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.
2016 Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients
Kelyn Palmer (MacLellan's Brook, NS) recently began a joint Business Administration degree through the Nova Scotia Community College and St. Mary’s University. She began her softball career through Softball Canada’s Learn to Play program at the age of 5 and has competed as a member of her provincial team program since 2011, most recently as a core player for the 2017 Canada Summer Games team and has competed in a total of four Canadian Championships.
Palmer has volunteered for a number of causes and organizations over the past few years, including her local high school, recreation department, minor hockey and softball associations, as well as various fundraising events for a local homeless shelter, church, the Nova Scotia 55+ Games and Relay for Life. She also founded and instructs her very own summer softball camp to develop fundamental softball skills for girls aged 8 to 14 years old.
Derek Hyde (Tavistock, ON) is a first-year student at the University of Guelph, taking a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Food & Agriculture Business. He competed at the 2016 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship as Team Canada’s starting catcher, hitting .333 and driving in three runs in eight games. He has competed in a pair of U18 Men’s Canadian Championships winning bronze and finishing fourth, and is also a member of Ontario’s 2017 Canada Summer Games program.
Hyde has volunteered with both the Tavistock Minor Ball and Hockey Associations to help skill development among younger children and helps with ball diamond maintenance. He has also served as a bible school leader and volunteers at community food drives and setting up for the fall fair.
Previous Ethel Boyce Achievement Award Recipients:
2015 - Olivia Priestlay (BC) and Greg Hammell (ON)
2014 - Brielle McCullough (SK) and Johnathan Baker (ON)
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)