Pat Staneland, Patty Tomlinson, and Darryl Buttar were recently presented with volunteer of the year awards at the third annual volunteer recognition dinner hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club.
Ops Minor Baseball was also recognized as volunteer organization of the year for their positive culture of volunteerism and work to ensure accessibility for any child who wants to play.
Staneland was recognized for spending countless hours volunteering her time in the community. She facilitates exercise classes for seniors in Burnt River, is a certified CAN Bike Instructor, serves on the Kawartha Cycling Club Board of Directors, and volunteers her time with many other community initiatives including community dinners and blood pressure clinics. Staneland’s efforts serve to enhance individual and community wellbeing throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Tomlinson was commended for her dedication to the Bobcaygeon Skating Club, where she serves on the executive and on-ice as a CanSkate instructor. Tomlinson was praised for her continued commitment to the club, even after her own daughters have moved on from skating. Known as ‘the rock of the skating club,’ Tomlinson’s organizational skills and positive attitude has made it easy for the club’s volunteers to deliver quality skating programs.
Buttar serves as a kid’s hockey and baseball coach. He is very busy as a business owner, yet maintains his coaching commitments to develop kids through sport. Buttar is known to select more and often less advanced athletes in order to develop more players for the future. His long term athlete development approach encourages and inspires more kids to find their passion and to stay in sports. Known for his encouraging and constructive approach, Buttar creates a positive sport environment for players, parents and fellow coaches.
Other nominees recognized for their efforts were Trevor Tompkins (Lindsay Wildcats Basketball), Chris Osborne (Boys and Girls Club), Tom Jeffrey (Lindsay Rugby Football Club), and Steve Blodgett (Bobcaygeon Minor Baseball). For both Jeffrey and Blodgett, this was their second year to be nominated for the award.
To compliment the awards, there were also three presentations from partner organizations at the event. Grant Allman (Fenelon Falls Curling Club) spoke about innovations in curling equipment and gameplay that help make curling to a cradle-to-grave activity. Lisa Kaldeway (HKPR District Health Unit) presented on behalf of a Trillium Lakelands District School Board teacher about some of the innovative approaches to delivering quality physical education and daily physical activity opportunities. Rob Cyr (Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes) capped off the presentations with an update of some new and upcoming programs – including adult recreation leagues, trauma informed sports for kids, and collaborating with volunteer groups to deliver high quality multi-activity programming.
The KLSRC is a volunteer organization committed to the enhancement and promotion of sport, recreation and healthy active living opportunities for all citizens of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Among its goals are to support the growth of sport and recreation in CKL by providing a network for sport organizations to share resources and expertise.
Over the coming years, KLSRC will continue its work towards the integration of physical literacy and Long Term Athlete Development into quality opportunities for all to be active in the CKL.
The organization is looking for volunteers and community partners with an interest in developing physical literacy and observing positive outcomes in health, education and community development.
The volunteer recognition dinner was made possible with thanks to City of Kawartha Lakes Community Partnership and Development Fund, event sponsor Arbor Tech Tree Care and Service Inc., award sponsor Patricia Boyd, Sales Representative, Royal LePage, and supporting sponsors the Lindsay Golf and Country Club, Lahay Creative, Creighton Docks & Boat Lifts, Hutton Angelo LLP, Fresh Fuell, Pearson Insurance Limited, Lindsay Sportsline, Kawartha Lakes Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, Dulux Paints, Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault.