At the 2017 Ringette Alberta Conference and AGM, several awards were presented to some outstanding Calgary volunteers.
Friends of Ringette Award – Anne Brady of Calgary NW
These awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals that have shown dedication to the sport.
Anne has been an active volunteer for Northwest ringette for well over 10 years, since her oldest daughter joined as a bunny. She first served on the Northwest board for several years as a director at large and in 2013, stepped up and took on the role of president. As president, She made a very significant contribution and made an extremely positive impact on our association. She developed strong coach mentorship and training programs, a successful goalie recruitment and development program and provided power skating and dryland/gym training opportunities to players/teams. She ensured that she left a legacy of strong governance for Northwest ringette.
She was also the driving force behind NW Ringette achieving the 2013 Guinness World Record for the largest ringette game to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ringette, and did a tremendous amount of work to organize and pull off this event successfully.
This recipient moved into the role of past president of Northwest ringette in 2015, and passes on her extensive knowledge to existing board members, coaches, evaluations committee and continues to serve as the volunteer coordinator.
She is an amazing ambassador for the sport of ringette. She has sacrificed so much of her personal life to the sport. She will be officially retiring from our Northwest ringette board at the end of this fiscal year, and will be sorely missed by the Northwest ringette board. She is a very deserving recipient of the Friends of Ringette award.
Junior Official of the Year – Kristi Eldridge of Calgary
This award is given to an official that has been active for 5 or less year, that demonstrates a strong performance and commitment to the sport.
Kristi has been reffing in Calgary for a handful of years. Each year she takes on a large amount of games, willing to take on last minute assignments and help out anywhere that is needed. Last season she took on the Officials Development position for Ringette Calgary where she managed the large waitlist of new official applicants, then ensure that new officials got appropriate training and development. On top of all this, she also keeps developing as an official, treating each opportunity as a welcome step in her career.
Coach of the Year – Mike Good of Calgary NW
The Coach of the year award goes to a coach that promotes a positive public image for coaching in the sport, shows respect to officials, opponents, players and parents, and reinforces a philosophy of fair play.
Mike Good has coached hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and ringette U12 through to U19. He has the ability to bring out the best in our young athletes on and off the ice. He is known for constantly laughing, cracking jokes, passing around words of encouragement and making ringette fun. He is always respectful to other coaches, officials and all players on the ice regardless of the team.
This year was particularly difficult for this U19A team due to a tragic car accident which resulted the loss of their teammate, Meghan Bomford, and serious injury to Kelsey Nelson. This coach spent hours at the hospital with Kelsey while she was in her coma and her family. He booked sessions with grief councilors for his team and put the team back together by allowing them to grieve and honoring their beloved teammates by ensuring they were spiritually present at each event and game.
He is not only a great coach but a tremendous person in which we should all look up to.
Ringette Excellence Award – Maude Fortin-Sorkilmo of BowView
This award recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions towards showcasing the popularity of the sport, and outstanding lifelong achievement as a volunteer supporting and improving the sport of ringette.
Maude has been involved in Ringette for a number of years with 2 daughters playing in U12 and U14. While her husband coaches the eldest daughter every year, she usually manages the younger daughter’s team and helps out significantly with the older daughter’s team.
She is never hesitant to volunteer for various positions, including fulfilling numerous shifts at the Esso Golden Ring and helping out with the U14B Provincial Championships in Calgary this season. She designed the U14B Provincial Championship program, organized the raffle event and collaborated with the U12C (Cal-East) Provincial host committee. She filled shifts where we could not find volunteers and assisted with organizing the opening ceremony.
Our recipient is a role model to other volunteers and steps in wherever she is required. She inspired a number of parents on her team this season to step up and volunteer.