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


ELSEY KUREK (St. Paul, A.B) is in her fifth year in concurrent studies in Kinesiology and Education at the University of Calgary. She has played on the Dinos Softball Team for five years, medaling at the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Championship twice. She is also new to the coaching side of softball, having coached St. Paul Minor Ball Association for the past two years.

ADRIAN GREEN (Carbonear, N.L) is currently in his second year at Memorial University, completing a Bachelor of Human
Kinetics and Recreation (Co-Op) undergraduate degree. After completing his degree, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Adrian was a member of the U18 Men’s National Team, where he won a bronze medal at the 2023 Pan American Championships in Columbia. He previously received an All-Star Catcher award at the U20 Men’s Canadian Championship this past summer, and will represent Canada at the 2023 U18 Men’s World Cup in Mexico.


2023 - Kelsey Kurek (AB) and Adrian Green (NL)
2022 - Sierra Jones (AB) and Tyler Branchaud (ON)
2021 - Kate Talaga (AB) and Robbie Barker (ON)
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)