The following awards are presented annually to members of the Durham West Girls' Hockey Association (DWGHA) in recognition of their achievements and/or contribution:
Sears' Memorial Award
The Sears’ Memorial was first awarded at the end of the 1998-1999 season.
It is to commemorate the lives of Andrew and Rebecca Sears. Two children who left us well before their time. Their parents were strong volunteers with DWGHA since it’s inception.
It is presented to a Tyke or Novice player in House League who best exemplifies Andrew and Rebecca. The two young children of Rick and Sharon Sears who fought valiantly to defeat their illness. Their strength and spirit brought the people around them closer together in a common goal and they encouraged all by their example.
The player to receive this award should be someone who is respected by her teammates and coaches, demonstrates a willingness to work hard and encourage others by their words and actions. This player may not excel in the game of hockey, but their tenacity towards achieving their personal best is admired by all.
Each Novice team selects one player and the Director of House League confirms the winner.
Congratulations to the following Sears Memorial Award recipients:
2014-2015 Katie Collumb
2013-2014 Sydney Rankin
2012-2013 Sara Ryan
2011-2012 Kiley Mahoney
2010-2011 Madelaine Micciola
2009-2010 Madison Capuccetti
2008-2009 Karlie Burry
2007-2008 Julia Harvey
2006-2007 Sydney Wells
2005-2006 Lauren Crummey
2004-2005 Christina Calderon
2003-2004 Nicole Smith
2002-2003 Nicole Bishop
2001-2002 Kaitlin Fredericks
2000-2001 Melanie Grant
1999-2000 Julianne Lindeblom
1998-1999 Kirsten Roach
The Tom Friel Memorial Award
This award was first introduced in 2000 and was presented at the Annual General Meeting. The first recipient was Art Carefoote, the DWGHA founder and first president. It was first introduced to recognize volunteers who were worthy in that particular year.
Tom Friel was a father of 4 girls whom all played in DWGHA. Tom and his wife were huge supporters and also always ran our canteen during the entire DWGHA rep tournament. Tom died suddenly of a heart attack (in 1999) while playing soccer with one of his girls. He was greatly missed.
Presented annually to a DWGHA member who gives their time unselfishly and exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.
Congratulations to the Tom Friel Memorial Award recipients:
2014-2015 Wayne McDonald
2013-2014 Jim Gooding; Gerry St. Germain; Tom McLean
2012-2013 Dave Welsh
2011-2012 Teresa Muto - VP of Sponsorship 2003-2004, Director of Senior Ladies 2004-2007, President 2007-2011
2010-2011 Bruno Michlits - Director of Equipment 2002-2010
2009-2010 Paul Gee- Webmaster 2009-2013
2008-2009 Patty Davis - Secretary 1997-2001 & 2006-2008, Director of Rep 2008-2010, Senior Ladies Convenor 2011-2013
2007-2008 Sue Caggiula - VP of Bingo 2003-2008, Registrar 2003-2009, Director of Ice Management 2009-2010 (4 mos)
2006-2007 Brian Boynton - Tournament Statistician 2001-2007, VP of Hockey Development 2004-2007
2005-2006 Don Fraser - VP of Sponsorship 2001-2002, VP of Rep 2002-2004, President 2004-2006, Past President 2006-2007, Director of Sponsorship & Publicity 2008-2009, Past President 2009-2011, President 2011- 2012, Past President 2012-2016
2004-2005 Richard Sabourin - President 2000-2004 & 2006-2007, Past President 2007-2009
2003-2004 Andrea Bateman- Treasurer 2001-2004
2002-2003 Dino Caggiula - VP of Ice Management 1998-2008, Director of Hockey Advancement 2008-2010
2001-2002 Elaine Latchford - Director of Senior Ladies 1997-2004
2000-2001 Bill Williamson - President 1995-1999
1999-2000 Art Carefoote - President 1993-1995
The House League Volunteer of the Year Award
This award is presented annually to an individual who has dedicated his or her time unselfishly to the betterment of the DWGHA house league program.
Congratulations to the House League Volunteer of the Year Award recipients:
2014-2015 Chris Tigert
2013-2014 Ian Davidson
2012-2013 Mark Lakics
2011-2012 Elliot Gunn
2010-2011 Steven Harvey
2009-2010 Paul Marubashi
2008-2009 Tonya Tewnion
2007-2008 Mike & Joan Cappa
2006-2007 Duncan Mathieson
2005-2006 Brian Boynton