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 Canadian 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


Kim Vibert (Calgary, Alta.) is in her fourth year in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, where she recently completed her final year with the Dinos softball team by winning a silver medal at the 2019 Canadian Collegiate Softball Association (CCSA) National Championship after winning bronze in 2018. Kim played in a total of three Canadian Championships and represented Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

She is a two-time Canadian Championship All-Star as an outfielder, earning that honour in 2016 at the U18 Women’s level and in 2018 at the Women’s event. She was also named to the CCSA National Championship All-Star team in 2017. A natural leader on and off the field, she is looking to be more involved in coaching to share her knowledge and experience with the younger generation of softball athletes.

Brendan Hagerman (Napanee, Ont.) started his second year of a Business Administration degree at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont. He represented Canada at the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship and was recently named to the 2020 Men’s National Team Athlete Pool. Brendan has played for the Napanee Express since 2013, winning a silver medal at the 2017 U18 Men’s Canadian Championship and gold at the U19 event in 2018 while being named to the tournament All Star Team as a Catcher at both events.

He won the 2019 PJHL Clarence Schmalz Cup (Junior C Hockey) as a member of the Napanee Raiders. Hagerman volunteers his time to help softball players in younger age groups with skill building and preparation in the gym and on the field, as well as at his local soup kitchen, the Morningstar Mission and local Salvation Army food drives.


2018 - Aryan 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)