Kealy Lambert has been a key leader in the Bow River Association for years and this season is no different! She has been instrumental in developing programs for both players and coaches with a focus on education and providing opportunities for growth. Her skills on the development side are only a drop in the bucket! Kealy created an efficient and fun way to communicate complicated regulations and updates through the “Talk COVID to Me” social media series. Deemed a “COVID Guru”, Kealy has been a guiding light through a very challenging season. Congratulations Kealy!
Justin Ikebuchi embodied the term “committed” in the hockey community. Acting as the Timbit Coordinator prior to becoming Vice President of Hockey Operations with Springbank MHA, Justin was always willing to go the extra mile to lend a hand where needed. Arriving each day with a smile, he showed genuine interest in each player, parent and coach at the rink. “Associations need people like Justin who are beyond selfless and willing to give their time to the sport. Justin Ikebuchi passed away on October 13, 2020. He leaves his wife, Jamie and their four children, Sydney, Raiden, Calder and Devin. We would like to again extend our deepest condolences to the Ikebuchi family on the loss of Justin.Ikebuchi, a great volunteer and leader in the hockey community.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week we are pleased to introduce Quinn Motteram, our Volunteer of the Month for March! Quinn is the Head Coach of the Saints Pee Wee 4 team and is proud to give back and make an impact on the next generation of hockey players.
"Quinn Motteram is currently the head coach of the Calgary Saints Pee Wee 4 team. Notably, Quinn is 19 years old. Quinn has missed one game and two practices all season. He is an incredibly talented hockey player, skater, and coach. He has a great rapport not only with the kids on our team, but also with the parents of the kids on our team. He is always accessible, and addresses our teams’ concerns with patience, kindness and caring - no matter how upset the parent or the player is, Quinn has a way to address their concerns without being belittling, demeaning or dismissive. Quinn’s dad, Ron, is also a long-time volunteer in both hockey and ringette, and it is amazing to see that Quinn’s parents are equally supportive of his dedication to this team. This is actually Quinn’s second year of being a head coach. It is absolutely amazing to see a young adult, who grew up playing hockey, can turn around and give back to the hockey community in this way. I think it is every parents’ hope after their kids are done hockey that they will also volunteer for the same organizations they played with. So, honestly, it’s been amazing to see Quinn work with these kids. Quinn’s parents and his family also continue to put on their charity haunted house, the Panorama Panic, and continue to give back to their community in countless ways."
Meet our Volunteer of the Month for February, Ashley Cardinal! Ashley is a mom of three including Caden who plays for the Southwest Cougars Pee Wee 6 Gold.
"Ashley is our team manager for the Southwest Peewee 6 Gold team. She always goes above and beyond her role as a team manager, especially when it comes to motivating the players and making their hockey experience both fun and memorable. She has done things such as made trophy pucks for each player, held team parties with candied apples and Christmas-themed food items, organized a parent party at an out of town tournament with a beverage named for every different Hockey Calgary Association, bought pompoms for all of the parents to cheer at games, comes dressed as our team cheerleader, and takes hundreds of photos of every game and event, uploading them on our Teamsnap so all of the players can see themselves in action. During Esso Minor, our team made it to finals (where we sadly lost), but each game she came more and more extravagantly done up to hype up the team. After we lost and our players were both devastated and heartbroken, she presented them with a song she made called P6G. It really helped to lift spirits of the team and ease the blow of losing. She then put it online and it’s definitely made its way around social media as HipHop Hockey Mom’s P6G. Our Association Facebook page has posted many fun photos she took over EMHW as well as the song that was made, with a special shout out acknowledging what she does to keep our division 6 players motivated and loving the game of hockey. There is a lot of work in just being a team manager, but what she does for the kids is beyond anything I’ve seen in the job description for a volunteer team manager."