Len Rhodes wants to remain in Edmonton

Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes announces that Eskimos’ General Manager Ed Hervey has been fired, during a press conference at Commonwealth Stadium, in Edmonton Friday April 7, 2017. David Bloom / Postmedia

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Len Rhodes greatest success as the head of the community-owned Edmonton Eskimos involved the community.

When he came to the city he found himself becoming more engaged that he ever dreamed.

He may be leaving the Eskimos but he hopes he isn’t going to be leaving Edmonton.

“I do hope to stay because I’ve fallen in love with this city like you can’t believe. I want to live in this city.

“I feel like I’ve not only contributed to this club but to this community. I’ve never given so much to a community when I lived in Montreal or Toronto as I did in Edmonton.

“I had one board chair, Bruce Bentley tell me that in the history of this club, we’ve never seen anyone so engaged in the community. I never dreamed I’d ever like a city this much.

“My fondest memories involve the fans when I would walk the stadium, through the concourses one hour before the game and have informal interactions with the fans. Those were among my best highlights. This fan base is so passionate about this community-owned team.”

Some of Rhodes community involvements include:

• Edmonton Chamber of Commerce chairman 2018.

• Co-chair of Fire Aid in 2016 in support of Fort McMurray following the wildfires.

• Mission trip to Kuwait and Ukraine to support armed forces troopps in 2016.

• Fostered service dogs.

• Raised funds in support of women’s shelters and WinHouse and to support Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research.

• Man of Honour Award from Centre To End All Sexual Exoloitation 2013.

• Alberta Family, Community Safety and Inspiration Award 2016.

• Received Medals of Excellence from Brigadier General.