The CLAUDE DESCHAMPS MEMORIAL AWARD was established in 1984 in honour of a former Executive Director of Softball Canada, Mr. Claude Deschamps.

This bursary is nationally administered by Softball Canada and is awarded annually to a female and male recipient towards their education. The recipients for this Award receive $1000.00 each and are chosen from the region* hosting the annual Softball Canada Congress (formerly known as the Annual General Meeting).

To qualify for this Award, the applicant must be:

  • Registered with the provincial/territorial association
  • In a minor category, for a minimum of two (2) years prior to the application
  • Be a resident of the province/territory
  • Be in attendance at a recognized educational institution at a post-secondary level.

Softball Canada by September 15 of each year must receive a letter of application, a completed application form, along with a letter of endorsement from the provincial/territorial office.

Note: Reference letter(s) may be included whenever possible.


Western: Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon Territory and British Columbia
Atlantic: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island
Central: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and Northwest Territories, Nunavut Territory

Application Form


Julia Berka (Surrey, B.C.) recently began her post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Kinesiology. A captain of the Surrey Storm 2001A team, she has competed in a total of eight Softball BC Provincial Championships and four Canadian Championships, winning a provincial bronze medal in 2019 and silver at the 2017 Provincial and Canadian Championships.

Berka will be an assistant coach with the Surrey Storm 2007A team starting next spring and plans on continuing on her coaching path and becoming a teacher. She is a Level I umpire and enjoys playing other sports such as volleyball, basketball, soccer and dancing. Her volunteer activities include creating her own charity called “Books for Kids” as a way to give back to children in her community.

Owen Torrie (Williamsford, Ont.) began a two year Powerline Technician program at Conestoga College this Fall. A member of the 2018 Junior Men’s National Team, Torrie was part of Canada’s pitching staff at the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Prince Albert. In 2019, he played for both the Shallow Lake Sting (U19) and Owen Sound Selects (U23), capturing a gold medal at the U19 Men’s Canadian Championship and earning the Top Player of the Championship Round award.

Torrie enjoys playing various other sports including hockey and has volunteered at a number of softball and Canpitch clinics with the OASA. His goals include are to continue to contribute to any and all softball teams he plays for, to earn a spot on Team Ontario for the 2021 Canada Games and to continue to promote the game in his area by assisting at clinics and helping coaches working with young athletes.


2018 - Megan Duclos (QC) and Isaac Lefebvre (QC)
2017 - Casey Hogan (NB) and Jordan Pomeroy (NL)
2016 - Taylor Lundrigan (BC) and Tyler Randerson (ON)
2015 - Natalie Wideman (ON) and Matthew Wardrop (ON)
2014 - Kristen Byrne (NB) and Alex Harding (NB)
2013 - Jessica Raymond (ON) and Tom Fischer (ON)
2012 - Cassandra Dypchey (BC) and Ty Sebastian (ON)
2011 - Kayla Richards (NS) and Myles Coldwell (NS)
2010 - Shirrae Muhr (SK) and Michael Friedrich (AB)
2009 - Patricia Séguin (QC) and Brendan Roach (ON)
2008 - Alisha Sherwood (NB) and Matt Fromm (ON)
2007 - Rebecca Hartley (BC) and Brett Casavant (SK)
2006 - Holly White (NS) and Ryan Boland (NL)
2005 - Geneviève Houle (QC) and Mathieu Roy (QC)
2004 - Melanie Matthews (BC) and Jordan Matt (BC)
2003 - Chasity Findlay and Joe German
2002 - Kimberley Baglole (PEI) and Robert Doiron (NS)
2001 - Katy Wolfe (AB) and Sarah Smiley (AB)
2000 - Kristina Chrisztopoulosz (ON) and Chris Shewfelt (ON)
1999 - Virginia Barbosa (NS) and Kenneth McCullough (NS)
1998 - Trevor Ethier (SK)