Curling Canada – 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Montreal’s 2014 Host Committee ready to rock Canadian curling

The province of Quebec will be hosting its first Scotties Tournament of Hearts, February 1 to 9, 2014 at Montreal’s Maurice-Richard Arena and the Host Committee is clearly focused on making sure it’s the best ever in the event’s 33-year history.

The organizers of the Canadian women’s curling championship have assembled an impressive group of volunteers, led by three highly talented individuals who share a passion for the sport and a commitment to the community.

Kevin Alladin, Vice-Chair – Facilities for the Scotties, is an instructional designer and project manager for Bombardier Areospace. An avid curler since the age of 12, Kevin has competed since high school through university, representing his alma mater Concordia University at the 2005 Canadian University Championship.

He has been involved with Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), as a coach and organizer, Curling Quebec, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee and Quebec’s provincial Scotties committees.

“We’re hoping the 2014 Scotties will showcase the fact that Quebec is just as passionate about curling as other parts of the country,” said Alladin. “We’ve just needed a vehicle to show the rest of the county what we have always known… and the Scotties is that chance.”

Catherine Hughes, Vice-Chair  – Special Events and Volunteers, recently retired  after more than 40 years with Concordia and McGill universities.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Concordia University.

Presently, Catherine is a member of the Montreal West Curling Club, and has served on the club’s board for a number of years.  She has chaired five Quebec women’s provincial curling championships and the Quebec Dominion provincials.

Catherine has also had the honour of playing with Lee Tobin and Michelle Garneau, two members of the only Quebec team to win a national women’s curling championship in 1975.

Catherine reports that “The curling community in Montreal is small, but well connected – the excitement surrounding this event is simply contagious!”

Francine Poisson, Vice-Chair – Hosting, was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Canada as a child and has been involved in the sport of curling since she was 16, competing in 20 provincial championships, three Scotties and one Canadian mixed curling championship.

After earning a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University she taught for seven years, and was responsible for the development of the “Lite Rock” program for under-12 curlers. A board member in three regional curling clubs, as well as Curling Quebec, Francine also served as the Executive Director of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation since 2007.  Francine says that “being involved with the Scotties in Montreal provides me with the opportunity to experience the event from an organizing perspective – always keeping in mind our goal to make this the best tournament ever for the curlers and spectators!”

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Nova Scotia’s Jenn Baxter and Quebec’s Sasha Beauchamp exchange a friendly high-five at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ont. (Photo Andrew Klaver)