
“Wally has not only been a central figure in Vancouver’s sports community, he’s been a leader off the field as well,” said Stewart. “Wally’s unrelenting commitment to teamwork, leadership, service and family exemplifies the very best in civic spirit and serves as an inspiration for all Vancouverites.”
Buono accepted the proclamation by stressing his love for the City of Vancouver and BC Lions fans everywhere. “I’m honoured and grateful for today’s proclamation from His Worship and the City of Vancouver,” said Buono. “I will be forever indebted to this great city for the years of support of our organization and the CFL. The championships we brought to Vancouver and the province of British Columbia are among the most vivid memories of my life in football and today is a very special one for my entire family.”
Wally Buono retires as the all-time winningest coach in CFL history, having spent 46 years in the Canadian Football League as a player, coach and General Manager including 16 years as head coach or general manager of The BC Lions Football Club.