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By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 02/22/19, 1:15PM EST

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OMHA launches inaugural "Thank a Volunteer Week"

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association is highlighting and celebrating the critical and often overlooked role of hockey volunteers by announcing an annual awareness initiative the last week of February each year, with the inaugural launch of Thank a Volunteer Week set for February 25-March 3, 2019.

Off the ice or on, whether you see them or not, there is an extremely devoted group of parents and volunteers who keep minor hockey in motion and ensure the best experience for the kids who play the game. Thank a Volunteer Week will be highlighted through volunteer video profiles and motivational tools to attract new volunteers.

“The OMHA considers volunteerism the backbone of our operations and without the commitment of time, effort and diligence, the association could not function with the efficiency it does today,” said Ian Taylor, Executive Director of the OMHA. “This annual acknowledgement is just a small way to recognize their efforts and encourage others to share in that same passion.”

The first three OMHA volunteers to be profiled leading up to Thank a Volunteer Week include: Helen Ford, Oakville Minor Hockey Association; Joe Bentolila, Aurora Minor Hockey Association; and Mike Hendrickson; Kent Minor Hockey Association. All volunteer submissions will be profiled through short stories and three will be chosen annually for full video profiles.  
 
“By profiling these giving people, we hope to highlight their committed efforts, as well as demonstrate the related joy they get out of their work,” added Taylor.

  • More than 30,000 people volunteer within the OMHA
  • Contributions of time include coaches, trainers, managers, time keepers, fundraisers and administrators, with 13,500 coaches leading the way by percentage
  • Ratio of volunteers to players is 1:3
  • Total number of training modules/courses completed by volunteers: 22,250

Take a minute to recognize the dedicated few, in your community.

Not only will we feature their story, but it helps let them know just how much you appreciate what they do.


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