Lori is the type of person that an organization would love to have working on their behalf. Over the past 24 years minor hockey in St. James and Winnipeg has been the benefactor of her efforts and tireless energy.
Lori began her career of volunteering for hockey when in the fall of 1985, the hockey convenor of Bourkevale CC knocked on her door looking for 7 & 8 year old hockey players. Her son signed up and so did Lori.As the fall of 1987 rolled around, Lori continued her volunteering at the community centre and organizing fund raising projects for her boys’ hockey teams, which was no small task as she had three sons enrolled at two different centres. Lori’s work was so appreciated that her community so graciously elected her President of the Community Centre.Besides her hockey activities, she was now a member of two new boards – St. James Community Centres Board and the Greater Council of Winnipeg Community Centres.
In 1988 she was introduced to AA Hockey when her son Michael played as a 12 year old. This involvement continued until the spring of 2001 when her youngest, Jamie played his last year of midget hockey with the Canadians. During this time she wore many hats:
– Secretary of St. James Minor Hockey for 6 years
– Served four seasons as President of St. James Minor Hockey – administrating the hockey program for over 1000 participants from House League, A Program and AA Program. She also served on a number of Winnipeg Minor Hockey Committees including two re-structuring committees; WMHA Suspension Committee in and around her following the schedules of her four boys playing various levels of hockey.
– In and among all this Lori found time to serve as the Midget AA Division Director for two seasons.
– In 1999 & 2000 seasons Lori served as VP of AA for WMHA.
When Lori’s four boys had finished playing hockey one would expect that after so many years of volunteering Lori would bow out and take life easier – but that was not the case. She became team manager of the AA 14 year old team coached by her sons for the next two years. Then in 2006 a couple of positions on the St. James AA Board were vacant, but not for long, as Lori became involved again. For the next three seasons Lori served as the Canadians’ rep to the St. James Minor Hockey Association as well as the Winnipeg Minor AA Council. This involved collecting and reviewing resumes for coaches as well as sit on the coaches selection committees; organizing and assisting with AA Days each fall; adding program enhancements such as Nutrition Clinics, Coaches kick-off meetings; and off course the end of season AA Banquet.
Wikipedia defines a volunteer as “someone who works for a community or for the benefit of the environment primarily because they choose to do so.” Lori chose to get involved when her sons started hockey and now after twenty four years of volunteering and serving in almost every capacity a hockey volunteer could; ….. she is finally retiring – well at least until her grandchildren lace on their skates for their first team. Lori’s willingness and her tireless efforts to serve, assist, mentor and manage within the hockey community of St. James and Winnipeg Minor Hockey over the past quarter-century make her a very worthy and deserving candidate for the Hockey Manitoba May 2009 Volunteer of the Month award.
Respectfully written by: Ian Heather
Hockey Manitoba congratulates Lori Morden as the May 2009 Volunteer of the Month.