Kitchener-Conestoga Community Sports Volunteers Honoured With The Celebration 2010 Community Sports Awards
Kitchener Leeanna Pendergast, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, along with her
colleagues John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener-Centre and Elizabeth Witmer, MPP for Kitchener-
Waterloo, announced the winners of the Celebration 2010 Community Sports Volunteer Awards
in their respective ridings at a presentation ceremony emceed by Mike Farwell of Roger’s
Television held at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.
Celebration 2010 is an awards program recognizing the unsung sports heroes in Waterloo
Region the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes that make community sports
possible. The commitment, generosity and contribution of these volunteers to our communities
and society are so worthy of this recognition.
Nominations for the Celebration 2010 Community Sports Volunteer Awards were reviewed and
the winners were selected by two independent judges in the community, Brad Schlegel, Project
Manager with RBJ Schlegel Holdings Inc. and Jane Hennig, Executive Director of the KW
Volunteer Action Center. Nominations were reviewed with a focus on the impact of volunteer
service on local athletes and the community.
The following individuals were recipients of the Celebration 2010 Community Sports Award who
reside in the Riding of Kitchener-Conestoga:
Ken Schilling - Kitchener
Ken has been a coach and volunteer with Kitchener Minor
Baseball for the past 20 years and has coached in all
divisions from Rookie Ball to the Kitchener Panthers Senior
baseball team. He has coached the championship team at
the 2002 Ontario Summer Games and has taken two
teams to the National Championships in North Bay, 1996
and Prince Edward Island, 2004.
Ken is a willing volunteer who presently fulfills 3 positions
with the Kitchener Minor Baseball Association.
Steve Lillico Woolwich Township - Elmira
Steve has been a valued and trusted member of Woolwich
Soccer and Woolwich Minor Hockey for the past 30 years.
He has played an integral part both in the boardroom, on
the soccer pitch or behind the player’s bench. It takes a
special person to volunteer their time when they have no
children involved in these programs. Steve Lillico is that
John McCash Cambridge
For the past 30 years, John McCash has organized and
very successfully chaired the Preston International Hockey
Tournament for boys and girls ages 8-10 from all across
North America. This year’s tournament, brought to the
Region consisting of 142 teams from as far away as Florida
and as local as Kitchener and Cambridge, played in 10
arenas across our Region for 3 days.
A strictly volunteer and non-profit undertaking, John and his
volunteers simply work to promote the game, the Region,
and the Youth of today.
Peter Grinsbergs - Kitchener
Peter has been involved in coaching long distance runners
for 35 years. This coaching relationship has spawned six
Olympic athletes Butler, Brannen, Schnurr, Bartoczek,
Jonah and two Commonwealth games medalists Paula
Schnurr, Nathan Brannen, four NCAA champions Kathy
Butler, Doug Consiglio, Matt Kerr and Nathan Brannen.
This sport has taken Peter to Hawaii, Japan, Germany,
Italy and Africa and to the Commonwealth Games, World
Championships and an Olympics as a team coach.
This year Peter also took on the challenge of coaching the
Laurier running team.
Rick Cadilha - Kitchener
Rick has been a member of the Waterloo Boxing Academy
since 1976 and has entered his 25th year as a coach. He
created new partnerships within the community for the
W.R.B.A. and as a result the “Arnie Boehm Training
Centre” was built.
Rick has also created an after-school program, a seniors
fitness program, a high school credit recovery program,
assists in delivering boxing classes to area schools, runs a
recreational and competitive program, is a National Team
Coach, a Regional Coach, and is currently attending his
Level 5 National Coaching Institute.
Taveena Kum Kitchener
Taveena has been a member of the Waterloo Region
Boxing Academy since 2006 and has risen to be an elite
athlete, a trusted coach and a dedicated volunteer. In 2008
she was awarded the Senior Boxer of the Year award,
dedicated to a member who has shown initiative,
enthusiasm and team spirit.
In 2008, the W.R.B.A. created an after school education
program called “Hit the Books” with Frontier College.
Taveena attended these classes becoming a program
volunteer and is now a program co-ordinator with Frontier
College and runs the “Hit the Books” program herself.
Terry Nosal Wellesley Township St. Clements
Terry is the coach of the Junior A ringette team in St.
Clements where she and her husband Scott, live and
breathe ringette and are responsible, not just for ringette’s
survival, but for its extreme success in the small
association of St. Clements.
Terry and her husband are currently coaching 3 teams
(Junior A, Belle AA and the Northwest United AAA Team).
Terry leads by example, running bingo nights to help fund
the small association, organizing tournament agendas,
fundraising, booking hotels, chauffeuring players and
spending countless hours on the ice.
Gary Crossley Woolwich Township St. Jacobs
Gary served as a coach with Laurel Creek Track and Field
Club from 1987-2009 where he began as a middle-distance
coach. For the last 10 years with Laurel Creek, Gary
coached men’s and women’s hurdles, eventually focusing
on women’s hurdles. Gary has coached athletes who have
gone on to compete on Canadian National teams while
others secured athletic scholarships.
He has his Level 4 coaching certification allowing him to be
selected as a coach for some of Canada’s National teams
and a clinician for the Level 1 & 2 parts of the National
Coaching Certification Program.
John Thompson Special Recognition
When the Celebration 2010 Awards were first announced
locally John Thompson immediately jumped on board. His
first thought was “how can I help”. He drove around picking
up posters and making phone calls to let people know
about the program. He promoted the awards at his own
sports booth at Conestoga Mall.
He took the time to nominate a number of deserving local
volunteers for awards. John embodies all that Celebration
2010 is about…honouring and recognizing those behind
the scenes who make community