Hall of Fame

One of the most important events that took place during the Opimian’s 30th Anniversary year was the inception of the Opimian Hall of Fame, as well as the induction of its first members.

It is certainly true that many Opimian members make their own important contributions. However, the original list of inductees included ten members who had made invaluable inputs of time, energy, knowledge, leadership, experience, and, in some cases, money to build and maintain the club. Without these people, and many other unsung members, the Opimian way of buying, distributing, and enjoying wine would not exist as we know it.

The initial induction ceremony took place on May 2, 2003, following the Opimian AGM in Montreal. Further induction ceremonies will be held annually. Members that were nominated for one year who are not inducted will automatically have their nominations considered again the following year.

To select the members to grace the Hall of Fame, requests for nominations are made to the membership at large.  These nominations are submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee for review.  The Committee then votes on each nominee, and presents their proposed slate of inductees to the Opimian Board of Directors for ratification.  The inductees’ names are officially announced and a ceremony is held to honour the Hall of Fame’s newest members.

Nominations are received in one of four categories; Pioneer, Service, Membership/Recruitment and Members’ Choice.  (see below for details).  

Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize and to thank a fellow Opimian for their contributions to the quality of your “Opimian life”.  Nominate a worthy Opimian today!

Interested in nominating an outstanding Opimian to the Hall of Fame?

Visit our "Downloads" page or click here for the Opimian Hall of Fame Nomination form.

Opimian Hall of Fame Commitee

Barbara Chapman(Chair) - Edmonton, AB
David White - Charlottetown, PEI
Rick Burdeniuk - Sudbury, ON
Neil McClughan - Regina, SK
Lois-Anne Brebner (Opimian President) - Almonte, ON
Anna Tarzia Zappia (Administrative Coordinator) - Montreal, QC 

Hall of Fame Categories


Longevity of membership
Originator of something new; new area, new idea, wine education, or club improvement


Long and exemplary service by area representatives, directors, “unsung” assistants, office members.


Has personally introduced multiple new members; has promoted membership, and encouraged growth

Members Choice / Activity Support

Events: regular attendance, has frequently brought guests, helps to coordinate
Tours: has taken part in many tours, helped tour guides, promotes tours to others
Wine Offerings: member who has consistently bought many different wines from many plans over time.

Nomination Eligibility

Opimian members may be nominated to the Hall of Fame providing that they meet the following qualifications;

  • The nominee is an Opimian member in good standing
  • The nominee must be out of his/her office as Area Representative or Director for at least one year

2016 Inductees

Brian Magee
Category - Service

Jay Macdonald
Category - Service

Previous Inductees