Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award
This award, created by Softball Canada in 2008, recognizes the life and contributions of Rose Hodgson. Rose, who passed away in 2007 having served 9 years as an active Softball Canada Board member, contributed selflessly to the betterment of softball at the local, provincial and national levels. In her over 35 years as a volunteer, she always put players first and would support any initiative that gave them the opportunity to play and reach their dreams, whatever they were.
Nominees for this award can be volunteers from any level of the game. They will have supported the experiences of players through any number of contributions (outside of coaching and officiating where awards already exist). The theme of their nomination will be that they have tirelessly committed themselves to the game. They may have created or improved softball opportunities in their area, or simply added to the enjoyment of the game for those involved in the sport.
A letter of application, including references, supporting material and a letter of endorsement from the respective Provincial/Territorial association must be received at the Softball Canada office by September 15.
The successful candidate will be selected from within the region hosting the Annual Meeting that year. The presentation of the award will be done at the Softball Canada Annual Meeting.
2015 Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award
Valerie Pelleck has excelled in many of Softball Manitoba’s Competition and Development programs over the years, most notably with the Canada Games team. She has served as Manitoba’s Provincial Team manager since 2012, spending a lot of her time updating Team Toba softball’s blog and social media accounts to keep the softball community informed of the team’s activities while also promoting anything softball related, inspiring many up-and-coming softball athletes in Manitoba.
In addition to running Team Toba’s blog and Instagram accounts, Pelleck has managed all the administrative tasks for the team including travel, strength and conditioning, and softball specific scheduling, budgeting, parent and office communication, and took on any other tasks that needed to be done. She possesses excellent organization skills and is able to accomplish all of her functions with ease. Pelleck has experience as mission staff and medical liaison at multi-sport events, having volunteered for both at the Canada Winter Games and the Western Canada Games, while also serving as medial liaison at the last two Manitoba Games and at this summer’s Pan American Games in Toronto.
Pelleck is also a Level IV umpire who worked at the U21 Women’s Canadian Championship in Charlottetown, PEI this summer. She is always a willing volunteer when it comes to working fundraising activities such as bingos and 50/50’s, or even as an umpire liaison at major championships. Pelleck selflessly gives so much to Softball Manitoba and is a humble and hard-working volunteer, always putting the athletes first and supports any initiative and opportunity for them to play and reach their dreams.
Previous Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:
2014 - Bev Adams (New Brunswick)
2013 - Floyd Daniels (Northwest Territories)
2012 - Gerri Dornstauder (Alberta)
2011 - Sherry Maher (Newfoundland & Labrador)
2010 - Bryan Kosteroski (Saskatchewan)
2009 - Carl Littlejohns (Ontario)
2008 - Linda Petrie (Prince Edward Island)