Atlantic flavour: Maritimers Brett Lauther, Jake Thomas headline newly elected CFLPA board of directors

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The Canadian Football League Players Association has elected three new members to its board of directors as part of their annual general meeting.

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ kicker Brett Lauther, Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive tackle Jake Thomas, and B.C. Lions’ fullback David Mackie have been selected to serve as the organization’s vice presidents for the next two years. Winnipeg linebacker Adam Bighill has moved from third vice-president to treasurer, while Solomon Elimimian and Brian Ramsay will remain in their current roles as president and executive director respectively.

“On behalf of the entire CFLPA membership, I would like to express my gratitude to our entire Board of Directors who helped lead the continued growth and progress of our association,” Elimimian said in a statement. “I would also like to thank the membership for showing their confidence in me, as President. I am confident that our newly elected board will work tirelessly together to ensure the continued prosperity and success of the CFL Players’ Association.”

Lauther was named first vice president ahead of his 10th CFL season and his sixth with the Riders. The native of Truro, N.S. has connected on 209 of 252 career field goal attempts, compiling 784 points as a professional. In 2023, he received the prestigious Tom Pate Memorial Award for outstanding sportsmanship and community involvement.

Thomas is entering his 12th season as a member of the Bombers and will serve as second vice president. In 187 career CFL games, the native of Douglas, N.B. has collected 161 defensive tackles, 31 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

Mackie joined the Lions in 2018 and has been appointed third vice president. In 73 career games, the native of Jackson’s Point, Ont. has made 27 special teams tackles, 19 catches for 151 yards, and 20 carries for 92 yards and one touchdown.

Leaving the CFLPA board of directors are retired players Henoc Muamba, Ryan King, and Peter Dyakowski.