Kawartha Lakes Sport and Rec seeks nominees for volunteer awards

By Lindsay Advocate

Looking for a way to recognize that coach, trainer or volunteer that makes a difference in your community or child’s life? The Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council is accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Volunteer of the Year awards.

Sport and recreation participants are asked to nominate coaches, trainers, fundraising volunteers, event volunteers and/or board members – any volunteer whose efforts contribute to enhancing active participation in sport or recreation in CKL.

The KLSRC will continue with the tradition of celebrating the efforts of all volunteers at the recognition dinner scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th. Sport and recreation providers and stakeholders will be invited to attend the event at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club.

At last year’s volunteer recognition dinner, Pat Staneland (Kawartha Cycling Club), Patty Tomlinson (Bobcaygeon Skating Club), and Darryl Buttar (Lindsay Minor Hockey Association, Ops Minor Baseball, Central Ontario Wolves) were presented with Volunteer of the Year awards. 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.

Once again this year the CKL community is also invited to submit nominations for the Volunteer Organization of the Year award. For the award, the KLSRC will consider organizations that demonstrate excellence in one or more of five core values: collaboration, communication, advocacy, inclusion, and physical literacy.

The theme of the evening is Changing Lives through Sport and Recreation. Street Soccer, a short film, will be screened and Street Soccer Canada founder, Paul Gregory and Street Soccer Toronto head coach, Bill Pagonis will be in attendance for a Q & A session. Street Soccer Canada began as an initiative by housing-advocate Paul Gregory to put together one team for the Homeless World Cup in 2004. It’s now a thriving network of over 20 soccer programs in a dozen cities across the country. Over those last 10 years, hundreds of marginalized individuals living in shelters or on the street have been given a chance to be part of a team.

Those wishing to nominate a volunteer or volunteer organization are asked to visit www.klsrc.ca to complete the appropriate nomination form. Paper copies are available upon request – please email for more information. The nomination deadline is September 24, 2018 at 5 pm. Nominees will be notified by October 5, 2018 and be recognized for their volunteer efforts at the awards dinner.

KLSRC is committed to the enhancement and promotion of sport, recreation and healthy active living opportunities for all residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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