Ethel Boyce Achievement Award
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.
2013 Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients
Rachel Proctor is in her second year at Simon Fraser University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences. As a player, she competed with the Simon Fraser Clan in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II – finishing second place – and was also a member of the Senior Women’s White Rock Renegades who won the Women’s Elite Division of the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.
With softball being a major part of her life, Rachel works for Softball BC and Softball City during the summer months and has volunteered at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship for the past nine years. She also enjoys going to the gym, playing volleyball and running in her spare time.
Nicole Swett, from Kelowna, BC, recently began her first year of a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She graduated from Rutland Secondary School in June, and competed with the Kelowna Warriors of the Kelowna Minor Fastball Association this summer, winning three Most Valuable Player medals in 2013.
In addition to playing softball, Nicole also enjoys playing volleyball and skiing. She has also participated in three Millennium Development Challenges, in which students demonstrate how they could help one community in a developing country make significant progress toward one of the Millennium Development Goals by spending just $5,000. Her team won the Challenge in 2012 by proposing to build a rain catchment system in Sierra Leone.
Previous Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients:
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)