OTTAWA, ON: Thursday evening, Skate Canada honoured 16 award winners during the 2020 Skate Canada Virtual Awards Celebration. Unfortunately, the 2020 Ice Summit was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the show must go on!

The first edition of the Skate Canada Virtual Awards Celebration was streamed live on Skate Canada’s YouTube channel and was hosted by Skate Canada Digital Host and former national team member, Elladj Baldé. He was joined by the 2020 Canadian National Champions – Roman Sadovsky (men), Emily Bausback (women), Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro (pairs), Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (ice dance), and Dana Malowany (synchronized skating, Les Suprêmes team captain).

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 2019-2020 recipients were:

Skate Canada Officials Award of Excellence
Janice Hunter

Skate Canada Club Coach Award of Excellence
Julie McNeill

Skate Canada Competitive Coach Award of Excellence
Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs

Skate Canada Event Volunteer Award of Excellence
Donna Kormos

Elizabeth Swan Memoria Award
Frances McLellan

Billie Mitchell Award
Darlene Joseph

Skate Canada also presents a volunteer award to one member of each of the Skate Canada sections. The following exceptional volunteers were awarded the 2019-2020 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award of Excellence:

British Columbia/Yukon Section
Brian Pound

Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Section
Donna Moses

Saskatchewan Section
Brett Hines

Manitoba Section
Brenda Sokoloski

Ontario Section
Cheryl Goldie

Quebec Section
Jocelyn Proulx

New Brunswick Section
Kim Tucker

Nova Scotia Section
Rozanne Raine

Prince Edward Island Section
Pam Trainor

Newfoundland and Labrador Section
Shelley Ann O’Brien

Skate Canada congratulates all award winners, nominees and countless invaluable volunteers! The Virtual Awards Celebration is available to watch on Skate Canada’s YouTube Channel.