VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award, created by Softball Canada in 2008, recognizes the life and contributions of Rose Hodgson. Rose, who passed away in 2007 having served 9 years as an active Softball Canada Board member, contributed selflessly to the betterment of softball at the local, provincial and national levels. In her over 35 years as a volunteer, she always put players first and would support any initiative that gave them the opportunity to play and reach their dreams, whatever they were.
Nominees for this award can be volunteers from any level of the game. They will have supported the experiences of players through any number of contributions (outside of coaching and officiating where awards already exist). The theme of their nomination will be that they have tirelessly committed themselves to the game. They may have created or improved softball opportunities in their area, or simply added to the enjoyment of the game for those involved in the sport.
A letter of application, including references, supporting material and a letter of endorsement from the respective Provincial/Territorial association must be received at the Softball Canada office by September 15.
The successful candidate will be selected from within the region hosting the Annual Meeting that year. The presentation of the award will be done at the Softball Canada Annual Meeting.
2018 ROSE HODGSON VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Michel Leclair (St-Leonard-d’Aston, Que.) never played softball but has been involved in the sport for over 25 years. His involvement began when his two sons started playing Fast Pitch at the ages of 8 and 9 years old. As a teacher, Michel got involved in the athletic development of his children as an assistant coach and that ignited a passion for the sport that has continued even after his sons stopped playing. In 1993, he was one of the co-founders of the St-Leonard-d’Aston Express program that has become a mainstay for Men’s Fast Pitch in Quebec to this day.
Locally, Leclair co-founded the Centre-du-Quebec minor Fast Pitch league in 1993 and is the league’s vice-president to this day. He has organized the Express minor Fast Pitch tournament since 1996 and has been the pitching coach of the 3rd strike pitchers-catchers school since the 2000. Since 2010, he has served as vice-president and treasurer of Softball Quebec’s Men’s Softball Development Committee.
As a long-time volunteer, Leclair has been actively involved in hosting a number of Canadian Championships in the St-Leonard-d’Aston area and joined Softball Quebec’s Board of Directors in 2017. He has been an assistant coach with Team Quebec since 1996, and his recent accomplishments include a bronze medal at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Leclair is a gentleman who is enjoyable to work with and has dedicated much of his life to developing athletes young and old. Softball Quebec’s Men’s Softball program has been steadily improving under his watch, and he is an ideal recipient of Softball Canada’s Volunteer of the Year award.
2017 - Paul F. Smith (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2016 - Lawrence Beatty (Saskatchewan)
2015 - Valerie Pelleck (Manitoba)
2014 - Bev Adams (New Brunswick)
2013 - Floyd Daniels (Northwest Territories)
2012 - Gerri Dornstauder (Alberta)
2011 - Sherry Maher (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2010 - Bryan Kosteroski (Saskatchewan)
2009 - Carl Littlejohns (Ontario)
2008 - Linda Petrie (Prince Edward Island)