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Raven’s Receive the UW President’s 2019 Community Impact Award
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WGMHA is the proud recipient of the 2019 UW President’s Community Impact Award

The Waterloo Girls Minor Hockey Association (the Ravens) has partnered with Warrior hockey programs for the past eight years.  Initially sparked by a connection when a Pee Wee team invited varsity athletes to assist with on-ice skill development, the positive experience led to a strong, long-term partnership involving 16 teams and a number of specialty programs for girls as young as four years old. 

To date, over 1,000 girls and 200 coaches have taken part. Going well beyond skill development, the Warriors varsity athletes act as positive role models for the girls and the athletes have the opportunity to build their own leadership skills and sense of community pride.

Thank you to the many, many Ravens leaders, coaches and players who make this program work. Special thanks to Warrior Coaches Brian Bourque, Shaun Reagan and the players from the Men’s and Women’s varsity teams who provide coaching, mentoring and training.

The award represents a true collaboration and team effort!


Left to right as you look at the picture.
Shaun Regan, Head Coach UW Women’s Varsity Team, Sandra Hanmer, President, WGMHA, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor University of Waterloo, Dr. Steven Woods, Director Rep Hockey, WGMHA, Brian Bourque, Head Coach, UW Men’s, Varsity Team, Roly Webster, Director of Athletics and Recreation, UW


Back row – Emma Pye -Forward, Women’s Varsity Team;  Roly Webster, Director of Athletics and Recreation, UW; Shaun Reagan, Head Coach, Women’s Varsity Team; Ben Fanelli, Associate Coach, Men’s Varsity Team; Ari Grossman, UW Athletics;

Front Row – Sandra Hanmer, President WGMHA; Steve Woods, Director Rep Hockey, WGMHA; Dollee Meigs, Associate Coach, Women’s Varsity Team;


More about the UW President’s Community Impact Award


The University of Waterloo’s President’s Community Impact Awards recognize individuals or teams of community members, students, staff or faculty who embody the University’s spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo Region strong and prosperous.

Award winners may be distinguished through such community service activities as volunteer work, public speaking, school outreach, or other outstanding community service.

The awards will:

  • Reward and recognize community excellence
  • Inspire us to engage in activities that develop leadership, foster social responsibility and contribute to the well-being of our community
  • Promote community pride and participation
  • Engage with, serve, and draw strength from the diversity of our external communities.

Awards are intended to recognize community contributions over and above duties for which the individual is paid or that the individual is completing as a part of a degree program.

Award categories

Up to four awards will be awarded each calendar year.

Community Leader awards (up to two per year). A Community Leader is a current University of Waterloo student, faculty or staff member.

University Champion awards (up to two per year). A University Champion is an individual or organization from the Waterloo Region and city of Stratford who has demonstrated a commitment to championing the impact of the University in our community either through partnership with the institution or in working with individual students, faculty or staff of the University.

Review Process

Nominations are reviewed by a jury comprised of representatives from the University’s Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, Graduate Student Association, Staff Association, Faculty Association, and Human Resources, with the support of the Office of the President and Community Relations & Events. 

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