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.
2016 Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award
Lawrence Beatty is a longtime dedicated volunteer to the sport of softball and truly exemplifies the spirit and commitment that are the guiding principles of the Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year award. His involvement began with coaching his oldest son but he quickly became involved with an administrative role, holding various positions in the Saskatoon Minor Softball League including several terms as President. He is currently an executive member of the Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association, coaches a team in the Women’s division and looks after the scheduling of 20-25 women’s teams in the league.
A consummate volunteer, Beatty has helped run a number of softball events in Saskatoon, including Softball Sask Excellence Camps, Team Sask Camps, National Team Identification Camps and various evaluations for the U18 program. He supervises a number of provincial championships in Saskatoon every year, and helps organize and run the President’s Tournament, a minor softball tournament that annually attracts 80-100 teams in four age categories and both boys and girls.
Since 2000, Beatty has been involved in every Canadian and World Championship held in Saskatoon by leading the statistics and games control committee. This include four World Championships, the 2013 U21 Men’s International Championship and a total of nine Canadian Championships. In addition to his contributions in Saskatoon, he led and helped train the scorekeepers at the 2014 WBSC Junior Men’s World Softball Championship, returned to Saskatoon to volunteer at the U18 Women’s Canadian Championship then travelled to Brampton to supervise the U16 Girl’s Canadian Championship. Beatty also serves as a Learning Facilitator for the Community Softball Coach stream in Saskatchewan.
Previous Rose Hodgson Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:
2015 - Valerie Pelleck (Manitoba)
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)