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Hockey Canada's 2006 National Award Winners Announced;Sharon McMahon of Thunder Bay, on Named Volunteer of The Year
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May 22, 2006
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ST. JOHN’S, NL - Hockey Canada recognized outstanding volunteers and achievements in hockey in Canada during its Annual General Meeting banquet on Monday evening. Nominees were submitted by Hockey Canada’s 13 member Branches, and the winners were chosen by Hockey Canada’s Officers of the Board, or the appropriate Hockey Canada council.

The success of minor hockey across Canada rests solely on the contributions of the many outstanding volunteers. These people donate countless hours of their valuable time so Canada’s youth has the opportunity to participate in the sport of hockey, under safe and well organized conditions. These nine awards are to recognize some of the very best volunteers that have been involved with the sport of hockey for a number of years.

Hockey Canada Award winners, recognizing the efforts of volunteers in Canada, for 2005-06 were:

NAME/NOM BRANCH/BRANCHE AWARD

Sharon McMahon – Thunder Bay, ON

Hockey Northwestern Ontario

Volunteer of the Year Award

Dan Moro – Calgary, AB

Hockey Alberta

Gordon Juckes Award (contribution to development of hockey)

Shirley Cameron – Edmonton, AB

Hockey Alberta

Female Breakthrough Award (promotion/contribution to female hockey)

Gerry Taylor – St. John’s, NL

Hockey Newfoundland /Labrador

Order of Merit (Atlantic)

John Gardner – Toronto, ON

Ontario Hockey Federation

Order of Merit (Central)

George Ulyatt – Winnipeg, MB

Hockey Manitoba

Order of Merit (West)

Ray Bowe – St. John’s, NL

Hockey Newfoundland / Labrador

Officiating – Hockey Canada Official of the Year

Linda Liepert

Hockey Canada

Hal Lewis Award – Hockey Canada staff person of the year

Myrna Kartush

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Liz McKinnon Award – Spousal award of a Hockey Canada volunteer

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Sharon McMahon, of Thunder Bay, ON received Hockey Canada’s 2005-06 Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has contributed to amateur hockey and Hockey Canada. Sharon has been involved in the administration of hockey for 16 years with Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO), one of Hockey Canada’s 13 Branches.  With HNO, she has held many positions including a Board Member (1990-96), Vice-President and Minor Convenor (1996-2000), Vice-President and Senior Hockey Convenor (2000-01) and the President (2001-2005). Sharon has also been a member of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors (2001-2005), has been involved with various Hockey Canada committees including Speak Out, and has served as President of the Geraldton (ON) Minor Hockey Association for many years. Sharon was the Chairperson of the Hockey Canada AGM in 2004 when it was held in Thunder Bay, and the Co-Chairperson of the All-Ontario Bantam AAA Championship in 2005. This is Sharon’s second Hockey Canada award as she was a recipient of the Hockey Canada Minor Hockey Week Award, recognizing an outstanding volunteer, during the 1995-96 season. Sharon was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

GORDON JUCKES AWARD

Dan Moro, of Calgary, AB, received the 2005-06 Gordon Juckes Award, recognizing outstanding contribution by an individual to the development of amateur hockey in Canada at the national level. Dan has been involved with coaching for a number of years and is a NCCP Advanced Level II coach. Dan was an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Men’s team from 1995-99. He recently accepted a role with VANOC in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, but prior to that was the Manager of Sport Development with Calgary’s Olympic Development Association (CODA), and was in that role from 2003-06. Dan was also a consultant for the Torino and the Salt Lake Organizing Committees and helped provide leadership and direction for the Olympic and Paralympic Ice Hockey and Curling programs during the 20 Winter Olympics. From 1986-1999, Dan was the Director of the International Centre of Excellence for Hockey Canada.

FEMALE BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

Shirley Cameron, of Edmonton, AB, received Hockey Canada’s Female Breakthrough Award, which honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion and/or development of female hockey in Canada. Cameron was a pioneer in women’s hockey and was the first captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, having won the 1990 World Women’s Championship. Amongst Cameron’s many accomplishments: she helped establish the Edmonton Chimos hockey team in 1972, a team that she starred on until 1992; she has won 16 National Women’s Championships over the course of her storied career; she ended up coaching the Chimos for 14 years (1992-2004) after her playing career was over; and she is presently the Director of Operations for the Chimos hockey club. Cameron’s coaching career also included the 1999 Canada Winter Games where she was Team Alberta’s Head Coach, a role she has held in the Alberta Winter Games. The top two Women’s Hockey Teams in Alberta compete for the Cameron Cup each year, a trophy that is named in her honour.

ORDER OF MERIT AWARDS

Hockey Canada Order of Merit Award was instituted in 1960 to "honor those individuals who for many years have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as players, served as coaches and association members, and made outstanding contributions to Canadian amateur hockey." The Order of Merit Award is presented annually to recipients in up to three regions of the country: Western, Central and Atlantic. This year’s Hockey Canada Order of Merit recipients were George Ulyatt (West) of Winnipeg, MB, John Gardner (Central) of Toronto, ON, and Gerry Taylor (Atlantic), of St. John’s, NL.

George Ulyatt, of Winnipeg, MB, has made a significant contribution to the growth, delivery and administration of hockey in Manitoba and has been a leader and a role model for the volunteers throughout Hockey Manitoba. George has been involved with Hockey Manitoba for over 30 years, and has had roles in all levels of administration, including Branch President and Hockey Canada Board Member from 1995-2001. He played a key role in acquiring and hosting of the 1992 Centennial Cup and the 1999 World Junior Championship in Winnipeg. He has sat on several National Committees including the Chair of Risk and Safety in 20, a member of the Governance Committee, Constitution and By-laws and a member of the Marketing Committee. George is currently involved as a committee member with the Manitoba sports Hall of Fame and the Co-Chair of the Hockey Canada 2007 AGM committee.

John Gardner, of Toronto, ON has been a part of the administration for the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL, formerly the MTHL) since 1975, including acting President since 1980. John has pioneered many initiatives such as the Bell Minor Hockey Hotline (1996) and PAL (player assistance line). At the Branch level, he has served as a Director of the OHA and subsequently the OHF, and most recently as the OHF’s Chair for Minor Hockey. He is also the chair to two Hockey Canada committees, the residency regulations, and entrepreneurs within minor hockey. John has received many awards, including the Government of Ontario Special Achievement Award (1995), OHF Minor Hockey Award (2001), and was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

Gerry Taylor, of St. John’s, NL has excelled as a player, coach, organizer and educator of the game of hockey in Newfoundland for over 50 years with three different hockey associations within the province of Newfoundland. He has been on numerous committees including Chairman of the NAHA Hockey Hall of Fame and the NHLA Junior Council. Gerry has been the President of the St. John’s Junior Hockey League on three separate occasions. Gerry’s accomplishments have been recognized by HNL, Bell Island Sport Hall of Fame, St. John’s Junior Hockey League and the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame. 

OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Ray Bowe of St. John’s, NL was named the Hockey Canada Official of the Year. Ray has been officiating since 1954. In fact, Ray attended his second officiating seminar in Germany as he was stationed with the R.C.A.F. in Marville France, and he conducted referee schools for the Armed Forces in Marville. Ray has been a Referee-In-Chief for the Armed Forces, NAHA, and Moose Jaw minor hockey association. Ray attended an NHL referee’s school in Haliburton, ON in 1968, and shortly after helped establish a new structure for officiating within the CAHA called the National Referee’s Certification Program (NRCP). Ray has officiated in many leagues across Canada, including the Armed Forces, Senior, Junior, Major Junior, and minor hockey. Ray is a Hockey Canada level VI certified official, which is the top level within the Hockey Canada Officiating Program. Ray has received countless awards, most notably: Gold Stick for ten years of services in Hockey Newfoundland/Labrador (HNL), Canadian Armed Forces Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador Hall of Fame inductee, and the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2002. HNL’s referee division created an award to honour officials in their Branch who have devoted countless hours to the officiating program; the award is named “The Ray Bowe Award of Merit” in recognition of Ray Bowe.

The Hal Lewis Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the game of hockey by a staff member of Hockey Canada. This year’s award went to Hockey Canada employee Linda Liepert. Linda has worked with Hockey Canada for a number of years as Manager of Travel.

The Liz MacKinnon Award was created to honour the memory of Liz MacKinnon, the late wife of a former Hockey Canada Chair of the Board, the late Bob MacKinnon. The award recognizes a Hockey Canada delegate's companion for his or her support. For 2005-2006, the Award went to Myma Kartusch.

All media inquiries in regards to Hockey Canada's AGM should be directed to Brad Pascall, Senior Director, Communications at 403-703-8561.


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
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Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
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Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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