Volunteer Corner

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week (April 24-30), Hockey Canada is celebrating the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who tirelessly give their time every season to make hockey happen. During the 2021-22 season, in the face of so many challenges, we have seen Canadians support not only their local hockey associations, but their communities. The theme for the week – The Value of One, The Power of Many – is a nod to the past, a reflection of the present and a wink to the future, as we work together to strengthen our game and our country for future generations.

A sign on a Toronto telephone pole rekindled Christina Lamey’s love of hockey, and put her on a path to make sure girls and women in Cape Breton have a place to play.
Joan Kirillo has dedicated countless hours volunteering with Hockey Edmonton and the IIHF World Junior Championship.
A veteran volunteer, Albina Dagenais has spent more than three decades timekeeping in rinks in and around Thunder Bay.
Thank you, volunteers
Tom Renney celebrates those who have dedicated themselves through the most unconventional of seasons.
Making dreams a reality
Lifelong volunteer Maegan Thompson is bringing girls into the game with the Capital Region Female Hockey Association.
A young communications student, Érika Bosch shares her experience with the Collège Français de Longueuil.
As a hockey mom, a team manager and the league registrar, Nancy Johnson is a true jill of all trades in Gimli, Man.
Friends by volunteering
While coaching with the Whitby Minor Hockey Association, Chris Bouckley has made lifelong friends throughout Ontario.
A quartet of local hockey association presidents in northwestern Ontario talk about all things volunteering.
During a challenging hockey season, a new volunteer helped ensure the game could safely return in Nova Scotia.
A family affair
For Michelle Skilnick and her parents, volunteering in Red Deer, Alta., isn’t just what they do. It is who they are.
As a player, a coach and, most of all, a role model, Laura Dougay exemplifies everything you want from a volunteer.
As a volunteer with the Summerside and Area MHA, Gordie Montgomery has given back in almost every role imaginable.
For close to five decades, in so many roles, Joe McColeman has been a pillar of the Northern Ontario hockey community.
Thanks to the volunteers
HEO president Gary Hopkins celebrates the volunteers who have gone above and beyond in an unprecedented season.
A small but determined army of volunteers is working tirelessly to make a unique World Juniors happen.
Tanya Noble has volunteered innumerable – and invaluable – hours for one reason: to allow kids to enjoy hockey.
Dean Smith is leading the charge for diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia, getting a new generation onto the ice.
Whether he’s coaching his kids, sharpening skates or running the MHA, there isn’t much Vern Nolin won’t volunteer for.
Longtime volunteers Cliff and Shyla Blair are a ‘treat’ for Halifax Macs players and coaches in more ways than one.
The Montreal student has crossed the country (after crossing the Atlantic in 2016) to volunteer at her third WJC.
The VPD officer, who spent five seasons in the Western Hockey League, has guided Russia around B.C. as team host.
HCC: Getting the all-star treatment
HCC: Getting the all-star treatment
HCC: Welcome to Canada’s game
HCC: Welcome to Canada’s game