KSA Awards of Excellence for 2014Updated Thursday September 29, 2016 by Kitchener Sports Association.
Photo: Carolyn Fedy (Award of Excellence, 2014 Individual Recipient) acknowledging her award at the Athlete of the Year Dinner.
The Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club is one of the largest, longest standing and most successful skating clubs in Canada, and for over forty years Carolyn Fedy has been instrumental in its success and in promoting skating in Kitchener-Waterloo.
At five years of age, Carolyn joined the K-W Skating Club and advanced quickly to achieve her gold medal in figures and free skate at the age of sixteen. She became a top level skater in both ladies’ singles and pairs with partner Fred Yanke competing in singles at the Canadian Championships in Vancouver and winning an international pairs event in Buffalo. When her competitive skating career ended, her community involvement in skating began.
Carolyn has dedicated countless hours to helping others enjoy the sport of skating as a coach, mentor, teacher, choreographer, program designer, curriculum innovator, guidance councillor, supporter, advisor, board of director and leader. Carolyn’s footprint on the sport of skating in Canada is vast.
In addition to developing teaching programs, conducting tests for competitive skaters, coaching precision teams, designing and supervising conditioning classes, Carolyn developed the first Canadian pre-school-mother skating program; Canskate/Canfigureskate program for the Canadian Figure Skating Association, and for several years she directed and choreographed Kitchener-Waterloo’s Annual Ice Show, which is remembered as Kitchener-Waterloo’s Ice Capades!
Carolyn has received the title of Master Conductor of the National Canskate Program and in 1999 the K-W Skating Club’s home, Rink in The Park, was named the Carolyn Fedy Skating Centre, and followed it to its new home at RIM Park.
Congratulations to Carolyn Fedy, the 2014 Individual Award of Excellence Recipient.
The Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) was born in 1933 – eighty years of service and contribution to the Kitchener-Waterloo Region community. The Association has been a leader in the local non-for profit sector, partnering with the City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo promoting a culture of community health and physical activity.
Currently KMHA has over 4000 participants spanning all skill levels and age categories of boys, girls and special needs hockey and are looking for the opportunity to form a partnership with sledge and ball hockey. All KMHA teams are involved in the community. Countless teams have assisted in raising money, donated time, organized events, promoted sport, encouraged physical activity and supported community leadership. Reading to children in hospitals, cleaning parks, caring for outdoor rinks, and through the Donna’s Kids program, providing the opportunity for over 100 kids to play the game of hockey each year, are only a few examples of KMHA contribution.
Over the years, KMHA has developed numerous individuals who have achieved success as players, coaches and administrators at provincial, national and international levels. Many have also gone to successful careers outside of hockey. The life skills learned through the KMHA have prepared them to become contributing community leaders.
Congratulations to the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, the 2014 Organization Award of Excellence Recipient.
The Kitchener Jr. Rangers Peewee Select Hockey Team collectively decided early on in its season that participating in some form of community service was the right thing to do.
The first volunteer opportunity the team focused on was the Hyundai Hockey Helpers program – this program provides hockey equipment for needy families. The Kitchener Jr. Rangers Peewee Team supported the Hyundai program charity barbeque and car wash. Although washed out by inclement weather, the team took to the streets and collected $150 in change from generous motorists.
Their mindfulness of giving to others was quickly adapted by all team members and their parents.
Adopt-a-Family, a charity that provides Christmas gifts to families in need, was the Select hockey team’s next event. The boys had a budget, offered creative gifts ideas and purchased gifts for their adopted families.
Jeff Heibein, coach of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Peewee Select Hockey Team, believes, "As a coach, we have a unique opportunity to not only help a player learn a sport, develop appropriate skills to succeed in that sport, but teach valuable life skills – selflessness and pride in community."
One parent confirmed, "I always liked Jeff’s philosophy about skating for the name on the front of the jersey not the back. With 11 and 12-year-olds, the world is usually about them and yet our boys saw past themselves and used the strength that they found in teamwork both on and off the ice."
Congratulations to Kitchener Jr. Rangers Peewee Select Hockey Team, for building community leaders and being the 2014 Team Award of Excellence recipient.