Class of 1996: Builder
Billie Mitchell, of Vancouver, was a woman of “firsts” in her achievements on the Canadian figure skating scene. She was the first woman president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association, from 1976-78. Prior to her presidency, she was the first woman on the CFSA’s Board of Directors as a Section Chairman in 1960. Mitchell was also noted for her active campaign to host the 1960 World Championships in her hometown, and with the growth of television in the ’50s, the 1960 World Championships was the first to be televised. She was a CFSA Chief Accountant at many competitions from 1961 through 1979. She also chaired the 1968 and 1973 Canadian Championships, the latter introducing the first-ever Parade of Champions.