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.
2012 Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients
Robin Mackin, from Newmarket, Ontario, is currently pursuing her Medical Degree at the University of Ottawa. A member of the Canadian Women’s National Team from 2005 to 2009 and a 2008 Olympian, Mackin was forced to retire due to injury. She has since returned to the game as an assistant coach/player for the University of Ottawa Gee Gees.
Despite her heavy studies, Mackin believes it is important to balance her time by investing in other community programs. She is currently a program coordinator of the “CHEO Buddies” program which matches medical students with oncology patients, and has also volunteered her time as a member of youth education programs to help educate youth about health related problems. Robin also continues to run programs as a softball instructor and guest speaker.
Brendon Bonnor recently began his postsecondary studies in Kinesiology and Business at the University of Western Ontario. A member of both the Freelton Midgets and Caledonia Royals, Brendon participated at the U18 Men’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship in Fredericton, NB this past summer.
Brendon also competed in baseball, hockey, volleyball, tennis and track at the high school level. He has also volunteered as a hockey goalie coach over the last three years, and volunteers for his local church as a Sunday School assistant and musician.
Previous Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients:
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)