Owner / Partner
Heritage House Trophies & Awards
#135-2745 Veterans Memorial Parkway
After retiring from 30 plus years in the Police and Fire Service industry on Vancouver Island, John James joined his wife Barb to help grow Heritage House Trophies & Awards and opened the second store in Langford.. The business is South Vancouver Island's full service Award and Engraving Centre and offers a complete line of sports and corporate awards to meet your expectations.
Heritage House Awards provides custom laser, machine and hand engraving on a variety of mediums including metal, wood, plastic, glass, tile, and corian. They also produce name badges, corporate plates, industrial tags and a variety of other marking systems.
Heritage House Trophies & Awards sponsors the Cowichan Rugby Club, North Vancouver Island Tsunami, Cowichan Junior Piggies, Joe McGeachy High School Rugby Tournament and many other local programs. HHT also supplies awards to the International Rugby Board, Rugby Canada, the BC Rugby Union, Vancouver Island Rugby Union and many local Rugby Clubs and High Schools across the province.
John James had his first taste of rugby in 1977 at Victoria high school playing under Vancouver Island rugby icon Tillman Briggs.
"Two of the most influential people in my life as a teen besides my parents were rugby people - Tillman Briggs (JBAA) and Gordie Hemmingway (JBAA and Velox co-founder)," James said. "These two men had an uncanny ability to take misguided youth such as myself and shape them into young adults. Many of the values I learned from them are still values I hold onto today."
After two BC AAA High School Championships, ('77 & '78) with Vic High, John attended Simon Fraser University where he played football for the SFU Clan. In the off season he continued to develop as a rugby player with Victoria's James Bay Athletic Association and played there from 1978-81.
When he completed his studies at school, John began a career as a Police/Fire Officer and started a family. He reappeared on the rugby scene in 1995 as his two boys became of rugby playing age and found ways to give back to the game, volunteering at the Elementary and Middle Schools in the area assisting with their rugby programs. He was involved with Mill Bay Elementary with Mary Dickens and George Bonner with Ted Zinken. Shorty after, John became more involved as a volunteer at the Cowichan Rugby Club and played with the Piggies Third Division side.
John has coached at Cowichan Junior level and then at the local High School (Frances Kelsey with Wayne Loutet) and has served as president of Cowichan Rugby Club from 2005-2010 and as VIRU vice-president from 2009-2011. John is still active in the local rugby community and currently serves as Past President of CRFC.