Exceptional Skate Canada members honoured at 2015 Achievement Awards Gala in Winnipeg
OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada recognized 22 award winners over the weekend at its Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM) and National Coaches’ Conference (NCC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The recipients received their awards on Friday night at the annual Skate Canada Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet. The winners were presented their awards by various Canadian champions, including World Champions and Olympic silver medallists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, two-time world medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Canadian champion Nam Nguyen, Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, and team co-captain of World Synchronized Skating Champions, Nexxice, Lee Chandler.
The Skate Canada National Awards Program honours dedicated members of the skating community who have donated their time to help contribute to improving the quality of skating in Canada.
The 2014-2015 recipients are:
- Skate Canada Club and Recreational Coach Award of Excellence
Mary-Liz Wiley, Beaconsfield FSC, Quebec Section
- Skate Canada Competitive Coach Award of Excellence
Anne Schelter and Shelley Simonton Barnett, Burlington Skating Centre, Western Ontario Section
- Skate Canada Officials Award of Excellence
Jane Derby, Oshawa SC, Eastern Ontario Section
- Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award
Jo-Anne Phelps, Skate Oakville, Central Ontario Section
- Billie Mitchell Award
Mary Ellen McDonald, Skate Winnipeg, Manitoba Section
Skate Canada also presents a volunteer award to one member of each of the 13 Skate Canada sections. The following exceptional volunteers were awarded the 2014-2015 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award of Excellence:
- British Columbia/Yukon Section
Lynne Henderson-Drake, Campbell River FSC
- Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Section
Doug Pettapiece, Gateway SC
- Saskatchewan Section
Valerie Malik, Saskatoon FSC/Skate Saskatoon
- Manitoba Section
Stan Yee, St. Andrews SC
- Northern Ontario Section
Therese Bilsborough, Cochrane FSC
- Western Ontario Section
Jim Virtue, Ilderton SC
- Central Ontario Section
Audrey Hunter, Skate Canada Brampton-Chinguacousy
- Eastern Ontario Section
Marilyn McAuley, Fort Henry Heights SC
- Quebec Section
Joanne Allard Rochon, Patinage Gatineau
- New Brunswick Section
Carole Thiffault, Dieppe Gold Blades
- Prince Edward Island Section
Cindy Ramsay, Kensington Area FSC
- Nova Scotia Section
Sarah Miles, Dartmouth SC
- Newfoundland/Labrador Section
Susan Thistle, Prince of Wales SC
Three additional awards were given out to the home section in the CanSkate, STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate athlete area, as representatives of those categories.
- Skate Canada Section CanSkate Athlete Award
Jacy Butler, Carmen SC, Manitoba Section
- Skate Canada Section STARSkate Athlete Award
Morgan Miller, Portage SC, Manitoba Section
- Skate Canada Section CompetitiveSkate Athlete Award
Casey Bertholet, Hartney FSC, Manitoba Section
Next year’s Skate Canada Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet will once again occur during the 2016 Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM) and National Coaches’ Conference (NCC), taking place May 25-28, 2016 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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