2021-2022 Wilmot Wolverines Award Recipients, News (Wilmot Girls Hockey)

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2021-2022 Wilmot Wolverines Award Recipients
Submitted By WGHA on Sun 04 17, 22
The Wilmot Wolverines Girls Hockey Association recently selected their annual award winners. The original nominees were submitted by the membership before a selection of the individual winners by an association committee.

The association would like to thank the individuals below for their hard work and dedication to the Wolverines players and community.

Volunteer of the Year:
This award is given out annually to  someone who has contributed countless hours of volunteer activity towards the activities of the WGHA; someone who works tirelessly with no expectation of receiving recognition for their efforts. This may be anyone who has helped with the organization.
 
This year's recipient: Leslie Moore
 
Excerpt from her nomination:  She always helps out with her daughters' teams. She is great with the girls. She is someone that the girls look up too in this sport.

Leadership Award:
The Leadership Award is given out annually to someone who has provided exemplary leadership, dedication and commitment towards the activities of the WGHA during the past year(s). This person is likely a member of the WGHA Executive, but could also be someone outside the executive who has worked hard to help the WGHA in a significant way this past year.
 
This year's recipient is Michelle Ruston
 
Excerpt from her nomination: Michelle has dedicated countless hours over the years ensuring that girls hockey is equipped with the gear they needed, advocates for programs, and encourages positivity in the executive and the arena. WGHA has been very fortunate to have her expertise, patience, eloquence and professionalism to help the association to improve and strengthen hockey for Wilmot girls, while advocating for our youth and young women. Way to go Michelle
 
Above and Beyond: 
This award is not handed out annually but is handed out in seasons when a member of the organization has gone "above and beyond" in their efforts for the association.
 
Recipient: Holly Bast
 
Excerpt from nomination: Holly Bast has done an amazing job leading our executive through the pandemic. She has stayed on top of knowing the latest protocols, implemented the screening process, organized and chaired numerous emergency meetings, and seemingly done it with ease. Our association was far ahead of others and all of our players and members have benefited because of her leadership.
 
Fan of the Year: 
Given to someone who comes out to many games, and cheers on the Wolverines in a positive and enthusiastic manner or someone who contributes to the organization in a special way. This could be a parent, grandparent, friend or family member of any player within the Wolverine family.
 
Recipient: Debb Holborn
 
Excerpt from nomination: she is at every game and practice, brings the cheer gear for the team, helps in the dressing room religiously and congratulates each girl individually on their accomplishments in the game and in the practice. She truly is the team spirit and deserves to be recognized. Behind the scenes she organizes the parents for fun events at the games like wearing jerseys and sporting pom poms and cow bells. I cannot say enough about her positive team spirit!!!

Kyla Kowalik Player of the Year:
Given to one player within the association who demonstrates a high degree of dedication to her team by attending virtually all practices and games. She is a valuable offensive and defensive player (or just defensive in the case of a goaltender), who exemplifies the ‘pursuit of excellence’. She is a team player who plays the game with respect for all, and demonstrates a high degree of sportsmanship at all times. She places team success over individual success, sharing the puck and never taking selfish penalties. She has a positive attitude on and off the ice. She is likely a player who would be known by opposing teams for her on-ice abilities.
 
Player: Emma Sommer
 
Excerpt from coach nomination: She is an extremely dedicated player and has always been the heart & soul of our team(s) as she gives 110% effort at all times and is a player others look up to on and off the ice. She is a role model, builds people up, speaks up in the room during the good times, and also after a tough game when emotions are high. Her playing style is fast & fierce and she leaves it all on the ice every game playing each game as if it were a championship game....She was our team leader & captain this year, but before the team selected a captain, we had almost half the girls on the team approach me to say they believe she should be the Captain. We did a player vote and she was unanimously selected by her peers. In my years as a coach in the Wolverines, or Huskies Organization or even my own minor hockey career, no player I've seen has stuck out as a natural leader more than Emma.
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