Social at 6 p.m. - Seating at 6:30 p.m.
Roast Beef Dinner with wine
Guest Speaker:Tom Valcke
Mr. Valcke is President and CEO of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys Ontario. He was the technical director at the Seoul Olympics for baseball and also for the World Cup held at the Rogers Center plus a myriad of other things. He's also a volunteer coach.
Tom was KSA's special guest for this event and shared some time at the podium with Bob McKillop who chaired the event. Bob McKillop also received one of the Volunteer Recognition Awards himself for all the work is done helping the KSA over the years.
Followup: In 2012, Tom launched iCASE (The International Canadian Academy pf Sports Excellence), a highschool program for elite baseball players based in Stratford, Ontario.
Welcome remarks from Gord Dearborn (KSA President)
Thank-you all for joining us tonight to recognize and honour some of the key volunteers in our local sporting community. It is our pleasure to acknowledge your efforts, contributions and accomplishments. With tonight’s awards, KSA will have honoured over 600 volunteers in the 23-year history of this program, but that’s not all we do.
Our mandate is to aid you – our local minor sports groups – and we’ve been doing it now for over 60 years. We provide financial assistance for capital projects; travel and tournaments expenses… see the pamphlet on the tables or check out our website. We’ve given out – that is invested – over a million dollars in the last 8 years alone in minor sports groups to benefit local youth ! And tonight we’re adding to that total with two more cheque presentations. (i) KSA Director Rick Weinstein presented $1,500 to Anne Boehm of Children’s Wish (ii) KSA Vice-President Bill Pegg presented $2,500 to KMHA's Sponsored Kids Program, aka Donna's Kids . Thanks, and thanks to all those who make this possible through the purchase of 50/50 tickets at the Ranger games and bingo play at the KW Gaming Centre.
Thanks to our hosting committee for putting this all together and, again, thank-you for participating. Enjoy your dinner! Enjoy the celebration with the presentations after we all eat!
Volunteer Award Recipients for 2011
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All volunteer award recipients and their presenters were dinner guests of KSA for this event. In addition to being publicly acknowledged for their volunteer efforts, all recipients also received a commemorative plaque from KSA. It was truly a great evening. Hope you'll join us next year - or maybe even help out!
Volunteer Recognition Program