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)
- Roger Smith (2017) – Club de curling Chelsea, Quebec
- Kate Barratt (2016) – Gibsons Curling Club, British Columbia
- Louis Tanguay (2015) – Winkler Curling Club, Manitoba
- Harvey Lyons (2014) – Lorette Curling Club, Dugald, Manitoba
- Jany Tanguay (2013) – Club de curling Kénogami, Jonquiere, Québec
- Samantha Stouffer (2012) – Paris Curling Club, Ontario
- Peter Waugh (2011) – Strait Area Community CC, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
- Brian Recksiedler (2010) – Morris CC, Manitoba
- John Lavich (2009) – Brookdale CC, Manitoba
- Ed Haggerty (2008) – Fredericton CC, New Brunswick
- 2007 – not awarded
- Tom Fry (2006) – Fort Frances CC, Ontario
- Suzanne Bertrand (2005) – Whitehorse CC, Whitehorse, Yukon
- Delbert Comeau (2004) – Clare CC, Meteghan, Nova Scotia
- François Vary (2003) – St. Lambert CC, St. Lambert, Quebec
- Ellery Robichaud (2002) – Curling Beausejour Inc., Moncton, New Brunswick
- Jake Lynka (2001) – Penticton CC, Penticton, British Columbia
- Stuart Parrott (2000) – Beausejour CC, Beausejour, Manitoba
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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:
- Home address and contact information
- 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.
- Describe any financial benefit
- Was there a boost in membership?
- Was a new program developed?
- 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.
- 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)
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:
- Home address and contact information
- 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:
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].