OMHA announces Annual “Thank a Volunteer Week” celebration

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Inaugural week aimed to appreciate and showcase volunteers set for February 25-March 3

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) 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.

Thank a Volunteer Week will be highlighted through volunteer video profiles, motivational tools to attract new volunteers, and material-sharing for associations that outline benefits of volunteering – all anchored with a web section at omha.net/thank-a-volunteer.

“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,” says 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 includes: Helen Ford, Oakville Rangers Hockey Club; Joe Bentolila, Aurora Minor Hockey Association; and Mike Hendrickson; Kent Minor Hockey Association.

Throughout 2019, the OMHA will be asking its associations to add profiles to a submission page at the site. 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,” adds Ian Taylor.

Some volunteer statistics to consider:

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.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association, founded in 1935, is a leader in community sport and oversees a participant base of more than 300,000, consisting of players, coaches, trainers, officials, hockey volunteers and parents across the province. The OMHA works with its 225 local minor hockey associations and annually coordinates 28 leagues to create the best minor hockey experience in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.omha.net.

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