Longmuir was presented the award by Dylan Atack, Equipment Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Sonya Sykes, Principal of Bernie Custis Secondary School in Hamilton, in recognition of the incredible role that she and all educators have played in guiding youth and students through the pandemic.
“Carol’s commitment to the Lions and the CFL has been outstanding,” said Rick LeLacheur, President of the BC Lions. “This is why the Jane Mawby Tribute Award is so important – to tell the stories of remarkable individuals like Carol and Jane, whose hard work behind the scenes has made our teams and the league stronger. It’s my absolute honour and privilege to see her enter the spotlight – to have others know what she means to our team, and to have them appreciate her as much as we do.”
Longmuir began her time with BC as a receptionist in 1994. She steadily progressed through various roles within the finance department before being appointed as its director. Throughout her 27-years with the Lions, she has demonstrated an unwavering passion for the team and a steadfast commitment to helping it succeed.
She is a consummate professional and a dedicated leader, who goes above and beyond her duties to help wherever she is able. Whether she is advocating on behalf of her colleagues as part of her responsibilities in human resources, forecasting financial projections or lending her expertise to assist in the management of the Estate of David Braley, Longmuir has served as a pillar of strength for the Lions.
“Carol represents the best in our CFL family,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “Despite a trying cancelled season, and a difficult journey back to our 2021 season, she has shown so much resilience, courage and compassion in leading her colleagues and the Lions through these dark times. On behalf of our league and our fans, thank you, Carol, for everything you do and for being such an inspiration to us all.”
The Jane Mawby Tribute Award was created in honour of its namesake, who spent 28 years working tirelessly behind the scenes for the Calgary Stampeders, before her untimely passing in 2015 after a battle with cancer. Conceived of by the Ladies of the Calgary Stampeders who had the privilege of working alongside Mawby, the award was created to not only acknowledge her tremendous impact on the organization, but to also recognize others throughout the league who mirror the same love and passion for their clubs that Mawby so proudly displayed.
The nine CFL member clubs and the league office each nominated one long-standing employee before a selection committee comprising three team presidents named Longmuir as the second-ever recipient of the Jane Mawby Tribute Award, following in the footsteps of Calgary’s Ross Folan in 2019.
The CFL Awards are the marquee event of Grey Cup Week, celebrating the season’s best performances and recognizing its leaders on and off the field. A number of fan favourite celebrations, such as the Spirit of Edmonton events and the Eastern and Western Social Halls, remain before the big game. Additional information can be found at greycupfestival.ca.
The 108th Grey Cup from Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, featuring Arkells and special guests, The Lumineers, in the Twisted Tea Grey Cup Halftime Show, will be played on Sunday, December 12 at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS – Canada’s home of the CFL.