MARCH 2014 VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
Bob and Shannon Normandeau – Eastman
Bob and Shannon Normandeau started volunteering in Minor Hockey in 2002. Shannon spent a few years within Ste. Anne Minor Hockey finance and then moved onto Ste. Anne Minor Hockey President. Bob was Member at Large, and then VP of Hockey within Ste. Anne. Within those years, Bob took on the Carillon Stats for Novice/Atom. He then picked up stats and scheduling for Eastman Pee Wee/Bantam when the statistician resigned. Shortly after, Bob and Shannon took on Carillon scheduling responsibilities as well.
After their son son finished playing hockey in Ste. Anne, the Normandeaus resigned from Ste. Anne Minor Hockey in 2008 but continued to volunteer within Eastman. When Carillon/Ritchot restructured and moved under Eastman Novice/Atom, they resumed Novice/Atom stats and continued with the Pee Wee and Bantam scheduling and stats. Within the last few years, they also took on the Midget scheduling and stats when the position was vacant. The 2013-14 leagues consisted of 77 Atom/Novice, 51 Pee Wee/Bantam and 10 Midget. In total, last year, they scheduled did stats for close to 140 teams.
Hockey Manitoba and the Eastman region congratulate Bob and Shannon Normandeau as March 2014 Volunteers of the Month.
Colleen McFadden – Winnipeg
The term “focusing on grass roots programs“ describes Colleen’s commitment to the female hockey program in Winnipeg. Volunteer commitment, countless hours spent and a real desire to see more female participants in hockey is what Colleen brings to the program in Winnipeg.
In the past four years, the female program has essentially doubled from approximately 600 to 1,200 players, mostly at the younger ages where Colleen concentrates her efforts. She takes pride in building the program from the grass roots and is very happy to see the growth of options that females have as they get older and stay in hockey programs. Colleen always responds to inquiries in a timely manner, she always looks from the view of what is best for the players and incorporates their point of view into decision making.
Specifically she has contributed the following that directly relates to the tremendous growth in Female hockey:
- Created and administered the Skate and Educate program for young female participants interested in hockey. This program has been running for the past five years.
- For the past five years she has planned and executed the Novice and Atom Female Jamboree program along with other Female Council members
- Helped plan and execute other special events for Female programs in Winnipeg
Colleen has been a member of Hockey Winnipeg’s Female Council and has been a Division Director for tor the Female Novice , Atom and Peewee Divisions for the past three years. In addition she has three daughters who have participated in the Female program on various teams. Colleen is a tireless volunteer who cares deeply about female participants entering and staying in the game.
Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Winnipeg congratulate Colleen McFadden as a March 2014 Volunteer of the Month.