Well, it has been an interesting few months and not the typical end of the season that we see for minor hockey in Grand Valley. I want to pass along a big thank you to all of our players, parents, bench staff, Executive members, arena staff and all of the volunteers that make minor hockey in Grand Valley run for your patience and flexibility as we navigated wrapping up our 2019/2020 season.
This will be a long one as we have a bunch of items that I need to cover but in an effort to make things easier to read I will make sure I place a header at each line item so that it will be less cumbersome.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Typically this is held in April every year but it was postponed this year as we waited to hear what options would be available this summer with the COVID-19. We were hoping to be able to hold an in-person AGM but that is not possible at this point so we are proceeding with a Virtual AGM. I will include the date and time of the AGM meeting below, the plan at the moment is to hold the meeting via ZOOM which is an online meeting platform. Once we test out and get further details we will send out the meeting registration link and details on how to use Zoom 1 week before the meeting takes place. We highly recommend you test out the software and make sure you have a spot with reliable internet so that you can attend (virtually) the AGM.
- Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 7:00 pm will be the virtual AGM for GVMH
Agenda for the AGM
For this AGM we have asked past GVMH president Darryl Bell to facilitate the meeting. We have also arranged that our Secretary Meghan moderates the meeting so we can ensure the voting and questions from membership can be properly managed as well as we have our Social Media Director Josh on standby for any tech issues. We will also be recording the meeting. As a general outline of what the agenda will look like please see below:
- Reports from current Executive
- Voting for the adoption of proposed By-Law amendments - General_By-Law_GVDMHA_June2020
- Nomination and voting for new Executive
2020/2021 Season Executive Volunteers and what will hockey look like in GV
With Covid-19 this upcoming season will not be "hockey as usual". Attached is the Ontario Hockey Federations (OHF) "Return to Hockey" Framework (OHFReturntoHockeyFramework061020). It is a long read but I think it would be beneficial for you to review if you haven't already to get an idea of what the phased-in approach for hockey will look like.
Once you have reviewed the framework we would ask that you fill out this quick 1 question feedback form regarding your intent to register your player for the upcoming season.
As we are all aware this year brought it's challenges to our Executive and resulted in some immediate resignations as well as some delayed ones. The remaining Executive members were able to push forward to keep our players on the ice and the organization running until the sudden end of this season. We have some executive that are willing to stay on this season, see below for list but the rest of us feel that we need to take a break from being on Executive.
Leanne Zaina - has put up her hand to stay in the Sponsorship Director role
Amanda Martin - has put up her hand to move to the Treasurer position
Darlene Shaw - Has put up her hand to remain in the Bond Director role
Chris Terry - Has put up his hand to stay in the Referee in Chief/ Game Scheduler role
With this new Return to Hockey Framework our 2020/2021 Executive will have to work together to implement a new way of minor hockey functioning in Grand Valley. Thus we need more Volunteers that will put up their hand to help out. We are not required to have a President or VP to run however we do need a team that will work together to keep things moving in a positive forward direction. GVMH will not run this year if we do not have enough support as it is too much to put on the shoulders of a few volunteers. This is not meant to be a scare tactic to get people to volunteer it is just the reality of the situation.
If you have any questions about this process or what being on executive entails do not hesitate to reply to this email and I can provide more information.
We were not able to host our awards banquet this year so we asked that our coaches and bench staff let their teams know who the award winners were. We also wanted to outline them here and will be posting to our website. The trophies are out for engraving however we have been told this may take a while so we will make sure the incoming executive has the information and will update the award winners as soon as they are ready. Congratulations to all of our award winners.
There are a couple of awards that haven't been announced yet and I will do so below:
George Hunter Winners
The Steele Award for outstanding contribution to the foundational level of Hockey in GV
Outstanding Contribution to Minor Hockey Award
Most Improved - Derek Cordell
Most sportsmanlike - Cody Hoogendorn
Most Dedicated - Colton Beitz
Most Improved - Lailah Watts
Most Sportsmanlike - Levi Fillier
Most Dedicated - Jack Ross / Kayla Ross
Most Improved - Austin Martin
Most Sportsmanlike - Darren Zukowski
Most Dedicated - Liam Pieffers
Leading Scorer - Bentley Zaina
Best Defensive - Carey Grubb
Sportsmanship & Ability - Bentley Zaina
Most Improved - Lee Richardson
Most sportsmanlike - Michael Gansekoele
Most Dedicated - Claire Deaken
Leading Scorer - Curtis Molson
Best Defensive - Jackson Shelton
Sportsmanship & Ability - Emily Pifko
Most Improved - Tahlia Henry
Most Sportsmanlike - Lexi Agar
Most Dedicated - Cole Bryan
Leading Scorer - Chase Norwich
Best Defensive - Declan Feeney
Sportsmanship & Ability - Adia Molson
Most Improved - Mason Feeney
Most Sportsmanlike - Jack Stewart
Most Dedicated - Darcy Peeling
Leading scorer - Quinn Agar
Best Defensive - Jamie Jackson
Sportsmanship & Ability - Austin Kellam
Look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Acting VP & Ice Scheduler
Grand Valley Minor Hockey Association