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Lorette Celebrates Harvey Lyons - Curling Canada Volunteer of the Year

Saturday Apr 25 2015

Curlers Honoured at Sport Manitoba Night of Champions

The community of Lorette came together Saturday evening (April 25) to honour local volunteer Harvey Lyons, who had been announced earlier this year as the Curling Canada Volunteer of the Year. Lyons was honoured nationally at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary for his efforts on behalf of the Lorette Curling Club, particularly in regard to his efforts to improve the ice conditions in his club.

Lyons was the featured guest at a banquet at a full-house Lorette Parish Hall. He received the kudos of CurlManitoba President Kim Warburton and banquet guest speaker Jeff Stoughton along with the congratulations of Lorette CC Acting President Kathleen Messner. The evening had been billed as a "Celebration of Volunteerism" along with being the club's Annual General Meeting.

In her remarks, Messner said "our club is thriving due to the countless hours given by so many of our members, so many who do so behind the scenes to contribute to the overall success and growth of our club!"

In his remarks, Lyons said he was humbled by the attention and by the award he had received and thanked the Lorette CC for nominating him. He said he never expected to receive the honour. "It was nice to be nominated but I thought they would never give it to a guy from a little three sheet club in rural Manitoba. Turns out they would," he said.

There was an extra honour in-store for Lyons. Part-way through the evening, CurlManitoba President Kim Warburton returned to the microphone to tell the receptive crowd that Harvey Lyons had just been announced as Sport Manitoba's Great-West Life Volunteer of the Year at Sport Manitoba’s annual Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken Producers.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Lorette Curling Club's Volunteer of the Year Award to Terry Peitsch. The honour was presented a year ago to Harvey Lyons.

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Harvey Lyons was only one of three curling honourees at the Night of Champions. Braden Calvert's Junior Men's Curling Team was honoured as the Calm Air Junior Team of the Year while Janet Arnott was named IMPACT Female Coach of the Year presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.

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Each year, Sport Manitoba’s annual Night of Champions presented by Manitoba Chicken Producers celebrates sports excellence in Manitoba, and there was plenty to celebrate on Saturday night as athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers were recognized for their remarkable achievements in amateur sport in our province.

 Sport award recipients announced on April 25, 2015 at the Club Regent Event Centre included:

Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Female Athlete of the Year
 Isabela Onyshko, Gymnastics  – Brandon

Manitoba Chicken Producers Junior Male Athlete of the Year
 William Kohler, Basketball – Winnipeg

IMPACT Female Coach of the Year presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
 Janet Arnott, Curling – Winnipeg

IMPACT Male Coach of the Year presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
 Bill Gendron, Speed Skating - Winnipeg

Sport Manitoba Official of the Year
 Taras Ilkiw, Volleyball - Winnipeg

Great-West Life Youth Volunteer of the Year
 Justin Wong, MHSAA - Winnipeg

Great-West Life Volunteer of the Year
 Harvey Lyons, Curling - Lorette

Calm Air Junior Team of the Year
 Team Team Calvert, Curling

 The Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council also recognized their athletes and volunteers of the year at the event:

Manitoba Aboriginal Female Athlete of the Year
 Robyn Boulanger, Basketball – Berens River First Nation

Manitoba Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year
 Justin Krantz, Multi-sport – Roblin
 Zach Whitecloud, Hockey – Brandon (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation)

Manitoba Aboriginal Female Volunteer of the Year
 Lezley Sutherland, Multi-sport – Peguis First Nation

Manitoba Aboriginal Male Volunteer of the Year
 Brian Captain Jr, Multi-sport – Norway House Cree Nation

“Sport Manitoba is extremely proud of the accomplishments of tonight's nominees and winners,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO of Sport Manitoba. “The Night of Champions recognizes and celebrates sport excellence in our province, and it is an honour for us to host this important event, particularly as part of the Year of Sport celebrations.”

 “Manitoba Chicken Producers is very pleased to be presenting sponsor for tonight’s celebration of sport excellence,” said Josie Boschman of Manitoba Chicken Producers. “The Junior Athlete nominees represented diverse sports but they all share in that passion to succeed.  Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients.”



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