COCHRANE – The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association honoured several key volunteers at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday (July 7).
The award winners were nominated by members of the association for their outstanding service and dedication to the Cochrane Minor Hockey Association.
The award winners included Rockies Hockey League Coach of the Year, Chad Badry, Manager of the Year, Devon Cremers, Overall Volunteer of the Year Jennifer Landry, REP Manager of the Year Kirstie Vidler, REP Coach of the Year, Pat Moffat, Female Coach of the Year Brent Gosselin, and Female Manager of the Year, Karyn Adams.
Besides one full-time Operations Coordinator and one accountant paid on an hourly basis, the Cochrane Minor Hockey Association is run entirely on a volunteer basis, said Pierre Landry, President of Cochrane Minor Hockey.
“The association does not function, period, without volunteers,” he said. “Without all of those folks, we would not be able to put out kids through minor hockey.”
Landry said he felt it was important to recognize the volunteers that conduct the behind the scenes work in the organization. When he signed on as president, Landry said, the Cochrane Minor Hockey Association began choosing a volunteer to recognize in its newsletter, and the awards night is another way to say thank you.
“It’s just to shine a light on some of these folks,” he said. While the coaches and front-facing staff often get the spotlight when it comes to being recognized, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, Landry said.
“To me, it’s the mum or dad who is the manager, who is booking hotels, or booking tournaments, or the team treasurer, or the dad that’s working the score clock all the time,” he said. “They often times don’t get the recognition from the association and the kids, because most of the work that they do is in the background. It was really just wanting to highlight all of that because they are every bit as important as every head coach, or assistant coach, or board member.”
Landry said that there are upwards of 500 volunteers within the entire organization.