The Cougar Booster Club is a non-profit volunteer organization that exists to support Mount Royal University varsity student-athletes. We are individuals who represent Mount Royal alumni, student-athletes, employees, students, and members of the community who wish to connect and provide recognition and financial assistance to Cougar athletes.


In order for the organization to be eligible to participate in fund raising activities, there are certain requirements that must be met to qualify for licenses to run events such as a casino. Casino funds aid in the sustainability of the Cougars Athletics department, in particular through the annual support of athletic scholarships.

In order for the club to exist we must have a general membership that elects a Board of Directors on an annual basis.  This year our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Mount Royal University within the Recreation Centre - Varsity Team room.

Student-athlete alumni are considered general members of the Booster Club and are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting. Attendance is also open to individuals in the community such as student-athlete’s parents, local teachers and sport minded individuals with a keen interest in Cougars Athletics.   

There are many individuals in the Mount Royal University family who may wish to make a significant contribution to the Cougar Booster Club as a Board Member.  If you are willing to help out a great community cause, please let one of the following current board members know of your interest:

University Liaison Karla Karch (

Secretary Rob Godfrey ( or

Member at Large Jean Jarrell (

Please feel free to direct any and all questions to you might have to one of these three individuals.

The Cougar Booster Club was incorporated on November 26, 1982

Al Bohonus, a catalyst of the Club and long-time Athletic Director at Mount Royal College was the first to sign the Club by-laws. His vision was to create a $1 million dollar endowment for Cougar Athletics in order to support the student-athletes of Mount Royal. This goal was reached in 1998, but unfortunately not before Al passed away in the spring of 1995.

Al Bohonus' legacy continues to live on through the Cougar Endowment fund and the various activities of the Club. The student-athletes themselves have made significant contributions, as thousands of individuals have worked fundraisers and events in order to build a healthy financial picture for Cougar Athletics.

The Cougar Booster Club continues to raise funds for the Cougar Endowment fund and donate to Cougar Athletics on an annual basis. These dollars go towards financially supporting student-athlete through scholarships, awards and enhancing the student-athlete experience. As was the case in the first thirty years, it will take the efforts of current student-athletes and alumni to continue the support and success of the Club.

Who is eligible for Cougar Booster Club membership?
  • current and former Cougar student- athletes
  • current and former Mount Royal coaches
  • current and former Mount Royal students and employees
  • parents/guardians and family members of current and former student-athletes
  • members of the local community who have an interest in promoting Cougar Athletics

 What are the benefits of membership?

  • complimentary and discounted Cougar Booster Club events
  • reconnecting with the Cougar Booster Club community
  • supporting a premier CIS varsity athletic department
  • having FUN while enjoying excellent athletic competition


Casino Night

Interested in volunteering for this event, please let us know! Contact Kimmo Korvela, Cougar Booster Club Casino Coordinator at 403-440-7218 or by email at

Wall of Fame

The Cougar Athletics Wall-of-Fame, created in 2010 in partnership between MRU, Cougar Athletics and the Cougar Booster Club, recognizes and honors former Cougar student-athletes, teams, coaches and builders who have made outstanding contributions to varsity athletic programs. Located on the west wall of the Recreation entrance, the Athletics Wall-of-Fame shares space with the Dr. Don Stouffer Donor Recognition Wall.



Jordan Lantz - Director

Former MRU Student Athlete - Men's Volleyball (2014)

ACAC Champion and bronze at CCAA nationals 2012

Head Coach 16u Cougars Club Team

Dean's list, Academic All-Canadian, Team Captain 2014

MacKenzie Allen - Treasurer

Former MRU Student-Athlete – Women’s Volleyball (2013)

Played Professionally in Denmark – Fortuna Odense Volley (2014)

ACAC Champion (2011, 2012)

CCAA Champion (2011)

Rob Godfrey - Secretary

Former NCAA Student-Athlete - College of Holy Cross Men's Hockey (2002-2006)

MRU Men's Hockey Assistant Coach (2012-2013)

MRU Cougars Men's Hockey Chapter Treasurer – (2012-Present)

MRU Manager of Athletics (2011-Present)

Karla Karch - University Rep.

Former CIS Student-Athlete – Women’s Basketball CGY/Vic (1982-1988)

Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team (1985-2000)

Two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000)

Alberta Provincial Team Assistant Coach (2006-2009)

Darnell Glass - Director

Former MRU Student-Athlete - Men’s Hockey (2012)

2010-2011 ACAC Men’s Hockey Championship

Assistant Coach Estavan Bruins (SJHL)

Kimmo Korvela - Director

Former MRU Athletic Trainer (1979-1981)

MRU Game Day Coordinator (2001-2013)

Game Day Coordinator - St. Mary's University (2013-Present)

MRC Distinguished Support Staff Award (2001)

Chrissy Hodgson - Director

Former MRU Student Athlete - Women's Hockey (2008-2013)

MRU Women’s Hockey all-time scoring leader

4-time team MVP (2009-2013)

Assistant Coach Edge School – Girls Prep Team (2013-Present)

Jean Jarrell - Member at Large

Former Cougar Booster Club President (2011-2013)

Professional World Artistic Gymnastics Judge (1978-1993)

Former Canadian National Gymnastics Team (1994-2009)

Physical Education Instructor (1971-Present)

Phone: 403-440-6290