Close to 90 people were on hand as Ringette PEI honoured its finest in 9 categories as well as awarding the inaugural Brenda Beaton Award. This award was named to honour Brenda Beaton, a volunteer of 30 years in the sport of ringette.
Beaton has served on the Ringette PEI board of director as President, Coaching Director, and Officiating Director in the 90s as well as being a Team Manager and Assistant Coach of teams who attended the Canada Winter Games and the Canadian Ringette Championship.
Reflecting on her connection with the sport, Beaton said, “I’ll never forget when we hosted CRCs in 2009. I went to ask the facilities staff if things were going well from their perspective. They told me that usually they felt invisible during these events but that most of the teams were calling them â€˜sir’ and asking how they could help them. It made me so proud to be part of the ringette community.”
Most recently, Beaton has been the Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program and has led clinics for the majority of the current ringette coaches on PEI.
Brenda has been an integral part of the development of ringette on PEI.
Ringette PEI has created an award which will honour those who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to ringette on PEI. This award will be named the Brenda Beaton award and she was the first recipient.