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Hockey Manitoba Volunteer of the Year Awards

The purpose of the Hockey Manitoba Volunteer Awards are to recognize outstanding commitment and significant contributions to the game of hockey in Manitoba.  Each year, literally thousands of volunteers are the driving force behind our great game.  Hockey Manitoba identifies ten (10) recipients annually from each of its ten (10) regions as nominated by representatives from those regions.

Additionally, Hockey Manitoba presents the Frank McKinnon Outstanding Volunteer Award annually to a volunteer that has made exemplary contributions through a long term commitment and dedication to hockey in our province. The award is selected by Hockey Manitoba’s Board of Directors.

2019 – 2020 Recipient of the Frank McKinnon Outstanding Volunteer Award – Ken Gladden

Ken Gladden has dedicated and spent countless hours as a hockey volunteer for Hockey Manitoba. Ken has traveled many miles since starting his involvement in the sport of hockey and he has given up numerous weekends away from home over the last 34 years.

Ken was active with Gillam Minor Hockey between 1987 – 2017 as a U7 coach, Level 3 official, Course Conductor for Officials and the Intro Coach – Coach Level and has held various other board positions during his time in Gillam. Ken served as Development Coordinator, Officials Coordinator, Referee-in-Chief, Director at Large, Vice President, and as President until a move from the north and relocation to Southern Manitoba, retiring to Selkirk in 2017. (Ken didn’t really retire as he still works part-time)

Along with being active with Gillam Minor Hockey, Ken held a position at the regional level with Norman Minor Hockey from 1989 – 1995. He held the position of Rural Councillor while working with twelve hockey associations. Ken did not have enough to do so he accepted the position of Director for the region between 2000 – 2009. Once he vacated the Director position, he served a term as the Development Coordinator and he remains on the Norman Board as the Past Director and currently holds the position of Treasurer.

In Gillam, Ken co-chaired two Norman Sport Winter Games, one held in Gillam and one held in Gillam/Sundance. Up to 300 athletes and coaches attended from all over Northern Manitoba. Ken has also volunteered at numerous other Norman Winter Games events. While living in the north, Ken spent several years as a Norman Sport board member and volunteer.

At the Hockey Manitoba branch level, Ken started out as a Councillor for the female Program from 1994 – 1996, then on the Hockey Manitoba Board as Chair of Female Hockey from 1996 – 1999. After a few years with Norman as the Director, Ken returned to the Hockey Manitoba Board in 2007 as then Chair of West Zone. He held the position of Chair of Minor Hockey – Rural from 2007 until the conclusion of the 2019 – 2020 season.

Ken continues to remain active and has volunteered as the Norman Sport – Chef De Mission for Team Norman for the Manitoba Summer Games in Dauphin.

Away from hockey, Ken was a Gillam Co-op Board member for four years and President of the Board for another 3 years. Ken was also active in the local union as a shop steward and unit chair, Board member on the Gillam Cable TV Board and served 10 years as a community Justice of the Peace in Gillam.

Ken is happily married to his wife Betty-Anne and they have a son Fahryn. Ken is a huge fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and enjoys walking his Bernese Mountain dogs.

Perhaps even more remarkable than his volunteer time dedicated to the hockey is Ken’s character, integrity and humility. He has earned the respect of his peers and colleagues and has always valued constructive discussion in an effort to move the game forward.

Hockey Manitoba would like to congratulate all Volunteer of the Year recipients and sincerely thank each and every volunteer for their dedication to hockey in Manitoba.

Past Frank McKinnon Outstanding Volunteer Award Winners

2018 – 19 Peter Dueck
2017 – 18 George Ulyatt
2016 – 17 Dale Fossay
2015 – 16 Doug Orchard
2014 – 15 Brian Franklin

2018 – 19 Regional Volunteer Recognition Award Winners

Name Region
Jason Scott Brandon
Carol Stewart Central Plains
Neal Stoesz Eastman
Alvin Amos Interlake
June Shlachetka-Monias Norman
Tannis and Dave Pulock Parkland
Barb Orchard Pembina Valley
Michael Wiseman Westman South
Pam Campbell Winnipeg
Derek Tibbatts Yellowhead

2017 – 18 Regional Volunteer Recognition Award Winners

Name Region
Terry Popadynetz Brandon
Ferdi Nelissen Central Plains
Paul Magnan Eastman
Darren Bond Interlake
Jerome Conaty Norman
David Hopfner Parkland
Greg Ens Pembina Valley
Corey Anderson Westman South
Guy Jeanson Winnipeg
Bill Brown Yellowhead