Mrs. Ruth A Laing created the ETHEL BOYCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in 1998 through a donation in memory of her sister Miss Ethel Phoebe Boyce.

Miss Boyce was an avid softball player who had a professional and personal interest in people. She was particularly interested in young people and helping them to succeed in life.

The award is administered by Softball Canada and is given annually awarded to a female and male recipient. It is expected that the award winners will have exhibited leadership traits and skills in softball. Both recipients receive $1,000. The award is meant to help defray the costs of education and/or playing softball. The award winners will be announced at the annual Softball Canada Congress (formerly known as the Annual General Meeting).

To qualify for this award the applicant must be:

  • Registered with a provincial/territorial association
  • A resident of the province or territory
  • In attendance at a recognized post secondary educational institution

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) must be included whenever possible.

Application Form


Kate Talaga (Sherwood Park, Alta.) is just about to complete her Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from MacEwen University this term. A member of the Sherwood Park Intermediate team and coach for the Sherwood Park U10 Storm in the Greater Edmonton Minor Softball Association, Talaga was a Provincial silver medalist at the U16A level and participated at the U16 and U19 Canadian Championships. She has volunteered her time as a coach and instructor at over 20 clinics and is also an active ringette player.

Robbie Barker (Centreville, Ont.) is currently studying Criminology at Trent University. A member of the Napanee Express, he won several Provincial and Canadian Championships over the last several years and was recently named to Team Ontario for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.


2020 - Damara Begin (BC) and Cassa Courtney (BC)
2019 - Kim Vibert (AB) and Brendan Hagerman (ON)
2018 - Aryane Désy (QC) and Tyler Pauli (ON)
2017 - Ashlyn Rupps (SK) and Mitch Stack (NL)
2016 - Kelyn Palmer (NS) and Derek Hyde (ON)
2015 - Olivia Priestlay (BC) and Greg Hammell (ON)
2014 - Brielle McCullough (SK) and Johnathan Baker (ON)
2013 - Rachel Proctor (BC) and Nicole Swett (BC)
2012 - Robin Mackin (ON) and Brendon Bonner (ON)
2011 - Shannon Galea (ON) and Austin Brown (ON)
2010 - Shea Black (ON) and Brent Mills (ON)
2009 - Chenelle Mitchell (SK) and Shane Boland (NL)
2008 - Anne Kelly (SK) and Erin Durant (ON)
2007 - Melissa Bowyer (ON) and Jaclyn Gibbons (ON)
2006 - Danielle Bradley (BC) and Josh Roach (ON)
2005 - Cassandra Morais (QC) and Chris Teichreb (SK)
2004 - Lindsay Miller (MB) and Chris Teichreb (SK)
2003 - Jennifer Schreyer and Brian Mayson
2002 - Cathy Ingalls (ON) and Derek Mayson (BC)
2001 - Melissa MacKinnon (NS) and Ryan Olde (SK)
2000 - Jacquelyn Novak (ON) and Justin Dauvin (SK)
1999 - Alison Bradley (ON) and Jeff Berry (AB)