Origins of the Award
In 2003, an avid supporter, relentless volunteer and fan of Ringette with two granddaughters in our organization sadly passed away. Jerry Miller was a tireless worker that almost no one could keep up with. He was, among other things, a mechanic, a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, a computer tech, a baseball coach, a teacher and most of all, the ULTIMATE volunteer. Co-workers in the English Department at Medicine Hat High School presented our association with a donation in memory of their colleague and the association executive concluded that a plaque, inscribed in Jerry's memory, would honour him and his accomplishments as well as other dedicated volunteers in years to follow.
The Medicine Hat Ringette Association may award one Volunteer of the Year award at the end of each season. The Volunteer of the Year Award is intended to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Medicine Hat Ringette Association and the sport of Ringette. Request for nominations will be sent out to the membership in March of each year.
Past Recipients of the Award:
2003- Ed & Vivian Horvath
Ed and Vivian are the pioneers of Ringette and our Association in Medicine Hat. They have invested countless hours in every aspect of the sport, including serving as Referee in Chief, coaching and Tiering committees. Even today, we continue to benefit from their hard work and dedication. Our annual, highly regarded tournament, known as the Ed Horvath Interprovincial Classic, carries Ed's name as a tribute. Ed and Vivian now reside in Calgary and continue to support the MHRA.
2004- David & Pat Yip
Dave and Pat have continuously been involved in many facets of Ringette in Medicine Hat. Whether it's behind a bench as a coach, as sponsors, or involved in various committees and executive positions, they approach all with enthusiasm and dedication. They are true supporters of the sport we all love.
2005- Tom Plante
Tom's diligent, dedicated efforts in many positions of the MHRA including Co-Coach, Coach, Equipment Director, President and Tournament Director, and promoting all aspects of Ringette in our community continue to inspire others. He is truly deserving of the honor.
2006- Sandra & Michael Mason
2016- Guy Lanigan * Also received the RAB Friends of Ringette Award
Guy became involved in Ringette 12 years ago in Medicine Hat, this positive and outgoing individual has taken on several roles for the association, scheduler, 1-2-3 league liaison, tournament coordinator, and referee-in-chief. He also acted as Ringette Sport Chair for the recent Alberta Winter Games, where he helped create a well-organized tournament that was an overwhelming success.
2017- Hanna Heidel