At the recent AGM Awards luncheon Hockey Manitoba proudly announced Gord Agnew and Glen Parker as this years co-recipients of the association’s Hockey Manitoba – “Volunteer of the Year “.
Gord is the current Director of the Westman South Region and a native of Hartney, Manitoba. He has been involved with minor hockey and youth sports in the Western Region for nearly 2 decades, devoting countless hours to make the game more enjoyable and a positive learning environment for the youth of the area. As a coach, Gord has always focused on the development of all players and has encouraged participation at all levels. Gord is very levelheaded in his approach and the treatment of his players and has been instrumental in keeping hockey alive despite living in a small community.
Gord has been a member of numerous committees including the Hartney Junior Sports Committee President for 9 years, Vice-Director of Westman South, Hartney Arena Board and an area scout for several Junior teams and a college promoter. He has established a tremendous relationship with several former players and is constantly consulted to provide his guidance and wisdom in major decisions.
Glen is the current President of the Brandon Youth Hockey Association and has been a committed and dedicated volunteer in the Region and community for over 20 years. He has been involved in all aspects of hockey in Brandon, volunteering tirelessly as a coach, official and administrator. Glen has coached 22 different teams and obtained his Intermediate coaching level in 1993. Along with capturing 4 Provincial Championships, Glen has been instrumental in negotiated sponsorship for the Tournament of Champions, helped design the new BYHA website and chaired the Father and Son Golf Tournament for the past 7 years. He has served on the BYHA as an Executive member for 11 years, the past 9 as President.
Glen has volunteered as an instructor at the Nike Skills Camps and Chevrolet Safe and Fun and aside from hockey, commits his time to several programs including the East End Community Centre, the Canadian Cancer Society, Crime Stoppers and the Relay for Life as well as developing the “Pack the Place” high school hockey event to raise money for safe grads.
Both Glen and Gord are presented with a commemorative ring courtesy of Hockey Manitoba.