OTTAWA, ON: This past weekend, Skate Canada honoured 20 award winners during its annual Awards Banquet at the 2019 Ice Summit held in Ottawa, Ont.
The winners received their awards on Saturday night in front of a crowd of over 350 of Canada’s top skating delegates. The evening was co-hosted by 2019 Canadian ice dance silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. The awards were given out by 2019 junior ice dance world champions Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha.
The Skate Canada 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 2018-2019 recipients were:
Skate Canada Club and Recreational Coach Award of Excellence
Skate Canada Competitive Coach/Choreographer Award of Excellence
Skate Canada Officials Award of Excellence
Skate Canada Event Volunteer Award of Excellence
Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award
Billie Mitchell Award
Skate Canada also presents a volunteer award to one member of each of the Skate Canada sections. The following exceptional volunteers were awarded the 2018-2019 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award of Excellence:
British Columbia/Yukon Section
New Brunswick Section
Prince Edward Island Section
Nova Scotia Section
Newfoundland and Labrador Section
Three additional host section awards were recognized in the CanSkate, STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate athlete areas, as representatives of all section winners across the country in those categories:
Skate Canada Section CanSkate Athlete Award
Skate Canada Section STARSkate Athlete Award
Skate Canada Section CompetitiveSkate Athlete Award
Lily Wilberforce, Aidan Wright
In addition, Olympians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the athlete category. One of Canada’s most loved dance teams, they paired up in 1995. They went on to win the Canadian ice dance title five times (2000, 2004-2007). Dubreuil and Lauzon retired in 2008 and began a successful coaching career in Montreal.
Leanna Caron, President, Skate Canada, and ISU Council member Benoit Lavoie handed out the ISU Gold Award of Merit to Skate Canada BC/Yukon’s Susan Heffernan, and Skate Ontario’s Joanne Shaw for their valuable contributions to the ISU. This award may only be made to Office Holders and other individuals who have served the ISU sport disciplines.
Skate Canada congratulates all award winners, nominees and countless invaluable volunteers!