At the 2017 Conference and Annual General Meeting, Ringette Alberta was pleased to present the 2016/2017 Ringette Alberta Awards to several outstanding individuals in our province. On behalf of the entire Ringette Alberta membership, we congratulate these individuals and thank them for their contributions to our province and our sport.
Junior Official of the Year
Kristi Eldridge of Calgary
This award is given to an official that has been active for 5 or less year, that demonstrates a strong performance and commitment to the sport.
Our Junior official has been reffing in Calgary for a handful of years. Each year she takes on a large amount of games, willing to take on last minute assignments and help out anywhere that is needed. Last season she took on the Officials Development position for Ringette Calgary where she managed the large waitlist of new official applicants, then ensure that new officials got appropriate training and development. On top of all this, she also keeps developing as an official, treating each opportunity as a welcome step in her career.
Senior Official of the Year
Sylvie Dubois of Fort Saskatchewan
This award is given to an official that has been active more than 5 years, and demonstrates strong performances and commitment to the sport.
This official started playing ringette in Fort Saskatchewan and since then has done so much for Ringette in the Fort and beyond. Our Senior Official of the Year has been reffing for a NUMBER of years, and after taking some time away, she has come back and really excelled in her development. She is an instructor, evaluator, Referee-In-chief, and a level 4 official.
Within Fort Saskatchewan, she has been very helpful to U10 Step 1 coaches to clarify rules and answer any questions. She has spent countless hours training and mentoring new officials and is trying very hard to build a strong officiating program in her association. Her passion for the sport and officiating is clear, she is very deserving of this award.
Coach of the Year
Mike Good of Calgary NW
The Coach of the year award goes to a coach that promotes a positive public image for coaching in the sport, shows respect to officials, opponents, players and parents, and reinforces a philosophy of fair play.
Our 2017 Coach of the Year has coached hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and ringette U12 through to U19. He has the ability to bring out the best in our young athletes on and off the ice. He is known for constantly laughing, cracking jokes, passing around words of encouragement and making ringette fun. He is always respectful to other coaches, officials and all players on the ice regardless of the team.
This year was particularly difficult for this U19A team due to a tragic car accident which resulted the loss of their teammate, Meghan Bomford, and serious injury to Kelsey Nelson. This coach spent hours at the hospital with Kelsey while she was in her coma and her family. He booked sessions with grief councilors for his team and put the team back together by allowing them to grieve and honoring their beloved teammates by ensuring they were spiritually present at each event and game.
He is not only a great coach but a tremendous person in which we should all look up to.
Rachel Bushfield of Airdrie
The player of the Year Award is awarded based on demonstrated excellence in ringette throughout the season.
Ringette Alberta’s Player of the Year award is a U12 player from Airdrie. Her work effort and leadership skills were second to none. Even though she was a proficient goal scorer, she never hesitated to pass the ring to an open teammate. She is a positive role model on and off the ice. She gave back to Airdrie Ringette by mentor coaching U10 Step 2 girls and was instrumental in practice planning with the Step 2 coaches.
Amy Pearson of Chestermere
Ringette Alberta’s Youth Volunteerism award is intended to recognize outstanding individuals under the age of 18 who have shown dedication to the sport of ringette. These volunteers have excelled even with the buy schedules of their young lives and understand the true value of sportsmanship and volunteerism.
Our 2017 recipient of the Youth Volunteerism Award has played ringette for the last 10 years and has been accepted into University of Lethbridge in the fall. She plans to continue with ringette while going to University and referee next season.
While playing ringette refereeing 70 games this season, this young athlete:
• assisted on-ice for approximately 21 hours with Calgary East’s evaluations at each division.
• Junior coached the Calgary East U12 C team. Her 72 hours included practices, games tournaments.
• Junior Coach for the Calgary East U10 step 1 team. Volunteered approximately 48 hrs total which includes practices, games, tournaments etc.
• Helped Cal East U12C host provincials. When not on the bench for U12C games, she was at the arena volunteering at the registration table plus reffed 2 games. Volunteered approximately 17 hrs.
During her off season, she plays with the Western Ringette League from April to the end of May then plays with the NRL in August.
What an inspiring young lady!
Friends of Ringette Awards
These awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals that have shown dedication to the sport. Ringette Alberta would like to recognize 3 individuals that have done just that.
Our first recipient has been an active volunteer for Northwest ringette for well over 10 years, since her oldest daughter joined as a bunny.
She first served on the Northwest board for several years as a director at large and in 2013, stepped up and took on the role of president. As president, She made a very significant contribution and made an extremely positive impact on our association. She developed strong coach mentorship and training programs, a successful goalie recruitment and development program and provided power skating and dryland/gym training opportunities to players/teams. She ensured that she left a legacy of strong governance for Northwest ringette.
She was also the driving force behind NW Ringette achieving the 2013 Guinness World Record for the largest ringette game to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ringette, and did a tremendous amount of work to organize and pull off this event successfully.
This recipient moved into the role of past president of Northwest ringette in 2015, and passes on her extensive knowledge to existing board members, coaches, evaluations committee and continues to serve as the volunteer coordinator.
She is an amazing ambassador for the sport of ringette. She has sacrificed so much of her personal life to the sport. She will be officially retiring from our Northwest ringette board at the end of this fiscal year, and will be sorely missed by the Northwest ringette board. She is a very deserving recipient of the Friends of Ringette award.
Tami LeMoine of Strathmore
Our second recipient has been an integral part of the Strathmore Minor Ringette Association for 14 years. She started as a volunteer when her daughter started to play and acted as Team Manager. She held this position at the team level for 13 years while her daughter played. She served on the Strathmore ringette board for 9 years. She was our Tournament Director 4 yrs, Treasurer 4 yrs as well in her final year the Director of Managers. Additionally, she also served as the Strathmore ringette association representative on the Zone 2 Ringette Board. Even after her daughter graduated high school She continues to give her time and is a dedicated volunteer for our home and provincial tournaments as well as mentoring new managers. Strathmore ringette association is grateful to her for her years of excellent volunteer service.
Our final Friends of Ringette recipient has been a key part of Leduc Ringette Association board for the last 8 years. As the Leduc Ringette Association’s registrar, she is the go to person on everything – from being keenly aware of skaters skills to spouting policy to supporting members of our association. She is very committed to Leduc Ringette Association and Leduc is proud to have her on their board!
Ringette Excellence Award
This award recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions towards showcasing the popularity of the sport, and outstanding lifelong achievement as a volunteer supporting and improving the sport of ringette.
Maude Fortin-Sorkilmo of Calgary
Our Ringette Excellence award recipient has been involved in Ringette for a number of years with 2 daughters playing in U12 and U14. While her husband coaches the eldest daughter every year, she usually manages the younger daughter’s team and helps out significantly with the older daughter’s team.
She is never hesitant to volunteer for various positions, including fulfilling numerous shifts at the Esso Golden Ring and helping out with the U14B Provincial Championships in Calgary this season. She designed the U14B Provincial Championship program, organized the raffle event and collaborated with the U12C (Cal-East) Provincial host committee. She filled shifts where we could not find volunteers and assisted with organizing the opening ceremony.
Our recipient is a role model to other volunteers and steps in wherever she is required. She inspired a number of parents on her team this season to step up and volunteer.