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Patricia Ray spent 29 years at Curling Canada as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, but that title didn’t do justice to her contributions to the sport.
In times of need, Ray stepped up repeatedly for Curling Canada — she served as the organization’s interim Chief Executive Officer on three occasions (the most recent stint coming during the 2015-16 season) in addition to the not-insignificant demands of her COO duties. Through it all, she was calm, poised, a voice of reason and, always, a friendly face in times of stress.
“I am deeply humbled and thankful for this unexpected distinction,” said Ray. “Over the course of my career with Curling Canada, I had the great fortune to work with a group of passionate and devoted colleagues – at the national office as well as around the board table. Sharing the excitement of every curling season for 29 years has been a great privilege as well as a truly enjoyable experience. To top off my career in this way is simply, indescribably wonderful.”