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Yellowhead Volunteer Recognition Award

Bruce Coulter

Bruce Coulter graduated from The University of Manitoba in 1993 with a B.Sc and B.Ed degree. He has taught and coached at Kenton School and Hamiota Collegiate from 1993 to present.

Bruce is a much-valued educator and mentor to many a teacher, student and friend. He is also a tireless volunteer and supporter of amateur sports. If he isn’t found in a classroom, he is in a hockey arena, gymnasium or in a boardroom doing whatever he can to improve athletics for all involved. Bruce sets the bar high.

Bruce served over a decade on the Board of Director’s for Hockey Manitoba as Vice Director, Director and Past Director of the Yellowhead Region. He has been a committed and dedicated volunteer in the region and community for over 20 years, devoting countless hours to make the game more enjoyable and a positive learning environment for the youth of the area. As a coach, Bruce has always focused on the development of all players and has encouraged participation at all levels.

This past year, Bruce was assistant coach of the Yellowhead AAA Female Midget team that captured the MFMHL Provincial Title. As well, Bruce co-managed the Male Yellowhead AAA Midget program. Bruce was previously involved as assistant coach of the Yellowhead AAA Midget boys team for 3 years and prior to that, was head coach and assistant coach of the Yellowhead AAA Bantam Male and Female programs.  Bruce has volunteered as coach, assistant coach and mentor for the Rising Stars and Director’s Cup Programs on numerous occasions. He is a firm supporter of the principles and guidelines of long term player development.  Volunteer-CoulterThis past year, Bruce also served as Coach Coordinator for the Yellowhead Region.

In this world of information technology, Bruce developed and continues to be involved in the Yellowhead Regional Hockey Association website. Using digital technology, he designed the Hamiota High School Hockey team logo and crest, which subsequently was adopted by Hamiota Collegiate and the Hamiota Minor Hockey Association.

Bruce was instrumental in creating the High School Hockey Program at the Hamiota Collegiate in 1995. He coached the collegiate team for 7 years and then volunteered as manager for subsequent years.

In addition, Bruce served as a committee member of the Hamiota Minor Hockey Executive in various capacities as Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President for almost a decade. He coached minor hockey in Hamiota for 10 plus years, with both the boys and girls programs, often simultaneously. Bruce has volunteered and instructed at the Hockey Canada’s Skills Camp in Hamiota and offered a conditioning camp to benefit players. Bruce also developed and lead the Breakfast Club Program in Hamiota for 5 years. Volunteering his time to school aged kids, offering skills, shinny and breakfast once a week.

His contributions to growing the game at the grassroots levels weren’t unnoticed. In 2005, he was the recipient of Hockey Manitoba’s Grass Roots Coaching Award for efforts in developing amateur hockey at the regional level.

Bruce has also made a difference beyond hockey, receiving the prestigious Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. This award honours outstanding and innovative teachers who use use information and communications technology to better equip their students with the needed skills to meet the challenges of today’s world.

As a lifelong educator, Bruce sponsors the annual Scholastic Award presented to graduating players of both the Yellowhead AAA Male and Female programs, rewarding the student for accomplishments in the classroom while competing at the AAA level.

Bruce has had a great impact on many youth over the years, whether it’s been through academics, sports or simply having them be part of a group that shows they are important. In his quiet way, he has helped them to become the people they are. Bruce is a leader and all-star in the game of life. He is more than just a top-notch educator and a tireless volunteer. Bruce is also a loving husband, father and friend to anyone lucky enough to cross paths with him.