Bert Dow, Morden – January 2010 Volunteer of the Month
Bert started off his journey in hockey as any other young boy while playing his minor hockey in Pointe Claire, Quebec. He then became involved as a player/coach on his Juvenile team at age eighteen. The following two seasons he was a goalie coach in the Lakeside Heights Minor Hockey system. Bert then moved on to pursue his career and continued to play hockey in several communities as he moved around Western Canada.
In 1994 Bert became involved with minor hockey in Manitou as a coach at the initiation level and continued to coach both male and female hockey until his involvement at the regional level took much of his time. Bert has been involved at the minor hockey association level as an executive member and past president of Manitou minor hockey and also was on the committee to see artificial ice become a reality in Manitou. He also found time to be a volunteer fireman and obtained his level one firefighters accreditation. Bert and his family moved to Morden in 2001, and he then became a member of Morden Minor hockey executive and was involved in a number of fundraising events.
In 1997 Bert became a member of the Pembina Valley regional executive and has had a number of positions within the executive and is currently the Director of the region. Bert has been involved with the Male POE program for 10 + years and has seen some exceptional players from within the region move onto play at the Junior and professional levels.Bert attributes his 12+ years of service with Pembina Valley to working with great people who all truly care about the kids and the development of hockey players of all abilities.
For the past three years Bert has been focusing a great deal of his efforts on Midget Female hockey and along with another group of dedicated volunteers, formed the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League. This certainly has not been an easy task; however the volunteers involved have dedicated their time and efforts to the betterment of female midget AA hockey in rural Manitoba and the development of female players. Bert is presently the President of MFMHL and a member of the 2010 Manitoba Winter Games Mission staff for Team Central.
When Bert is not at the rink, on the phone or in a meeting you can find him on some remote lake fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Hockey Manitoba congratulates Bert Dow as the January 2010 Volunteer of the Month.