The Northcott Family is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Family Spirit award in honour of Brenda Stewart for outstanding volunteerism, dedication, loyalty and true hockey spirit. This family has proven that they are committed to the well-being of the association and have shown their willingness to help out whenever needed. As one of their nominators stated, "They show unwavering dedication to SHC. Malinda and Greg’s dedication is second to none. They are both great ambassadors of SHC and I think are worthy of the Brenda Stewart Memorial Award."
Nine (9) SHC families were nominated for the award and the recipient was chosen by the Board of Executives. The award will be presented to the family at the AGM on May 6, 2019. Thank you to everyone who nominated a deserving family for this award.
Who was Brenda Stewart
In 2017 Brenda Stewart, Registrar and Director of Communications for the Sturgeon Hockey Club (SHC), passed away unexpectedly from a major heart attack. Brenda not only held a major role in the association, but also the greater role of being a loving and devoted spouse to past president Wayne Gatza.
When Brenda came into Wayne's life in 2009 with not having any kids of her own, it was far from her mind to ever join or much less be a member of a minor hockey association. However, with her generous nature and kind soul she stood by Wayne’s side and together they lived the “hockey life”.
She learned everything she could about the game while making it her own brand and exceeding all expectations in her volunteer role within the association. She adopted the “hockey mom” mentality and had nothing short of the hockey spirit. There wasn't one family that she didn't know, one name she couldn't remember and very rarely did she forget scores and stats of members of her own loving family. She also stepped up and ran the concession on behalf of the Morinville Kings while spending every weekend out of that window watching any game being played on the ice. Her dedication and devotion to the association was seen through everything she did, all without asking or complaining. If asked, she would simply say she did it all for the kids.