Volunteer of the Year Award

Roger Smith
2017 Volunteer of the Year
presented by Curling Canada Governor Scott Comfort (left)

The Business of Curling workshop program promotes volunteer development and recognition as a vital component to curling club operations. For example, we encourage our curling clubs to formally recognize volunteers at a volunteer appreciation night. This is the one of the more significant tools a club can use to retain and re-motivate their volunteer ‘workforce’.

By creating a national award, we hope to set the example thereby encouraging clubs to create their own recognition programs.

APPLICATION FORMS (download here)

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
(click name for photo)

The Volunteer of the Year Award is based on the nominee’s contributions from the previous curling season only. The winner of the 2018 award will be recognized for their efforts during the 2017-2018 season*. We are not looking for a lifetime of contributions since that would preclude those who have been members for a short time. The winner will receive an all-expense paid weekend trip for two to the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier where they will be recognized by Curling Canada during one of the playoff games. Provincial/territorial finalists will receive an exclusive embroidered garment. *In special circumstances, programs taking up to three years to develop will be considered.

Eligible volunteers will have contributed in ANY of the following areas:

  • Special event (i.e. championship hosted at the club, anniversary celebrations);
  • Building construction, renovations or upgrades (unpaid work);
  • Program development for adults, persons with a disability, juniors, youth or schools (elementary, secondary, collegiate, university);
  • Specific fundraising campaign;
  • Successful membership campaign; and/or
  • Successful volunteer recruitment.

Note: Eligible nominations are not necessarily restricted to these six areas. If your club has a deserving and eligible volunteer who contributed in an area not listed here, please send it in. It will be considered equally.

Your application must include the nominee’s:

  • Name
  • Home address and contact information
  • Employment
  • Hobbies or other interests
  • Any Provincial/territorial or Curling Canada training (i.e. technical, coaching)
  • Sweater size
  • A high resolution digital image of nominee – head & shoulders (300 DPI)
  • A written description of your nominee’s contribution and how that contribution had a significant impact on the curling club’s operation. This essay will describe exactly how the curling club benefited and must include measurable outcomes.

For example:

  • Describe any financial benefit
  • Was there a boost in membership?
  • Was a new program developed?
Please restrict the written description to 750 words or less. It may be written by a member of the Board of Directors, a club committee member, a staff member or a representative of the Member Association. The application form must be signed by the club president or their designate. Note: The essay could also include a description of such qualities as organizational skills, ability to motivate, quality of work and so on. A maximum of three reference letters from any of the following (each 100 words or less):
  • Curling club president or other executive member
  • Fellow club member
  • Friend, family member, etc.


One finalist will be chosen from each of the following fourteen regions: Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The deadline for nominations is November 3o.
A decision on the fourteen finalists and the winner will be formally announced on or before January 31.
The winner will receive a final weekend trip for two to the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier. The grand prize will include:
  • Round trip airfare for two from the nearest airport to their home to Brandon departing mid-week, Wednesday, and returning on the Monday following the closing ceremonies.
  • One hotel room for five nights.
  • Two weekend ticket packages
  • A keepsake crystal trophy
  • An exclusive one-of-a-kind embroidered garment
  • On-ice recognition during one of the Tim Hortons Brier playoff games
  • $200 cash in spending money
  • A recognition banner to hang in their curling club

This award is intended for volunteers within our curling clubs. The following are ineligible to receive this award:

  • Paid staff, unless it can be shown their contribution was above and beyond the job description they are responsible to carry out
  • Volunteers working on sanctioned national or international championships held outside of the club (i.e. arena)
  • Provincial/territorial member association volunteers at the zone, district, regional, provincial/territorial, national or international levels
  • Course conductors (however, instructors at the club level are eligible for this award)
Nomination Checklist
Before sending your nomination to the Curling Canada office, please check that you have included the following information.
  • A 750-word description outlining your nominee’s impact on the club’s operation during the 2017-2018 curling season and the president of the club or their designate has added their signature to the nomination.
  • Your volunteer’s:
    • Name
    • Home address and contact information
    • Employment
    • Hobbies & other interests
    • Provincial/territorial/Curling Canada training (i.e. Technical, Coaching)
    • Sweater size
    • High resolution digital photo (300 DPI)
  • Reference letters (maximum of 3 up to 100 words each)
  • Don’t forget the November 30 deadline

Send your nomination to:

Curling Canada
Volunteer of the Year Award
1660 Vimont Court
Orleans, Ontario   K4A 4J4
Attention: Rachel Delaney

For more information, call 1 (800) 550-2875 x151 or e-mail [email protected].