Field Hockey BC Volunteer Recognition Award Winners 2008:
This awards event, currently in its second year, was designed to provide Field Hockey BC with the opportunity to recognise members of our community who have contributed endless hours of time and energy to assist the Society in delivering extended opportunities to those involved with field hockey in BC. We hope that the following voluntary recognition awards go some way to expressing our gratitude for the difference you make to our sport.
Margaret Evans - Retiring Zone Representative
Marg has been the Vancouver, Zone 5A representative for several years, working tirelessly for the development of women’s field hockey within Vancouver, as well as working closely with the High Performance Zone and Regional Programs. These past 2 years, Marg has offered her guidance and support for Vancouver coaches, athletes and FHBC staff in their pursuit of excellence in hockey. Today we honour her for her contributions to our community, and thank-her for her once again for her dedication to the development of the game in Vancouver.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Margaret Evans.
Jane Kozniuk - Retiring Zone Representative
A leader, coach, manager and advocate for all aspects of hockey development; Jane has offered tremendous support for all aspects of programming on the North Shore. The time, energy, enthusiasm and professionalism Jane has brought to assisting the Field Hockey BC staff has been considerable, whether it be program, tournament or development related. In some small way we hope the following award expresses our gratitude for your contribution to the development of field hockey on both the North Shore and across BC.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Jane Kozniuk.
Oscar D'Mello - Facility Coordinator
With only 3 hockey primary surfaces in the Lower Mainland, Oscar immediately recognized the importance of securing Tamanawis Field for High Performance, Sharks and FHBC Club Programming. He has worked closely with FHBC to help provincial and regional programs develop players in the South East Region, and minimize travel for those coaches and athletes who are based near Tamanawis. In 2007-2008, even though he was not the turf coordinator, he stepped up to aid in FHBC requests and liaise with the City of Surrey – a huge thank-you to Oscar for countless hours talking about turf and his brilliant spreadsheets.
Award presented by Brenda Rushton to Oscar D'Mello.
Celia Plottel - Facility Coordinator
As Hawks Club administrator, Celia goes above and beyond in support of Field Hockey BC’s Development and High Performance Programs. She acts as a liaison for turf allocations at UBC, and has worked very hard at reallocating spring club times, so that FHBC can host Club Championships, High Performance Trials, and High Performance Championships. Celia always has the big picture of growing and promoting our sport. She should be commended for the numerous hours she dedicates to ensure our athletes and coaches reach their hockey potential.
Award presented by Brenda Rushton to Anne Thompson on behalf of Celia Plottel.
Narinder Sangha - Facility Coordinator and Umpire Manager
As boy’s coordinator for India Club, Narinder has been a key coordinator turf bookings at Tamanawis. Narinder is always willing to help coordinate bookings, or provide slots in times of weather cancellations. Narinder has also helped secure Tamanawis for the hosting of FHBC Spring Club Championships. Facility coordination is only a small part of his contributions to our hockey community. Narinder has also provided his umpiring expertise to our regional, elite programs, high performance and provincial team programs. Thank-you!
Award presented by Brenda Rushton to Narinder Sangha.
Jenny John - Retiring BC Summer Games Representative
Jenny is held in high regard not only in our own community but also that of the BC sport sector as a whole. Only last week the BC Games Society staff mentioned that they are hoping to recruit Jenny to be a mentor for games preparation for all sports requiring assistance and training. Field Hockey BC has been fortunate to have had Jenny continue her involvement with the BC Games for so many years and it is sad to see her step down, however, it is our pleasure to recognise her considerable commitment to the BC Games program as an award winner tonight.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Eric Broom on behalf of Jenny John.
Anne Batey - Retiring BC Summer Games Representative
Anne has been an integral part of the technical administration for the BC Games program since the 2000 Games in Victoria. In tandem with Jenny John, Anne oversaw successful games in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and in Kelowna this year. In partnership with each Sport Chair and Provincial Advisor, Anne has guided a generation of field hockey players in what for most is a lasting highlight in their junior field hockey careers. It is sad to see Anne step down but it is our pleasure to recognise her commitment to the BC Games program as an award winner tonight.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Anne Batey.
Jo-Ann Harrington - Retiring BC Summer Games Representative
Jo-ann Harrington, as Domestic Program Director for Field Hockey BC, took on the role of Provincial Advisor to the BC Games program in both 2006 and also last year in Kelowna. Under the guidance of Jenny John, Jo-ann has done a fantastic job in organising the behind the scenes logistical requirements of the games program. From the allocation of zone representatives to the registration of teams and organisation of travel and accommodation, Jo-ann has taken on a leading role in ensuring the success of each games program. Like Anne and Jenny, Jo-ann is also stepping down from this advisory role and to mark this event we are delighted to be able to go some way to recognising Jo-ann’s contribution as an award winner tonight.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Jo-ann Harrington.
Cheryl Taunton - World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
‘A highlight of 2008’; ‘a tremendous achievement’; ‘the coming together of an entire community’, all comments coming from those that attended the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria in late April/Early May of this year. All very true and very appropriate. However, someone has to take the lead in a project, which at first glance seems overwhelming. The 2008 Olympic Qualifier Organising Committee was led by Cheryl Taunton who took on the role as Committee chair and delivered what could be argued as the most organised and efficient of the six world Olympic qualifying tournaments. Cheryl was not alone, however, her leadership in directing the considerable team of volunteers led directly to the success of the event. In some small way we hope that this award recognises our gratitude for your commitment to hosting a truly memorable event.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Cheryl Taunton.
Ian Batey - Communications Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Ian took on the role of communications director having previously laid the foundation for financial administration from the outset of committee operations. A voice of great experience and reason, Ian brought our major media partners together to present a first class promotional package in the lead up to the tournament. With a team of dedicated volunteers Ian spearheaded a constant barrage of television and print media in the lead up to the event and was instrumental in realising near capacity stands for the entire playoff program. It is a pleasure to be able to recognise Ian’s significant contribution to the success of this event and I hope this award goes some way to expressing our gratitude.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Ian Batey.
Robin Richardson - Venue Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifiying Tournament
I think one of the lasting memories from the Qualifier was the actual venue itself. It’s hard to picture how a stadium and its surrounding infrastructure is best created around a single facility. The vision, and complete delivery of that vision, was managed by the venue director Robin Richardson. With the support and knowledge of his team of volunteers and with his leadership, a single pitch was turned into an international calibre field hockey stadium, a stadium that gained significant praise from our international body. We could not have had a better person lead the venue management and it is a pleasure to recognise Robin’s contribution to the success of the Qualifier.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Robin Richardson.
Ross Stewart - Marketing Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
It is probably fitting to follow recognition for the role of venue director with an award recognising the leadership behind the acquisition of partners and sponsors for the qualifier. The main venue boasted double layer advertising boards around the playing surface. Local, Regional, National and International partners contributed both directly in dollar value and in value in kind and the marketing director, Ross Stewart managed the program and hosted our partners in a very professional manner. From ticket and clothing sales to corporate and local business partnerships, we hope that this award reflects our gratitude for the considerable commitment Ross made to this event.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Ross Stewart.
Tanja Bullock - Finance Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
It has already been mentioned that the success of the Qualifier owed a great deal to members of the Victoria community. The Organising committee was fortunate enough to have one of those Victoria community volunteers agree to take on the role of finance director. Tanja Bullock, who is unfortunately unable to be with us this evening, brought her professional experience to every aspect of financial planning. Particularly impressive was her ability to work within the extensive framework of expectations presented by the FIH and keep the organising committee accountable at every turn. It is our pleasure to recognise Tanja’s contribution in the form of this award.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Ian Batey on behalf of Tanja Bullock.
Madge Johnson - Technical Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
It is a pleasure to be able to recognise our FHBC president in her role as technical director for the Olympic qualifier. Madge, a seasoned professional technical official with the honour of serving at a number of International events, was responsible for the logistical and operational management of the events officials and for venue and team services. Watched over no doubt by two of our International technical officials who are also in the room tonight, Brenda Rushton and Sue Jameson; the technical management of this event was first class and the only real catastrophe witnessed seemed to be Madge’s failure on day two to gain access to the hospitality tent! Joking apart, it is once again a pleasure to be able to recognise Madge’s contribution to the successful hosting of the Olympic Qualifier.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Madge Johnson.
Nancy Mollenhauer - Protocol Director World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
It has been suggested that the ahead of the 2010 Games, Vanoc is under pressure to live up to the sensational opening ceremonies at the summer games in Beijing. The opening ceremony really does set the scene for major events and this is followed up with social receptions, VIP services and team liaison. Nancy Mollenhauer did a fantastic job as protocol director from the opening ceremony at butchart gardens to the medal ceremonies at the U-Vic turf. Unfortunately Nancy is coaching her Under 9 ice hockey team in a festival this evening and is unable to be with us. It is , however, our pleasure to recognise her contribution to the Qualifier and I would like to ask Brian Groos to accept this award on her behalf.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Anne Batey on behalf of Nancy Mollenhauer.
Morley Jameson - World Hockey Olympic Qualifying Tournament
The success of an event is often measured not on the quality of play on the pitch but on the quality of the overall experience for all participants, whether they be players, officials, VIP guests, volunteers, or the paying public. Behind the scenes, Morley Jameson led his voluntary team as director of operations and did so in a first class fashion. Probably the biggest compliment that can be made is there really wasn’t a major operational issue that came to light or wasn’t fixed at a moment’s notice. I think I should mention that this seemed to be the case for all the directors, their organisational chairs and their voluntary teams. Morley’s team was responsible for the accommodations of teams and VIP’s; for food services; and team and delegate transportation. I hope this award goes some way to expressing our gratitude for a job very well done.
Award presented by Cheryl Taunton to Morley Jameson.
Thank you for all your hard work to make the World Hockey Olympic Qualifier a success! From left to right: Anne Batey (on behalf of Nancy Mollenhauer), Ian Batey (on behalf of Tanja Bullock), Morley Jameson, Cheryl Taunton, Madge Johnson, Robin Richardson, Ross Stewart.
Patrick Oswald - Volunteer Management - Team BC and National Junior Management
Passion, dedication, attention to detail; these attributes would describe the vast majority, if not all, our volunteers and award winners here this evening, however, none more so than Patrick Oswald. A member of Field Hockey BC’s Executive in 2005 and 2006, Patrick has been instrumental in driving the Men’s program and making the ‘elite’ program for boys a reality. This voluntary award is presented to Patrick for his contribution in a management role to both the team BC program and to the National U21 Men’s program. Patrick has been the manager for the men’s team BC program for the last 3 years and was instrumental in coordinating and then managing the recent U21 National Men’s program. It is our pleasure to be able to recognise your contribution and I would like to ask the national men’s U21 head coach, John Sacre to present this award.
Award presented by John Sacre, Head Coach to the U21 Men's National Team, to Patrick Oswald.
Jenning Northgraves - Volunteer Management - Umpire Management
Over the past three years there has been one individual who has helped Field Hockey BC and community clubs across the lower mainland immeasurably in the field of voluntary umpire development. Jenning Northgraves is the umpire coordinator for the Tri-City Eagles, although her team of junior and senior umpires are often seen assisting tournaments and programs across the Lower Mainland. Her commitment to ensure a quality experience for all her umpires sets her apart and it is our pleasure to be able to recognise this commitment with an award this evening.
Award presented by Madge Johnson to Jenning Northgraves.
Maureen Laventure - Volunteer Management - Team BC Management
Maureen has been the most superb support for our High Performance Program for the past 3 years. She managed the 2007 and 2008 U18 Regional Squads, as well as the BC U19 White teams for two summers in a row. She managed the National Championship Silver Medallists this past summer in Winnipeg. I asked Maureen early on in the season last year, why she wanted to be involved again, and she answered “I really enjoyed getting to know the athletes, and had a wonderful experience at Nationals”. This is what it’s about! Maureen has offered many suggestions on improving the communication and efficiency of our regional programs. She has also acted as a sounding board for High Performance Staff. Whether it is attending planning or review meetings, sorting clothing, registering athletes, booking meeting rooms, mentoring other managers, Maureen has been key in our success. Thank-you to Maureen for her many hours, calm demeanour and unprecedented management support!
Award presented by Sue Demuynck to Maureen Laventure.
Brian Groos, Sue Demuynck, Nancy Self, Ian Baggott - Board Governance
The following awards recognise a number of my colleagues on the Field Hockey BC Board. Nancy Self, Ian Baggott, Brian Groos and Sue Demuynck all joined the governance structure at Field Hockey BC in their respective positions as finance director, vice-president, marketing director and women’s high performance director. Nancy, Ian, Brian and Sue all joined the Board at the time of the amalgamation of the women’s federation and men’s association in 2005/2006. As many of you will attest, it is no small commitment to give of your time in a governance capacity and it is my pleasure, on behalf of all at Field Hockey BC, to recognise your long-term commitment.
Awards presented by Madge Johnson to Brian Groos, Sue Demuynck, Sue Demuynck (on behalf of Nancy Self), and Ian Baggott.