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.
2017 ROSE HODGSON VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Paul F. Smith (Conception Bay South, N.L.) has been involved with softball for over 50 years as a player, coach, umpire and organizer, founding the Conception Bay South Minor Softball Association in 1993 and serving as its President until 2006 when he took on more responsibility at the provincial level. His involvement as a coach and organizer has provided countless youth and adults in Newfoundland and Labrador the opportunity to experience the sport at all levels from local minor house league up to the national senior level.
In 2009, Smith was elected to the Board of Softball Newfoundland and Labrador, holding a number of roles and positions. He served as the finance director from 2009 to 2011, vice-president from 2011-2013, president 2013 to 2017 and has been a member of the minor committee the last two years. He currently sits on the Board of Directors in the position of past president. Smith has been a member of the organizing committee of the Constable Moss Memorial Softball Tournament since 2006 and was on the host committee of the 2016 Men’s and Master Men’s Canadian Championship held in St. John’s.
Throughout the years, he has put all of his heart and soul into the sport of softball at the local and provincial level. He was recognized as a nominee for the 2016 Sport NL Executive of the Year Award, received the 2016 Bob Whelan Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to the game of softball in Newfoundland and Labrador and was inducted to the Conception Bay South Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
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)