Monday, February 19, 2018

John Wismer-Biography

John Wismer was a dedicated teacher for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for thirty-three years.

John's career began in 1956 at Central High School and in 1961, he moved to Barton High School where he became the head of Physical Education. He retired from Barton in 1989 after dedicating over three decades of his life to his schools and his students.

John Wismer spent many years coaching athletics; he coached basketball and then went on to coach football for twenty-two years.

His football teams won six city championships and many players went on to greater achievements in the Canadian Football League.

More importantly, he furthered the development of countless outstanding individuals who contributed to their communities as athletes, coaches, teachers, and professionals. John Wismer's dream was to teach the game of life, build character, and to instill values that would sustain his students through life's journey.


The Wismer Foundation presents the Wismer Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence annually to an exemplary male and female student athlete graduating from Barton High School. The student must be continuing their education at either the University or Community College level. Further, the recipients must have excelled both academically and athletically while maintaining a 75% or better average yearly. The graduates will also have demonstrated the values of teamwork, fair play, mutual respect for others and a dedication to hard work and commitment. The Foundation also presents the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence to two outstanding, currently active high school coaches- one within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and one within the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board who best exemplifies determination, commitment and integrity.


 Contributions can be made to the Wismer Foundation through the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board~                  Mailing Address: PO Box 2558, Hamilton, Ont. L8N3L1 Please note on cheque: "John Wismer FUND" or                              make cheque payable to"Jay Wismer in trust for the Wismer Foundation" and mail to: Jay Wismer                                          17 Old Orchard Dr, Stoney  Creek, Ont. L8E 1E9 or contact: Stacy Wismer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament


The Wismer Foundation Golf Tournament and Coaching Award Presentation Dinner is the primary FUNDRAISER to support the foundation. This event hosts the presentation of the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence. The tournament is being held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Carlisle Golf and Country Club located at 523 Carlisle Road, Carlisle, Ontario.

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Nomination deadline for the 15th Annual Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence is April 24, 2018. Nominations received after April 24th will be considered for the 2018/19 Award on May 28, 2019.


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