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.
2014 Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award
Bev Adams has served as President of Softball New Brunswick since 2005 and continues to be a major contributor to Softball New Brunswick and Softball Canada. Throughout her many years of involvement in softball, she has played an important role with Softball Canada as a Learn to Play program coordinator, a Canadian Championship supervisor and has attended several Softball Canada Annual General Meetings.
Within her province, Bev has implemented and run the Learn to Play program since its inception in 2004 and has been able to secure funding, sponsorship and grants to help its growth. She has supervised the NBIAA High School Girls Softball Championships for the past nine years, and has also followed coach training through the National Coaches Certification Program, becoming a Master Learning Facilitator in the Community Stream in 2010 and recently following her Competition – Introduction training. She was also trained as a Regional Pitching Instructor of the CANpitch program.
In addition to all her responsibilities at the national and provincial level, Bev also volunteers much of her time locally and at major softball events. She served as a supervisor at the 2007 U19 Women’s, 2008 U21 Women’s, 2013 U21 Men’s Canadian Championships and 2014 U18 Men’s Canadian Championships, as well as volunteering at several Canadian Championships held in Fredericton over the last few years. Bev has volunteered a tremendous amount of time and commitment to the sport of softball, and she is always able to get the best out of people and make volunteers feel appreciated and needed with all of the enthusiasm she brings with her wherever she goes.
Previous Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:
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)