With so many nominations that came in this season, the executive decided on 3 awards for this category:
- Volunteer of the Year - Program Building
- Volunteer of the Year - Executive/ Director
- Volunteer of the Year - General
Volunteer of the Year - Program Building - MELANIE BELLOWS
Melanie is a team Manager and Assistant coach for the Inclusion Royals program and has been Instrumental in growing the program. From securing coaches, working with the visiting teams, planning off ice team events and organizing fundraising.
"Melanie enrolled her 2 sons in the Inclusion Royals program in our first year of the program. I can distinctly remember ushering her off the bench and away so she could have that “Hockey mom experience” - She helped wherever she could, Then the next year she was managing the team - teaching herself to skate to help when short coaches - now she is all around taking care of this team and a vital part of growing this AMAZING program." - Nomination form
Volunteer of the Year - Executive/ Director - KATHY LOCKEN
Kathy served as a division director for 3 years and spent Hours on many hockey operations activities. The 2021-22 post COVID season was particularly hard in her U13 division. With the amount of players and lack of Goaltenders, Kathy needed to get very creative to ensure every team always had a goalie for practices and games. Kathy spent many hours supporting the other division directors and doing many additional tasks for VP Operations.
“Kathy Spent 2 years as our U11 Director and anyone who has had these conversations with me knows I am brutally honest in how much work these roles are - she took this on with Gusto and a big smile. Then she moved into U13 which has its own challenges and again Kathy Always goes the extra mile for the kids and our association” - JodyAnn McSkimming, VP Operations
Volunteer of the Year - General - Krista Power & Stewart Ross
This dynamic duo have had 3 kids through the association and have worn many hats from coach, manager, raffle director, fundraising coordinator, development sessions and the list goes on.
Stewart Ross Has been coaching in our organization since 2011 when his Son Emin was in Novice (Now U9) , every year since he has either volunteered or been Voluntold to coach as he is always one of our “go to” when we are short coaches. His passion for the game, his players and his team always shines through.
Krista Power has not only supported stew in his coaching but she too has picked up many hats , serving as our raffle director for multiple years, managing various teams and chasing 3 teams at times to pick up all the slack.
Their nomination form reads: ”Stew is a role model to all players and coaches with his love for the game and the kids. He is a personable, level headed, inclusive and motivating coach through hard work and fun. Stew and Krista are always encouraging team building opportunities for their teams. Anything that will help bond the kinds on and off the ice. Krista never hesitates to help and support her manager to make it happen. They are not in it for 3 kids - they are in it for all Kids''
- Melanie Bellows ( Inclusion Royals)
- Ed & Kayla Gardiner ( U11 and U13 Classic Chairs)
- Stew & Krista Ross (All around involvement in FMMHA)
- Kathy Locken ( U13 Director)
- Renee Hantlemann (Managing multiple teams)
- Kailee Kopetski (U15 Director)