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.
2014 Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients
Brielle McCullough is in her first year at Simon Fraser University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences. As a player, she is entering her first season as a member of the Simon Fraser Clan and was also a member of the Saskatoon Scotiabank U18 Selects who won Gold at the 2013 U18 Women’s Canadian Championship and also competed in the same event in 2014, finishing fourth.
She attended the softball academy at Tommy Douglas High School over the past two years, while volunteering her time as a group leader for camps for younger softball players in Saskatoon. In addition to softball, Brielle also played volleyball and hockey and enjoys wakeboarding and snowboarding in her spare time. Her goals are to improve her fitness and softball skills to play at the elite level, and aspires to play for the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team.
Johnathan Baker recently began his second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management at Brock University. He was a member of the Stratford Cubs U21 Men’s team of the Ontario Amateur Softball Association and also represented Team Canada as a member of the Junior Men’s National Team that competed at the ISF X Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, YT.
Living in Kitchener, Johnathan has competed in three Canadian Championships, winning the bronze medal as a member of the Napanee Express at the 2012 U18 Men’s Canadian Championship, a silver medal as a member of the Teeswater Otters at the same event in 2013 when he was also named to the tournament All-Star team, and finished fifth as a member of the Stratford Cubs in 2014. His volunteer involvement includes being an on-ice instructor for the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association’s Fundamentals program as well as serving as an umpire, pitching instructor and skills clinic instructor with the Kitchener/Waterloo Minor Boys Softball Association.
Previous Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients:
2013 - Rachel Proctor (BC) and Nicole Swett (BC)
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)